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Far Eastern National University.

Federal institution of higher education accredited and funded by the Russian Ministry of Education. FENU is the top rated, the largest, and the oldest university of Eastern Russia, established in 1899 by a special order of the Imperor Nikolai II.
According to the ratings of the Russian Ministry of Education, FENU is one of the top five Russian universities. FENU has been listed number two in a recent publication of the top national universities issued by the Russian Ministry of Education.
FENU is the only university of Eastern Russia accredited as a scientific university by the Russian Ministry of Industry, Science and Technology. FENU earned this accreditation for its scientific achievements: according to the Science Citation Index, FENU faculty members contribute 78% publications of all Russian Far East universities and colleges in worldwide peered scientific journals. FENU has joint academic departments with every research institute in natural sciences accredited by the Russian Academy of Sciences in the Russian Far East. In 1999, FENU won a competition among 90 best Russian Universities for a one-million US dollar grant from the American Civil Research and Development Fund. FENU was able to establish the Research and Educational Center of Marine Biota. Due to its high level of fundamental and applied research, FENU has become a leading scientific and research center of ecological expertise of Sakhalin oil and gas projects. The level of fundamental research in FENU makes it one of the top universities of Russia.

FENU is a national leader in developing relations with Pacific Rim Countries, a major bridge between Russian education and worldwide university society. The university has 40+ branches in Russia, USA, Japan, China, and Korea. It develops more than 80 partnership projects, including 64 academic exchange programs, with universities at the USA, Japan, People`s Republic of China, Republic of Korea, New Zealand, Taiwan, Great Britain, France, Australia, Thailand, India, and Vietnam. › Website

Marina Kovalchuk Pr Marina KovalchukMarina Kovalchuk (b. 1973) is assistant professor in the Vladivostok University. She is specialized in the history of Japan international relations and has defended two Phd on this subject, one in Vladivostok Uty and one in Osaka Uty. Actually she is involved in a study of the monetary history of Japan during the Meiji era (1868-1912), including economic and international aspects. Even if COST does not concern Russia or Japan, the COST project will give a valuable information on the situation on the European monetary system during the last decades of the 19th century that could be compared to the situation in Japan.


The New School for General Studies, New York.

The New School is a legendary, progressive university comprising eight schools bound by a common, unusual intent: to prepare and inspire its 10,200 undergraduate and graduate students to bring actual, positive change to the world. From its Greenwich Village campus, The New School launches economists and actors, fashion designers and urban planners, dancers and anthropologists, orchestra conductors, filmmakers, political scientists, organizational experts, jazz musicians, scholars, psychologists, historians, journalists, and above all, world citizens-individuals whose ideas and innovations forge new paths of progress in the arts, design, humanities, public policy, and the social sciences. In addition to its 82 graduate and undergraduate degree-granting programs, the university offers certificate programs and more than 650 continuing education courses to more than 6,400 adult learners every year. › See letter of support (.pdf) › Website

Gustav Peebles Dr Gustav PeeblesAssistant Professor of Anthropology at The New School, New York City.
All of my research revolves around the question of currency and state-formation. I have a book currently in press that studies the euro and its competitors during nationwide debates that preceded the euro referenda in Sweden and Denmark. I am interested in how currency can potentially contribute to social cohesion, as distinct from more standard theories of state-organized social cohesion such as brute force, “invented traditions” and laws.

My work on the euro necessarily carried a historical bent, which led me to my current study of the 1867 international conference in Paris that was dedicated to building a new global currency. Though this idea failed, it laid the groundwork for the Scandinavian Monetary Union [SMU]. The EMU-COST project, which will bring together a large team of international researchers to study the history of monetary unions, is vitally connected to my ongoing research that will explore the Parisian conference and the SMU in great detail. Gaining the benefit of working with such a group of scholars promises to have immense impact on the direction and quality of my scholarship. I would greatly look forward to finding both guidance and networks from such a group as I prepare to dedicate much time and resources to studying the ideological underpinnings and political drives behind the historic SMU—one of the world’s most successful monetary unions to date. › Personal Page

Christopher Meissener Pr Christopher MeissenerChris Meissner is associate professor of Economics at the University of California, Davis. His research focuses on the economic history of the international economy particularly between 1870 and 1913. He is also a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) in the Development of the American Economy (DAE) program. Previous to joining the faculty at Davis, Meissner was at the Faculty of Economics at Cambridge University. In Cambridge he was the Director of Studies in Economics and a Fellow of King's College. He has held visiting scholar positions at the International Monetary Fund and Harvard. He was also a Houblon Norman fellow at the Bank of England.

