The 2nd International GDRI Conference Program

GDRI

2nd EurasiaTrajeco conference:

Connected Histories—Trading Networks Across the Eurasian Continent:

Structures, Practices, and Socio-economic Impact

Paris, EHESS, 28-29 November 2014

190-198, avenue de France, 75013 Paris /105 boulevard Raspail, 75006, Paris

 

      Several paradigm shifts have occurred in the conceptual field of economic and social history. The contributions of legal studies, cultural anthropology, and comparative institutional economics have cast a new light on issues that were hitherto solely focused on economics. A new perspective has emerged, rejecting a linear and simplistic narrative of market economy development and institutional change, and stressing the importance of connected histories. Beyond the mere description of the main regional networks of merchants (their rise, development, and decline), and the series of formal and informal financial institutions upon which they relied, the 2d EurasiaTrajeco conference will explore the operating practices of regional trading groupsand their regional connections over the Eurasian continent, during a long period and will investigate the dynamics ofthe various areas endogenous commercial and financial institutions.

The 2d EurasiaTrajeco conference will investigate four sets of questions.

1. Methodological issues: sources, hypotheses, and methods of investigations. All these topics are quite different in the various areas under investigation: western Europe, Ottoman empire, Central and East Asia.

2. The overall contribution of these regional trade groupings to economic growth and the way in which these regional trade groupings arose and how they evolved. What is the specific trajectory of endogenous economic institutions and business practices in a given socio-economic and legal environment?

3. The third issue touches upon with the merchants’networks relations with the State. How did they fulfill the objectives of the merchants and entrepreneurs? Were they able to cope with other merchant groups as competitors, and later on with foreign competitors, especially in the 19th century?

4. Finally, the socio-economic role of merchant networks will be under scrutiny. Were these regional trading networks well adapted to their socio-economic environments? What was the economic impact of philanthropy?How were their moral obligations fulfilled?


Participants:

Chi-Han AI (Sun Yat-sen University, Canton)

Ina Baghdiantz (Tufts University)

LuisFilipe Barreto(University of Lisbon)

Jean-Pascal Bassino (Ecole Normale Supérieure de Lyon)( ENSL)

Michal Biran (The Hebrew University, Jerusalem)

Hubert Bonin (Institutd’études politiques, Bordeaux)

Patrice Bourdelais (Director, Institut International des Sciences Humaines et Sociales) (INSHS), (Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique)(CNRS).

Guillaume Calafat (l’Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne)

Guillaume Carré (School for Advanced Studiesin the Social Sciences)(EHESS)

Youssef Cassis (European University Institute)

Sui-wai Cheung(The Chinese University of Hong Kong)

Kent Deng (London School of Economics)(LSE)

David Faure(The Chinese University of Hong Kong) 

François Gipouloux (Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, Paris )(CNRS)

Takeshi Hamashita (Sun Yat-sen University, Canton)

MasashiHaneda (University of Tokyo)

Ron Harris (Tel-Aviv University)

Xi HE(The Chinese University of Hong Kong)

Marti Huetink (Senior Acquisitions Editor, BRILL Academic Publishers)

Hassan Khalilieh (University of Haifa)

Christian Lamouroux (School for Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences)(EHESS)

Jiansheng Liu (Shanxi University)

Guang Ma (Ghent University)

Joe McDermott (Cambridge University)

Claire Mouradian(School for Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences)(EHESS)

Dening Nie (Xiamen University)

Patrick O’Brien (London school of economics) (LSE)

Mihoko Oka (The University of Tokyo)

Şevket Pamuk (Boğaziçi University, Istanbul)

Jaime REIS(University of Lisbon)

Billy K. L. So (Hong Kong University of Science and Technology)

Etienne de la Vaissière (School for Advanced Studiesin the Social Sciences) (EHESS)

Bas Van Leeuwen (Utrecht University)

Gungwu Wang (Chairman of the East Asian Institute and University, Professor of National University of Singapore)

MengWu (London school of economics)(LSE)

Xiqin Zhang(Shanxi University of Finance and Economics)

Harriet Zurndorfer (Leiden University)

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Programme:

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Friday, 28 November 2014 (190 Av. de France, 75013 Rm: 638)

9:00-9:15  Opening remarks: Patrice Bourdelais, Director, Institut des Sciences Humaines et Sociales (INSHS), Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS).

