Friday, September 28, 2012

CFP: “Sugar and Beyond”

The John Carter Brown Library seeks proposals for a conference entitled “Sugar and Beyond,” to be held on October 25-26, 2013, in conjunction with a Fall 2013 JCBL exhibition on sugar in the early modern period. The call states,
The centrality of sugar to the development of the Atlantic world is now well known. Sugar was the ‘green gold’ that planters across the Americas staked their fortunes on, and it was the commodity that became linked in bittersweet fashion to the rise of the Atlantic slave trade. Producing unprecedented quantities of sugar through their enforced labor, Africans on plantations helped transform life not only in the colonies but also in Europe, where consumers incorporated the luxury commodity into their everyday rituals and routines. “Sugar and Beyond” seeks to evaluate the current state of scholarship on sugar, as well as to move beyond it by considering related or alternative consumer cultures and economies. . . . This conference aims to serve as an occasion where new directions in the study of sugar can be assessed. At the same time, the connection of sugar to such broader topics as the plantation system, slavery and abolition, consumption and production, food, commodity exchange, natural history, and ecology has pointed the way to related but distinct areas of inquiry. . . . We welcome scholars from all disciplines and national traditions interested in exploring both the power and limits of sugar in the early Atlantic world.
In order to be considered for the program, applicants shold send a paper proposal of 500 words and CV to The deadline for submitting proposals is December 15, 2012.
   Please see the full call for papers for more details.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

CFP: Marketing and Consumption History in Ireland

The Journal for Historical Research in Marketing (JHRM) has issued a call for papers for a special issue on "Marketing and Consumption History in Ireland," to be edited by Bernadette Whelan. The call for papers states:
Covering the period from the early modern to modern periods, several overarching themes are planned including the history of consumption, the development of consumer identities–the role of gender, age, politics, the history of marketing in Ireland, the marketing of Ireland in an international historical context, historical influences of international marketing and advertising strategies on the Irish advertising industry, the role of advertising in Irish commerce, the evolution of the advertising industry in Ireland and the role of the media. . . . specific topics might include but are not limited to historical perspectives on Ireland in a single country case-study or comparative approach.
The submission deadline is June 30, 2013. For more about topics of interest and submission information, please see the full call for papers.
   Readers are also reminded that the JHRM has an another active call for papers, previously announced here, for a special issue on "Italian Marketing History," with a deadline of August 1, 2013.

Monday, September 24, 2012

Regional Workshops and Seminars in Business and Economic History

As the new academic year begins, we again offer a round-up of ongoing workshops, forums, and discussion groups in business and economic history. Please check each website for more detailed information; some groups, particularly those in non-US universities, may not yet have posted Fall 2012 information. In addition to their value for those able to participate directly, these groups often maintain mailing lists and sometimes make speakers' papers freely available. 
Business History Forum, Columbia University
Business History Seminar, Harvard Business School
Business History Unit Seminars, LSE
Business History @ Erasmus Seminars
Center for the History of Business, Technology, and Society (Hagley) Research Seminars
Centre for Macroeconomics and the Historical Record (MEHR), University of Copenhagen
Columbia University Seminar in Economic History
CoreSeminar in Economic and Social History, University of Cambridge
Economic and Social History of the Premodern World, IHR, University of London
Fall Lecture Series, German Historical Institute
Financial History Seminar Series, Stern School, NYU
FRESH Meeting schedule
George Mason Economic History Workshop
Harvard Economic History Workshop
History and Economics Seminar, Harvard University
History Workshop in Technology, Society, and Culture, University of Delaware
Institute for Economic and Business History Research, Stockholm
Northwestern Workshop in Economic History
Paris School of Economics, Economic History Seminar
PEAES Fellows Colloquium and Seminars, Library Company of Philadelphia
Penn Economic History Forum
Program on the Study of Capitalism, Harvard University
University of Arizona Economic History Workshop (listed among all Econ Dept. seminars)
Vanderbilt University Economic History Workshop
Von Gremp Workshop in Economic and Entrepreneurial History, UCLA
Washington (D.C.) Area Economic History Seminar
Winton Institute for Monetary History Seminar, University of Oxford
Workshop on the Cultural History of Capitalism, University of Georgia
Yale Economic History Workshop

