CANCELLED, TO BE RESCHEDULED. International Conference: "The International Debt Crisis Revisited, 1979-1991", Venice-Florence, 16-19 March 2020

Due to the current new coronavirus Covid-19 outbreak in Italy and the containment measures approved by the Italian Government, the conference has been cancelled and will be rescheduled as soon as possible.

  • Date:

    16 MARCH
    19 MARCH 2020
  • Event location: Venice and Florence

The International Debt Crisis Revisited, 1979-1991, Venice-Florence, 16-19 March 2020



Part I – The Superpowers and the International Debt Crisis, 1979-1991

16 March - Venice

10.00 Welcome & Opening remarks

10:30 Panel 1

Chair: Francesco Saverio Leopardi (University of Bologna)

Maximilian Graf (Masaryk Institute and Archives of the Czech Academy of Sciences), The East German ‘Debt Crisis’, the Soviet Union and the West

Pal Germuska (Hungarian National Archive), Hungary and the debt crisis of the 1980s

Discussant: Fritz Bartel (Texas A&M University)


 12.30 Lunch


 14.30 Panel 2

Chair: Verena Kross

Aleksandra Komornička (EUI), The Years of Turmoil: Debt Crisis, Domestic Power Struggles and the Solidarity Revolution, 1979-1981

Benedetto Zaccaria & Duccio Basosi (Ca’ Foscari University Venice), The US and the Polish Debt Crisis Revisited, 1979-1986

Discussant: Emmanuel Mourlon-Druol (University of Glasgow)


16.30 Coffee Break


17.00 Keynote Speech: Federico Romero (EUI)


20.00 Conference dinner



17 March – Venice

9.30 Panel 3

Chair: Mattia Ravano (Graduate Institute, Geneva)

Yasmina Aziki (Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne), The Moroccan debt crisis in 1983: A predictable bankruptcy?

Max Trecker (Leibniz Institute for Contemporary History, Munich-Berlin), ‘I Want My Money Back!’ Or Why There Was No Thatcher-Moment in East-South Financial Relations

Discussant: Kim Seung Woo (Graduate Institute, Geneva)


11.30 Coffee Break


12.00 Final Roundtable

Coordinator: Duccio Basosi (Ca’ Foscari University Venice)

Speakers: Vladislav M. Zubok (LSE), Kathryn Furlong (Université de Montréal), Massimiliano Trentin (University of Bologna)


13.30 Lunch & transfer to Florence


Part II – The Global Financial System and the International Debt Crisis, 1979-1991

18 March – Florence

10.00 Opening remarks: Mauro Campus (University of Florence)


10.00 Keynote speech: TBD


11.15 Coffee break


11.30 Panel 1

Chair: TBD

Mauro Campus (University of Florence), The public discourse on the debt crisis in the 1980s

Raphaël Orange-Leroy (CY Cergy Paris Université), Why did the debt crisis not happen sooner? A counterfactual inquiry into the financial difficulties of developing countries (1964-1979)

Discussant: Maximilian Graf (Masaryk Institute and Archives of the Czech Academy of Sciences)


13.30 Lunch


15.30 Panel 2

Chair: Yasmina Aziki (Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne)

Fritz Bartel (Texas A&M University), From Banks to Bonds: The Changing Structure of Global Finance in the 1980s

Emmanuel Mourlon-Druol (University of Glasgow), Barclays, Paribas, and Société Générale in Poland, 1950s-1980s

Discussant: Duccio Basosi (Ca’ Foscari Universtity Venice)


19.30 Conference dinner


19 March – Florence

9.00 Panel 3

Chair: TBD

Kim Seung Woo (Graduate Institute, Geneva), Inter-state solution in the stateless market: the international debt crisis and the global supervision of the Eurocurrency market, 1979-1984

Mattia Ravano (Graduate Institute, Geneva), From trade promotion to debt restructuring: The changing approach of the G7 to East-West economic relations, 1979-1989

Verena Kröss (Jacobs University, Bremen), Understanding the World Bank’s Turn to Structural Adjustment Lending

Discussant: TBD


11.15 Coffee break


11.30 Panel 4

Chair: Pal Germuska (Hungarian National Archive)

Kathryn Furlong (Université de Montréal), Transforming landscapes, Transforming livelihoods: Infrastructure, IFIs and International Debt Management (Medellín, Colombia 1950-1995)

Discussant: Max Trecker (Leibniz Institute for Contemporary History, Munich-Berlin)


13.30 Lunch


15.00 Concluding Remarks: Mauro Campus University of Florence), Duccio Basosi (Ca’ Foscari University Venice), Massimiliano Trentin (University of Bologna)


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