Monday, January 15, 2018

CFP: Michigan Graduate School Conference on “Constructing America”

The American History Workshop at the University of Michigan invites papers for its 2018 Graduate Student Conference on May 4-5, with the theme  "Constructing America: Identities, Infrastructure and Institutions." The call for papers states:
The world has constructed America, just as America has shaped itself--as a real and imagined place, constructed and reconstructed by transnational forces and figures. America materializes through global alliance and opposition, immigration, urban development and rural economies, organization, consumption, and rebellion. In whose image is America constructed? Where are its borders? Papers might investigate the construction of America in any number of ways: as an "imagined community"--a product of historical memory intertwined with assumptions about race, class, sex, faith, ethnicity and gender; as an object of knowledge in the social and natural sciences, the arts and humanities; as a material entity made of machines, buildings, bodies, landscapes and infrastructure; or as a network of political, economic, cultural and social institutions. 
The organizers are particularly interested in papers that approach the idea of construction in innovative, counter-intuitive, or interdisciplinary ways. Papers that consider the intersection of public history and traditional scholarship, and the ways in which that might destabilize established national narratives are particularly encouraged. Scholars working in all periods of American history are welcome.
      Those interested in presenting should submit an abstract of 150-300 words and a CV to the conference planning committee at Proposals are due by January 28, 2018.  The full announcement is available here.

Friday, January 12, 2018

Resource: “Technology Stories” on the SHOT Website

The Society for the History of Technology (SHOT) has introduced a blog on its website called "Technology Stories." Edited by Suzanne Moon and Gerardo Con Diaz, the site aims to
engage readers with the usable past—stories that help us make sense of contemporary technological challenges and aspirations. Technology’s Stories is a place for thinkers to share new insights on the integration of technology with our environments and our social, political, and economic lives.
Published several times a year, "issues" feature three to four essays each; after three years, the site now contains many "Technology Stories," ranging from John K. Brown's 2014 discussion of the Eads Bridge and the analytic use of the "constrained counterfactual" to Marie Hicks's recent post on ingrained gender discrimination in the computing industry, "A Feature, Not a Bug."
    Readers can find the full index to the site's essays here.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Fellowship: Rovensky Application Process Open

The University of Illinois Foundation announces the 2018-2019 John E. Rovensky Fellowships. Two $9,500 fellowships will be awarded for doctoral students writing their dissertations in U.S. business or economic history. The fellowships are available largely through the generosity of the late John E. Rovensky and are administered by the University of Illinois Foundation.
     Applicants must be working toward a Ph.D. degree with U.S. business or economic history as the area of major interest. Fellowship recipients must be enrolled in a doctoral program at an accredited college or university in the United States. Preference will be given to applicants who are preparing for a career in teaching and research and who will have completed all graduate course work prior to the fall of 2018. Awards are non-renewable but may be held concurrently with fellowships from other sources.
      To apply: please fill out the form at Please note that users must be logged in to the BHC website to submit an application (those who do not already have a [free] BHC web account should follow the instructions on the Help Page to create one).
      Completed applications for the fellowship must be received no later than March 9, 2018.

Monday, January 8, 2018

CFP: Sound Economic History Workshop, 2018

The 13th Sound Economic History Workshop will be held in Gothenburg, Sweden, on September 6-7, 2018, hosted by the Unit for Economic History, University of Gothenburg. The keynote speaker will be Deborah Oxley of the University of Oxford. The local organizer is Svante Prado; organizers for Sound are Jacob Weisdorf, Kerstin Enflo, and Svante Prado. According to the organizers:
The main aim of the Sound Workshop is to gather young researchers in a friendly and non-imposing environment where they can present their research and receive constructive criticism from their peers and leading economic historians. Another aim of the workshop is to demonstrate the breadth of (especially Nordic) Economic History as an academic discipline, so there is no theme to the workshop, and submissions are encouraged from any sub-field of economic and social history. Nordic scholars and scholars based in a Nordic country will be given preference, but others are warmly welcome to apply. 
The workshop organizers particularly encourage presentations by PhD students and post-docs. Ph.D. students and post-docs are also encouraged to participate even if they do not wish to present paper. The Sound Workshop organisers strive to accommodate as many speakers as possible. Depending on the number of participants, accepted papers will receive up to 25 minutes each (15 minutes for presentation and 5-10 minutes for discussion). The workshop is a two-day event, and accepted speakers are strongly encouraged to participate on both days. There is no registration fee for this workshop.
    Prospective speakers should submit a one-page abstract and a short CV to Svante Prado ( no later than March 1, 2018. For more information, please visit the Sound Economic History Workshop website.

