Wednesday, July 18, 2018


The 25th Omohundro Institute annual conference will take place at the University of Pittsburgh on June 13-16, 2019. The program committee
invites papers that consider the relationship between the local and the global in shaping a vast early American history. Inspired by the role that local conflicts in the Pittsburgh area played in triggering the global Seven Years’ War, we particularly welcome proposals that consider the relevance of the global turn in early American history and that engage critically with geographically-bounded frames of reference (be they regional, continental, hemispheric, oceanic, or global). We further encourage proposals that creatively recognize the importance of typically marginalized subjects in the interplay between local and global events, including, but not limited to, new research on race, ethnicity, slavery, gender, sexuality, class, Native studies, environmental studies, and free and coerced labor and migration. 
For complete information on types of sessions, rules of participation, and submission details, please see the full call for papers.

Monday, July 16, 2018

EBHA 2018 Draft Program Has Been Posted

The 22nd Annual Congress of the European Business History Association (EBHA) will meet on September 6-8, 2018, in Ancona, Italy; the theme will be "The Firm and the Sea: Chains, Flows and Connections." The preliminary program has now been posted, and presenters have begun to upload their papers. In addition to the many regular sessions, the program includes a dissertation prize session as well as a keynote speech by Gelina Harlaftis on "The Relation to the Sea: Maritime Business in the Mediterranean and the Black Sea."
    For logistical details about accommodation, venues, and registration, please consult the meeting website. Note that online registration (at a reduced rate) ends on July 30, 2018.

Friday, July 13, 2018

CFP: “Development of Financial Centres in Europe”

A one-day graduate student conference on “The development of financial centres in Europe, 1300–1700” will be held at Queen’s College, Cambridge, on September 27, 2018, to honor the work of the late Peter Spufford. According to the call for papers:
The aim of this conference is to bring together young scholars to reflect on state-of-art scholarship on this subject, and explore new hypotheses on the characters, inner dynamics and evolution of financial centres in Europe. The conference’s organization therefore invites submissions for presentations. . . . Papers directly connected to any financial, economic, monetary or numismatic themes explored by Peter Spufford in his oeuvre and comparative approaches are especially welcome. 
Interested graduate students are asked to send an abstract for a 20-minute presentation (max. 400 words, including contact details and affiliation) and an academic CV (max. 2 pages) to Jacopo Sartori at The deadline for proposals is August 12, 2018.
      Subject to availability, accommodation will be provided for speakers, and an effort will be made to subsidize travel costs. The conference has received support from the Economic History Society, the Royal Historical Society, the Centre for Financial History (Cambridge), and Queens’ College (Cambridge).

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

CHORD 2018 Program and Abstracts Now Posted

The Centre for the History of Retailing and Distribution (CHORD) will hold its annual meeting at Wolverhampton City Campus on September 13, 2018. The theme of the meeting is "Retailing and Distribution in the Eighteenth Century." The program, accompanied by abstracts of the papers, has now been posted. On-line registration is open; please consult the meeting website for additional information. Questions may be addressed to Laura Ugolini at

Monday, July 9, 2018

June 2018: Business Historians in the News

Recent examples of business historians in the general media:
Catching up with several author interviews of interest on "The Page 99 Test":
  • Amanda PorterfieldCorporate Spirit: Religion and the Rise of the Modern Corporation
  • Adam WinklerWe the Corporations: How American Businesses Won Their Civil Rights
  • Harvey G. CohenWho's in the Money? The Great Depression Musicals and Hollywood's New Deal
  • Michael Zakim, Accounting for Capitalism: The World the Clerk Made
And others in The History section of "The New Books Network" podcasts:
  • André Magnan, When Wheat Was King: The Rise and Fall of the Canada-UK Grain Trade
  • Christy Ford Chapin, Ensuring America's Health: The Public Creation of the Corporate Health Care System
  • Anna Zeide, Canned: The Rise and Fall of Consumer Confidence in the American Food Industry
  • Fahad Bishara, A Sea of Debt: Law and Economic Life in the Western Indian Ocean, 1780-1950
In a brief article, the Financial Times features work by Robert Allen and Jane Humphries in "UK economists look to industrial revolution for productivity hint." [may be behind paywall]

Gavin Benke writes about "Elon Musk, Enron, and the Imperial Corporation" on the "Tropics of Meta blog. He also has a post on the Penn Press blog on the topic "Corporate Strategy and the Politics of Climate Change," drawing out research from his new book, Risk and Ruin: Enron and the Culture of American Capitalism.

On the "Public Books" blog, Mehrsa Baradaran is interviewed about her book, The Color of Money: Black Banks and the Racial Wealth Gap, in a post entitled "Black Banks Can't Fix Racial Capitalism."

In the Washington Post's "Made by History" series, Elizabeth Tandy Shermer argues that "The dissent in Janus shows that liberal justices are finally on the side of the working class." [may be behind paywall]

For a late June congressional briefing organized by the National History Center on the history of U.S. trade policy, the speakers were Susan Aaronson, George Washington University, and Alfred Eckes, Jr., Ohio University. Marc Levinson of the Congressional Research Service moderated. The video of the briefing likely will be posted here shortly.

