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Utrecht University, Janskerkhof 13, Seminar Room 0.067-3-2014 09:307-3-2014 20:00Meier zu Selhausen, F. (Felix)

Social mobility workshop program 7 March.pdfSocial mobility workshop program 7 March.pdf

​Historical studies on social mobility have begun to blossom, also in a comparative perspective, see e.g. and  Partly as a consequence of the increased availability of historical micro data and the new options to code occupations across time and space in a comparable fashion, we can now envisage comparative studies on global social mobility in different parts of the globe.
It is nonetheless true that historical data on Western Europe and North-America are much more abundant than data on other regions of the globe. Therefore we organize a small intensive workshop for scholars working on Historical Social Mobility in a Global Perspective with particular emphasis on societies outside Western-Europe and North-America. And we invite interested scholars to participate.
The organizers cover up to two nights of accommodation, as well as refreshments, lunch, and dinner during the workshop. Travel expenses will have to be covered by participants themselves. There is a limited amount of funding available for young scholars with restricted access to travel funding.
Prospective speakers should submit a one-page abstract of the work they would like to present, along with a short CV, to Felix Meier zu Selhausen ( no later than 24 January 2014. Notification of acceptance will be given by 7 February 2014.
The workshop is sponsored by an ERC Grant “Towards Open Societies” (TOS),  

Utrecht University, Academiegebouw29-11-2012 16:001-12-2012 17:00De Moor, M. (Tine)

Conference 'Design and Dynamics of Institutions for Collective Action' in honour of Prof. dr. Elinor Ostrom

From the 29th of November until the 1st of December 2012 a three-day conference will be held at Utrecht University on the theme of the Design and Dynamics of Institutions for Collective Action. The conference will be held in honour of Prof. Dr. Elinor Ostrom. Elinor Ostrom’s work has formed a major inspiration for all researchers of institutions for collective action. Both the 8 design principles, published in her book Governing the commons. The evolution of institutions for collective action (1990), as well as the Institutional Analysis and Development Framework developed by Ostrom and her colleagues at Indiana University have been applied in a wide range of studies on resource management and self-organized governance systems. For her analysis of economic governance, and in particular her work on commons, she received in 2009 the Nobel Prize Winner for Economics and she was recently included in Time Magazine’s 2012 list of the “100 most influential people in the world”. Prof. Ostrom will also be an honorary visiting professor at Utrecht University at the time of the conference, and will be giving a public lecture in the afternoon of the 29th of November, to which all conference participants will also be invited.



Université Catholique de Louvain, Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium (in co-operation with Utrecht University)11-9-2012 19:3014-9-2012 16:00De Moor, M. (Tine)

Governing Pooled Knowledge Resources: Building Institutions for Sustainable Scientific, Cultural and genetic Resources Commons.
12-14th September 2012
Université catholique de Louvain, Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium

Organized by BIOGOV unit at Université catholique de Louvain and Institutions for Collective Action at Universiteit Utrecht.


The 1st Global Thematic IASC Conference on the Knowledge Commons aims to bring together leading people from a number of international scientific research communities, social science researchers, practitioners and policy analysts, to discuss the rationale and practical feasibility of institutional arrangements designed to emulate key public domain conditions for collaborative research.


A variety of initiatives and policies have been proposed that are going beyond “open access”, and aim to facilitate more effective and extensive (global) sharing on local and global pools of not only scientific information and data but also genetic resources and cultural expressions. There is thus a need to examine a number of these proposals’ conceptual foundations from the economic and legal perspectives and to analyze the roles of the public domain and commons in facilitating sharing of scientific and technical data, information and materials.
Full paper presentations need to be uploaded no later than 1 August 2012. Author guideliness for the papers can be found here.


For Conference Website, click here

For Conference Program, click here​ 

For Call for papers, click here

UC Riverside20-1-2012 00:0021-1-2012 00:00Bochove, C.J. van
This workshop will center on a discussion of the historical development of information management and intermediation in financial markets before the creation of modern banks.
University of Antwerp7-10-2011 00:008-10-2011 00:00

The Dutch East Indies and Belgian Congo were, at some point, among the most severely ‘exploited’ colonies of the modern world. The extraction of tropical cash crops (tea, coffee, rubber, palm oil) and minerals (tin, oil, copper) under extreme practices of labour coercion was exceptionally profitable. In the 20th century colonial institutions were reformed considerably. How did (changing) colonial institutions affect the divergent trajectories of economic development in both countries? In this workshop a number of international experts in global, colonial and economic history focus on this question adopting a long run comparative perspective.

