Merchants’ manuscript culture in the premodern world

Merchants’ manuscript culture in the premodern world

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Cluster of Excellence "Understanding Written Artefacts"
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Warburgstraße 26
PLZ
20354
Ort
Hamburg
Land
Deutschland
Vom - Bis
08.07.2022 - 09.07.2022
Von
Ulla Kypta, Universität Hamburg

Global trade in late medieval and early modern times depended on specific manuscripts. The conference will shed light on different forms of creating such documents by bringing together scholars who work on merchants in different parts of the premodern world. Thus, we will discuss the interplay of specific writing traditions and common problems of trade and its influence on the specific lookout of the manuscripts.

Merchants’ manuscript culture in the premodern world

Global trade in late medieval and early modern times depended on specific manuscripts. Since trade had reached a certain level of complexity, merchants could not act on their own, but depended on partners and agents to cooperate with them. Written records played a very important part in organizing this complex trade: The relationship between a merchant and his agent was negotiated in contracts, letters and accounts, for example. Trade in different regions of the globe thus depended on manuscripts that the merchants produced themselves or got them issued by public authorities such as city councils and notaries. At the conference, we will discuss in a comparative perspective how these manuscripts worked in enabling, organizing and facilitating trade. Special attention will be given to the question of authentication. The conference will shed light on different forms of creating an authorized document by bringing together scholars who work on merchants and their agents in different parts of the premodern world. Thus, we will discuss the interplay of specific writing traditions and common problems of trade and its influence on the specific lookout of the manuscripts.

Programm

Friday, 08th July 2022

1400 Ulla Kypta (Hamburg): Welcome and Introduction

Session 1: Litigation, chair: Christian Ashauer

14:30-15:15 Philipp Höhn (Halle): Materiality Matters? Manuscripts in Litigations of Maritime Conflicts in the Atlantic (1300-1500)

15:15-16:00 Daniel Strum (Sao Paolo): Proxies and Transimperial Litigation in the Early Modern Atlantic

16:00-16:30 Coffee Break

Session 2: Merchants’ culture in a nutshell, chair: Ulla Kypta

16:30-17:15 Nere Jone Intxaustegi Jauregi (Bilbao): Public Notaries and Merchants’ Manuscripts Culture in Early Modern Bilbao

17:15-18:00 Harm von Seggern (Kiel): A Merchant’s manuscript culture – the debt register of Johan Hungerhove from Oldenburg (c.1520)

18:00-18:15 Break

18:15-19:00 Matthias Berlandi (Utrecht): Cities as Centers of Innovation? A Reassessment of the Commitment Problem in Commercial Transactions with the Scottish Bonds of Manrent

Saturday, 09th July 2022

Session 3: Global connections, chair: Elsa Clavé

09:00-09:45 Carlos Manuel Olano Paredes (Berlin): Amigos’ Manuscript Culture: Compatriotism, Trust, and the Exchange of Knowledge and Goods within the Spanish Empire (1765-1794)

09:45-10:30 Ulf Christian Ewert (Erfurt): Managing Informal Commercial Exchange: The Mitigation of Agency Problems in Fifteenth-Century Portuguese Trade with West Africa

10:30-11:00 Coffee Break

11:00-11:45 Alexandr Osipian (Berlin): Commercial Jurisdiction and the Church Agency: Circulation of Letters, Bills and Warranties in Early Modern Armenian Merchant Networks

11:45-12:30 Susanne Friedrich (München): The Early Years of the VOC (1602- ca. 1630). Documents and the Limits of Authority in Long-Distance Trade

12:30 Concluding Remarks

Kontakt

If you want to attend the conference, please register until 01st of July with: ulla.kypta@uni-hamburg.de

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