"Negotiating Trade" is an interdisciplinary conference exploring institutions that facilitated and accommodated long-distance trade and the globalizing of capital in the medieval and early modern world. “Institutions” include formal and informal organizations, associations, conventions, and practices. Topics include permanent sites of trade (harbors, marketplaces, customs houses, banks, exchanges); hostels and warehouses used by merchants for temporary residence/storage; other forms of permanent and ephemeral architecture associated with trade; the development of regional markets (urban/rural) and international fairs; the relationship of merchants, companies, banks and brokers to states minting currency; the emergence/operations of legal institutions adjudicating commercial disputes; the representation of commercial institutions in art/literature.
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