[Conference] 7th MRC Conference on 21-22 September 2021 (Sofia,Bulgaria)

Dear RAMICS subscribers,

It is our great honor to kindly invite you to the 7th Annual Monetary and Economic Scientific Conference – THE NEW NORMALITY AFTER THE PANDEMIC – AN ECONOMIC PERSPECTIVE  
which will be hosted by the Monetary and Economic Research Center jointly with the Department of Finance of UNWE and the Economic and Politics Institute on 21 – 22 September 2021 at the University of National and World Economy in Sofia and online. MRC Annual Conference provides an opportunity for fellows and non-fellows of MRC to exchange ideas and to discuss results from economic research. The main panels of the conference will be:

1. Monetary and Financial Economics 

2. International Economics and International Political Economy 

3. Economic and monetary History and History of Economic Thought 

4. Environmental, social, and solidarity economy

5. Management and Marketing 

The conference is open to anybody involved in these research areas, including both young and experienced researchers, Ph.D. students, post-doctoral researchers, and professionals from business, government, and non-governmental institutions. Conference papers will be published on the website of MRC and selected papers will be published in a special issue of Economic Alternatives Journal.

If you have any questions or need additional information, please do not hesitate to contact us: mrc@unwe.bg.

Stay safe,

RAMICS Communication Staff

[Call for Papers] Monetary Plurality and Crisis

The Journal of Risk and Financial Management (MDPI) announced the following special issue and call for papers:

Monetary Plurality and Crisis

“After the financial crisis” can always be seen as the period before the next financial crises. Even in periods of relative stability, economic inequalities and climate calamities are stretching the social fabric on the local, national, and international levels. Complementary currencies have been deployed to supplement conventional currency systems and ameliorate their shortcomings, even before the emergence of cryptocurrencies. Thus, monetary plurality is a reality not only during financial crises, but it is a recurrent characteristic of capitalist economies. Monetary monopoly over a national territory is a mission that has never been completely accomplished.
This Special Issue focuses on the role of individual complementary currencies and monetary diversity generally in stabilizing our financial systems and alleviating the impact of risk and crisis on the local, national or international scale. Research questions welcome for this publication include but are not limited to, the stabilizing or destabilizing effect of complementary currencies within monetized capitalist societies, their life-cycles in relation to national and international crisis, the impact of blockchain technologies in the application of currency innovations, and the conceptual and regulatory paradigms that support or impede monetary diversity as a key element of systemic resilience.
We invite original contributions in English that focus on issues of mitigation of risk, monetary resilience, and economic and social sustainability. Eligible contributions are not limited to quantitative methods. Data and core findings need to be presented in a minimum of one diagram or chart.
We encourage papers from the global South and aim to give attention to a diversity of authors and contexts. Limited financial support for publication fees and proofreading is available to excellent submissions by authors without other sources of institutional funding.


Prof. Dr. Georgina M. Gomez, Dr. Leander Bindewald
Guest Editors

Final deadline for full articles submissions is the 30th of September 2020. 
For details and manuscript submission please see the journal’s website or email Leander Bindewald.

[Winter School] EUMOL 2019: Leveraging Digitisation in Europe – Call for Papers

Call for Papers

2019 EUMOL Winter School

Leveraging Digitisation in Europe: Law, Money, and Communities Sustainable Development

Fintech and sustainability are the keywords of 2019 EUMOL Winter School: Fintech is a broad area of law and business, going from crowdfunding and peer-to-peer lending to instant payments, open banking and virtual currencies (VCs), in addition to big data, cloud computing or smart contracts; sustainability “is informed by recognition of the importance of protecting human rights and securing the fulfilment of fundamental social needs, acknowledging the economic and societal risks that pervasive inequality, globally and within countries, poses” (Beate Sjåfjell and Christopher M. Bruner (eds), Cambridge Handbook of Corporate Law, Corporate Governance and Sustainability. Cambridge University Press, 2019).

Within EUMOL Jean Monnet Chair, we’ll investigate how the «payment landscape in the EU is undergoing significant transformation due to the introduction of PSD2 and the ongoing Fintech developments» (EBA, The impact of Fintech on payment institutions’ and e-money institutions’ business models, July 2019).