Friday, July 6, 2018

CFP: “Colonial Cities in Global Perspective”

The Global History Network, the Cheikh Anta Diop University in Dakar, the Foundation Maison des Sciences de l’Homme in Paris, and the Institute of Advanced Study in Saint-Louis seek papers for a conference on “Colonial Cities in Global Perspective,” to be held in Saint-Louis, Senegal, from December 10-12, 2018. According to the call for papers:
We seek papers that will examine coastal colonial cities in a comparative framework. Appropriate topics include patterns of settlement and spatial organization; administration, policing, sanitation and evolving economic profiles; labor and workers’ collective action; colonial cities’ position in global trade networks and their importance to the expansion of capitalism; trade links between urban and rural domains of production and consumption; formal and informal relations between ethnic communities; patterns of leadership and urban organization; distinctive cultural production; and historical legacies for post-colonial states.
For a detailed discussion of the conference theme, please consult the full call for papers. Interested scholars should submit a single combined doc or pdf file including an abstract of no more than 500 words, along with a brief CV, to with the subject line “ColonialCities2018” by August 1, 2018. The abstract can be in French or English, though we prefer English. Please include your paper title, name, and affiliation in the body of the email.
     Advanced research students as well as senior scholars are invited to apply for the conference. Travel costs will be covered for all invited presenters (one author only of co-authored papers).
    A French version of the call for papers may be found here.

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

CFP: GHI's “Transmission of Financial Knowledge”

The German Historical Institute (GHI) has issued a call for papers for a conference on “The Transmission of Financial Knowledge in Historical Perspective, 1840–1940,” to be held at the GHI in Washington, D.C., on March 8-9, 2019. The convenors are Nicholas Osborne (Ohio University) and Atiba Pertilla (GHI Washington). The call for papers states:
. . . “financial knowledge” encompasses how people teach, learn, and think about a variety of financial behaviors, from saving and investing to borrowing and spending. The conference takes as its starting point the idea that the transmission of financial knowledge, whether concepts like “family budgets,” practices such as the use of “pin money,” or folk wisdom about the nature of risk-taking, takes multiple forms, from everyday conversation and personal correspondence to mass journalism and works of fiction. . . .
The organizers seek to bring together studies that address “how financial knowledge (whether accurate, false, or dubious) is promulgated and circulates at the local, national, and international levels, as well as its role in the creation of the modern economic order” from the global financial crises of the Panic of 1837 to the Great Depression.
   Scholars interested in presenting a chapter- or article-length paper at the conference are invited to send a brief abstract of 250–300 words as well as a short CV by August 1, 2018, to Susanne Fabricius ( by email with the subject line “Financial Knowledge.” For more details, please see the complete call for papers.

Monday, July 2, 2018

SHOT 2018 Preliminary Program Available

The Society for the History of Technology (SHOT) will hold its 2018 annual meeting in St. Louis, Missouri, on October 11-14. The theme of the meeting will be "Gateways: Passages, Openings, and Enclosures in the History of Technology." The preliminary program is now available on the meeting website.
   Registration is now open and may be completed online; note that fees will increase after August 31, 2018. For more details, please consult the SHOT website.

Friday, June 29, 2018

WEHC 2018 Update: Special Sessions and Plenaries

The final program of the World Economic History Congress, meeting in Boston on July 29-August3, 2018, is now up on the WEHC website. In addition to the many sessions, there will be three plenaries (plus the IEHA General Meeting):
  • Sevket Pamuk will speak at the opening plenary on "Waves of Globalization and the Economic Historian."
  • Thomas Piketty will give a keynote lecture on "Rising Inequality and the Changing Structure of Political Conflict."
  • Jane Humphries and Claudia Goldin will speak at the closing plenary on "The Role of Women in Economic Growth": Humphries on "From the Wings to Centre Stage: Women and Economic Growth and Structural Change in Europe during the Pre-Industrial and Industrial Eras," and Goldin on "A Long Road: The Quest for Career and Family." Jan De Vries will serve as discussant.
The Congress will also include special sessions on specific book titles, dissertation competition sessions, and two poster sessions. The program brochure provides a great deal of additional information about the Congress, including links to the abstracts for each session. For complete Congress details, please see the WEHC website. Note that pre-conference registration ends on July 15.

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

NEPHIS Review of E&S Article and Free Access

This week in the NEPHIS blog, Helena Varkkey (University of Malaya) comments on "The Emergence of an Export Cluster: Traders and Palm Oil in Early Twentieth-Century Southeast Asia" by Valeria Giacomin (Harvard-Newcomen Fellow in Business History), Enterprise and Society 19, (June 2018): 272-308. The editors of Enterprise & Society have made this article freely available for a limited time; the link is also available on the NEPHIS blog site.