Tuesday, December 31, 2013

New and Forthcoming Books: Year-End Edition

A compilation of some of the recently published and forthcoming books of interest to business and economic historians:

Marcelo Bucheli and R. Daniel Wadhwani, eds., Organizations in Time: History, Theory, Methods (Oxford University Press, January 2014)
Adam Clulow, The Company and the Shogun: The Dutch Encounter with Tokugawa Japan (Columbia University Press, December 2013)
Katherine C. Epstein, Torpedo: Inventing the Military-Industrial Complex in the United States and Great Britain (Harvard University Press, January 2014)
Walter A. Friedman, Fortune Tellers: The Story of America's First Economic Forecasters (Princeton University Press, December 2013)
Margaret C. Jacob, The First Knowledge Economy: Human Capital and the European Economy, 1750-1850 (Cambridge University Press, January 2014)
David Koistinen, Confronting Decline: The Political Economy of Deindustrialization in Twentieth-Century New England (University Press of Florida, December 2013)
Robert MacDougall, The People's Network: The Political Economy of the Telephone in the Gilded Age (University of Pennsylvania Press, December 2013)
Quincy T. Mills, Cutting along the Color Line: Black Barbers and Barber Shops in America (University of Pennsylvania Press, October 2013)
Robert W. Patch, Indians and the Political Economy of Colonial Central America, 1670-1810 (University of Oklahoma Press, October 2013)
Edward J. Roach, The Wright Company: From Invention to Industry (Ohio University Press, January 2014)
Richard Roberts, Saving the City: The Great Financial Crisis of 1914 (Oxford University Press, January 2014)
Jeroen Salman, Pedlars and the Popular Press: Itinerant Distribution Networks in England and the Netherlands, 1600-1850 (Brill, October 2013)
James A. Schafer, Jr., The Business of Private Medical Practice: Doctors, Specialization, and Urban Change in Philadelphia, 1900-1940 (Rutgers University Press, December 2013)
Jonathan Silberstein-Loeb, The International Distribution of News: The Associated Press, Press Association, and Reuters, 1848-1947 (Cambridge University Press, February 2014)
Kendra Smith-Howard, Pure and Modern Milk: An Environmental History since 1910 (Oxford University Press, November 2013)
Philip J. Stern and Carl Wennerlind, eds., Mercantilism Reimagined: Political Economy in Early Modern Britain and Its Empire (Oxford University Press, November 2013)
Pamela E. Swett, Selling under the Swastika: Advertising and Commercial Culture in Nazi Germany (Stanford University Press, December 2013) 
Gabriel Tortella and José Luis García Ruiz, Spanish Money and Banking: A History (Palgrave Macmillan, October 2013)
Jenifer Van Vleck, Empire of the Air: Aviation and the American Ascendancy (Harvard University Press, November 2013)
Benjamin C. Waterhouse, Lobbying America: The Politics of Business from Nixon to NAFTA (Princeton University Press, November 2013)
John F. Wilson, Anthony Webster, and Rachael Vorberg-Rugh, Building Co-operation: A Business History of The Co-operative Group, 1863-2013 (Oxford University Press, December, 2013)
Robert E. Wright, Corporation Nation (University of Pennsylvania Press, November 2013)

Thursday, December 19, 2013

BHC 2014 Program Now Available

View of the Römerberg
The Business History Conference will hold its next annual meeting on March 13-15, 2014,  in Frankfurt, Germany, in cooperation with the Gesellschaft für Unternehmensgeschichte (GUG). The theme of the meeting is "The Virtues and Vices of Businesses—A Historical Perspective." The meeting web page has now been updated to include the preliminary program and registration information. Those interested in attending are encouraged to consult the website for lodging details and other relevant information.

Monday, December 16, 2013

Call for Applicants: “Capital and Commodities,” UT Austin

The Institute for Historical Studies (IHS) at the University of Texas at Austin announces its 2014-2015 theme, "Capital and Commodities." The theme description states:
The co-development of financial and ecological crises, the global proliferation of mass consumerism, and ongoing social and military conflicts over access to natural resources suggest the critical importance of historicizing the study of capital and commodities. . . . the Institute encourages analytical approaches that underscore the sociocultural, political, environmental and intellectual underpinnings of the history of capital and commodities. We especially welcome proposals that encompass broad timespans (including the medieval and early modern periods) and that reach across geographic areas and disciplinary boundaries. 
 The full description is available at: http://www.utexas.edu/cola/insts/historicalstudies/news/7106.

The IHS invites applications for resident fellows at all ranks; the deadline is January 15, 2014. For more information about the institute's fellowship program and the application process, please visit:

Queries may be addressed to: historyinstitute@austin.utexas.edu.

Friday, December 13, 2013

Program Available: Economic History Society, 2014

The Economic History Society will hold its next annual meeting at the University of Warwick on March 28-30, 2014. The preliminary program is now available on the Society's website. Sessions that may be of particular interest include: "Twentieth-Century British Industry"; "Regional Industry and Institutions"; "Railways and Economic Growth"; "Business Practices"; "State, Community, and Economy"; "Financial Crises"; "Capital Markets"; "Companies and the State"; "Financial Bubbles"; and "Mass Consumption and Marketing." The program will also feature the EHS Women's Committee 25th Anniversary Session, chaired by Helen Paul and including papers by Pat Thane, Maxine Berg, and Pat Hudson.
    The 2014 Tawney Lecture will be delivered by Pat Hudson.
    For fuller information, please see the EHS conference website.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Program Available: EABH “Challenges of International Banking Regulation”

"The Challenges of International Banking Regulation and Supervision after 1945" is a conference to be held at the Frankfurt School of Finance & Management on January 16-17, 2014, jointly organized by the European Association for Banking and Financial History (EABH), the ESRC-founded project 'The Development of International Financial Regulation and Supervision (1961-1982), based at the University of Glasgow, and the Frankfurt School of Finance & Management.
The organizers explain:
Financial regulation and supervision has gained prominence in the public debate over the past few years. The aim of this conference is to contextualise discussions about financial regulation and supervision since 1945, in particular by providing a historical perspective to current debates. We want to bring together different approaches – legal, economic, political science/political economy, historical – in order to enrich and widen the debate about international regulation and supervision.
The program is now available on the conference website, as well as abstracts for each of the papers. Those wishing to attend should contact info@eabh.info and also consult the travel details page of the website.

