Production and Commerce in Europe, 1100-1550
Porto, 26-27 November 2020
Invited convener: Carsten Jahnke (University of Copenhagen)
The RiMS (Research in Medieval Studies) Meeting invites research papers on how technical, productive, organisational, commercial, and mercantile innovations stimulated economic growth and the expansion of international trade from the twelfth century to the early sixteenth century. Recent historiographical works on medieval European trade follow approaches favouring the study of socioeconomic networks, the role of institutions, conflict management, port infrastructures, and cross-cultural exchange. In 2017, The Routledge Handbook of Maritime Trade Around Europe 1300–1600 pushed the theoretical analysis further by examining the level of autonomy of ports cities ‘vis-à-vis other powers in their environment or network,’ and the relation between cities and states. Moreover, it aimed at offering a ‘refreshing vision on Europe’s integration from the seaside’ (p. 11), one which was deepened in the 50th edition of the study week, in 2018, of the Fondazione Istituto Internazionale di Storia Economica “F. Datini” dedicated to Maritime Networks as a Factor of European Integration.
Rather than looking at the complexities of urban autonomy, conflict management, and European integration, the RiMS Meeting returns, in a certain way, to the classical approach proposed in Lopez’s ground-breaking work The Commercial Revolution of the Middle Ages 950-1350, first published in 1971. Thus, it proposes to observe Europe’s expansion of long-distance trade by re-evaluating and investigating, under the light of recent research, the articulation between the productive sectors (agriculture and industry) and foreign commercial exchange between the twelfth and the early sixteenth century. It seeks not to underline the revolution of medieval trade, but the intricacies of both the productive and commercial sectors for the centuries preceding the first global age. The chronology of this project will include the first five decades of the sixteenth century in order to examine elements of continuity and change in European production and commerce, following the expansion of trade to other continents and newfound lands.
The call for papers is open to every scholar working on European history, particularly those who have produced ground-breaking research on medieval economic history. The meeting proceedings will be published both in paper and as an open-access, indexed e-monograph by the Coimbra University Press. Papers will be committed to double-blind review from a specialist board of advisers.
Researchers are invited to send a 500-words proposal and a two-page curriculum vitæ by 28 February 2020. Applicants will be informed of the scientific committee’s decision by 31 March 2020.
More details about the conference, including proposed topics, registration and travel arrangements, can be found here: https://rimsmeetings.wordpress.com/2020/01/10/call-for-papers/
Research in Medieval Studies Committee
Flávio Miranda (CITCEM, University of Porto)
Maria Amélia Álvaro de Campos (CHSC, University of Coimbra)
Tiago Viúla de Faria (IEM, NOVA University of Lisbon)