Friday, December 21, 2012

Business History at the OAH, 2013

The Organization of American Historians (OAH), which will hold its 2013 annual meeting in San Francisco, California, on April 11-14, has now released its program. Two sessions are of particular interest:
Friday, 1:45 p.m.: "The 1%?: Business Classes and the Transformation of American Capitalism"
Sponsored by the Business History Conference’s Liaison Committee
"Global Networks, Metropolitan Terrains: Finance Capital and Urban Populism in the Era of Reconstruction"
Noam Maggor, Vanderbilt University
"A Grasstops Revolution: Local Business Elites, National Executives, and the Geography of Twentieth-Century Capitalism"
Elizabeth Shermer, Loyola University of Chicago
"Corporate Power and the Problem of Politics: Business Elites, Social Policy, and Urban 'Democracy' in the Early Twentieth Century"
Daniel Amsterdam, The Ohio State University
Friday, 3:30 p.m.: Plenary Session: "Corporations in American Life"
Chair: Naomi Lamoreaux, Yale University
Richard White, Stanford University
Bethany Moreton, University of Georgia
Karen Ho, University of Minnesota
Peter James Hudson, Vanderbilt University
Other complete sessions of interest include:
Friday, 10:30 a.m.: "The Globalization of African-American Consumer Culture, 1800-Present"
Saturday, 8:30 a.m.: "The Transformation of the American Political Economy during the 1970s"
Saturday, 10:30 a.m.: "Purchasing Power Politics and Consumer Activism in North America
from the Depression to the Cold War"
Saturday, 10:30 a.m.: "The Business of War: Production, Consumption, and Destruction, 1860–2013"

   In addition, individual participants with ties to business history include Richard John (Thursday, "Connections and Constraints: Technology and Sociability"); Walter Licht (Friday, "Managing Knowledge, Managing People, Managing Health"); and Susan Strasser (Sunday, "When the World of Goods Goes Bad: Drugs as Intolerable Commodities").