PhD Funding: ERC Dual Doctoral Award - Average - Transaction Costs and Risk Management during the First Globalization (Sixteenth-Eighteenth Centuries), Exeter & Pisa

University of Exeter

ERC-funded Dual Doctoral Award with the University of Exeter and the Università di Pisa within the project Average - Transaction Costs and Risk Management during the First Globalization (Sixteenth-Eighteenth Centuries) – Deadline: 1st May 2017

Applications are invited for one ERC-funded Dual Doctoral Award with the Department of History at the University of Exeter and the Dipartimento di Civiltà e Forme del Sapere (Department of Civilization and Forms of Knowledge), Università di Pisa (Italy). This doctoral position will focus on researching the development and practice of Maritime Averages in Livorno between the Sixteenth and Eighteenth Centuries under the supervision of Professor Maria Fusaro (Exeter), Principal Investigator of the project, and Professor Andrea Addobbati (Pisa).

This doctoral position will last for 42 months – to allow for the appropriate technical and quantitative training to properly analyse this complex documentation – and all its activities will be fully embedded into the project’s activities.

The overall aim of the project (ERC grant agreement number 724544) is to investigate the legal and economic development of General Averages comparatively across Europe (in total 4 doctoral positions are being advertised for different countries). This topic has been neglected by scholars, even though rich and substantial (serial) documentary evidence about it has survived for the early modern period. The project will be articulated along two principal axes: one principally concerned with economic analysis, which will analyse (and make available) data extracted from archives in Italy (Venice, Livorno, Genoa), the Low Countries and Spain; the other concentrating on the legal and political elements behind GA historical development. You can hear more details about the project from this link:

The Tuscan documentation is particularly important due to the strong presence of international operators in the Livorno portofranco. The main focus of this doctoral project will be the Consoli del Mare, whose material is in the State Archive of Pisa, especially working on the subseries of Atti Civili. Other archival series where important material is available are the Notarial Section of the State Archive in Florence and the archive of the Governor of Livorno (Governatore e Auditore) in the Livorno State Archive.

The project offers exciting opportunities for excellent students eager to continue his/her study whilst being actively embedded into an exciting interdisciplinary and transnational research project. The successful applicant will be dividing his/her time between the UK and Italy, taking advantage of the excellent training facilities available at the Universities of Exeter and Pisa.  S/he will also be expected to present aspects of his/her research in workshops, seminars and conferences organised within the project over its lifetime. 

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