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


Social aims of finance

Exploring alternative business forms for durable financial services

15 Jun 2018 at 10:00am

Torino, Italy

eabh in cooperation with Fondazione 1563 per l’Arte e la Cultura della Compagnia di San Paolo

‘The City is too big and socially useless’

said Lord Adair Turner, former chairman of the UK Financial Services Authority in 2009.

That legitimacy question has not gone away since, indeed, if anything it appears to grow stronger. This conference explores how financial institutions have tackled it by developing alternative goals and business forms for durable financial services.


15 JuneModerator: Joost Jonker, University of Amsterdam

9:30 Welcome coffee

10:00 Welcome
Carmen Hofmann, eabh
tbc, Fondazione 1563
Francesco Profumo, Compagnia di San Paolo

10:15 Keynote
Institutional diversity and social inclusion
Rym Ayadi, HEC Montreal

Short Intro
Joost Jonker, University of Amsterdam (tbc)

10:45 Morning Session 1

Between ethics and profit: shaping a coordinated credit network in pre-modern and modern Italy​
Mauro Carboni and Massimo Fornasari, University of Bologna

Keys to financial success for socially oriented banks. Lessons from the public banks of Naples
Lilia Costabile, University of Naples

The Compagnia di San Paolo in Turin. Charity and credit
Claudio Bermond & Fausto Piola Caselli, University of Torino

Inclusive business models as unique selling points between past and future
Paul Thomes, RWTH Aachen University

Contemporary history of impact financing
Maximilian Martin, Banque Lombard Odier

12:00 Coffee

12:30 Morning Session 2

Christian religious orders and money: The example of the Observant Franciscan Friars in the 15th Century   
Gianfranco Armando, Secret Archives of the Vatican

Credere, credit and money: how social is risk-sharing in Islamic finance?
Valentino Cattelan, Oxford University

Social Entrepreneurship: The Rothschilds as bankers and philanthropists (c.1850-1930) 
Klaus Weber, European University Viadrina Frankfurt (Oder) 

13:15 Lunch

14:00 Panel Discussion

How can alternative forms of finance compete?
o Rym Ayadi, HEC Montreal
o Giovanni Ferri, LUMSA University of Rome
o Maximilian Martin, Banque Lombard Odier
o Marco Morganti, Banca Prossima
o tbc

Moderator: Marco Ferrando, Il Sole 24 Ore

14:45 Afternoon Session 1

Taking account of the details – A micro perspective on the function of savings banks in early-nineteenth century England
Linda Perriton, University of Sterling & Stuart Henderson, Dublin Institute of Technology

British building societies 1970-2000: the changing conditions for a viable not-for-profit alternative in a financialized economy
Olivier Butzbach, University of Campania Luigi Vanvitelli

The origins of the (cooperative) species: Raiffeisen banking in the Netherlands, 1898-1909
Chris Colvin, Queen’s University Belfast

15:30 Coffee

16:00 Afternoon Session 2

The evolution of the social and cultural investments of the Spanish savings banks, 1926-1990: the ‘social and cultural work’
Angel Pascual Martinez Soto & Susana Martinez Rodriguez, University of Murcia

Social aspects of the insurance history of mutual assistance in Italy
Gian Savino Pene Vidari & Enrico Genta Ternavasio, Association ‘Amici del Museo di Reale Mutua’


16:45 Closing Remarks

Harold James, Princeton University

17:15 End of Conference Reception


15 Jun 2018 at 10:00am to 5:00pm


Collegio Carlo Alberto
Piazza Arbarello 8

Torino, Italy

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