Contextualizing Bankruptcy. Publicity, Space and Time (Europe, 17th–19th c.), IHA Paris, 19–20 March 2018

Although bankruptcy was a rather exceptional situation in the life of a merchant, it has explanatory power for routines of economic stakeholders, for their space of experience and their horizon of expectation. We can therefore use the irregularity of failure as an indicator of regularities. Considering the long, non-uniform and unsteady transition from merchant capitalism to industrial and financial capitalism, we suggest to start a dialogue between modernistes and contemporanéistes. The conference focuses on the various forms of contextualizing business failure and puts forward three major research axes: Covering and Uncovering: Secrecy and Publicity; Economic Space and Area of Jurisdiction; Temporal Narratives of (In)Solvency.

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Programme Bankruptcy_formatted (pdf)

Partners: Institut historique allemand, Institut universitaire de France, Laboratoire de recherche historique Rhône-Alpes, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München

Comité d’organisation: Natacha COQUERY (Lyon), Jürgen FINGER (Paris/Munich), Mark Sven HENGERER (Munich)


Vladimir Makovsky, Vladimir Makovsky – Bankruptcy, marked as public domain, more details on Wikimedia Commons


Monday, 19 March 2018


15:00   Meet & Greet

15:30   Welcome and Introduction

Thomas MAISSEN (Institut historique allemand): Director’s Welcome Address

Jürgen FINGER (Institut historique allemand/Ludwig-Maximilian University, Munich): Contextualizing Bankruptcy: Perspectives and Research Axes


16:30   Covering and Uncovering: Secrecy and Publicity

Chair: Jérôme SGARD (Sciences Po, Paris)

Jean-Paul BARRIÈRE (University of Franche-Comté, Besançon): Notary Bankruptcies in 19th-Century France in the Eyes of Justice and Profession: Between Secrecy and Publicity

Eric HÄUSLER (University Bern): Social Acceptance Through Publicity? The Bernese Geldstag. as an Example of a Legitimate Bankruptcy Proceeding in the Long 19th Century

Tyson LEUCHTER (University of Chicago): An Abyss of Debt: Corporatism, Bankruptcy, and Responsibility in Restoration France


Tuesday, 20 March 2018


9:00   Economic Space and Area of Jurisdiction

Chair: Laurence FONTAINE (Centre Maurice Halbwachs CNRS-ENS-EHESS, Paris)

Benoît SAINT-CAST (University Lumière Lyon 2): Cross-Border Bankruptcies, Local Rules and Conflicts of Jurisdiction in Lyon, Second Half of 17th Century

Stefan GEIßLER (ETH Zurich): The Lloyd’s List: Providing Security against Bankruptcy

Margrit SCHULTE BEERBÜHL (Heinrich-Heine University, Düsseldorf): The International Speculation Bubble of 1799 and Cross-border Insolvency Practices


11:30   Temporal Narratives of (In)Solvency 1

Chair: Jasper KUNSTREICH (Max Planck Institute for European Legal History, Frankfurt a.M.)

Viera REBOLLEDO-DHUIN (Université de Versailles Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines): The Inter-se of Commercial Regulations: The Bankruptcies of Parisian Booksellers-publishers in the 19th Century

Laurine MANAC’H (Université Panthéon-Sorbonne, Paris): Questioning Contractual and Legal Definitions of Liability in Spanish Bankruptcy Proceedings: Surroca, Comas y Cía’s Case in early 19th-Century Catalonia


14:00   Temporal Narratives of (In)Solvency 2

Chair: Mark Sven HENGERER (Ludwig-Maximilian University, Munich)

Riina TURUNEN (University of Jyväskylä): Past, Present and Future in the Narratives of Finnish

19th-Century Urban Bankrupts

Emmanuel DEBRUYNE (Catholic University of Leuven): Should I Stay or Should I go? Bankrupts and their Residential Mobility in “Belle Epoque” Belgium, 1896–1914


15:30   Final discussion

Mark Sven HENGERER (Ludwig-Maximilian University, Munich): Final Commentary and Conclusion



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Jürgen Finger

Head of the Contemporary history and the Publications teams at the German Historical Institute Paris. Project: "Markets and morals. The Moral Economy of French Capitalism 1880-1914/18". Authour of "Moral & Ökonomie im 20. Jh. Eine Anthologie" (2022), "Eigensinn im Einheitsstaat" (2016), "Dr. Oetker und der Nationalsozialismus" (2013) and "Vom Recht zur Geschichte" (2009).

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