There is no straight normative approach: can Fintech be conducive to more sustainable development? Focusing on money as a means of community belonging according to an interdisciplinary approach, are welcome proposals, such as essays, case law analysis, (recently published) book presentations, community projects on virtual currencies as complementary virtual currencies and business projects on Fintech-based products and services, with a view to establishing a close cooperation with the Business and Law Department of the University of Siena.

This call is addressed to scholars and professionals, grassroots, businesses or start-uppers, in any field, seeking to engage seriously with one of the following topics:

  • Fintech: normative approach, competition regulatory challenges, data protection, contract for the provision of payment services, ADR mechanism, Financial inclusion, Sustainable finance, Insurance and Fintech, Blockchain.
  • Virtual currencies: Legal theories of money, Libra case, Family, small firms and over-indebtedness, “Democratization” of payment and financial systems, Economic growth, The challenges to central banking tasks.

The event is held in English, in Siena (Business and Law Department, University of Siena), from 10th to 13th December 2019. Submission procedure: please, send your abstract of between 400 and 800 words by 5th November together with a short C.V. (or a link to the author’s personal webpage) to the JM Chairholder, Gabriella Gimigliano, Ph.D., Business and Law Department, University of Siena: gabriella.gimigliano@unisi.it.

The selected authors will be informed by 10th November. No full paper will be required for the workshop. The project can cover accommodation expenses. Limited funds for covering travel expenses. The workshop presentations may be considered for an edited book proposal (with an international publisher).

[Conference] Complementary currencies and societal challenges – Call for Papers

Call for Papers

International conference on complementary currencies

Complementary currencies and societal challenges:

Crossing academic and practitioners knowledge/perspectives

Time: 21-22 November, 2019 

Venue: Brussels, Belgium

Institutional organizers of the research seminar: the Centre for European Research in Microfinance (CERMi) and the Research Association on Monetary Innovation and Community and Complementary Currency Systems (RAMICS)

The surge of growth of cryptocurrencies and digital money have recently caught the attention of both management scholars and practitioners (Brière et al., 2015; Dodgson et al., 2015; Iansiti & Lakhani, 2017; Lehr & Lamb, 2018; Michelman, 2017; Posnett, 2015; Vergne & Swain, 2017). However, cryptocurrencies are only one of the latest forms of complementary currencies (Blanc, 2016). Before the emergence of cryptocurrencies, complementary currencies were mainly conceived of and issued by citizens, nonprofits, businesses, and even local public administrations, and circulated within a defined geographical region or community (Cohen, 2017; Dissaux & Fare, 2017; Guéorguieva-Bringuier & Ottaviani, 2018; Lietaer, 2001). Also known as local, social, regional and alternative currencies, these complementary currency systems are often developed to respond to societal needs and aspirations that official currencies do not address (Meyer & Hudon, 2017; Fraňková et al., 2017; North, 2007). Specifically, they can be designed to promote sustainable behavior, build community social capital, and foster trade and local development (Blanc & Fare, 2013; Collom, 2007; Gomez & Helmsing, 2008; Marshall & O’Neill, 2018; Seyfang & Longhurst, 2013). For example, inter-enterprise currencies are mainly used in business-to-business networks in order to facilitate the exchange of goods and services between small and medium-sized enterprises (Meyer & Hudon, Forthcoming; Stodder, 2009).

Complementary currencies are socio-economic innovations aiming to address societal challenges of social cohesion, economic inclusion and environmental preservation (Stodder, 2009; Joachain & Klopfert, 2014; Michel & Hudon, 2015, Sanz, 2016). This conference aims to gather researchers and practitioners to explore and debate the potential of complementary currencies for sustainable development and socio-economic resilience (Ulanowicz et al., 2009; Gregory, 2014; Graugaard, 2012). We believe that the topic is one that is predestined for cross-disciplinary research and for thinking beyond established boundaries. We invite conceptual and empirical submissions drawing on a range of theoretical perspectives and diverse methodologies to explore complementary currencies, including researchers working on cryptocurrencies.

The Complementary Currencies and Societal Challenges conference will be held in Brussels, Belgium. The event is designed to include academic and practitioner knowledge and will be organized in two days:

  • November 21 (evening) – Closing event of (E)change Bruxelles project co-organized with Financité

This social event closes the (E)change Bruxelles action-research project co-organized between the Universite libre de Bruxelles and Financite. It celebrates the emergence of the new Brussels local currency ‘La Zinne’. Researchers participating to the research seminar of the 22nd November are welcome to join this social event, although it is not compulsory.

