Identity Economics. A comparative perspective on the Crown of Aragon and the Low Countries (13th-16th centuries)

on jun 01 in Portada by cema

International colloquium of young researchers.

7-8th June 2017. Facultad de Filosofía y Letras (Universidad de Zaragoza).

This colloquium brings together young historians of different periods and contexts in order to explore the possibilities of ‘identity economics’ to explain regional disparities within the expansionist dynamics in Europe immediately preceding the First Global Age. We will explore ‘identity’ from a comparative approach to the Crown of Aragon and the Low Countries in 1250-1550; two territories that exemplify the trends and contradictions of an economic system under construction, which gathers from the Mediterranean Sea to Northern Europe.

The colloquium will consist of three discussion and debate sessions moderated by Jan Dumolyn (U. Gent), Juan Vicente García (U. València), and Jessica Dijkman (U. Utrecht). Young researchers from Spanish, Belgian and Italian universities will present 20-minute communications. The first session will focus on State and the deployment of mercantile policies as a way of minimizing transaction costs and stimulating trust among financial and mercantile operators. The second one will center on agent’s identity and economic behaviours, and the role of individuals in the articulation of market spaces. The last one will approach to informal structures of exchange, and networks and mechanisms of ‘international’ and inter-confessional cooperation.

Organising Committee:

David Igual Luis (Universidad de Castilla-La Mancha)

Michael Limberger (Universiteit Gent)

Judicaël Petrowiste (Université Paris Diderot)


Scientific Committee:

Sandra de la Torre Gonzalo (Grupo CEMA)

María Viu Fandos (Universidad de Zaragoza)

María Jesús García Arnal (Universidad de Zaragoza)


The Project TESTA ‘The transformations of the State: Political structures, social agents, and discourses of legitimacy in the kingdom of Aragon (14th-15th centuries). A comparative perspective’ (ref. HAR2015-68209-P) and the Research Group CEMA of the University of Zaragoza present the international colloquium: Identity economics: a comparative perspective on the Crown of Aragon and the Low Countries (13th-16th centuries).

Carlos Laliena is leading researcher at TESTA and CEMA


Wednesday 7

Opening (15h30)

16h State and the deployment of mercantile policies

Jan Dumolyn (Universiteit Gent)

From the hostility to the community of all things. Trade and cross-border businessmen after the War of the Two Peters. Carlos Crespo Amat (Universidad de Alicante)

Burghership and economic identity in thirteenth-century Flanders. Leen Bervoets (Ghent University)

Wealth management, network formation, and political power. The investment behaviour of Ghent’s political elites and its ramifications on the forging of social networks in times of economic growth and recession (16th century). Jelten Baguet (Vrije Universiteit Brussel – Universiteit Gent)

City Walk (19h)


Thursday 8

10h30 Agent’s identity and economic behaviours

Juan Vicente García Marsilla (Universitat de València)

Gender distribution of real state in the city of Huesca (Crown of Aragon), 13th century. María Jesús García Arnal (Universidad de Zaragoza)

Considering a comparative method – women’s labour positions in late medieval towns. Nena Vandeweerdt (University of Leuven)

Coffee break (11h30-12h)

« Les coses de grans preus » and female identity. Use and consumption of luxury by women of the monarchy in the Crown of Aragon and the Low Countries. Lledó Ruiz Domingo (Universitat de València)

In the search of the medieval room. Private space specialisation in the city of Valencia and its hinterland (13th-15th Centuries). Luis Almenar Fernández and Antonio Belenguer González (Universitat de València)

15h30 Informal structures of exchange

Jessica Dijkman (Universiteit Utrecht)

Corporate identity of Catalan-Aragonese mercantile elite in the first half of the 15th century. María Viu Fandos and Sandra de la Torre Gonzalo (Universidad de Zaragoza)

The Navarros. Valencian merchants in the Sardinia of the XV century. Giuseppe Seche (Università di Cagliari)

German immigration in mediaeval Barcelona: the beginning of trade and craft development before the “Dret dels Alemanys” (1380-1420). Iván Casado Novas (Universidad de Barcelona)

Jewish convert merchants in the silk markets: an economic identity? (1480-1520). Ángel Rozas Español (Universidad de Castilla-La Mancha)

Closing remarks (19h)

Comentario cerrado.