The Institute of Studies on Mediterranean Societies (ISSM – Naples, Italy) organized a doctoral seminar on “Credit. Trust, solidarity, citizenship (14th – 19th century)”, on October 2-6, 2017.
The objective of the seminar was to understand the importance of intense credit activities at all levels of society, both in urban and rural areas over the long term, from consumer microcredit to the specific problem of the foundation of the Monti di Pietà in the various regional typologies, and to the forms of solidarity credit that, over the centuries, gave rise to more modern forms of banks. The seminar therefore seeked to understand the role they had:
- The collection and delivery of credit by some large welfare institutions and their role in financing the system of “public charity”
- The relationship between these institutions and the trust placed in them, holding the assets of the poor by associating charitable purposes and credit services
- The impact they have on the overall local economic cycle, both by guaranteeing the protection of private wealth and as a form of public debt financing
- The functional transformations of the entities responsible for providing consumer credit and the presence of informal circuits, the nature and cost of operations, and the type of transactions
- The role of fiduciary currency and its transformation into legal currency
This seminar was held with the collaboration of the RAMSES network and LabexMed project. It implicated institutions from different countries: University of Barcelona, Institució Milà i Fontanals of Consejo Superior de Investigación Científica of Barcelona, University of Suor Orsola Benincasa, Italian Historical Institute in Medieval Studies, Maison Méditerranéenne des Sciences de l’Homme, University of Pablo De Olavide of Sevilla, University of Rouen-GRHis, Institut Universitaire de France, Institute of History of Mediterranean Europe, Foundation of the Banco di Napoli.