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CFP: RNW Archives of Power/The Power of Archives Masterclass with Francesca Trivellato (Institute for Advanced Study) – Friday 7 June 2024

Masterclass date & time: Friday 7 June, 10:30-1pm, followed by a lunch with the participants
Organizers: Maartje van Gelder; Rosa de Jong
Location: University of Amsterdam

Call for applications

In her groundbreaking research on the early modern period, Francesca Trivellato has always combined economic history with social and cultural history. Her work on cross-cultural trade intersects the fields of European, Jewish, Mediterranean and global history, religion and capitalism. Her interests revolve around a broad set of questions about the culture and organization of the market and labour relations in the pre-industrial period. She has also reflected on questions of scale in her work on microhistory and global history and on whether early modern archival sources allow us to trace agency, a question central to research on the relations between archives and power. She is currently working on a project that is both conceptual and archival, analyzing a vast collection of business contracts in the Florence State Archives to question assumptions on the interplay between cultural and economic change during the Renaissance.

This masterclass offers PhD candidates, early-stage postdocs and advanced RMA students working on themes such as the (culture of) economic markets and trade, labour relations, slavery, networks and migration the opportunity to discuss their own research with one of the most imaginative historians of the early modern world. To engage in a productive discussion, all participants are expected to read each other’s papers in advance.


  • This masterclass is open to max. 6 PhD candidates, early-stage postdocs and advanced RMA students of the Huizinga Institute and the N.W. Posthumus Institute.
  • Application: do you want to participate? Send in a motivation (max 1 page) and short abstract of the work you want to bring in (300 words) to 
  • Preparatory work: Discussion during the masterclass based on pre-circulated texts of max. 10 pages per participant ( 4.000-5.000 words). The text can be (part of) a draft chapter, short paper or project presentation. Text should be sent in by 17 May 2024 (
  • Course load: 2 ECTS upon request


Francesca Trivellato is Andrew W. Mellon Professor of Early Modern European History at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, NJ. She previously taught at Yale University for fifteen years. Her principal publications include: Fondamenta dei vetrai: Lavoro, tecnologia e mercato a Venezia tra Sei e Settecento (Donzelli, 2000); The Familiarity of Strangers: The Sephardic Diaspora, Livorno, and Cross-Cultural Trade in the Early Modern Period (Yale University Press, 2009); and The Promise and Peril of Credit: What a Forgotten Legend about Jews and Finance Tells us about the Making of European Commercial Society (Princeton University Press, 2019). She is one of the founding co-editors of Capitalism: A Journal of History and Economics.