Sunday, April 11, 2010

Business History at the OAH

Business history was amply represented at the recently concluded Organization of American Historians' meeting in Washington, DC.  In addition to specific single papers, several sessions in particular will be of interest: "State of the Field: The History of Capitalism," moderated by Bethany Moreton, University of Georgia, featured discussion by Sven Beckert, Harvard University; Colleen A. Dunlavy, University of Wisconsin, Madison; Seth Rockman, Brown University; and Julia Ott, New School University. "The Commerce of Social Change: Business, Consumer Culture, and American Politics, 1950-1980," included papers by Rob Goldberg, University of Pennsylvania; Nicolaas Mink, University of Wisconsin, Madison; and Alex Cummings, Vassar College, and commentary by Susannah Walker, Virginia Wesleyan College.“Strive and Succeed”; Or, Taking Alternative Routes to American Respectability" was chaired by Pamela Laird, University of Colorado, Denver, with commentary provided by Scott Sandage, Carnegie Mellon University; presenters were Wendy Gamber, Indiana University; Jocelyn Wills, Brooklyn College, City University of New York; and Will Cooley, Walsh University.