Georges Depeyrot of Paris forwarded the following announcements about upcoming workshops he and Anders Vgren are organizing. -EditorFirst I am pleased to inform you of the workshop in International Monetary History here in Paris in December 3 . 5, 2008. The workshop is joining the project on Revisiting Money As A Unified Unit Of Account From A Complementary Viewpoint and the project on Paper Money in Theory and Practice in History. It will take place at the Paris Mint (December 3) and the EHESS (December 4 . 5).
The workshop is hosted by Georges Depeyrot (CNRS and the EHESS) and the first part on Revisiting Money As A Unified Unit Of Account From A Complementary Viewpoint is organized by Professors Kuroda (Tokyo University) and Bruno Thiret (IRISES, CNRS Universiti Paris Dauphine). The second part concerns the project on Paper Money in Theory and Practice in History and is organized by Anders Vgren (EHFF/SSE and EconomiX/Universiti de Paris X) and Patrice Baubeau (IDHE/Universiti de Paris X). More info will be sent out within short.
Also, please find enclosed a call for papers for a three day conference on Paper Money in Theory and Practice in History. This conference will be organized by Anders Vgren, David F. Weiman (Department of Economics, Barnard College, Columbia University) and Carl Wennerlind (Department of History, Barnard College, Columbia University).
The conference will take place at Barnard College, Columbia University in New York City in April 17-19, 2009. The deadlines are December 15, 2008 for the abstract and March 30, 2009 for the full papers.
From the Call for Papers:
Monetary systems based on paper money are standard in most parts of the world today. Yet despite its prevalence, economic theory has not succeeded in providing an explanation for the emergence and continued acceptance of paper money.
While the existence of paper money, credit money, and fiat money systems have not been at the center of modern economic research, there is a long history of prominent thinkers who carefully theorized the emergence and dynamics of such monetary systems. In Europe, thinkers like John Law, Richard Cantillon, David Hume, and Henry Thornton developed elaborate theoretical frameworks, while in the American colonies, Benjamin Franklin famously explored the use of paper money. In addition to the western tradition of using and thinking about paper money, the Chinese economy was based on paper money for many centuries.
The fact that paper money existed in so many different economies and political systems, suggests that a comparative approach to the theory and practice of paper money might be advantageous.
By exploring the common features of various paper money systems, the aim of this conference is to provide a deeper understanding of the nature, function, and dynamics of fiduciary coins, paper money, credit money, and fiat money.
For more information on the conference or anything related to paper money, contact Anders Vgren ( firstname.lastname@example.org ). For information on the Paris workshop, contact Georges Depeyrot ( email@example.com ) -Editor
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