The Cultural History of Economies Research Hub provides a meeting point for an interdisciplinary group of scholars who are engaged in, and seeking to orientate and develop, a cultural approach to the study of economies. The working premise for this approach is that the economy is a culturally charged arena and the coherence of the economy and its ability to function depends upon the aptitude of people to interact, to allocate values and norms, and also on their willingness to share representations of these values and norms.

The Cultural History of Economies Research Hub aims to:

  • Provide an institutional framework to accommodate interdisciplinary research dealing with the multifaceted relations between culture and the economy.
  • Create a national and international network of scholars working in this area of research
  • Initiate conferences, symposia, and workshops


For further information about CHERHub and its activities, including joining the hub, please email Catherine Kovesi.

Current events

There are no current events listed.

Past events

  • 25-26 September 2014. Conference: Luxury and the Ethics of Greed in the Early Modern World. The Harvard Centre for Renaissance Studies, Villa I Tatti, and the European University Institute, Florence. Part-sponsored by Leverhulme Trust-funded 'Luxury Network', Warwick University. Convened by Catherine Kovesi
  • Tuesday 4th December 2012. Cultural History of Economies Symposium: Advertising Power, Melbourne Brain Centre Auditorium, Royal Parade, The University of Melbourne. Download the symposium poster (650kb pdf)

Textiles Reading Group

A group of CHERHub participants with an especial interest in the History and Culture of textiles meets on an informal basis once a month during the academic semester. For further information about the Group, including how to join in its activities, please email Antonia Finnane.