History and Social Sciences

Debates in economic History

27JUNE - 1JULY 2016

Applications until 9 may 2016.

Coord.: Zacarías MOUTOUKIAS (Université Paris Diderot)
Org.: École des hautes études hispaniques et ibériques (Casa de Velázquez, Madrid), EA 337 (ICT, Université Paris Diderot - Paris 7), El Colegio de México (COLMEX), Fondation Maison des sciences de l'homme (Paris), Fundación Ramón Areces (Madrid), Instituto Figuerola de Historia y Ciencias Sociales (Universidad Carlos III, Madrid), Universidad Nacional Tres de Febrero (UNTREF, Buenos Aires)

Workshop venues:
Casa de Velázquez
C/ Paul Guinard, 3
28040 Madrid

Fundación Ramón Areces
C/ Vitruvio, 5
28006 Madrid

Application deadline:
9 May 2016 (midnight, Madrid time).

Application form


The aim of this workshop—intended for PhD students or young researchers from Europe and Latin America—is to create a space in which to discuss and look in greater depth at some of the principal approaches in economic history. Clearly inter-disciplinary in focus, it also aims to address the diversity of the debates currently ongoing—and reflect the depth of the renewal in this sphere—in the context of relations between history and social sciences.

In line with these objectives, the workshop encourages active participation by the selected candidates so as to produce an exchange of ideas and scientific discussion on how history and social sciences relate to each other, and on research practices in the various different geographical contexts. To that end, the selected candidates will be invited to present and discuss their research projects or part of their current work. The teaching programme combines these presentations with the workshop and a seminar for each subject group, conducted by acknowledged specialists. In this way each participant will have the opportunity to be actively involved in and contribute to the exchanges of ideas and collective discussion, with the support of specialists experienced in the research fields concerned.

The idea of organising a dialogue between economic history, history and social sciences was inspired by the simple fact of how each discipline—or area of specialisation—is perceived by the other. Often these perceptions are characterised by stereotypes unrecognisable to those so viewed. The difference between "economic history" and "narrative history" does nothing to explain these contrasts, for there has been considerable circulation of concepts and methods among the various sectors of economic history, and the renewal mentioned above has reached all these areas—both those using more mathematically-derived tools and those pursuing more qualitative and narrative practices. For this reason the organisers of the workshop seek to cast this dialogue over at least two historical periods.


Bearing all this in mind, the thematic area chosen this year consists of the approaches and methods adopted in the study of economic globalisation. These will be debated in the context of a number of central themes such as: institutions in the modern age and the global dimensions of the construction of the fiscal State; the action and networks of transnational players involved in such construction; migrations and their institutional context; the social and gender dimensions of mobility and the study of migrants as entrepreneurs; the institutions of the globalisation. These thematic areas will be organised in four pairs of workshops and seminars—one pair per subject group—conducted by acknowledged specialists. The programme will be completed by a final round table to discuss quantitative and qualitative methods in the history of globalisation. 


Manuela MARTINI, Université Paris Diderot
Blanca SÁNCHEZ ALONSO, Universidad CEU San Pablo e Instituto Figuerola
Carmen SARASUA, Universidad de Barcelona
Bartolomé YUN-CASALILLA, Universidad Pablo de Olavide

Closing conference :
François HÉRAN, INED

The name of the speaker chosen by COLMEX will be soon known.

Candidate profile

This invitation to candidates is aimed chiefly at PhD students or young researchers in economic history and social history. However, we also encourage applications from students of other specialised areas of history, anthropology or sociology who wish to broaden their experience through acquaintance with the subject areas addressed in this workshop.

The category of 'young researcher' may extend to 2nd-year Masters students whose research projects are well advanced.


There is no registration fee.

Candidates can register using the online form until 9 May 2016 (midnight, Madrid time).

Twenty candidates will be selected. Candidates will be notified of their acceptance or non-acceptance by email.

Casa de Velázquez will host the 20 selected candidates during the workshop.

The organisers offer:
- for candidates not resident in Madrid, accommodation in shared double room with breakfast.
- mid-day meal.

Travel and evening meals will be paid for by participants or their institutions.

Languages used in the workshop: Spanish, French, English. Students able to express themselves only in English must be able to understand Spanish or French.



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