Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Web Resource: South Sea Bubble Material at Baker Library

The web exhibit on the South Sea Bubble, "Sunk in Lucre's Sordid Charms," at Baker Library's Historical Collections focuses on the library's extensive collection on that topic, which includes more than 300 books, broadsides, pamphlets, Parliamentary documents, manuscripts, prints, and ephemera. Among the many items are digitized images of an entire set of playing cards, each one containing a bit of verse related to the Bubble. On the ace of diamonds depicted here, for example, is written: "An old Welch Justice mounted on a Goat/Is ask'd which way his Worship means to trot;/To London hur is Travelling, quoth he,/To sell Welch Copper, and to Buy South Sea."
    A complete list of the digitized records can be found on the website.

Monday, November 24, 2014

CFP: EBHS 2015 Conference

La Crosse, Wis. 1873. Geo. H. Ellsbury, del. Milwaukee Lith. & Eng. Co. (Library of Congress)
The next annual conference of the Economic and Business History Society (EBHS) will be held in La Crosse, Wisconsin, on May 28-30, 2015. Proposals for presentations on any aspect of economic or business history are welcome, as are proposals for whole panels. Graduate students and non-academic affiliates are also welcome to submit proposals. According to the call for papers:
The EBHS conference offers participants the opportunity for intellectual interchange with an international, interdisciplinary, and collegial group of scholars (typically about half our participants are from economics departments and half are from history or economic history departments). The EBHS prides itself on its openness to new members and we offer reduced conference fees for graduate students and early career researchers (four years or less since doctorate earned). Our regular registration fees are reasonable, as is the cost of accommodation at the conference venue.
The keynote speaker at the conference dinner will be Professor Jeffrey Williamson, Laird Bell Professor of Economics, Emeritus, Harvard University.
     Proposals should include an abstract of no more than 500 words and contact details, submitted through the EBHS website at www.ebhsoc.org/conference/, or to the program chair by postal mail at Mike Haupert, Department of Economics, University of Wisconsin - La Crosse, 1725 State St., La Crosse, WI 54601 USA. The deadline for submission of proposals is February 15, 2015.
     Questions about the meeting or organization should be addressed to program chair Mike Haupert, mhaupert@uwlax.edu, or EBHS president Erik Benson, erik.benson@cornerstone.edu.

Friday, November 21, 2014

CFP: “Beyond the New Deal Order”

The University of California at Santa Barbara will host a conference on September 24-26, 2015, on the topic “Beyond the New Deal Order.” The organizing committee (Nelson Lichtenstein and Alice O’Connor, UCSB, co-conveners; Steve Fraser, The Murphy Institute, CUNY; Gary Gerstle, University of Cambridge; Romain Huret, Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales; and Jean-Christian Vinel, Université Paris-Diderot) writes:
When Steve Fraser and Gary Gerstle edited The Rise and Fall of the New Deal Order in 1989, they made the concept of a political and social “order” central to an interpretative framework that reperiodized U.S. history, from the election of Franklin Roosevelt, through Lyndon Johnson’s Great Society and on to Ronald Reagan’s victory in 1980. The New Deal was not just a presidential moment, but a far larger construction - a combination of ideas, policies, institutions, cultural norms and electoral dynamics - that spanned several decades and sustained a hegemonic governing regime. The Rise and Fall of the New Deal Order offered a unique way to conceptualize the history of social reform and political conflict in the 20th century, and it quickly emerged as the dominant narrative within and against which a new generation of scholars have sought to investigate the foundation, evolution, limits and decline of the New Deal. More than a quarter century after the book’s appearance, the concept of a multi-decade, political-social New Deal order still pervades our historical understanding of 20th century America. Our conference, “Beyond the New Deal Order,” draws upon the new ways of thinking about politics, ideas, economy, gender, race and ethnicity, and the U.S. role in the world that have emerged in recent historical scholarship to interrogate the foundational suppositions put forward by Fraser, Gerstle, and their co-authors more than a quarter century ago.
Submissions for both papers and panels are invited. A two-paragraph précis and a short c.v. should be sent to Kristoffer Smemo at ksmemo@umail.ucsb.edu by February 1, 2015. Some funding for graduate students and those with limited travel budgets may be available.
     For a fuller explanation of possible topics, please see the full call for papers.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

CFP: 2015 EABH Conference Will Focus on Inflation History

The 2015 EABH (European Association for Banking and Financial History) conference will take place on May 15 in Prague, Czech Republic, hosted by the Czech National Bank and in cooperation with the Czech Banking Association. The theme of the meeting will be "Inflation: Does It Still Matter Today?" The conference will focus on the history of inflation, ranging from the Roman Empire to modern times. According to the organizers:
Inflation is one of the biggest challenges for any country. If price levels rise all across the economy, nations can be threatened by impoverishment. Thirty years after the development of global disinflation (which occurred in the 1980s), does inflation still matter? Recent global developments challenge policy-makers. Does current US monetary policy bring dangers of inflation back to the global economy? Or is the contrary a greater concern: Is the Eurozone well on its way toward deflation? . . . The conference will focus on the history of inflation, ranging from the Roman Empire to modern times. The organizers want to look at what is new about inflation. Can historical instances of inflation provide tools for understanding modern developments? Should present day monetary authorities and decision takers be aware of these lessons as they cope with the challenges of the global economy?
Please consult the detailed call for papers for an extended discussion of possible topics. Proposals should be sent, no later than December 31, 2014, to: c.hofmann@bankinghistory.de.

