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Business and International Order

An international workshop organised by Glenda Sluga and Guilherme Sampaio | 27-28 October 2022 | EUI, Florence


27 October 2022

09:00–09:30 Opening and welcome: Glenda Sluga (ERC/ECOINT Principal Investigator) and Guilherme Sampaio (ERC/ECOINT Research Fellow)


Panel 1: New Perspectives on the International Chamber of Commerce 

Discussant: Pierre Eichenberger (University of Lausanne)

  • Madeleine Dungy (Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim): Defining the Boundary between Public and Private Interest in International Trade Rules after the First World War

  • Guilherme Sampaio (ERC/ECOINT Research fellow): Unearthing the Invisibles. Women and the International Chamber of Commerce (1920s–1980s)

10:30–10:45 Coffee Break


Panel 2: Businessmen and Imperialism from the League to the United Nations 

Discussant: Jamie Martin (Harvard University)

  • Grace Ballor (Università Bocconi): ‘World Peace through World Trade’: The International Economic Thinking of IBM’s Thomas J. Watson

  • Giovanni Costenaro (EUI): Towards an ‘exploitation globale du globe’? Italian and West-German Business and the Beginning of the European Development Policies towards Africa (1955–1959)

  • Paul Turberg (University of Lausanne): The Swiss Pharmaceutical Industry and the Rise of the New International Economic Order (1974–1978)

12:30–14:00 Lunch Break


Panel 3: Environmental Governance and Business Internationalism

Discussant: Thomas David (University of Lausanne)

  • Ben Huf (University of Sydney): Business and the Planetary History of International

  • Environmental Governance in the 1970s

  • Robert Falkner (London School of Economics): International Business in Global Environmental Governance: From Stockholm to Rio and Johannesburg

  • Ann Bergquist (Umea University): Business Inaction: The International Chamber of Commerce and Responses to Climate Change from the 1970s to the early 1990s

15:45–17:00 Coffee Break


Book presentation: Jamie Martin (Harvard University): The Meddlers: Sovereignty, Empire, and the Birth of Global Economic Governance

19:30 Workshop Dinner (Reserved to speakers and organizers)

28 October 2022


Panel 4: Rethinking the International OrderDiscussant: Glenda Sluga (ERC/ECOINT Principal Investigator)

  • Bianca Centrone (Princeton University): ‘Care for the Human Factor’: Management, the Industrial Economy and International Cooperation in the Interwar Years

  • Johanna Gautier (ERC/ECOINT Research Fellow): ‘Please Find Enclosed Restricted Information’: Businesses, International Organizations, and the Production of Economic Knowledge

  • Sabine Selchow (ERC/ECOINT Senior Fellow): Contemporary Celebrity Tech- Businessmen and the UN: Insights from the Now to Inform our Study of the Past

11:15-11:30 Coffee Break

11.30-12:30  Closing Discussion: led by Glenda Sluga with all the discussants


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