New Directions in the Histories of Credit, Debt, and Financial Intermediaries
Christiaan van Bochove, Radboud University
Erika Vause, Florida Southern College
Louise E. Walker, Northeastern University
Panelists and audience members will grapple with some of the most fundamental conceptual dilemmas within the discipline of History that still remain relevant today: How did individuals use different types of loans to navigate the uncertainties in their lives in the best way possible? How did intermediaries perform their roles and deal with crises like war? How and why did capitalism deepen in these vastly different times and places through peoples’ interactions with credit and debt? What is the relationship between intermediaries, accountability, trust, property right enforcement and legal institutions? How did the practice of justice change over time? Who was trustworthy, and how was trustworthiness performed and evaluated in these financial relationships?
The roundtable brings together both established and early-career scholars who will draw on a variety of historiographical traditions in order to explore histories of credit and debt in innovative ways. The chair/commentator will offer opening comments, then panelists will provide very brief discussions of their current scholarship, and from there, we will invite the audience to join in the conversation. By bringing together people with an interest in credit, debt, capitalism and financial culture, this roundtable hopes to encourage new ways of conceptualizing loans and their significance to the human experience.