Monday, November 17, 2014

CFP: Asia-Pacific Economic and Business History Conference

National Arboretum, Canberra
The next Asia-Pacific Economic and Business History (APEBH) Conference will take place at the University of New South Wales in Canberra on February 12-14, 2015. The theme will be “Recovery and Rebuilding,” but the organizers are open to proposals for contributions on other topics in economic, social, and business history, as well as to proposals for sessions on particular themes. Researchers across a broad range of disciplines are warmly welcomed. Early career researchers are encouraged to participate.
    The conference organizers are particularly interested in attracting papers that examine developments in countries and regions in the Asia-Pacific region and papers that provide an international comparative perspective. As the call for papers states,
Over the next few years we observe a series of anniversaries: 2015 marks 70 years since the end of World War II and the massive rebuilding required in Europe and Asia- and the first institutional outcomes from Bretton Woods in 1944; 170 years ago, the Irish potato famine began, triggering both calamity in Ireland and migrations that influenced the population of several other nations; and it has been 20 years since the damage caused by the earthquake in Kobe, Japan, necessitated the rebuilding of billions of dollars of infrastructure, while other populations in Asia, Japan, and New Zealand still recover from the more recent tsunamis and earthquakes. . . . Our theme could be approached from a number of perspectives, including those of the cliometrician, the economic historian, the economic theorist, the business historian, the applied economist, as well as the social historian. 
For a fuller discussion of the conference theme, please see the call for papers.
     Abstracts, proposals for sessions, and papers for refereeing or posting on the conference website should be emailed to all members of the program committee.
Paper abstracts of one page may be submitted at any time up to the closing date of November 30, 2014. Session proposals of one page may be submitted up to the same date, outlining the main objectives of the session and potential participants. A selection of papers (subject to the normal reviewing process and standards) may be published in Australian Economic History Review: An Asia-Pacific Journal of Economic, Business and Social History. For more information, please contact Miesje de Vogel – m.devogel@adfa.edu.au – or view the Conference website: http://apebh2015.wordpress.com.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Reminder: BHC Doctoral Colloquium Submissions Due Soon

The BHC Doctoral Colloquium in Business History will take place in conjunction with the 2015 Business History Conference annual meeting, to be held jointly with the Euopean Business History Association on June 24-27 in Miami, Florida. This prestigious workshop, sponsored by the BHC and funded by Cambridge University Press, will take place at the conference site on Tuesday, June 23, and Wednesday, June 24. The colloquium is limited to ten students. Participants work intensively with a distinguished group of BHC-affiliated scholars that includes at least two BHC officers. The colloquium will discuss dissertation proposals, relevant literatures and research strategies, and employment opportunities in business history. This colloquium is intended for doctoral candidates in the early stages of their dissertation projects.
    Those interested in being considered for this colloquium should submit a statement of interest, a CV, a preliminary or final dissertation prospectus of 10-15 pages, and a letter of support from their dissertation supervisor (or prospective supervisor) to Roger Horowitz at BHC@Hagley.org. The deadline for submissions is December 1, 2014. All participants receive a stipend that will partially cover the costs of their attendance at the annual meeting. The colloquium committee will notify all applicants of its decisions by January 23, 2015.
   Questions may be directed to the Colloquium Director, Pamela Laird, at Pamela.Laird@ucdenver.edu.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Fellowships: Lemelson Center at the Smithsonian


The Lemelson Center Fellowship Program and Travel to Collections Award Program support projects that present creative approaches to the study of invention and innovation in American society. These include, but are not limited to, historical research and documentation projects resulting in dissertations, publications, exhibitions, educational initiatives, documentary films, or other multimedia products. The programs provide access to the expertise of the Institution's research staff and the vast invention and technology collections of the National Museum of American History (NMAH). The NMAH Archives Center documents both individuals and firms across a range of time periods and subject areas. Representative collections include the Western Union Telegraph Company Records, ca. 1840-1994 and the Earl S. Tupper Papers, documenting Tupper, and his invention, Tupperware. In addition, the NMAH Library offers long runs of historical technology serials like Scientific American and American Machinist, and the American Trade Literature collection, which includes 300,000 catalogs, technical manuals, and advertising brochures for some 30,000 firms, primarily from 1880-1945. For a comprehensive catalog of objects, manuscripts, images, and research materials available at the NMAH (and other Smithsonian units), see http://www.collections.si.edu/.

The Lemelson Center invites applications covering a broad spectrum of research topics that resonate with its mission to foster a greater understanding of invention and innovation, broadly defined. However, the Center especially encourages project proposals that will illuminate the role of women inventors; inventors with disabilities; inventors from diverse backgrounds; or any inventions and technologies associated with groups that are traditionally under-represented in the historical record.