Monday, December 9, 2013

CFP: Business History Society of Japan Congress

The Business History Society of Japan will celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2014. To commemorate this milestone, the organization will hold a special Congress on the theme of “Competition and Cooperation,” focusing on the many facets of the three industrial revolutions—why they came about, how they developed, and what distinguishes them from one another—and the new ventures that business history scholars need to undertake in order to grasp the significance of new business systems. The general session on the main theme, titled “New Horizons in Business History,” will bring together renowned researchers from Japan, Europe, the United States, and Asia to give keynote lectures on challenges facing the discipline and ideal approaches for future progress. The Congress will take place at Bunkyo Gakuin University, Tokyo, on September 11-13, 2014.

Given the 50th anniversary and the increasingly powerful role that globalization continues to play in the realm of research, the BHSJ has decided to schedule English-language sessions on each of the three days. With a scope that encompasses the socioeconomic environment of the entire world, these English sessions will look at why and how “competition and cooperation” within companies, between companies, between companies and government, between companies and other social organizations, and between countries have changed. The BHSJ invites submissions of not only individual, independent papers but also session-specific reports as well. The BHSJ also welcomes any papers that, while not focused specifically on the theme of “competition and cooperation,” deal in some capacity with the pursuit of new horizons in business history research.

For paper proposals, please submit a title, an abstract of no more than 400 words along with a one-page CV to a-terada@bgu.ac.jp by February 28, 2014. Session proposals should include a brief abstract of the session along with a one-page abstract and one-page CV for each participant.For more information, please see the BHSJ call for papers.

Friday, December 6, 2013

Enterprise & Society: December 2013 Issue

The December 2013 issue of Enterprise & Society is now available. In addition to the articles, this issue also contains Kenneth Lipartito's presidential address and abstracts of the dissertations presented in the Krooss Prize Dissertation session at the annual meeting:

Presidential Address
   Kenneth Lipartito, "Connecting the Cultural and the Material in Business History"
Dissertation Summaries
   Gavin Benke, "Electronic Bits and Ten Gallon Hats"
   Bartow J. Elmore, "Citizen Coke: An Environmental and Political History of the Coca Cola Company"
   Caitlin C. Rosenthal, "From Memory to Mastery: Accounting for Control in America, 1750–1880"
   Hsien-chun Wang, "Revisiting the Niuzhuang Oil Mill (1868–1870): Transferring Western Technology into China"
   Madeleine Zelin, "Chinese Business Practice in the Late Imperial Period"
   Jose Galindo, "The Economic Expansion of an Elite Business Family of French Origin in Central Mexico in the First Half of the Twentieth Century"
   Tobias Karlsson, "The Dynamics of Downsizing: The Swedish Tobacco Monopoly in the 1920s"

Full access requires a personal or institutional subscription (BHC members receive the journal as part of their membership); abstracts are freely available.

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

CFP: “"Business History in Africa, Asia, and Latin America”

The Business History Initiative at Harvard Business School is hosting a conference on June 13-14, 2014:  "Business History in Africa, Asia, and Latin America: Integrating Course Development and New Research."
The conference will focus on course development in business history and the history of capitalism beyond the developed economies of Europe, the United States, and East Asia. It will seek to leverage existing expertise about the field from countries where it is more established, as well as the experience of other disciplines, including world history and international business. Topics to be discussed include how to integrate the latest research into teaching materials; new and innovative pedagogical methods, including web-based learning and the use of oral history; the availability of primary sources; and the different interests and requirements of students in business schools, history departments, and in graduate programs. The conference will draw on an extensive global survey of business history courses in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. It is hoped that speakers drawn from those regions will share their experience concerning the opportunities and challenges of teaching business history.

We welcome proposals for papers.  Discounted hotel rates will be available for attendees. Conference meals will be provided.  Registration is required, but is free of charge. The conference is open to educators, graduate students, and other academics with an interest in the subject.  It will be held on the campus of Harvard Business School, Boston, Massachusetts, USA.

Please send paper proposals to Walter Friedman (wfriedman@hbs.edu) by January 31, 2014. The full announcement can be viewed on the conference website.

Monday, December 2, 2013

Digital Resource: The SEC Historical Society Opens a New Gallery

The Securities and Exchange Commission Historical Society has opened a new gallery in its on-line museum: “The Mechanics of Legislation: Congress, the SEC and Financial Regulation.” It examines the Insider Trading and Securities Fraud Enforcement Act of 1988 (ITSFEA) and the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act of 1999. The gallery includes links to almost 500 primary resources, including letters from legislators such as Speaker of the House Carl Albert and U.S. Representative Richard Armey to their constituents; papers from the William J. Clinton Library; and oral history interviews with former U.S. Senator Edward Kaufman and former U.S. Representative Michael Oxley. As noted by gallery curator Kurt Hohenstein,
Over the years, financial legislation has become increasingly more complicated because our system has grown more complex. From the public’s view, the passage of legislation often appears to have come out of the blue, rapid and responsive to a public outcry for reform. In reality, much of the hard work of drafting bills, conducting hearings, building public consensus and organizing needed votes remains hidden from the public. An examination of two significant financial laws enacted in the last half-century . . . can provide insight into the process of legislating on financial affairs, and illustrate the reactive and deliberative legislating models.

Friday, November 29, 2013

CFP: “Human Trafficking in Early America”

"Human Trafficking in Early America," an interdisciplinary conference hosted by the University of Pennsylvania, and co-sponsored by the McNeil Center for Early American Studies, the Department of History at the University of Maryland, College Park, and the Department of History at Drew University, will be held on April 23-25, 2015. The co-organizers are Richard Bell (Maryland) and Sharon Braslaw Sundue (Drew). As the organizers explain, "In early America, human trafficking took many forms, engaging and displacing native, African and European populations in every decade and in every colony and state. Drawing upon a wave of new scholarship on Indian captivity, the middle passage, the domestic slave trade, child abduction and sex trafficking, this conference offers a timely opportunity to examine the cultures and shadow economies created by and elaborated around forced migration in North America and the Atlantic world before 1860."
    Paper proposals should include a brief c.v. and an abstract of no more than 500 words. Applicants should email their proposals to mceas@ccat.sas.upenn.edu by April 15, 2014. Papers must be submitted for pre-circulation byFebruary 1, 2015. Limited support for participants’ travel and lodging will be available. See the complete call for papers for additional details.