  • November 22: A research seminar (in English) on the following 5 themes:
    • CC and urban resilience
    • CC and civil society
    • Technology and CC
    • CC and entrepreneurship
    • Ethics and CC

Authors who wish to present their papers at the research seminar should submit electronically a three-page abstract by 01 September 2019 to the following mail address cermi@ulb.ac.be (with mhudon@ulb.ac.be in Cc), specifying to which of the 5 themes they wish to bring their contribution. Abstracts will be selected and authors will be notified and invited by 15 September 2019. A full paper will be due on 01 November 2019.

For questions, please contact Marek Hudon (mhudon@ulb.ac.be) and Tristan Dissaux (tristan.dissaux@ulb.ac.be).

We are looking forward to welcoming you on this Complementary Currencies and Societal Challenges event!

Scientific committee

Jérôme Blanc (Science-Po Lyon; Université Lumière-Lyon 2)

Tristan Dissaux (ULB) – Local Organizer

Marie Fare (Université Lumière-Lyon 2)

Georgina Gomez (Erasmus University)

Marek Hudon (ULB) – Local Organizer

Hélène Joachain (ULB) – Local Organizer

Marc Labie (UMONS)

Camille Meyer (Universiy of Victoria)

Ariane Szafarz (ULB)


Blanc, J., Fare, M. 2013. Understanding the role of governments and administrations in the implementation of community and complementary currencies. Annals of Public and Cooperative Economics, 84(1), 63-81.

Blanc, J. 2016. Unpacking monetary complementarity and competition: a conceptual framework. Cambridge Journal of Economics, 41(1), 239-257.

Brière, M., Oosterlinck, K., Szafarz, A. 2015. Virtual currency, tangible return: Portfolio diversification with Bitcoin. Journal of Asset Management, 16(6), 365-373.

Collom, E. 2007. The motivations, engagement, satisfaction, outcomes and demographics of time bank participants: Survey findings from a U.S. system. International Journal of Community Currency Research, 11, 36-83

Dissaux, T, Fare, M. 2017. A collective redefinition of money: The case of the local currency “La Gonette” in Lyon, France. 29th annual SASE conference, Lyon.

Fraňková, E., Fousek, J., Kala, L., Labohý, J. 2014. Transaction network analysis for studying Local Exchange Trading Systems (LETS): Research potentials and limitations. Ecological Economics, 107, 266-275.

Gómez, G.M., Dini, P., 2016. Making sense of a crank case: monetary diversity in Argentina (1999–2003). Cambridge Journal of Economics 40, 1421–1437.

Graugaard, J. D. 2012. A tool for building community resilience? A case study of the Lewes Pound. Local Environment, 17(2), 243-260.

Gregory, L. 2014. Resilience or resistance? Time banking in the age of austerity. Journal of Contemporary European Studies, 22(2), 171-183.

Guéorguieva-Bringuier, L., Ottaviani, F. 2018. Opposition and isomorphism with the neoliberal logic in community exchange systems. Ecological Economics, 149, 88-97.

Gomez, G.M, Helmsing, A.H.J. 2008. Selective spatial closure and local economic development: What do we learn from the argentine local currency systems? World Development, 36(11), 2489-2511

Joachain, H., Klopfert, F. 2014. Smarter than metering? Coupling smart meters and complementary currencies to reinforce the motivation of households for energy savings. Ecological Economics 105, 89-96.

Meyer, C., Hudon, M. (forthcoming). Money and the commons: An investigation of complementary currencies and their ethical implications. Journal of Business Ethics.

Meyer, C., Hudon, M. 2017. Alternative organizations in finance: Commoning in complementary currencies. Organization, 24(5), 629-647.

Michel, A., Hudon, M. 2015. Community currencies and sustainable development: A systematic review. Ecological Economics, 116, pp. 160–171.

Marshall, A. P., O’Neill, D. W. 2018. The Bristol Pound: A tool for localisation?. Ecological Economics, 146, 273-281.

Sanz, E. O. 2016. Community currency (CCs) in Spain: An empirical study of their social effects. Ecological Economics, 121, 20-27.

