Fondazione F. Datini posthumus

Datini - ESTER
Advanced Seminar 2018
'Global Exchanges and Maritime Trades'

The Istituto Internazionale di Storia Economica “F. Datini” and the European School for Training in Economic and Social Historical Research (ESTER) announce their fifth jointly-organized Datini-Ester Advanced Seminar for economic and social historians on 13th-19th May 2018, Prato (Italy) on:

Global Exchanges and Maritime Trades

ESTER, established in 1991, is an international postgraduate network incorpo-rating more than 60 European Universities. ESTER organizes research training in the form of both the annual Research Design Course for starting PhD-students and a series of Advanced Seminars on special themes within econom-ic and social history.

"F. Datini" International Institute of Economic History was founded in 1967 by Federigo Melis and Fernand Braudel. The aim of the Institute is the study of pre-industrial economic history (13th-18th centuries) and the creation on the topic of a space for historical culture, making comparison between different methodologies and schools of research easier and supporting young scholars during their formative years.

The focus of the 2018 seminar is the formation and development of maritime exchanges. Its aim is to investigate the influence of trades and connections by sea on the integration of past and present economies, societies and cultures. Attention will be devoted to the exchanges, their techniques, institutions, periods of growth and decline and their geography. Papers can cover any period from Antiquity till today.

Description and organization of the Advanced Datini-Ester Seminar

The seminar is jointly organized by the members of the board of the Datini-Ester Seminar: Paolo Malanima (responsible for the project, Fondazione Datini), Ben Gales (Posthumus Institute), Giovanni Muto (Fondazione Datini), Jaco Zuijderduijn (Posthumus Institute), Francesco Ammannati (secretary, Fondazione Datini). The members of the board, together with other col-leagues, will participate in the seminar as instructors.

The Datini-Ester Advanced Seminar consists of two complementary parts:

a) the participation in the international Datini congress, devoted in 2018 to Maritime Networks as a Factor in European Integration, to be held in Prato, from May 13th (opening 18th o’clock with the inaugural speech) until 17th (morning) 2018. For information on the congress:

b) a three-days workshop from May 17th (afternoon), until May 19th (morn-ing), in a reserved room of the Datini Palace in Prato.

The workshop will bring together a number of senior researchers from differ-ent countries. Prior to the workshop, students will be asked to prepare a pa-per. They will have the opportunity of presenting their research project deal-ing with one or more core problems of their research field and discussing them with both senior researchers and other fellow students. Each paper will be presented by the author during the seminar and then examined and dis-cussed by one of the participating students and by one of the instructors, after which a general discussion among all participants will take place.

The students will be guests of the Istituto Internazionale di Storia Economica “F. Datini” from Sunday May 13th until May 19th included. On the 19th May, at the end of the seminar, the students will receive diplomas attesting their par-ticipation in the Datini-Ester seminar and Datini congress. The diplomas will be delivered only to the students who will take part both in the seminar and the Datini congress. Besides providing a feedback opportunity for ongoing projects on maritime connections and trades and the opportunity to attend the international Datini congress, the aim of the workshop is also to foster cooperation between eco-nomic and social historians coming from different countries.

This Advanced Datini-Ester Seminar is open to 15 PhD-students and Post-Docs (who finished their doctorate less than five years prior to the seminar).

Applications and admission

Students should apply online, and present a 800 words abstract of the content of their dissertation project dealing with maritime exchanges and trades.
A first selection of students (by ESTER and Datini) will take place on the basis of the abstract. After this stage, students who are accepted will be asked to draft their research paper.
The final admission to the course depends upon the following points:
• the student must meet the deadline for submission of his/her paper;
• the paper must be of sufficient academic quality and the level of the English used in the paper must be sufficient.

The language of the papers, such as that of the seminar, will be English.

The paper instructions can be found here. (pdf, 223 kB)

Dates and location

The Advanced 2018 Seminar will take place in Prato, Italy, from May 13th (Sun-day with the inauguration of the congress) to May 19th (Saturday), so the day of arrival will be Sunday May 13th. Both the students and instructors will meet on Sunday evening (13th May) at 8 o’clock for a dinner together. The seminar will start on Thursday 17th at 14.30 pm. Students wishing to participate are requested to send their application no later than the 15th October 2017. To this purpose the students will use the online form. The selection of students will be completed by the end of October 2017. Deadline for submission of papers by accepted students is February 28th 2018. Following that date, the papers will be made available to all participants on the ESTER-website.

Application forms are available here

Dates: a summary (2017-18)

June 2017 - Call for Applications
15th October 2017 - Deadline Applications
31st October 2017 - Selection completed, applicants informed
28th February 2018 - Deadline paper submission
15th March 2018 - Papers online for reading
13th May 2018 (morning or afternoon): arrival in Prato
13th (6 pm)-17th May (morning) 2018 – international Datini congress
17th (from 2.30 o’clock)-19th May 2018 (morning) – Advanced Seminar
19th May 2018 (end of the seminar) delivery of diplomas and departure


Costs for accomodation and catering will be covered by the organizers. The or-ganizers will not cover travel costs (possibly covered by students’ home institutions). Travel arrangements to and from Prato have to be organized by the selected participants themselves.

The workshop will be funded by the Istituto Internazionale di Storia Economica “F. Datini” and by the ESTER Graduate School.


For inquiries concerning this course, please contact the program director of ESTER and the N.W. Posthumus Institute:

Dr. Jaco Zuijderduijn
N.W. Posthumus Institute
Institute for History
PO Box 9515
2300 RA Leiden
The Netherlands

For inquiries concerning the hospitality in Prato, the students have to contact the secretary of the Datini Institute on the dates of their arrival and departure:

Letizia Finocchiaro
Istituto Internazionale di Storia Economica “F. Datini” di Prato
© Fondazione Istituto Internazionale di Storia Economica "F. Datini"