The Lemelson Center Fellowship Program annually awards 2 to 3 fellowships to pre-doctoral graduate students, post-doctoral scholars, and other professionals who have completed advanced training. Fellows are expected to reside in the Washington, D.C. area, to participate in the Center's activities, and to make a presentation of their work to colleagues at the museum. Fellowship tenure is based upon the applicants’ stated needs (and available funding) up to a maximum of ten weeks. Stipends for 2015-2016 will be $630/week for pre-doctoral fellows and $925/week for post-doctoral and professional fellows. Applications are due December 1, 2014. For application procedures and additional information, see http://invention.smithsonian.org/resources/research_fellowships.aspx.** Researchers are encouraged to consult with the fellowship coordinator before submitting a proposal – contact historian Eric S. Hintz, Ph.D. at +1 202-633-3734 or hintze@si.edu.

The Lemelson Center Travel to Collections Award Program annually awards 2 to 3 short-term travel grants to encourage the use of its invention-related collections. Awards are $150 per day for a maximum of 10 business days and may be used to cover transportation, living, and reproduction expenses; they are intended only for applicants who reside or attend school beyond commuting distance of the NMAH. Applications are due December 1, 2014. See http://invention.smithsonian.org/resources/research_travel.aspx** for application procedures and additional information. Researchers are encouraged to consult with the travel award coordinator before submitting a proposal – contact archivist Alison Oswald at +1 202-633-3726 or oswalda@si.edu.

** Note: The website is being renovated; please contact Eric or Alison if the listed URLs no longer work.

Monday, November 10, 2014

CFP: Economic History Association, 2015


The next annual meeting of the Economic History Association will take place in Nashville, Tennessee, on September 11-13, 2015. The theme of the meeting will be "Diversity in Economic History." The call for papers states:
 The program committee welcomes submissions on all subjects in economic history, though some preference will be given to papers that specifically fit the theme. Papers should be submitted individually, but authors may suggest to the Committee that three particular papers fit well together in a panel. Papers should in all cases be works in progress rather than accepted or published work. Submitters should let the program committee know at the time of application if the paper they are proposing has already been submitted for publication. Individuals who presented or co-authored a paper given at the 2014 meeting are not eligible for inclusion in the 2015 program.
Proposals should be submitted on-line, using the EHA form. The submission deadline is January 31, 2015.
    For additional information, please see the full call for papers; questions may be addressed to meetings coordinator Jari Eloranta at elorantaj@appstate.edu.

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Over the Counter: Issue No. 8

For those on Twitter but unable to attend: the 2014 SHOT meeting can be followed at #SHOT14; the Histories of Capitalism Conference at Cornell is at #HOC2014. Update: Finn Arne Jørgensen has compiled the SHOT2014 tweets here on Storify.

There is an extensive review essay in The Nation related to the slavery and capitalism debate: "Apostles of Growth"

The Linda Hall Library of Science, Engineering, and Technology in Kansas City, Missouri, has an interesting web exhibit on "The Transcontinental Railroad."  The library's holdings are a great resource for many areas of business history, and research fellowships are available.

See the GIS website by Cameron Blevins at Stanford illustrating his research on "The Geography of the Post."

The Center for the History of Business, Technology, and Society at Hagley is making available audio records of many of its scholarly talks on SoundCloud. Among them will be the Center's new series, "Stories from the Stacks," "featuring interviews with researchers who share the excitement of discovering the rich and varied historical materials in Hagley Library’s collections." New "stories" will be posted each Friday; in the first, David Reinecke discusses his research into federal involvement in development of high speed rail in the United States.

Iris Karakus has posted a summary review of a recent workshop on “Informal and Everyday Markets – Histories of Business and Entrepreneurship in India since the 19th Century,” held at the University of Göttingen in June. The workshop was jointly funded by, among others, the Center for Modern Indian Studies and the Chair for Economic and Social History, University of Göttingen and the German Historical Institute in Washington DC.


Friday, November 7, 2014

CFP: CHORD 2015 Workshop


The Centre for the History of Retailing and Distribution (CHORD) invites submissions for a workshop that explores the history of retailing and distribution in a rural context, to be held on May 13, 2015, at the University of Wolverhampton. Papers focusing on any historical period or geographical area are welcome. Some of the themes that might be considered include:
  • The village shop
  • Rural networks of supply
  • Marketing and selling ‘the countryside’
  • Rural commodities, services and industries
  • Transport, networks and consumer information
  • The rural consumer
  • Markets, fairs and peddlers
  • Representations of rural retail.
  • Retailing, distribution and agriculture
To submit a proposal, please send title and abstract of c.300 to 400 words to Laura Ugolini, at l.ugolini@wlv.ac.uk by February 13, 2015.
    For further information, please e-mail: Laura Ugolini at l.ugolini@wlv.ac.uk or Karin Dannehl at k.dannehl@wlv.ac.uk.