Plovdiv, Bulgaria14-9-2011 00:0017-9-2011 23:50
Utrecht University, Sweelinckzaal, Drift 21 3-12-2010 12:154-12-2010 15:30Frankema, E. (Ewout)

The Netherlands Indies and the Congo Free State (preceding Belgian Congo) were at some point among the most ‘exploited’ colonies of the modern era. The extraction of tropical cash crops (tea, coffee, rubber, palm oil) and minerals (tin, oil, copper) under extreme forms of labour coercion was exceptionally profitable. The repressive features of colonial rule provoked considerable social and political upheaval during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Due to public (international) outcries of malcontent, as well as a broader undercurrent of social, political and economic change, colonial institutions were substantially reformed. At what point had colonial institutions changed sufficiently to lose their adjective ‘extractive’? And how did these changing institutions affect the rather dispersed development trajectories of both countries in the twentieth century? This two-day workshop studies these issues from a comparative perspective.

Utrecht University, Drift 21, Sweelinckzaal12-11-2010 09:0013-11-2010 14:00Westerhuis, G.K. (Gerarda)

The international workshop on “Corporate networks in Europe during the 20th century” will explore a particular aspect of capitalism: the networks between companies and their leaders. Contributing to the debate on Varieties of Capitalism, the presenters will compare corporate networks in both large and small European countries during the 20th century. The group of presenters is diverse consisting of economists, sociologists, political scientists, economic historians and business historians and representing different European countries. 

A corporate network can be seen as one of several economic institutions that allow economic actors to coordinate their interactions. Consequently, one might expect that there would be cross national differences in the structure of the networks based on the degree of coordination in a particular market economy (coordinated market economy vs. liberal market economy). Hence, the structure of the corporate network in a particular country is a useful indicator of its economic organization, of the links between financial and industrial companies and of its corporate governance system. Moreover, changes in the network structure reveal adjustments in the economic organization.  

Please find attached the (preliminary) programme of the workshop. If you wish to attend the workshop please send me an email to let me know which days you want to join us 

Utrecht7-10-2010 12:0010-10-2010 18:00Carmichael, S.G. (Sarah)
The programme for the conference is now online - The papers will be added in the coming two weeks. For a PDF copy of the programme please see the attachment
Utrecht17-6-2010 00:0019-6-2010 00:00Bochove, C.J. van
In June 2010 the Research Group Social Economic History at Utrecht University will organize an international workshop on the theme of intermediation in capital markets.

Markets are the meeting place of demand and supply – this is one of their central roles. This central role is not accomplished without intermediaries, whose role is to mediate between the information asymmetries that inevitably arise. These interactions between intermediaries and actors and markets do not exist in a vacuum. They are the product of their past political, institutional, regional and economic context. Taking these differences as a backdrop, the workshop intends to start a conversation across disciplines, geographic regions and time periods. See the call for papers for more details.
Utrecht3-8-2009 00:007-8-2009 00:00Dijkman, J.E.C. (Jessica)
In 2009 the International Economic History Association (IEHA) will hold its XVth World Economic History Congress in Utrecht, The Netherlands, from August 3 to 7. The organizing institutions are Utrecht University and the International Institute of Social History. The World Economic History Congress takes place every three or four years. It offers excellent opportunities for scholars in economic history from all over the world to present their work, exchange knowledge and views, and set the research agenda for the years to come.
Please check the website at
Utrecht, Drift 21, Sweelinckzaal9-10-2008 13:0011-10-2008 12:30Gelderblom, O.C. (Oscar)
This conference aims to draw comparisons between financial markets in more and less developed economies in Europe in the pre-industrial period. The conference brings together a small group of leading scholars working on various aspects of the issue at stake. Papers will focus on one of the following three themes: private capital markets, sovereign debt, and financial market integration. Two papers will consider financial developments in the pre-industrial world outside Europe, in order to test explanations that are developed within the European context.
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