Dubravka Ujes Dr Dubravka UjesI earned my B.A. and M.A. degrees at the Department of Archaeology of the University of Belgrade, Serbia, ex-Yugoslavia, and my Ph.D. thesis in 2001 at the Department of History and Archaeology of the State University of Athens, Greece. The title of my thesis is “Late Classical and Hellenistic Coins in the Territory of Serbia, 5-1 centuries B.C.”.
Until 2003 I worked at the Department of Archaeology, University of Belgrade, Serbia, as Assistant Professor for Ancient Numismatics. From 2003 to 2005 I worked as a Researcher at the Centre d’études numismatiques of Paris IV – Sorbonne. I live in Newark, Delaware, USA.

Selected recent publications accessible on-line :
“Recherche sur la position de la ville de Damastion et ses mines.” Revue Numismatique 158 (Paris, 2002), pp. 103-129.

“Coins of the Macedonian Kingdom in the Interior of the Balkans – Their Inflow and Use by the Scordisci.” Histoire et mesure, Numéro spécial Monnaie et frontière, Économie et circulation monétaire à longue distance, 3e siècle av. J.-C. – 19e siècle (Paris, 2003), pp. 7-41.

“Greek influence in the pre-Roman period in the central and western Balkans – Territory of Serbia and Montenegro.” (“Η ελληνική επιρροή στα δυτικά και κεντρικά Βαλκάνια κατά την Προ-Ρωμαϊκή περίοδο – Σερβία και Μαυροβούνιο.”) Αρχαιολογία και τέχνες (Archaeology and Arts) 90 (Athens, Foundation Lambrakis ed., March 2004), pp. 86-97. Summary in English. Semi-popular article. Full text also available in English.


University of Hyderabad.

University of Hyderabad logoCreated by an Act of the Indian Parliament, the University of Hyderabad, has, over three decades, distinguished itself as one of the best in the country as a centre for teaching, research and innovations. With a highly qualified and internationally renowned faculty, motivated students, scholars, and support staff, it has carried out cutting edge research in disciplines such as the sciences, social sciences, humanities, technology, visual arts, communication, management and continuing education.

Located in the historic city of Hyderabad, on a sprawling campus, sylvan and idyllic, it is indeed the envy of any Nature lover. The University of Hyderabad combines high academic excellence commensurate with the national goals. Today these goals include public-private partnership, research that is socially relevant and empowers large sections of our marginalized population, and above all, innovation of radically new thinking that can make us effective players in the domain of international education. › Website

Rila Mukherjee Pr Rila MukherjeeRila Mukherjee teaches Economic History of India, The World of the Indian Ocean and Modern Asia at the Masters level at HCU. She did her PhD. from Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris. As Associated Partner of the European Science Foundation (ESF) project on The Evolution of Cooperation and Trading (TECT) under the Eurocores programme of the ESF from 2007-2010, as well as member of the ORC Project ‘The French Revolution and Modernization in Japan and Other Asian Nations’, Institute for Development of Social Intelligence, Graduate Schools of Senshu University 2005-2007, she has published extensively on the Indian Ocean, the history of Europe and citizenship.
She is member, editorial board of Rethinking History (Routledge, UK/US), and OMNES, Journal of Migration and Society (South Korea) and reviewer of ESF projects for 2009-10. She has held visiting professorships at Paris, Shanghai, and Tokyo, and her works have been translated into French, German and Japanese.
Her current research interests are in the historical cartography of the Bengal delta, and in mapping the political and economic dynamics between Bengal and Yunnan. She has been awarded the prestigious Staatsbibliothek Berlin fellowship for three months to consult the cartographic holdings there, as also nominated by the ICHR for the archival visit to France in 2009-10. › Personal Page

georgia location


Georgia has a very specific position at the crossroad of all the civilizations and economies of Europe, Middle East, and even Far East. The coins finds and very important to understand the development of the circulation of coins: its hoards contains coins struck in Mexico, Netherlands, but also in China…

The old historians give us a lot of information on the economy along the Silk road that was so important for the world history.

National Museum of Georgia, Tbilisi.

