The European Association for Banking And Financial History (EABH) e.V. is calling for papers to be presented at its annual conference: 'Foreign Financial Institutions & National Financial Systems' in cooperation with the National Bank of Poland & the Kronenberg Foundation at Citi Handlowy held 6-8 June 2013 in Warsaw, Poland.
Modern and contemporary financial institutions developed in a world of deep and increasing interconnection among national economies leading to what is now known as globalisation.
Thus it comes as no surprise that they tended to cross borders since the early days of the building of the contemporary world economy. Correspondents, branches and affiliates played their roles as representatives or agents of foreign financial institutions for business, sometimes following the paths opened by trade and investment flows, sometimes following the attraction of the main financial centres of the world economy. Of course, national economies reacted to the presence of foreign financial institutions.
According to circumstances they were sometimes welcome as the introducers of important innovations for economic progress, sometimes mistrusted as the instruments of foreign interests, in critical moments possibly blamed for difficulties and subject to control and even expropriation measures. The conference will explore all aspects of multinational financial institutions in a broad sense of the expression and their relations with host economies in general and governments in particular.
Submission and Publication Opportunity
Notice of acceptance will be given by 15 November 2012. The publication of the proceedings in electronic & conventional print under EABH copyright is planned. Final papers are due on 1 February 2013.
Among others, papers on the following topics will be welcome:
- Reasons for financial institutions to cross borders, drawing from financial and multinational firms' theory.
- Organisation of foreign financial institutions in host countries and relations with parent institutions and its consequences for accounting and archival practices.
- Reaction of host economies to the presence of foreign financial institutions from acceptance and diffusion of innovations to rivalry with alien competitors.
- Attempts at control and regulation of foreign financial firms and cases of forced transformation into national institutions or nationalisation.
- Evolution of main capital exporting economies and main financial centres of the world economy and their role both as magnets for financial institutions and resources, and redistributors of those resources.
- The particular case of colonial and imperial situations and the way they ended.
Organising CommitteeThe academic committee is formed by:
- Melanie Aspey (The Rothschild Archive)
- Peter Hertner (University of Halle)
- Krzysztof Kaczmar (The Kronenberg Foundation at Citi Handlowy)
- Jakub Skiba (National Bank of Poland)
- Dieter Stiefel (University of Vienna)
- Nuno Valério (Universidade Técnica de Lisboa)