CFP : Bankers and merchants as actors in North-Eastern Europe

Money, prestige and responsibility: Bankers and merchants as actors in economic, political and cultural networks in North-Eastern Europe 16th-20th century

[Abbreviated English summary, full German version here]

International conference organised by the Nordost-Institut (IKGN e. V.), Lüneburg, and the Institute of Art History, Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich, 28-30 September 2017

The merchant-banker of North-Eastern Europe has received relatively little attention as a pivotal figure in cultural history. Although the status of the banker has been studied in the history of economics and in socio-historical terms, the focus has mostly been on banks as institutions or on the bourgeois origin of bankers. The geographic or socio-political characteristics of the North-Eastern European regions have often been disregarded. Divided into three sections, this call for papers also looks for investigations of bankers as promoters of arts and culture.