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The European Association for Banking and Financial History (eabh) e.V.

The rise of modern banking in Naples

A comparative perspective

15 Jun 2017

Naples, Italy

The conference, organised by Fondazione Banco di Napoli, Università degli Studi di Napoli Federico II, Banca d’Italia – Eurosistema,  will be held at the original site of the ancient Banco dei Poveri, which now hosts the Banco di Napoli Foundation and its imposing Historical Archive.

Experts from Italy, the United States, France, England, Ireland, Portugal and Austria will analyze one of the most controversial themes of historical and economic analysis: the “magic of credit”; the “mystery” of the nature of currency and banks. It was in Naples – this is the claim, supported by the documents in the Historical Archives – that the first fiduciary circulation was created, thanks to the public banks. These banks, in addition to their orthodox, profit-oriented economic activity, maintained a philanthropic identity for centuries: a very different tradition from the purely mercantile origins which dominated the Anglo-Saxon tradition. The social economic context in which the modern bank was created (the Kingdom of Naples under Spanish rule) and the fusion of the philanthropy of the “monti” and the mercantile aspects of the “banchi” will be the central focus of the convention.

The conference will be closed by the Governor of the Banca d’Italia.

Programme

eabh Annual Meeting

eabh 2017 Annual Meeting

22 Jun 2017

Paris, France

eabh in co-operation with BNP Paribas and Banque Lombard Odier

Thursday, 22 June 2017

BNP Paribas, 14 rue Bergère, 75009 Paris (Métro Grand Boulevards – Rue Montmartre)

08.00 – 10.00 Academic Council Meeting – for members of the eabh AC only

10.00 – 16.40  ‘Appraisal in the digital era’ eabh Archival workshop

12.30 – 13.30 Board of Management Meeting – for members of the eabh BoM only

17.00 – 17.45 Architecture Tour of BNP Paribas building

17.45 – 18.45 General Members Meeting – for eabh members only

 

19.00 – 22.00 Dinner reception 

BNP Paribas, 2 place de l’Opéra, 75002 Paris (Métro Opéra)

Dinner welcome
Jacques de Larosière (Honorary Managing Director of IFM and Honorary Governor of Banque de France, Advisor to BNP Paribas Chairman)

Dinner speech
The haute banque and national security
Harold James (Princeton University)

 

Friday, 23 June 2017

BNP Paribas, 14 rue Bergère, 75009 Paris (Métro Grand Boulevards – Rue Montmartre)

08.30 – 16.30  ‘The legacy of the haute-banque in the world’ eabh Conference                                                          

09.30 – 12.30 ‘A visit to Parisian Covered Passages’ Spouse event

Meeting point at 9.30 at the entrance of the BNP Building, 14 rue Bergère

Built mostly in the 19th century, the Covered Passages are a typical Parisian architectural feature near the Grand boulevards. Today, they house shops, restaurants, tearooms and bookshops. The tour will allow to visit the most famous arcades : the Passage Jouffroy, the Passage des Panoramas (oldest one), the Galerie Vivienne, the passage Colbert and the Palais Royal, the birthplace of Passages… A coffee break will take place in a typical café near the passage Colbert.

 

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Archival Workshop

Appraisal in the digital era

22 Jun 2017

Paris, France

eabh in cooperation with BNP Paribas and Banque Lombard Odier

This one-day workshop is designed for archivists, records managers and information professionals of financial and public institutions, as well as researchers and users of digital archival material.

The amount of digital records that financial and public organisations produce on a daily basis is monumental.

High quality appraisal policies can offer benefits like accessibility, timely retrieval of crucial documents, contextual understanding and cost savings. But which are the best appraisal policies? And how to implement them?

This workshop will draw on the practical experience of the frontrunners in the field. It is targeted for archivists, records managers, information professionals, researcher and other users of digital archival material.

ProgrammeCall for papers

Conference

Legacy of finance

The legacy of the haute-banque in the world. From the 19th to the 21st century

23 Jun 2017

Paris, France

eabh in cooperation with BNP Paribas and Banque Lombard Odier

The haute banque emerged as an elite or sub-category of private banks in France during the Restauration (1815 – 1830) and reached its climax in the 1850s and 1860s.

These institutions were well respected and dealt with major international businesses which also had business with the State. However, with the beginning of the 20th century their influence and importance continuously began to decline until it had virtually vanished after World War II.

Interestingly, many of the former haute banque houses came back on the scene again at the beginning of the 21st century. How did this happen? And why?

Is Niall Ferguson right when making the argument that ‘the global financial crisis, which began in 2007, had its true origins in the decline of relationship banking‘?

ProgrammeCall for papers

Conference

Money in Africa

Monetary and financial decolonisation in Africa in the 20th Century

9 Oct 2017

Lisbon, Portugal

eabh in cooperation with Banco de Portugal and Banque de France

Monetary and fiscal processes are important elements in state building and in managing international economic relations for emerging economies and new states.  These processes were also important during the transition to constitutional independence in Africa; however little attention has been paid to the trajectory of the monetary and fiscal processes of decolonisation in Africa. The topic is less researched than the political or socio-cultural decolonisation processes. However, it has had important implications for the economic development of these states.

The objective of this conference is to shed light on a range of different historical cross-experiences. It will provide a comparative analysis of the Portuguese, French, British, Belgian, Spanish, Italian and German cases of colonial transition in monetary and financial matters.

ProgrammeCall for papers