National Museum of Georgia logo The origins of the Simon Janashia Museum of Georgia stem from the founding of the Museum of the Caucasian Department of the Russian Royal Geographic Society on May 10, 1852.  In 1865 on the initiative of Gustav Rade the museum of Caucasus was established on the basis of the above mentioned department. The first exhibition was held in 1867. After the Soviet occupation a new stage of the museum development has started. In 2004 the museum was incorporated into the Georgian National Museum. One of the most amazing exhibits in the museum is the prehistoric human remains found in Dmanisi.
These remains date back to 1.8 million years and are the oldest sign of human existence outside of Africa. One of the most important collections of the museum is the Gold treasure, which consists of the unique collection of the pre-Christian (III millennium BC-IV century AD) goldsmith pieces. › Website

Medea Tsotselia Dr Medea TsotseliaMedea Tsotselia (b. 1948) is the head scientist of the archaeological department in the Georgian National Museum. The main research field: coin circulation in Georgia during the Sasanian period (3rd-7th cc.). The last publication deals with "Coin hoards in Georgia from the 6th c. BC to 15th c. AD).

Moldovia Location


The present territory of Republic of Moldova represented, along the centuries, a frontier between the East and West. This situation also determined the existence of various monetary contacts. Where during the Ancient Age, Greek, Roman etc. coins have been circulating here, during the Middle Age the Islamic issues (cuffic dirhems, Golden Hoard and Roman Empire issues) were present on the market next to European issues belonging to some different monetary systems : Hungarian, Polish, Imperial, Spanish, local coins etc. Once with the annexation of the territory by the Russian Empire, Russian, and later on, Soviet coins entered circulation. Upon becoming a sovereign country in 1993, the Republic of Moldova adopted it's own national currency. At present, the country has stepped on the road to the European Integration and the participation in the COST project will allow the researchers to exit the closed informational space where they have been for a long period of time, as well as to be included in the first rank European science.

The National Museum of Archaeology and History of Moldova.

National Museum of Archaeology and History of Moldova logo The National Museum of Archaeology and History of Moldova is one of the most important museum institutions of the Republic of Moldova, in terms of both its collection and scientific prestige.
The State Museum of History of MSSR was created on December 21, 1983 on the basis of the Republican Museum of Military Glory that incorporated it, and the historical collection of the State Museum of History and Regional Studies of MSSR.
The National Museum of History of Moldova was reorganized in 2006 into the National Museum of Archaeology and History of Moldova through absorption of the Museum of Archaeology of the Academy of Sciences of Moldova.

The most important archaeology and numismatics collection of Moldova is stored here, and it includes European, Islamic and Modern issues. › Website

Medea Tsotselia Dr Anuta BoldureanuResearcher at the National Museum of Archaeology and History of Moldova, chief of the Middle-Age History and Numismatics Department. The main research area is the ottoman and Golden Hoard numismatics. Other research areas are the Middle-Age and Modern numismatics.

The participation in the COST project will challenge me to new researches which would allow the study of the monetary phenomena in the space between the Prut and Dniester in the context of the general European monetary circulation.

Turkey Location


Turkey was and is one of the main states in Eastern Mediterranean Sea and one of the countries that invented the coinage. Turkey played a major role in the monetarization of the Middle East, and even in Transcaucasia.

Turkey had several mints and monetary system. Her coins circulated in Eastern Europe and Middle East, providing us with many various examples of acceptance or refuse of coins.

The Ottoman administration was so importance that we can deal with a large documentation on money and trade, but also on the local coinages in this vast nation.

Anadolu University.

Anadolu University logoAnadolu University is one of the biggest universities in Turkey with its 1.5 million students enrolled in open university programmes and about 20 thousand in regular programmes. The Archaeology Department in The Faculty of Humanities has been opened in 1994.
The department has several partners in Europe as part of Erasmus programme. The staff and the students have been participating in international research at various important sites in Turkey such as Ephesus, Catalhoyuk, Aphrodisias, Patara and elsewhere. The department also runs two regular excavations in Side in Pamphylia and Dolylaium in Phrygia. › Website

Ahmet Tolga Tek A.Pr. Dr. Ahmet Tolga Tek (B. 1972), Archaeology Department in the Faculty of Humanities, Anadolu University in Eskisehir. Main research field: Greek, Roman and Byzantine numismatics. Other research fields: Greek and Roman Glass.

COST is an important project that will bring together scholars from various coutries and exchange information faster. Money went everywhere with humans after its invention and by mapping these artifacts we learn important facts about our past and present. Monetary unions were formed since antiquity and perhaps the best example is the Roman one until Euro came along. By being able to use same money everywhere and paying similar amounts for goods and services, people could travel easier and exchange ideas faster in Roman times. The European Union has brought a similar enviroment and this has helped increasing the living standarts of everyone

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