CFP: Strange Currencies: Dynamic Economies in the Early Modern World (grad) (12/1/06; 2/16/07)

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Balaka Basu
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The Early Modern Interdisciplinary Group of the Graduate Center, City
University of NY, invites proposals for papers for its third annual
conference, Strange Currencies: Dynamic Economies in the Early Modern
World, to be held on February 16, 2007 in New York City.

Both as a source of anxiety, upheaval and crisis and as a key driver
of technological, artistic and intellectual accomplishment, economic
influences underline many of the Early Modern period's radically
shifting philosophies. This conference will focus on Early Modern
market representations and modes of exchange in financial, social, and
sexual spheres. We encourage scholars of all disciplines to submit
papers on this topic, related to the period inclusive of the
fourteenth through the seventeenth centuries, and we especially
welcome papers with an interdisciplinary methodology.

Possible topics for papers include, but are not limited to:

Philosophies of economics
The physical marketplace
Economies of gender & sexuality
Housekeeping and domestic economies
Economics and the law
Credit, loans & banking
Currency and coinage
Wealth, poverty & charity
Money, exchange & business
Property, inheritance & real estate
Publicity and the cult of celebrity
Advertising and desire
Anti-Semitism & racism
Banking families
Usury & interest
Economic crimes (counterfeiting, theft, fraud, debt, etc.)
Luxury goods
Imports and exports
Products, services & industries
The guilds
Mercantile stereotypes
The slave trade
Professionals & careers
Consumption & consumers
Taxation & state finance
Church finance
Trading spaces; trading bodies
Class dynamics
Commodification of genres
The theatre and economics
Commercialism and literature
Trading companies (East India et al)

Send 250 word or less abstracts by December 1st, 2006 to or by post to Balaka Basu (Ph. D. Program in
English, The Graduate Center, 365 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10016).
Please include your name and institutional affiliation, mailing
address, email address, and phone number.

Louise Geddes, Balaka Basu & Margaret Robertson
Co-Chairs, Early Modern Interdisciplinary Group

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