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Grant Opportunities at the Smithsonian's Lemelson Center

The Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation offers fellowship and travel award programs to 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, theses, 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, while the American Trade Literature collection features 300,000 catalogs, technical manuals, and advertising brochures for some 30,000 firms, primarily from 1880 to 1945.

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 2014-2015 will be $575/week for pre-doctoral fellows and $870/week for post-doctoral and professional fellows. For application procedures and additional information, see http://invention.smithsonian.org/resources/research_fellowships.aspx. Researchers are encouraged to consult with the fellowship coordinator prior to submitting a proposal - please 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. For application procedures and additional information, see http://invention.smithsonian.org/resources/research_travel.aspx. Researchers are encouraged to consult with the travel award coordinator prior to submitting a proposal - please contact archivist Alison Oswald at +1 202-633-3726 or oswalda@si.edu.

Applications for both programs are due January 15, 2014.

Monday, November 25, 2013

CFP: Economic History Association 2014

The next annual meeting of the Economic History Association (EHA) will take place in Columbus, Ohio, on September 12-14, 2014. The theme of the meeting will be "Political Economy and Economic History." The Program Committee (John Wallis, University of Maryland, chair, together with Dan Bogart, Karen Clay, and Tracy Dennison) 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. In considering the meeting theme, the organizers explain:
Politics has a massive impact on economic outcomes. States redistribute wealth, make up for market failures, and enact policies that can devastate an economy or promote long run growth.  They also provide the essential public goods of security, the rule of law, and a means of exchange. Without these, life is brutal and trade little more than barter. But what determines the laws and regulations that states adopt and the public goods they furnish? How do states arise in the first place and gain the capacity to tax? What shapes the changes in their policies and their expenditures over time? Can we distinguish the political incentives that encourage good policies rather than tragic ones? Do the answers lie with endowments, the distribution of wealth, or deeply rooted institutions? Or are they to be sought in culture and the guiding hand of history?
    Papers and session proposals should be submitted online at the EHA submission system. Paper proposals should include a 3-5 page précis and a 150-word abstract suitable for publication in the Journal of Economic History. Papers should be submitted by January 31, 2014. For more details about the meeting, please consult the full call for papers.

Friday, November 22, 2013

“The Enterprise of Culture” Research Project Launched at Leeds

A new three-year collaborative research project on the business history of fashion, based in the School of History at the University of Leeds, has been awarded €1m funding from the HERA II (Humanities in the European Research Area II) Joint Research Programme. ‘The Enterprise of Culture’ "seeks to explore the relationships among fashion as a cultural phenomenon and a business enterprise, and to examine the transmission of fashion as a cultural form across national and international boundaries by intermediaries such as educational institutions, media outlets, advertisers, branders, trend forecasters, and retailers." The principal investigators are from the universities of Leeds (project leader Regina Lee Blaszczyk), Erasmus Rotterdam (Ben Wubs), Oslo (Véronique Pouillard Maliks), Heriot-Watt (Robert MacIntosh), St. Andrews (Barbara Townley), and Newcastle (Alan McKinley).
    Over the next three years, the Enterprise of Culture team will hold a series of workshops, conferences, and public programs. The group of historians and management scholars has a strong commitment to public understanding and will work closely with non-academic institutions, including the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, the Centre for Business History in Stockholm, the Marks and Spencer Company Archive in Leeds, and the sponsors of fashion-textile trade fairs throughout Europe.
     Readers in the vicinity of Leeds are alerted that the Project will hold a launch event on December 5, 2013. Featuring talks from a panel of European researchers alongside fashion professionals, curators, and archivists from the V&A Museum, the Centre for Business History (Stockholm), and the M&S Company Archive, this event offers an insight into the business history of fashion. Open to anyone with an interest in the business history of fashion, this event is particularly aimed at academics, post-graduate students, curators, archivists, fashion designers, textile-related organizations, and wider public audiences. The full program is available here. The event is free but places are limited. To book or for further information, please email Fiona Blair at enterpriseofculture@leeds.ac.uk or phone +44(0)113 343 1910.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

CFP: “Green Capitalism: Exploring the Crossroads of Environmental and Business History”

The Center for the History of Business, Technology, and Society and the German Historical Institute–DC are co-sponsoring a conference on "Green Capitalism? Exploring the Crossroads of Environmental and Business History," to be held October 30-31, 2014 at the Hagley Museum and Library in Wilmington, Delaware.
This conference hopes to point to fresh opportunities for joining the insights of environmental and business history. The organizers
are especially interested in providing historical perspectives on a question of obvious relevance today: Can capitalism be green–or at least greener? Our title– “Green Capitalism?”– is admittedly drawn from contemporary discourse. But we are convinced that history can provide invaluable insights into the complex and changing relationship between business and the environment.
Conference planners are currently accepting proposals for papers that "consider in specific historical contexts the extent to which the business enterprises that are central to capitalism operated in an environmentally sound or detrimental manner by the way they dealt with their refuse, by managing their use of resources, and mitigating or ignoring any harmful impact on those who handled their products or were affected by their waste." The full call for papers is available here.
    Proposals may be up to 500 words in length, and should include a summary of the paper’s argument, the sources on which it draws, and the larger historiographic context or contemporary debates with which it engages. A short c.v. or resume should accompany the proposal. The deadline for receipt of proposals, which should be sent via email to Carol Lockman, clockman@Hagley.org, is May 1, 2014. Presenters will receive travel support to cover most costs to attend the conference.

