Fondazione F. Datini posthumus

Datini - ESTER
Advanced Seminar 2021

The Istituto Internazionale di Storia Economica “F. Datini” and the European School for Training in Economic and Social Historical Research (ESTER) announce their sixth jointly-organized Datini-ESTER Advanced Seminar for economic and social historians on 9th-14h May 2021, in Prato (Italy) on:


ESTER, established in 1991, is an international postgraduate network incorporating 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 economic 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 topic of the 2021 seminar is consumption. We particularly welcome papers on consumption by households, its share in total income, its structure and the role of fashion and cultures in shaping it. In addition, papers may deal with the commercial strategies employed to sell luxury products and how these stimulated demand. Taste, distinction, habit, and peer pressure may also be covered by participants, as these provide an opportunity to discuss ideas about personal and social capital in history. Finally questions about the importance of durable and non-durable goods may be addressed together with geographical differences in consumption and the underlying causes.

Papers can cover any relevant aspect and any period from Antiquity untill 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 (ESTER), Jaco Zuijderduijn (ESTER), Francesco Ammannati (secretary, Fondazione Datini). The members of the board, together with other colleagues, specialist in the field, 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 (LII Settimana di studi), devoted in 2021 to Fashion as an economic engine: process and product innovation, commercial strategies, consumer behavior, to be held in Prato, from May 9th (opening 18.00 with the inaugural speech in the municipal building) until May 12th (afternoon) 2021. For information on the congress:
b) a two-day workshop from May 13th (morning) until May 14th (late afternoon), 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 paper. They will have the opportunity of presenting their research project dealing 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 discussed 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 9th (in) until May 15th morning (out). On May 14th, at the end of the seminar, the students will receive diplomas attesting their participation 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 income, wealth and inequality and the opportunity to attend the international Datini congress, the aim of the workshop is also to foster cooperation between economic 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 income, wealth and inequality. A first selection of students (by ESTER and Datini) will take place on the basis of the abstracts. 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.

Dates and location
The Advanced 2021 Seminar will take place in Prato, Italy, from May 9th (Sunday with the inauguration of the congress) to May 14th (Friday), so the day of arrival will be Sunday May 9th and the departure Saturday morning May 15th. Both the students and instructors will meet on Sunday evening (10th May) at 8 o’clock for a dinner together. The seminar will start on Thursday 13th at 9 am. Students wishing to participate are requested to send their application no later than the 15th October 2020. To this purpose the students will use the online form. The selection of students will be completed by the end of October 2020. Deadline for submission of papers by accepted students is March 15th 2021. Following that date, the papers will be made available to all participants.

Application forms are available on the ESTER website

Dates: a summary (2019-20):
June 2020 - Call for Applications
15th October 2020 - Deadline for Applications
31st October 2020 - Selection completed, applicants informed
15th March 2021 - Deadline paper submission
31st March 2021 - Papers online for reading
9th May 2021 (morning or afternoon): arrival in Prato
10th (6 pm)-12th May (afternoon) 2021 – International Datini Congress
13th (from 9 o’clock)-14th May 2021 (late afternoon) – Advanced Seminar
14th May 2021 (end of the seminar) delivery of diplomas
15th May (morning) departure

Costs for accommodation and catering will be covered by the organizers. The organizers 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 ESTER:

ESTER/N.W. Posthumus Institute
Faculty of Arts
P.O. Box 9103
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
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