Stodder, J. 2009. Complementary credit networks and macro-economic stability: Switzerland’s Wirtschaftsring. Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, 72, 79–95.

Ulanowicz, R. E., Goerner, S. J., Lietaer, B., Gomez, R. 2009. Quantifying sustainability: Resilience, efficiency and the return of information theory. Ecological complexity, 6(1), 27-36.

[Call for Papers] Rethinking Money, Rebuilding Communities: A Multidimensional Analysis of Crypto and Complementary Currencies

CALL FOR PAPER, PACO 13(1): 2020


Call for paper for the Special issue on:

“Rethinking Money, Rebuilding Communities. A Multidimensional Analysis of Crypto and Complementary Currencies”.

Guest Editors:

Marco Fama, Università della Calabria, Università di Bergamo

Ricardo Orzi, Universidad Nacional de Luján, Argentina

Stefano Lucarelli, Università di Bergamo, CNRS Paris

Call for Papers:

The overall goal of this special issue is to stimulate the debate on the experiences of monetary innovation emerged after the 2007 financial crisis, exploring in depth their multiple social, economic and political dimensions.

In particular, the special issue aims to provide a theoretical interpretation and an empirical survey of Crypto Currencies and Complementary Currencies, understood as innovative social technologies that have the potential of charging social and economic relations of new meanings, enabling the pursuit of a set of collectively defined goals which the exclusive circulation of official money could not achieve.

We assume that, in the current context of economic and environmental crises, social innovations in the monetary field could play a fundamental role in building connections among communities and in triggering virtuous mechanisms of wealth creation and distribution that better respond to local needs. However, ongoing experiments are still too marginal and its concrete effects largely uninvestigated.

Complementary Currencies are generally portrayed as tools able to enhance the resilience of local communities, strengthening exchanges, trust and cooperation among its users. However, there still is little empirical evidence on its socio-economic impact, also due to the persistence of unsolved methodological controversies. In any case, evaluation models should not be limited to the identification of quantitative variables and indicators, but attempt to bring to light the multiple social and political implications of the phenomenon.

Crypto Currencies are a different, and in many aspects more controversial, phenomenon. However, its underlying technologies have opened new interesting possibilities that are now being explored also in more socially-oriented experiences which call for attention.

In both cases, focusing on the strictly intertwined social, economic and symbolic dimensions of the ongoing experiments is fundamental to gain insight and to provide helpful recommendations for practitioners and policy makers.

This special issues aims to nourish the academic and public debate on monetary innovations with rigorous analysis based on an interdisciplinary approach, integrating sociological, political and economic perspectives. It welcomes papers that investigate the socio-economic impact of Crypto Currencies and Complementary Currencies, exploring their limits and potentialities, as well as the underlying participation processes, possible conflicts and contradictions.

Articles, employing different theoretical, empirical and methodological approaches, should explore one or more of the following thematic areas:

  • analysis on the nexus between money and social behaviour, focusing on whether and how this relationship is redefined in alternative monetary circuits;
  • epistemological and methodological reflections on evaluation procedures of Complementary and Crypto Currencies;
  • case study analysis with a particular focus on participation processes, subjectivities involved and the political and symbolic dimensions;
  • evaluation of experiences of monetary innovation and their impact on trust, social capital and local development;
  • identification of best practices and analysis of the possible role of institutions in supporting experiences of monetary innovations.


Articles, written in English, should be submitted to the editors according to the following schedule:

–  Submission of long abstracts (about 1,000 words): 15th of April 2019

–  Selection of long abstracts: 10th of May 2019

–  Submission of full articles: 27th of August 2019

–  Provision of peer review feedback: 15th of October 2019 June 2019

–  Submission of revised drafts: 30th of January 2020

–  Publication of the issue: 15th of March 2020

Articles should be no longer than 10,000 words, including notes and references. A maximum of 10 articles will be published.

Please refer to the editorial guidelines available at:


Please address any queries to the Editors – Proposals and papers have to be sent to the guest editors:




Original Source: http://siba-ese.unisalento.it/index.php/paco/announcement/view/86

[Call for Papers] Money in the 21st Century: Digital Exchange, Extra-State Currencies, and the Relational Character of Money

Guest editorHernán Borisonik (researcher, National Scientific and Technical Research Council, CONICET)

Submission deadline: 1 December 2018

To be published in: issue 24 (July 2019)

Author guidelines: https://digithum.uoc.edu/about/submissions/


About the journal

Digithum is an open-access scientific e-journal published by the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya and Universidad de Antioquia (Colombia). The main focus of this journal is the relational perspective on the analysis of our subjective experiences, our social bonds and our cultural heritage.