Monday, November 18, 2013

Two Web Exhibits from the Historical Society of Pennsylvania

Among several digital history projects, the Historical Society of Pennsylvania has two that are of particular interest to business and economic historians.
Depositors wait to try to withdraw their money from the Erie National Bank, Sixth and Erie streets, 1931 (Pa. Historical Society)
    The first, "Closed for Business: The Story of Bankers Trust Company during the Great Depression," describes the rise and fall of Bankers Trust Company, the first large bank to fail in Philadelphia during the Great Depression. The site includes:
  • 320 digitized primary source documents, including documents about the bank's operation, letters from depositors desperate to get access to their funds after the bank's failure, and newspaper clippings about the aftermath of the bank's failure;
  • biographies of some of the people and organizations highlighted in the documents;
  • contextual essays (including one by R. Daniel Wadhwani) about the history of Bankers Trust Company, the Great Depression in Philadelphia, and the 1930s banking crisis in Philadelphia; and
  • an educators' page with ideas about how to use the resource in the classroom.
The second exhibit, Preserving America's Freedom, explores the complicated history of American freedom through 50 documents in the Society's collections; of specific interest is the section on "Economic Freedoms." Exhibiting selected documents and images, the site also contains essays by well-known historians, including Eric Foner, Walter Licht, and Thomas Sugrue,

Friday, November 15, 2013

Program Available: “Trading Medicines: The Global Drug Trade in Perspective”

There will be a half-day workshop entitled "Trading Medicines: The Global Drug Trade in Perspective" on January 10, 2014, at the London School of Economics. The workshop has been organized by Claire Griffin (Cambridge) and Patrick Wallis (LSE) and is supported by the Wellcome Trust, the Economic History Society, and the Royal Historical Society. The program and abstracts of the papers are available here. According to the organizers,
This half-day workshop examines the supply and reception of medical drugs during the creation of an early modern global market from the sixteenth through to the eighteenth centuries. It addresses a key question in the history of medicine: how did early modern globalisation impact medicine in Europe? The workshop explores developments across various European nations, their empires, and global trading networks. Papers will focus on the broad sweep of medical commodities that were exchanged, taking a long view and considering as many different substances as possible, in order to build a big picture of developments across the early modern period.
There is no attendance fee, but registration is required. To register, please email Clare Griffin at cg315@cam.ac.uk.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Call for Applicants: ABH 2014 Tony Slaven Workshop

The Association of Business Historians (ABH) will hold its third Tony Slaven Doctoral Training Workshop on June 26-27, 2014, immediately preceding the 2014 ABH annual conference at Newcastle University Business School; Workshop participants will be welcome to attend the annual conference. Students at any stage of their doctoral career, whether first year or near submitting, are encouraged to attend. In addition to providing new researchers with an opportunity to discuss their work with other research students in a related discipline, the sessions will also include at least one skills-related workshop.
    One aim of the Workshop is to strengthen links among students working on business history and related topics in various departments and disciplines. For the purposes of the Workshop, `business history’ is therefore interpreted broadly. Students will present on a pre-circulated paper of no more than 5,000 words, and will be expected to act as discussant for another’s paper, with further time for group discussion.
    Students interested in attending the workshop should send their application to Sheryllynne Haggerty, Department of History, School of Humanities, University of Nottingham, University Park, Nottingham, NG7 2RD. The application should consist of four pages: a one-page CV; one page stating the names of the student’s supervisors, the title of their thesis, the university and department where they are registered, and the date of commencement of their thesis registration; and a two-page abstract of the paper. Four Tony Slaven scholarships are available, each worth up to £150, to contribute toward the travel, accommodation, and registration costs of attending the doctoral workshop (not the ABH main conference). Students should clearly state in their application if they wish to be considered for the Tony Slaven scholarships. The deadline for submissions is February 21, 2014.

    Questions may be directed to Sheryllynne Haggerty at the above e-mail address. See also the workshop announcement on the ABH website.

Monday, November 11, 2013

CFP: The Business of Slavery

On September 17-19, 2014, the Centre for Economic and Business History and the Institute for the Study of Slavery at the University of Nottingham will co-host a conference on "The Business of Slavery." The conference
aims to bring together assessments of the contributions of enslaved people to the economy of different eras and societies and from various perspectives, including the wider economy, the slave traders, the slave holders and the slaves themselves. It will compare these assessments over chronological eras and in societies around the globe. Papers are invited which discuss themes as diverse as (but which are not restricted to); slave trading (including foreign and indigenous trades, legal and illegal trades), the economies of slave societies, the economies of the slaves themselves, (including hiring out), the use of slaves by freedmen and freedwomen, serfdom, debt bondage, prostitution, forced (including child) labour, and from chronological periods as diverse as Ancient Greece and Rome, Medieval Europe, the early-modern Barbary States, Sub-Saharan Africa, the Atlantic and Indian Oceans, and the modern world.
For a fuller description, please see the complete call for papers. The closing date for proposals, which should be sent to Sheryllynne Haggarty at sheryllynne.haggerty@nottingham.ac.uk, is March 24, 2014.

Friday, November 8, 2013

CFP: “Shady Business: White Collar Crime in History”

On September 18-20, 2014, the German Historical Institute in Washington, D.C., will host a conference on "Shady Business: White Collar Crime in History." The conveners are Edward Balleisen (History Department /Kenan Institute for Ethics, Duke University), Hartmut Berghoff (German Historical Institute), and Christopher McKenna (Said Business School, University of Oxford). According to the call for papers:
Daniel Defoe observed in the early 18th century that "[e]very degree of business" has "its invitation to do evil." Today, hardly a day passes without the media reporting on new allegations and legal proceedings relating to supposed professional misconduct on the part of corporate executives. . . . This raises many questions. What economic, company-related, and social conditions encourage this behavior? What accounts for the apparent increase of white collar crime in some areas and its decline in others? What background information sheds light on it? What motivates those who engage in such crimes? . . .
    This conference deals with the history of economic crime perpetrated by for-profit and not-for-profit corporations since the early modern period. The conference excludes industrial espionage, piracy, labor disputes, human rights violations, and environmental pollution, which might be included in many definitions of economic crime. This conference instead focuses on corporate fraud, corruption, embezzlement, misappropriation and malfeasance, electronic fraud, tax fraud, intellectual property theft, Ponzi schemes, illegal cartels, and collusion. We are interested both in occupational fraud (malfeasance directed by employees at their employers) and organizational fraud (malfeasance committed by firms against third parties). . . . our goal is to historicize economic criminal actions and public perceptions of them.
Those interested in participating should send a proposal of no more than 500 words and a short CV to Susanne Fabricius. For a fuller discussion of the conference's aims and themes, please see the complete call for papers. The deadline for submission is January 30, 2014. Expenses for travel and accommodation will be covered.

