Twisted Transfers at the European Social Sciences History Conference

The 2020 conference of the European Social Sciences History Conference, which has been postponed to March 24-27, 2021, will also take place online. This applies therefore also to the session “Discursive Constructions of Corruption in Ancient Rome”, organised by Prof. Dr. Filippo Carlà-Uhink and Dr. Marta García Morcillo, which is now bound to take place on Wednesday, March 24, 2.30-3.45 pm CET and contains papers by both organisers, Dr. Sema Karatas and Dr. Christian Rollinger. As the timetable of ESSHC is not completely finalised yet, please check their homepage for further information.

Talk by Filippo Carlà-Uhink at the University of Exeter

On Wednesday, February 3, at 4 pm CET (3 pm GMT) Prof. Dr. Filippo Carlà-Uhink will give a talk within the series of research seminars of the Department of Classics and Ancient History of the University of Exeter. The title of the talk is “‘Environmental Trust’ as Context and Condition for Economic Transactions: The Case of Ancient Rome”. If your are interested to participate, please write an mail to: twistedtransfers(at)uni-potsdam.de!

Lectures by Cristina Rosillo Lopez and Marta Garcia Morcillo

Our project members Cristina Rosillo Lopez and Marta Garcia Morcillo will give two lectures as part of the New Work on the Roman Republic lecture series. The sessiones will take place on Zoom, registration is requiered.

For further Information click here.

11th March: Marta Garcia Morcillo - Makers, Takers and the Cosntruction of Value in Cicero´s  De Officiis.

29th April: Cristina Rosillo Lopez - Patterns of Decision Making and the Relationship between Magistrates and the Roman Senate in the Second and First c. BCE. 


New Publication: Managing Information in the Roman Economy

Cristina Rosillo López and Marta García Morcillo (Eds.): Managing Information in the Roman Economy, London 2021. 

Private or hidden knowledge is an economic concept often encapsulated by the idea ‘I know something that you don’t know’; the opposite would thus be information that is ‘publicly observable’. Informational asymmetry is not only a frequent phenomenon in market activities, but is a distinguishing trait of human relationships, and can be identified in numerous parts of our daily life. Roman authors expressed and articulated collective and individual concerns and solutions to issues affecting information in economic transactions. The creation of innovative institutions aimed to improve and regulate economic performance. Some recorded legal requirements and enforcement instruments partially contributed to compensate for the uncertainties generated by business opportunities and by the unequal access to information that disadvantaged certain economic actors against others, and that were, accordingly, a source of transaction costs. These forms of state intervention reflected complex interactions between the public and the private sphere. The present collective volume aims to deepen our understanding of the Roman Economy by identifying and dissecting the information systems, networks and dynamics that both enabled and conditioned business and financial relationships. The study of knowledge as an economic source, but also as an instrument of power, invites us to evaluate economic activities within a larger collective mental, social and political framework. The book builds upon and is greatly indebted to previous scholarly research on economic theory, specifically from the field of the economics of information, as well as from New Institutional Economics, which have significantly impacted recent studies on the Ancient Economy.

For further information click here.

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Twisted Transfers in der BBC

Das Twisted Transfers Projekt hat in Kooperation mit der BBC ein animiertes Video zum Thema Korruption in der Antike erstellt. Zum Video gelangen Sie hier.

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2nd Twisted Transfers Workshop - 17th / 18th Dec.

According to the pandemic situation, the second workshop of the DFG project "Twisted Transfers", including the lecture with Prof. Ronald Kroeze (17th December) The Presence of a Past Problem. Corruption in Historical Perspectivewill be onlineTo attend the lecture, please register by mail (until 15.12.) at sekretariat-altertumuni-potsdamde.

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First Research Group Meeting

Picture of the researchgroup meeting
Foto: Filippo Carlà-Uhink

The first Research Group Meeting has taken place on Friday 5th of june via Zoom. Researchers from London, Potsdam and many other cities and countries were brought together.




Picture of the researchgroup meeting
Foto: Filippo Carlà-Uhink

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