Friday, September 21, 2012

Business History at the 2013 AHA Meeting

The program for the 2013 meeting of the American Historical Association (AHA), which will be held January 3-6 in New Orleans, Louisiana, has now been posted. The Business History Conference, an affiliated society of the AHA, is sponsoring two sessions: Session 24, "Skyscraper Index, Hemline Index, Champagne, Nail Polish, and the Dow Jones," chaired by Daniel Levinson Wilk; and Session 28 (co-sponsored with the German Historical Institute and the Labor and Working-Class History Association), "Ethnic Entrepreneurship in Nineteenth-Century New Orleans," featuring a paper by Juliet E. K. Walker.
   Other sessions of direct interest include
Session 15: "Trash and Treasure: The Significance of Used Goods in America, 1880–1950," chaired by Susan Strasser;
Session 47: "God and Mammon: The Politics of Religion and Commerce in Mid-Twentieth-Century America"
Session 117: "Global Consumer Revolutions: Iroquoia, Japan, and South Africa in the Early Modern Period"
Session 124: "Taxation and American Politics: A Roundtable to Commemorate the One-Hundredth Anniversary of the Income Tax in America," chaired by Alan Brinkley
Session 160: "The Perils of Austerity," including papers by Louis Hyman, Meg Jacobs, Jonathan Soffer, and Natasha Zaretsky
Session 175: "Merchants’ Lives in an Eighteenth-Century Global Context: New York, China, and In-Between"
Session 184: "Locating Consumption in Modern Europe and the United States: Consumer Societies and the Specificity of Place"
LWCHA Session 6: "Constructing a Global Twentieth-Century Workforce: Outside Investors, Local Leaders, and Indigenous Workers," including a paper by Elizabeth Tandy Shermer
CLAH Session 80: "Exports and Elites in Latin America’s Long Twentieth Century," with a paper by Marcelo Bucheli
SHGAPE Session 8: "The One Percent and Political Economy in the Progressive Era," for which Sven Beckert serves as chair and commentator
In addition, individual papers and participants of interest include
Session 195: "Transforming History Graduate Education to Make the PhD 'Malleable' ," a panel discussion that includes Edward Balleisen
Session 199, "Lives, Places, and Stories of Oil in Water," which includes a paper by Tyler Priest
AHS Session: "The Green Revolution and Beyond: Origins and Impacts of Global Technology Transfer in Twentieth-Century Agriculture," including a paper by Jacqueline McGlade
Session 271: "Feeding Tomorrow’s Citizens: Conflicts and Negotiations over Food for Children in Twentieth-Century North America," where Tracey Deutsch serves as chair and commentator
This is of course only a selection from the very large program; readers should consult the complete version, which can be searched by name and keyword, or downloaded as a PDF.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

CFP: EABH 2013 Conference

The European Association for Banking and Financial History (EABH) e.V., in cooperation with the National Bank of Poland, the Kronenberg Foundation, and the National Bank of Poland Foundation, will hold its next annual meeting on June 6-8, 2013, in Warsaw, Poland. The theme will be "Foreign Financial Institutions and National Financial Systems." The call for papers states:
Modern and contemporary financial institutions developed in a world of deep and increasing interconnection among national economies leading to what is now known as globalisation. Thus it comes as no surprise that they tended to cross borders since the early days of the building of the contemporary world economy. Correspondents, branches and affiliates played their roles as representatives or agents of foreign financial institutions for business, sometimes following the paths opened by trade and investment flows, sometimes following the attraction of the main financial centres of the world economy. Of course, national economies reacted to the presence of foreign financial institutions. According to circumstances they were sometimes welcome as the introducers of important innovations for economic progress, sometimes mistrusted as the instruments of foreign interests, in critical moments possibly blamed for difficulties and subject to control and even expropriation measures. The Conference will explore all aspects of multinational financial institutions in a broad sense of the expression and their relations with host economies in general and governments in particular.
Paper proposals should be sent to by October 31, 2012, and include the author(s)' name and affiliation and an abstract (up to 3,000 words). For further information about appropriate topics and timing, please see the full call for papers.