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

CFP: “The Landscape of Occupations in Pre-Industrial Britain and Continental Europe, c.1400-1750”

Cultivation of grain in use amongst the peasants, Lyon, 1517The Centre for Medical History at the University of Exeter will host a workshop on April 8-9, 2014, on "The Landscape of Occupations in Pre-Industrial Britain and Continental Europe, c.1400-1750." The two-day workshop is designed to bring together papers addressing any of the following four themes: Individuals, Economic Activity, and Developments in the Early Modern Economy; Gender and Occupation; Guilds, Colleges and Occupational Identity; and Rural and Urban Economic Lives. As the call for papers explains,
Occupational identity and the economic activity of individuals have seen growing attention from historians and historical geographers over the past thirty or forty years. While earlier generations of historians, including Postan and Tawney, addressed occupational structure as an aspect of the general structure of agricultural and industrial production, researchers are increasingly focusing upon the question of economic activity from the perspective of the individual. It is increasingly recognized that occupational identity was neither definite nor fixed. How did households combine economic strategies in response to opportunities, challenges, and natural cycles? How did economic and occupational identity change throughout an individual’s lifecycle? Indeed, how did occupational identity actually reflect economic activity?
Sessions will be structured around pre-circulated papers and presentations of five minutes, to allow maximum time for discussion. For a more detailed description of topics to be addressed, please see the complete call for papers. Abstracts, of no more than 300 words, should be sent via email to Justin Colson (j.r.colson@exeter.ac.uk) by December 2, 2013.

Monday, November 4, 2013

CFP: Workshop for New Scholars in Financial History

The European Association for Banking and Financial History (EABH) and Queen’s University Centre for Economic History (QUCEH) invite the submission of research papers from advanced Ph.D. students and recent postdoctoral researchers in financial history for a "New Scholars Workshop," to be held in Belfast on April 16, 2014.

This one-day intensive workshop is specifically intended for new scholars in financial history, broadly defined, who wish to practice and improve their research through presentation and discussion with more experienced scholars. Participants who have a full research paper and are intending in the near future to go on the academic job market, or to submit their work to a top field journal in business, economic, or financial history, are particularly encouraged to apply. Research in any theme and methodology in banking and financial history is welcome. Comparative approaches are encouraged and co-authored papers will be accepted.

The workshop’s keynote speaker and discussant will be Professor Joost Jonker, NEHA professor of business history at the University of Amsterdam. Participants will also benefit from the close discussion of their work by faculty at QUCEH, a research center based at Queen’s University Management School. The EABH will cover best price economy flights and a two-night stay in Belfast. Outstanding scholars will be asked to present their paper at the EABH annual conference in Zurich on June 13, 2014.

Prospective participants should send their full paper to info@eabh.info by January 17, 2014, along with a full CV that clearly states the (expected) date of Ph.D. completion. For additional information, please see the full call for papers.

Friday, November 1, 2013

Blaszczyk's Color Revolution Wins SHOT Prize

Nearly a year ago we featured The Color Revolution (MIT Press, 2012) by Regina Lee Blaszczyk, who holds the chair in the history of business and society at the University of Leeds. The book has now been awarded the 2013 Sally Hacker Prize by the Society for the History of Technology (SHOT). The prize is awarded at SHOT's annual meeting to honor "exceptional scholarship that reaches beyond the academy." The citation reads in part, "Blaszczyk's beautifully, thoughtfully designed book is bound to become a standard academic reference—for historians of technology as well as for a range of other scholars—but that's only the beginning; her work is of great importance because of the exemplary way in which it reaches out to a broader audience." The full citation can be found on the Leeds faculty news website.

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Around the Blogosphere: Recent Posts of Interest

A round-up of some recent blog posts, including some from sites not specifically focused on business and economic history:

Monday, October 28, 2013

In the News: 100th Anniversary of Ford's Moving Assembly Line

Ford assembly line, c. 1913 (Detroit Public Library, Item number EB01a026)
October 7, 2013, marked the one hundredth anniversary of the moving assembly line at Ford's plant in Highland Park, Michigan. The occasion generated a good deal of media commentary; the links below provide a sample.

Game Changer: Ford Celebrates (Ford Motor Company)
Ford's Assembly Line Turns 100 (NY Daily News)
Ford's Assembly Line Turns 100 (Car and Driver)
Henry Ford's Assembly Line Turns 100 ("Here and Now" [NPR])
Henry Ford's Assembly Line (CBS News)
Video of the line:
The Ford Model T Assembly Line (1919)
The Ford Model T
Ford's Moving Assembly Line (a History Day student documentary)
100 Years of the Moving Assembly Line (Ford video)
How Ford's Assembly Line Has Changed (Bloomberg)
Photos and Video (Business Insider)

Friday, October 25, 2013

CFPs: Two Journal Special Issues of Interest

The Journal of Historical Research in Marketing (JHRM) has issued a call for papers for a special issue on "Marketing History from Below: Bringing the Consumer Back In," to be guest edited by Stefan Schwarzkopf. The call states,
Although marketing scholarship frequently asserts that marketing strategy begins and ends with consumers, most marketing historical work still focuses on firms, brands, products, advertising, packaging, government institutions, and the history of marketing thought. Marketing historiography thus extends the perspective of those who market, as opposed to the voice and influence of those who are being marketed to. What's more, despite the recent acknowledgement that consumers are very active in the creation of value in marketing, very little historical scholarship exists that shows how this value creation by consumers was actually shaped. This special issue attempts to address this hiatus and asks what historical research in marketing can contribute to shed light on the cultural-economic spaces that lie beyond the realm of firm activities, that is, the spaces populated by consumer communities, social experiences, political resistances, and consumer-led alternatives that make up the market.
For submission instructions and a more detailed explanation of the special issue theme, please see the call for papers on the JHRM website. The submission deadline for this special issue is September 1, 2014 with an expected publication date of August 2015.

