Monday, March 12, 2012

New Banking and Monetary History Project Websites Available


Two new websites of interest have recently launched, one focusing on monetary history and one on banking regulation. The first is DAMIN: Silver Monetary Depreciation and International Relations (Dépréciation de l’Argent Monétaire et relations Internationales)  The site explains:
The axis of the work is the study of the depreciation of silver in the second half of the XIXth century and its consequences in developed countries. We will study more specifically the differences between developed countries and Japan. . . . the history of Japan is a condensed history of European history: monetary unification, adoption of a silver coin, a change to the gold standard. As trade and finance were globalized, DAMIN will include all countries concerned by the silver question: USA, Latin America, Europe, India, China, Japan and all the connected questions (prices, transportation, import/export, etc.).
A first round table was held at Paris (January 2012) and a second is scheduled for May 16-17, 2013, in Madrid in association with the Casa de Velazquez. DAMIN is the project of a multinational consortium of scholars from Austria, Denmark, Greece, France, Italy, Japan, Portugal, Russia, Spain, and the United Kingdom, with Georges Depeyrot serving as program coordinator.

   The second is "Banking Regulation—The Long View: Developing a Long-Term Perspective on Current Challenges." This is the website of a project sponsored by the Economic and Social  Research Council at the University of Glasgow, under the direction of Catherine Schenk. Titled "The Development of International Financial Regulation and Supervision, 1961-1982," the project will
assess the development of international financial regulation by contrasting studies of institutional decision-making in three international financial centres in the late 20th century (from 1961-1982) as the market and regulators responded to a series of challenges and at the same time embarked on a process of liberalisation. New York, London and Hong Kong offer a range of institutional and political economy contexts in which to examine how regulation was developed, coordinated and applied at both national and multinational levels. In addition to using the archives of central banks, multilateral organisations such as the IMF and Bank for International Settlements, this project will draw on the internal correspondence of international banks and their relations with regulating bodies.
   Both websites include details of previous and upcoming meetings of interest, publications of participants, and other current and scholarly information related to their topics.