This journal is indexed in the sector’s leading scientific journal impact and assessment databases like SCOPUS (Elsevier), SJR, ESCI (Clarivate), and more.

About guest editor

Political scientist and PhD graduate in social science from the University of Buenos Aires, where he lectures in political theory at both undergraduate and postgraduate level. He is a researcher for the National Scientific and Technical Research Council (Conicet) and the Gino Germani Research Institute (IIGG). He directs and participates in diverse investigative projects related to political theory and philosophy. He also collaborates with artists. He has published and co-edited different academic volumes and is the author of the books “Dinero sagrado. Política, economía y sacralidad en Aristóteles” (Sacred Money. Politics, economy and sacredness in Aristotle) [2013] and “Soporte. El uso del dinero como material en las artes visuales” (Support. Money as Material in Visual Arts) [2017].

Subject area

Scholars are invited to submit manuscripts for possible inclusion in Digithum. All manuscripts will be subject to peer review, with timely feedback provided to authors.

Articles should focus on the social consequences of new forms of exchange, especially in digital contexts in which the boundaries of states tend to become ill-defined and porous. How do crypto currencies are influencing or will influence societies? What does the use of new forms of non-state exchange (apps, messengers) imply at the level of social relations?

Especially welcomed will be those contributions that focus upon:

New cultural phenomena related to digital economic exchange (blockchain, decentralized and/or peer-to-peer transactions, anonymous trading).

Extra-State Money (brand-based money, banks or corporations currencies).

New forms of exchanging money in low-income societies, and the interactions that this entails (mobile payments or banking, etc.).

Socialization and sociability in digital contexts of monetary exchange.

Financial market autonomization or automatization.

Forms of local currencies in relation to the general (globalized) economic context.

Submission and publication guidelines

Articles should not exceed 8000 words and must contain the following information:

  • Title
  • Abstract (200 words) with the essential features and results of the work
  • Keywords (4 to 6)
  • The body of the text, structured into sections and sub-sections
  • Bibliography
  • Author details (name and surname, professional affiliation, professional postal address, electronic address)
  • Brief CV (100-200 words) and photograph

Articles can be written in Catalan, English or Spanish.

Check Submission process to send your paper.

For any technical issues, please send a message to: publicacions@uoc.edu

Original source: https://digithum.uoc.edu/about/call-for-papers-july-19/

[Call for EU COST Proposal – AnDroMeDA Project] Assessment of Distributed Ledger Technology for Multi-Domain services Adoption: Hoax or Opportunity?

The Main Proposer Dr. Antonio Carnevale opens to RAMICS members for collaboration on AnDroMeDA project. The project is focused on Distributed Ledger Technologies and their applications, also for community development and monetary innovation. The proposal has been already submitted as EU COST project, but it is possible to contact Dr. Andrea Carnevale to be involved in it.

The aims of AnDroMeDA are (1) providing a map of the concepts and outlining a multidisciplinary vocabulary of DLTs  (Distributed Ledger Technologies) use; (2) stimulating and coordinating more specific research projects to compare current knowledge and real experiences about how DLTs can really find applications in different societal and strategic fields; (3) developing a pan-European network that can help Early Career Investigators (ECI) to grow up; (4) to release disseminative materials that synthetically illustrate criticalities and opportunities of DLTs.

Ledgers have been at the heart of commerce since ancient times. However, in all this time the only notable innovation has been computerization, which initially was simply a transfer from paper to bytes. Now, for the first time, Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT) enables the collaborative creation of digital ledgers with properties and capabilities that go far beyond traditional paper-based ledgers. Their tangible innovative character is that DLTs can operate smoothly and securely without the need of being controlled and administered by a central or third party. This makes DLT a potentially radical change in the future mentality and methods that lead both the governance and management of techno-science and the participation of people in decision-making processes. It is evident that, according to these premises, DLTs have been rapidly elected as the object of controversial debates: are they a real opportunity or only a promise?

For more information, please contact Dr. Antonio Carnevale at alephkaf@gmail.com.