The journal Business History will publish a special issue on the topic, "Towards a Narrative Turn in Business History"; guest editors will be Mads Mordhorst and Stefan Schwarzkopf, both of Copenhagen Business School. Because the call for papers is not yet posted on the journal website, we provide the full text here:
During the last two decades, narratives and narrative theory have gained influence at Business Schools in fields such as management studies, marketing, and organizational studies to such a degree that some scholars have framed these new perspectives as a distinctive ‘narrative turn.’  Scholars in these subfields of the business and management research community have used narrative theories and narratological concepts as analytical tools to discover who constructs narratives, in what ways, for what purpose, and how these narratives then influence sense-making and strategizing in organizations and markets. Furthermore, narratives and other linguistic entities, like metaphors and modes of storytelling, have been analyzed for their uses as performative tools by managers and other drivers of organizational change. In other words, what started as a mode of critical investigation turned into a managerial tool focused on the status quo, as scholars began to focus on how organizational change can be ‘managed’ through changes in organizational narratives. Despite the boom in research on narratives in organization theory, economics, marketing theory, and management studies, associated with scholars like David Boje, Barbara Czarniawska, Deidre McCloskey, Barbara Stern, Melanie Bryant, Andrew Brown and many others, this research has so far made only limited inroads into the business history community. Business and management scholars who engage with these questions often ignore that ‘history’, both in the etymological and the disciplinary sense, is born with an inherent tension between ‘history’ as past and ‘history’ as narrative. This ambiguity means that the field, from Herodotus to Leopold von Ranke and Hayden White, is forever engulfed in discussions about the narrative character of the discipline and its scholarly products. This, in turn, means that business historians should be in a position from where it is possible to bridge and negotiate the recent approaches in business and management studies on the one side and the practices of archival research and historiographical representation on the other. Different attempts to engage in a conversation about the fruitful tension between these two research traditions have been made recently, amongst others by Stephanie Decker, Per Hansen, Mads Mordhorst, Andrew Popp, and Mick Rowlinson. The purpose of the special issue is to intensify these discussions.
The guest editors encourage submissions that engage with the following problems and questions:
  • Narratives and narrative structures (narratology) as a method for business historians.
  • Narratives and the construction of shared memories in organizations in the past and present.
  • Narratives constructed by professions and academic fields (accounting, marketing, strategy).
  • The potential uses of Oral History methods in business history.
  • Storytelling vs. business history: do business historians create narratives, and in what ways?
  • What metaphors do business historians rely on and construct? Are business historical models metaphors?
  • The ‘Narrative turn’ in organizational theory, management and marketing studies: how can business historians engage with and contribute to this challenge?
The deadline for receipt of papers is October 1, 2014, with publication planned for spring 2015. Only full papers will be considered. Papers should be sent to both guest editors, Mads Mordhorst (mmo.lpf@cbs.dk) Stefan Schwarzkopf (ssc.lpf@cbs.dk). Please do not submit the contribution through the journal's Manuscript Central site, but do see the journal website for style guidelines: http://www.tandf.co.uk/journals/titles/00076791.asp

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Deadline Reminder: GHI Fellowships in Business and Economic History

The German Historical Institute in Washington, D.C., offers three fellowships of interest to business historians:

Fellowship in the History of Consumption and Fellowship in Economic and Social History: both are 6- to 12-month fellowships for research on the respective topic. Each recipient should take up the fellowship on September 1, 2014. Preference is given to applicants on the postdoctoral level. Fellows are expected to be in residence at the GHI and participate in GHI activities and events, including planning a workshop on the fellowship's focus. Fellows will have the opportunity to make use of the resources in the Washington, DC area, including the Library of Congress and the National Archives, while pursuing their own research agenda. The monthly stipend is Euro 3,000 for EU citizens and $3,200 for US citizens. In addition, fellowship recipients based in Europe will receive reimbursement for their round-trip airfare to the United States.

Doctoral Fellowship in International Business History: a 6- to 12-month fellowship with a term beginning September 1, 2014. Preference will be given to fellows whose projects fit into the GHI's research foci on transatlantic relations and the history of consumption. Comparative work is also strongly encouraged. The fellow will be expected to be in residence at the GHI and participate in GHI activities and events. The fellow will have the opportunity to make use of the resources in the Washington, DC, area, including the Library of Congress and the National Archives, while pursuing his or her own research agenda. Travel within the US to work in archives and libraries will also be possible. The monthly stipend is Euro 1,700 for doctoral students from European institutions; students based at North American institutions will receive a stipend of $1,900. In addition, fellowship recipients based in Europe will receive reimbursement for their round-trip airfare to the United States.

The deadline for all of these fellowships is November 15, 2013. For specific requirements and submission procedures, please visit the fellowship pages linked above. Questions about these fellowships may be directed to Dr. Uwe Spiekermann at spiekermann@ghi-dc.org.

Monday, October 21, 2013

CFP: Social History of Money and Credit

The Richard Robinson Business History Workshop at Portland State University in Portland, Oregon, will host a meeting on "The Social History of Money and Credit" on May 22-24, 2014. The organizers are interested in papers that engage the meanings and uses of financial instruments in daily life as well as in the popular imagination. Papers concerning the social history of money and credit in non-Western contexts are particularly encouraged. Submissions from all disciplines are welcome as long as topics are addressed historically. For a list of suggested topics, please see the full call for papers.

Those interested in presenting should submit a one-page paper abstract and CV to the workshop coordinators Erika Vause (Saint Xavier University), Thomas Luckett (Portland State University), or Chia Yin Hsu (Portland State University) at historyworkshop@pdx.edu by December 6, 2013.

Accepted papers will be pre-circulated and discussed in plenary sessions on May 23 and May 24. There will also be a public keynote address on the evening of May 22. Funding is available to cover hotel expenses and partial travel reimbursements for up to about ten participants. There will be no registration fee.

Friday, October 18, 2013

CFP: Armageddon and Mammon

The summer of 2014 marks the centenary of the start of the First World War. On July 10-11, 2014, a workshop entitled "Armageddon and Mammon" will consider the war’s impact on international business. It will take place in the City of London at East India House. As the organizers explain,
The First World War had a dramatic and immediate impact on international business, particularly the financial services sector, but the impact quickly spread to other sectors as international trade and investment were disrupted. As the war progressed, the integrated world economy that had emerged during the first great era of globalization disintegrated and liberal assumptions and practices were discarded. The realities of the total war shattered the assumption that it would be “business as usual.” The disruption of international supply chains by the war created threats and opportunities for firms in many countries. The seizure of patents, factories, and other assets in belligerent countries created complex legal issues that lasted for decades. The war challenged the ascendancy of British international business and capital, opening the way for rivals from newly industrialising countries to compete in markets around the world. The impact of the war on international business lasted long after the fighting stopped, due in part to the nature of the peace settlement dictated by the victorious allies, the growth of institutions of global governance, and changes to the international political economy. In particular, the transfer of financial power from the City of London to Wall Street was not matched by a corresponding increase in the willingness of the United States to guarantee the political underpinnings of an integrated global economy. In turn, this change spurred organizational innovation and change among international firms as they adapted their strategies and structures to a changed business environment.
Workshop organizers are seeking contributors who are interested in presenting their research at the workshop and publishing their papers as part of an edited collection. Contributors can be of any nationality and can be from any discipline, although organizers expect that all papers will focus on the impact of the war on international business, will be based on original research, and will expressly engage with and seek to develop historiography and/or reflect on relevant business and management theory.