Monday, September 17, 2012

Exhibit: “Mind Your Business” at the JCB

"Mind Your Business: Records of Early American Commerce at the John Carter Library" has just launched; the physical exhibit will run from September through December 2012, and there is also a rich accompanying website. As the Introduction explains:

This exhibition explores what it took to “mind” one’s business in the 18th and early 19th centuries. During that period, literacy and numeracy became critical skills for merchants and traders, and sophisticated methods of recording and analyzing transactions and investments enabled companies to more efficiently strategize their use of capital. Beyond being a boon to historical research, these accumulations of paper generated by clerks, bookkeepers and accountants did, indeed, make money.
The exhibit was prepared by Kim Nusco, Reference and Manuscript Librarian, John Carter Brown Library at Brown University. The Web version contains well-illustrated and narrated sections on "Forming the Man of Business," "Double-Entry Bookkeeping," "Tools of Trade: Money and Banking," "Accounts of the Sea," and "Masters of Industry and Investment," as well as a brief companion section on "Beyond Business Archives: Conquistadors and Ecclesiastical Accounting," which focuses on another of the JCB's collection strengths.

Friday, September 14, 2012

CFP: “Credit, Money, and the Market”

The British Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (BSECS) will hold its annual conference on January 3-5, 2013, at St. Hugh's College, Oxford. The theme of the meeting will be "Credit, Money, and the Market." Proposals are invited for papers and sessions dealing with any aspect of the long eighteenth century, not only in Britain, but also throughout Europe, North America, and the wider world. Proposals are invited for full panels of three or four papers, for roundtable sessions of up to five speakers, for individual papers, and for ‘alternative format’ sessions. While proposals on all eighteenth-century topics are welcome, organizers would particularly welcome
proposals for panels and papers that address eighteenth-century understandings of credit, money, and the market, and their workings and effects, broadly conceived, throughout the long eighteenth century, at all levels of society, and in any part of the world. These might include, but will not be confined to: the meanings and significance given to credit, money, and the market in all fields from history, politics and religion, to the arts, literature, and philosophy; the way money is represented in the theatre, literature, philosophy and the arts; credit and reputation; debt and debtors; ‘capitalism’; ‘speculation’; financial ‘bubbles’; trade and business; ‘new money’; banks and financiers; ‘The Exchange’; investment; ‘moral economy’; and ‘the black economy.’
All inquiries regarding the academic program of the conference should be addressed to the academic program co-ordinator, Dr. Corinna Wagner, at One can find full details and on-line submission information at the BSECS Conference website. The deadline for submissions is September 30, 2012.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

BEH On-Line 2012 Edition Now Posted

The 2012 edition of BEH On-Line, a series devoted to edited essays from the Business History Conference annual meetings, is complete. Readers may freely access all of the dozen essays in this issue, as well as any of the 217 previous essays.  A cumulative author index is available. Each year's issue also includes the program and paper abstracts from that year's meeting.  BEH On-Line is the successor publication of the BHC's Business and Economic History, print collections of papers from the annual meetings.  The complete run of Business and Economic History, 1962-1999, can be accessed from the BHC website, and includes a cumulative index as well.

