Awarded by Riksbankens Jubileumsfond
I am delighted to announce that I have been awarded a Pro Futura Scientia Fellowship for my project on debt in pre-industrial Europe. The fellowship program will start in the summer of 2015. More information can be found here: http://www.swedishcollegium.se/test/subfolders/Pro_Futura/Scientia.html
This project examines the concept of debt and private credit in premodern Europe from 1500 to 1800, with special reference to rural communities. As a case study, I will focus on several rural areas located across France, encompassing various types of local economies.
Through the analysis of notarial and court records (mainly loans, land transactions, debt cases, tax rolls, and probates), this project seeks to explain the mechanisms of indebtedness and credit before capitalism and their combined social effects on communities, with a particular emphasis on changes over time. A special interest will be devoted to the impact of growing indebtedness on traditional communities and its consequences for the social fabric. Several key questions will be asked: How did work European rural credit markets? How did rural communities exchange in various European regions? Can we trace an evolution in these practices? What was the role of women in credit markets? What were the ethical, legal and social norms at stake in these transactions?
The project tackles these issues from four different perspectives: the practices of credit in rural communities (I); the meaning of indebtedness (II); female participation in the credit market (III); and finally the role and weight of emotions in financial exchange, especially in reference to moral obligations and enforcement mechanisms (IV).