Proposals, in the form of a 300-word paper abstract plus a short CV, should be sent to Andrew Smith, ab0352@coventry.ac.uk by December 1, 2013.

For a more detailed call for papers and additional information, please see the full conference announcement.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

2014-2015 Fellowship Applications: “Capital and Commodities”

"The Tulip Folly," 1882. Artist Jean-Léon Gérôme
The Institute for Historical Studies (IHS) at the University of Texas at Austin expects to appoint four resident fellows for 2014-2015 whose work engages with the year's theme, "Capital and Commodities." Fellowships are available for all ranks. They are not restricted to historians, but projects must have significant historical content. According to the call for applicants:
The co-development of financial and ecological crises, the global proliferation of mass consumerism, and ongoing social and military conflicts over access to natural resources suggest the critical importance of historicizing the study of capital and commodities. Indeed, over the last several decades, historians have compiled an impressive body of work on the history of commodities and their production, circulation, uses, and cultural significance. Research into commodity chains has forced historians to consider questions of social identity formation and has invigorated analysis of systems of communication and representation. Historical studies have also revealed the impact of commodity production and consumption on natural landscapes and sociopolitical formations. Recent globalized economic crises have further helped focus scholarly attention on how commodity exchange and capital creation involve the conjunctural dimensions of history: credit booms and debt crises, cycles of inflation and deflation, economic growth (and its intellectual constructions) and limits to growth. In this vein, the Institute encourages analytical approaches that underscore the sociocultural, political, environmental, and intellectual underpinnings of the history of capital and commodities. Proposals that encompass broad timespans (including the medieval and early modern periods) and that reach across geographic areas and disciplinary boundaries are particularly encouraged.
The application deadline is January 15, 2014. For more information about the Institute's fellowship and application process, please visit: http://www.utexas.edu/cola/insts/historicalstudies/fellowships/resident-fellows.php; queries should be directed to historyinstitute@austin.utexas.edu.

Monday, October 14, 2013

Business History Publishes Special Issue on Family Business

The current issue (No. 6, 2013) of Business History is a special issue on "Long-Term Perspectives on Family Business." As guest editors Andrea Colli, Carole Howorth, and Mary Rose write, "for a long time business history and family business studies have developed on parallel tracks that have rarely crossed. . . . This special issue arose . . . with the aim of promoting an increased dialogue between business history and family business researchers." Contents include:
Hartmut Berghoff, "Blending personal and managerial capitalism: Bertelsmann's rise from medium-sized publisher to global media corporation and service provider, 1950–2010"
Geoffrey Tweedale, "Backstreet capitalism: An analysis of the family firm in the nineteenth-century Sheffield cutlery industry"
Robin Holt and Andrew Popp, "Emotion, succession, and the family firm: Josiah Wedgwood & Sons"
Oswald Jones, Abby Ghobadian, Nicolas O'Regan, and Valerie Antcliff, "Dynamic capabilities in a sixth-generation family firm: Entrepreneurship and the Bibby Line"
Nicolas Antheaume, Paulette Robic, and Dominique Barbelivien, "French family business and longevity: Have they been conducting sustainable development policies before it became a fashion?"
Neil Forbes, "Family banking in an era of crisis: N. M. Rothschild & Sons and business in central and eastern Europe between the World Wars"
Stéphanie Ginalski, "Can families resist managerial and financial revolutions? Swiss family firms in the twentieth century"
Christof Dejung, "Worldwide ties: The role of family business in global trade in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries"
Marta Rey-Garcia and Nuria Puig Raposo, "Globalisation and the organisation of family philanthropy: A case of isomorphism?"
Although access to the full text of the articles requires a subscription, abstracts may be viewed by all on the journal website.

Friday, October 11, 2013

Historians Weigh In on the Debt Ceiling and U.S. Default Concerns

As the U.S. federal shutdown continues and the default deadline grows closer, a number of historians have commented on the situation. Here is a sampling of links:

Richard Sylla, interview for the History News Network (HNN)
Louis Hyman and Stephen Mihm, among others, quoted on the default possibility at HNN
Sean Wilentz on "Obama and the Debt," in the October 7 New York Times
Daniel Yergin, on NPR's "Morning Edition," October 9
Alice Rivlin, at Brookings
Niall Ferguson, in the October 4 Wall Street Journal
Carmen Reinhart and Kenneth Rogoff's work on prior defaults, cited in Economix Blog, October 4, New York Times
Julian Zelizer, on past government shutdowns, October 1, NPR's "Here and Now"
Stephen Mihm, at Bloomberg, on an analogy with the Nullification Crisis, and again here, on the rift between the Republican Party and Business on the shutdown issue
 HNN has also compiled a list of links to recent commentary (not necessarily by historians, but referring to history)

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Conference: “Russian, Soviet, and Post-Soviet Economic History”

The Program in Economic History at Yale is hosting a conference entitled "Russian, Soviet, and Post-Soviet Economic History: New Frontiers" on November 1-2, 2013, at 28 Hillhouse Avenue, Tobin Lounge, Yale University. The conference is co-organized by Timothy Guinnane (Yale) and Steven Nafziger (Williams College).

The conference begins on Friday, November 1, at 2 p.m. and ends at 3 p.m. on Saturday, November 2. The conference program is available at http://www.econ.yale.edu/~egcenter/EH2013_Russian.htm. All papers will be posted online so that all attending can read them in advance. Presentations will be limited to 10 minutes, and session time will be devoted almost exclusively to discussion.

All are welcome to attend the conference and take part in the discussion. Attendees not on the program are asked to contact Steven Nafziger(steven.nafziger@williams.edu), so that organizers will know how many people to expect.

