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.