Monday, September 10, 2012

Hagley Center Fall Conference: Talking Business

The Hagley Museum and Library will hold a half-day conference on Friday, November 2, called "Talking Business: Oral History and the History of Enterprises." The program is as follows:
1:00-1:45: Keynote Address
Robert Perks (British Library), “Corporate and Business Oral History: The Opportunities and Challenges”

1:45-3:30: Banking, Science, Entrepreneurship
William Becker (George Washington University), “Oral History and the World Bank”
David Caruso (Chemical Heritage Foundation), “Documenting Science-Based Businesses”
Sally Hughes (University of California, Berkeley Regional Oral History Office), “Venture Capitalists”

3:45-5:00: Music and Food
Mary Marshall Clark (Columbia University Oral History Office) “The Story of a Culture Business: The Apollo Theater Oral History Project”
Amy C. Evans (Southern Foodways Alliance), “The Stories behind the Making of Southern Food”

5:00: Closing Address
Doug Boyd (Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky), “Oral History and the Possibilities of Digital Technology”

5:45: Reception
   The full program, with brief biographies of the speakers, can also be found here.
   Sessions will take place in the Soda House of the Hagley Museum and Library in Wilmington, Delaware. Registration is free but required. Please email Carol Lockman,, to register or for more information on the conference, or call 302-658-2400, ext. 244.

Friday, September 7, 2012

CFP: Association of Business Historians, 2013

The Association of Business Historians (ABH) will hold its next annual meeting on June 28-29, 2013, at the University of Central Lancashire, cohosted by the Lancashire Business School and the Lancashire Institute for Economic and Business Research. The theme for the meeting will be "Business History in the 21st Century." The ABH has issued a call for papers, welcoming innovative approaches to conducting business history in the new millennium. The conference committee invites proposals for individual papers or complete 90-minute sessions. Each individual paper proposal should include a short abstract and a brief CV of the presenter. Complete session proposals should include a cover letter with a session title and a description or rationale for the session, as well as individual paper abstracts and presenter CVs. As always, the ABH warmly welcomes proposals for research papers outside the stated conference theme.
   Questions and proposals should be directed to Mitch Larson at The deadline for proposal submission is February 1, 2013. Please consult the ABH website for more details as they become available.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Job Opening: Business History at Copenhagen

Copenhagen Business School invites applications for a vacant associate/assistant professorship in history at the Department of Management, Politics and Philosophy. The position announcement states:
The overall aim of the department is to undertake critical investigations of topics relevant to an understanding of business in society. The successful applicant will be positioned in the Business History group. The Business History group currently consists of two full professors, six associate professors and four Ph.D. students. A focus area in the forthcoming years will be entrepreneurship. It is the ambition of the group to enhance its position as an international oriented experimenting and creative research environment that integrates new fields, approaches and methods in research and teaching in the field of Business History. We therefore welcome applicants with background in history, economic history, history of technology, historical and economic sociology ethnographical history, cultural history, and other related fields.
The search is open with regard to methodological approach and focus area. The closing date for applications is October 15, 2012. For full information about the position and the application procedures, please see the announcement on the CBS website.

Monday, September 3, 2012

Call for Papers: PEAES 2013 Meeting

The thirteenth annual conference of the Library Company's Program in Early American Economy and Society (PEAES) will be held October 24-25, 2013. Proposals for papers on the theme "Ligaments of Colonial Economies" are invited. The call for papers asks,
    "How did ordinary colonial people accomplish the daily buying and selling, producing and exchanging, that sustained their households? How did colonial traders put a ship of goods together, protect goods moving into foreign Atlantic empires, and communicate effectively with strangers during the early modern era? What kinds of skills and resources were necessary for ordinary colonists who circulated in local market places, or prosperous merchants who visited distant ports? This conference will explore the practical connections and mutual obligations between individuals in the early modern economies of local places and across the boundaries of frontiers and empires. Whether a widow tavern keeper in Montreal, or a merchant in Veracruz, or a stone mason in Charleston, imperial subjects had to know how to make a sale, evaluate forms of money, and judge a neighbor's reliability or the value of goods. Many also had to write business letters, dun their debtors in newspapers, acquire marine insurance, charter ships, or visit bill of exchange brokers and bankers, all of which required particular expertise and particular paper forms. Some also engaged in legal disputes that required more expertise and paper forms."
   Those wishing to propose papers should send a brief description of the research they wish to present and a CV no later than November 1, 2012, to Cathy Matson, PEAES Director, at The program committee will reply by the first week of December.