Monday, October 7, 2013

CFP: Association of Business Historians 2014

Newcastle University Business School
The Association of Business Historians will hold its next annual meeting on June 27-28, 2014, at the Newcastle University Business School. The theme of the meeting will be "Crisis, Accountability, and Institutions." The call for papers states:
The global financial crisis which began in 2007 was the most severe since the Great Depression. In the immediate aftermath of the financial crisis and the global recession that followed, questions have been raised concerning issues of accountability and governance in international financial institutions, investment banks, credit rating agencies, and amongst top management teams. To reflect the zeitgeist, we welcome in particular papers that are framed around the historical theme of: accounting for crisis; escalation/de-escalation of a crisis; organisational/ industry decline and failure; strategic responses/turnaround strategies; the social consequences of a crisis; labour’s response to a crisis; accountability of decision-makers; accountability and elites; institutional arrangements; regulation of institutions; governance systems; governance and reform of institutions; strategy and governance within national/international organisations; strategy and the media. 
The conference committee welcomes proposals for individual papers or complete research tracks of 90 minutes in length. Each individual paper proposal should include a short abstract, a list of 3 to 5 key words, and a brief CV of the presenter. Proposals for research tracks should include a cover letter containing a session title and the rationale for the research track. The conference organizers also welcome research papers on any topic related to business history outside the conference theme.

Questions and proposals should be directed to Tom McGovern at: abh.conf@newcastle.ac.uk. Proposals may also be submitted by post to: Tom McGovern, Newcastle University Business School, 5 Barrack Road, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 4SE, United Kingdom. The deadline for submissions is February 21, 2014.

For additional information, please see the ABH conference website.

Friday, October 4, 2013

Reminder: Deadline for BHC Doctoral Colloquium Applications Approaching

The Oxford Journals Doctoral Colloquium in Business History will be held in conjunction with the Business History Conference 2014 annual meeting in Frankfurt, Germany. This prestigious workshop, sponsored by the BHC and funded by the Journals Division of Oxford University Press, will take place in Frankfurt on Wednesday, March 12 and Thursday, March 13, 2014. 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. If you are interested in being considered for this colloquium, please submit by November 15, 2013, to BHC2014@Hagley.org a statement of interest, a CV, a preliminary or final dissertation prospectus of 10-15 pages, and a letter of support from your dissertation supervisor (or prospective supervisor). Questions about the colloquium should be sent to its director, Pamela Laird, Pamela.Laird@ucdenver.edu. 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 December 15, 2013.
     For general information about the Colloquium, please see http://www.thebhc.org/annmeet/docoll.html.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

2014 AHA Program Available On-Line

The program for the 2014 American Historical Association meeting, to be held in Washington, D.C., on January 2-5, 2014, is now available on-line.  The program entry site allows searching by keyword as well as the standard daily listing; one can also find BHC-sponsored sessions under the affiliated societies section.
    The BHC-sponsored program items are:
Session 22: "Public Interest, Private Profit: Business, Government, and the Civic Good,"chaired by Richard R. John
Session 55: "Commerce and Knowledge in the Seventeenth Century," chaired by Martha C. Howell
Session 99: "The U.S. 1880–1920: Turning Point or More of the Same?" chaired by Steven H. Hahn
Session 231: "Wine, Drinking, and Identity," chaired by Uwe Spiekermann
Business History Conference Luncheon: "Is the History of Capitalism the New Business History?" chaired by Richard R. John and featuring Louis Galambos, Jonathan Levy, Sven Beckert, and Pamela Laird
In addition to the sessions and luncheon sponsored by the BHC, many other sessions will be of interest to business and economic historians.  A sampling includes:
Session 18: "Networks of Knowledge in the Early Modern Mediterranean," chaired by Anthony Grafton
Session 61: "Institutions of Trade in the Iberian Atlantic World," chaired by Jeremy Baskes
Session 65: "New Directions on the Twentieth-Century Chinese Economy," chaired by Naomi Lamoreaux
Session 117: "Panic: Financial Crises over Space and Time," chaired by Francesca Trivellato
Session 134: "Black Capitalism and Self Help in the Era of Richard Nixon: Black Power Alternatives from Grassroots Activists to the White House," chaired by Robert Weems
Session 166: "Envisioning Capitalist Development in the Countryside: Perspectives from Latin America, Asia, and the United States," chaired by Amy Offner
Session 167: "Food Commodities in Wartime: Soy, Wheat, Sugar, and U.S. Global Power in the Twentieth Century," chaired by Deborah Fitzgerald
Session 225: "The Industry of Empire: Markets, Workers, and Environments across North America’s Pacific Rim," chaired by Kathleen Anne Brosnan
Many individual papers also feature topics related to the field; a sampling:
Session 7: Marc V. Eagle, "Smugglers in the Seventeenth-Century Caribbean: 'Forced Arrivals' in Santo Domingo"
Session 49: David Walker Gilbert, "The Cultural Turn and the Long Movement: Black Identities and Class in Market Spaces"
Session 49: Brenna Wynn Greer, "Moving Beyond Saints and Martyrs: Post-World War II Black Capitalists and Their Civil Rights Work"
Session 69: Martin Collins, "The Market and the Military: Satellite Telephony and Entanglements of the Global in the 1990s"
Session 124: Susana Romero, "Bankers, Reformers, and Intellectuals Debating Modernity: The Origins of National Housing Policies in Colombia in the Aftermath of the Great Depression"
Session 126: Mitchell Larson, "Bringing Study Abroad Back Home: The Struggle to Adapt Management Education into British Universities in the 1960s"
Session 202: Christopher Magra, "The Limits of Empire in Eighteenth-Century Massachusetts"
Session 222: Christy Ford Chapin, "Ensuring America’s Health: How Insurance Companies Came to Govern U.S. Health Care"
Poster sessions of interest include:
Drew Keeling, "Pre-1914 Migration from Europe to the United States as a Travel Business"
Kathryn Tomasek, "Making Big Data: Historical Financial Records"
[Note that at the time of this posting, the program link on the AHA site is not yet active, and the 2010 meeting logo appears, but the information does in fact pertain to the 2014 program.]

Friday, September 27, 2013

“Consumer on the Home Front” Preliminary Program Available

The German Historical Institute (GHI) is holding a conference, "The Consumer on the Home Front: World War II Civilian Consumption in Comparative Perspective," on December 5-7, 2013, at the GHI London. The conveners are Hartmut Berghoff (GHI Washington), Andreas Gestrich (GHI London), Nikolaus Katzer (GHI Moscow), Jan Logemann (GHI Washington), Felix Römer (GHI London), and Sergey Kudryashov (GHI Moskau). According to the call for papers, the conference "will look at the role of the consumer and civilian morale in the war efforts of Germany, Japan, the Soviet Union, the United Kingdom, and the United States." The preliminary program is available here. The conference language will be English.
    Inquiries may be addressed to Felix Römer (roemer@ghil.ac.uk) or Jan Logemann (logemann@ghi-dc.org).