Thursday, January 4, 2018

CFP Deadline Reminder: “Entangled Histories” Conference at the McNeil Center

Proposals are invited for a two-day conference on "Entangled Histories: Making New Connections in Early America, c. 1750–1850," which will be held at the McNeil Center for Early American Studies on April 5-7, 2018. The organizers
are looking for scholars who challenge traditional narratives of imperial or national history by applying a wider lens to Anglo-America. The goal is to foster a wide-ranging debate on relations across borders – geographic, political, legal, social, and ethnic – in the Americas. . . . We seek papers that link Anglo-America to the Dutch, Spanish, Portuguese, or French empires. Alternatively, proposals might situate the British Atlantic in relation to East Asia or the Gulf Coast borderlands. We also welcome studies about historical figures on the legal, social, or geographic margins of British America – such as maroons, refugees, smugglers, missionaries, indigenous peoples, etc. The program for this conference will highlight the value of entangled history in current debates on global capitalism and slavery, sovereignty and state power, ethnogenesis, and other major issues.
Those wishing to propose a paper should submit an abstract of 300-400 words, along with a short curriculum vitae, to with “Entangled Histories” in the subject line. Please include name, affiliation, and contact information at the head of the abstract. The deadline for submissions is January 20, 2018. Some funding is available to offset the costs of travel and lodging for conference participants. Please see the full call for papers for additional information.
     Questions about the conference may be directed to Eliga Gould ( or Julia Mansfield (

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

CFP: “Negotiating Networks” Networks in Social and Economic History

The Institute of Historical Research (IHR), with the support of the Economic History Society, will hold a one-day conference on June 25, 2018, on "Negotiating Networks: New Research on Networks in Social and Economic History." The keynote speaker will be Sheryllynne Haggerty of the University of Nottingham. According to the call for papers:
The conference will bring together scholars working on networks in social and economic history, broadly defined, with a particular focus on those using Social Network Analysis (SNA) in their research. SNA has become increasingly popular as one of the key digital tools for historical research in recent years. We would like to encourage conversation and exchange of ideas between researchers who use this methodology.
    We welcome proposals for papers from postgraduate, early career and established scholars working in this area. The aim of the conference is to bring together researchers dealing with the challenges and rewards of examining historical networks. We therefore encourage papers dealing with the medieval, early modern or modern periods and any geographical location. Papers which take a methodological approach to historical SNA are also welcome. 
For a fuller discussion of possible themes, please see the full call for papers.
     Those interested in presenting should send an abstract of 250 words (for a 20- minute paper) to organizers Esther Lewis and Charlie Berry at by January 30, 2018.

Friday, December 29, 2017

Call for Proposals: NEH 2019 Summer Programs

The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Summer Seminars and Institutes "focus on the study and teaching of significant texts and other resources; provide models of excellent scholarship and teaching; contribute to the intellectual growth of the participants; and build lasting communities of inquiry." The call for proposals for summer 2019 is now open. According to the website, "a Seminar provides an intimate and focused environment in which sixteen participants study a specific humanities topic under the guidance of one or two established scholars"; an Institute "allows twenty-five to thirty-six participants to pursue an intensive program of study under a team of scholarly experts."  Programs are designed for either K-12 educators or college and university faculty.
    The proposal deadline for Summer 2019 projects is February 22, 2018. Full information, including application instructions and program guidelines, is available on the NEH Seminars and Institutes website.
    Prospective applicants may submit a draft of their proposal for staff comment by January 22, 2018, via email at; questions may be directed to Richard Pettit, Program Analyst, Division of Education, National Endowment for the Humanities, via the email address or by calling 202-606-8471.

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

CFP: 2018 Appalachian Spring Economic History Conference

The 13th annual "Appalachian Spring" Conference in World History and Economics will take place on April 14-15, 2018, on Appalachian State University’s campus in Boone, North Carolina. This conference is an interdisciplinary meeting aimed at bringing together scholars from Appalachian State University (Boone, NC) and scholars from other universities in North Carolina, the surrounding states, and abroad. This year’s guest speaker will be Dr. Stephen Broadberry, Professor of Economic History and Research Fellow of Nuffield College at Oxford University. The conference will also feature several panels with scholarly papers, divided among different topical themes, including an undergraduate/graduate panel. This year’s theme will be "Convergence and Divergence in World History."
      Paper or panel proposals do not have to be directly tied to the conference theme, although papers fitting with the theme will be given special consideration. Graduate students are welcome to propose a paper presentation as the conference offers a discounted student rate. Those interested in participating should let the organizers know by February 1, 2018. A one-page abstract describing the scholar’s proposal should be submitted to the organizers by that date. A full paper will be expected by April 1, 2018. Organizers (contacts for paper proposals and practical matters): • Jari Eloranta, professor (Appalachian State University, Department of History): phone: 1-828-262-6006, email: • Jeremy Land, Ph.D. candidate (Georgia State University, Department of History): phone: 1-704-689-2055, email: Readers can also find conference details on Facebook.

Monday, December 25, 2017

Some Christmas Cheer, Business History-Style

For those of you celebrating Christmas today, very best wishes from The Exchange. As a small gift, we provide the following history-related sites of interest:

Friday, December 22, 2017

Workshops at the 2018 BHC Meeting

As has become traditional, the 2018 Business History Conference meeting will be preceded by a series of workshops on Thursday, April 5. (For full program information, please see our previous post and the BHC meeting website.) The BHC-organized workshops for 2018 are:
In addition to these three workshops, there will be two sponsored workshops: "Classroom Frontiers: Business History Course Development Workshop," sponsored by the Copenhagen Business School; and "STS and Business History," organized by the Canadian Business History Association and the University of Toronto Techno-Science Research Unit. The latter is accepting abstracts from interested scholars, with a deadline of January 23, 2018.
    Please check back soon for more detailed descriptions of the BHC workshops. Note that all workshops require pre-registration and may entail payment of fees separate from the conference registration fee.