9 :15-9 :30  Presentation of the EurasiaTrajeco project: François Gipouloux (CNRS)

9:30-10:00  Keynote speaker: Wang Gungwu (Chairman of the East Asian Institute and UniversityProfessor of National University of Singapore): Systemic Norms and Deep Structures: Dealing with the Eurasian Core

10:00-11:15  Session 1-a: Methodological issues: Comparatism and Economic institutions over the Eurasian continent

Chair: Patrick O’Brien (London school of economics)

1. Hamashita Takeshi(Sun Yat-sen University, Canton): Continental and Maritime Eurasia–Trading Routes and Economic Institutions

Comment: Kent Deng (London School of Economics)

2. Hubert Bonin (Institutd’études politiques, Bordeaux): The French Business Community in Chinese Port Cities in the First half of 20th Century: Sources and documents

Comment: Jean-Pascal Bassino (Ecole Normale Supérieure de Lyon)

11:15-11:30  Coffee break and photo session

11:30-13:00  Session 1-b: Methodological issues: Comparatism and Economic institutions

Chair: Takeshi Hamashita (Sun Yat-sen University, Canton)

3. Bas Van Leeuwen (Utrecht University): Chinese National Income, 1661-1933

Comment: Jaime REIS (University of Lisbon)

4.Jean-Pascal Bassino (Ecole Normale Supérieure, Lyon):Informational Efficiency in the Tokyo Stock Exchange, 1931-1940

Comment: Guillaume Carré (EHESS)

13:00-14:30  Lunch

14:30-16:00  Session 2: Relationship with the State and administrative Bodies

Chair: Youssef Cassis (European University Institute)

1. David Faure (The Chinese University of Hong Kong): The Jiangnan economy revisited, comments on Deng and O’Brien and others

Comment: Patrick O’Brien (London School of Economics)

2.Billy K. L. So (Hong Kong University of Science and Technology): Between Law Court and ADR: The Publishing Industry of Modern Shanghai

Comment: Christian Lamouroux (EHESS)

16:00-16:30  Coffee break

16:30-18:00  Session 3-a: The Socio-Economic impact of Merchant Networks

Chair: Luis Filipe Barreto (University of Lisbon)

1. Michal Biran (The Hebrew University, Jerusalem): Trade Networks in Mongol Eurasia

Comment: Etienne de la Vaissière (EHESS)

2. Ina Baghdiantz (Tufts University): Collaboration, Competition and Legislation: The New Julfan Networks and their Role in Early Modern Eurasian Trade

Comment: Claire Mouradian (EHESS)

 

 19:30 Welcome dinner

 

Saturday, 29 November 2014 (105 Bd. Raspail, 75006 Rm: 2)

9:30-11:00  Session 3-b: The Socio-Economic impact of Merchant Networks

Chair: Haneda Masashi (University of Tokyo)

3. Hassan Khalilieh (University of Haifa): Between the Mediterranean and the Indian Ocean: General Average and Salvage Laws in Islamic Legal Theory and Practices

Comment: Guillaume Calafat (Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne)

4. Mihoko Oka(University of Tokyo):Portuguese Merchants from Macao in the 19th Century Japan and their Family Networks

Comment: Luis Filipe Barreto (University of Lisbon)

11:00-11:30  Coffee break

11:30-13:00 Session 4-a: Business and Financial innovations

Chair: Michal Biran (The Hebrew University, Jerusalem)

1. Ron Harris(TelAviv University): Why the Corporation emerged only in Western Europe?

Comment: Mihoko Oka (The University of Tokyo)

2. Liu Jiansheng(Shanxi University): The Main Group of Merchants In Qing Dynasty China and Russia Border Trade Zone

Comment: Wu Meng (London school of economics)

13:00-14:30  Lunch

14:30-16:00  Session 4-b: Business and Financial innovations

Chair: Jaime REIS (University of Lisbon)

3. Nie Dening(Xiamen University):The Change and Development of the Chinese Maritime Trade Routes During the 17th and 18th Centuries

Comment: Ma Guang (Ghent University)

4. Joe McDermott (Cambridge University):The Way of the Huizhou Merchant  

Comment: Harriet Zurndorfer (Leiden University)

16:00-16:30  Coffee break

16:30-18:00  Session 5: Dissemination and Perspectives

1. Chi-Han AI (Sun Yat-sen University): Dissemination activities: EurasiaTrajeco Website and Blog

2. Marti Huetink (Senior Acquisitions Editor, Brill Academic Publishers): The Journal of Comparative Economic History

François Gipouloux (CNRS): Concluding remarks

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