Friday, March 29, 2013

H-Business Re-Launches Book Reviews

Tracey Deutsch of the University of Minnesota and book review editor of H-Business, the long-running email list run by the Business History Conference, has posted the first fruits of the list's newly reestablished book review program. H-Business subscribers receive the reviews automatically, but all readers can access the reviews at H-Net's Reviews site: Natascha van der Zwan's review of Louis Hyman, Debtor Nation, Greta Krippner, Capitalizing on Crisis, and Julia Ott, When Wall Street Met Main Street  can be read at:; Shennette Garrett-Scott's review of  Laura Warren Hill and Julia Rabig, eds., The Business of Black Power is at Deutsch reports that several reviews will be published each academic term, possibly with a summer hiatus.

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

BHC 2013: An Attendee's View

Over at The Past Speaks, blogger and recent BHC presenter Andrew Smith offers some comments on last week's annual meeting. He points out the continuing internationalization of the organization, a number of interesting sessions, the increasing focus on the intersection of environmental and business history, and even his success at the Book Auction. He comments that the BHC event is his "favourite" annual meeting. Though the meeting is past, interested readers can still find abstracts for most of the papers on the conference website.
    Continuing the internationalization trend, the BHC meets next year on March 13-15 in Frankfurt, Germany, in cooperation with the Gesellschaft für Unternehmensgeschichte.

Monday, March 25, 2013

“Capitalizing on Finance” Program Now Posted

Stephen Mihm of the University of Georgia and Julia Ott of the New School have organized a conference in cooperation with the Huntington Library in San Marino, California, on "Capitalizing on Finance: New Directions in the History of Capitalism." The conference will take place on April 12-13, 2013. The program is now available on-line; topics include "Finance and the Atlantic World," "Slavery and Finance," "Managing Risk, Insuring Success," "Banking on Empire," "The Roots of the Current Crisis," and "Financial Politics."
    The registration fee for the conference is $25 (students free), and pre-registration is required by April 5; details are available on the program site. Questions should be addressed to

Friday, March 22, 2013

EABH Conference and Workshop Registration Now Open

The European Association for Banking and Financial History (EABH) e.V. announces that registration for its 2013 Annual Conference is now open. The Conference will take place on June 7-8, 2013, in Warsaw, Poland, at the invitation of the National Bank of Poland and the Leopold Kronenberg Foundation at City Handlowy. The theme of the meeting is "Foreign Financial Institutions and National Financial Systems." The program is also now available.

In conjunction with the 2013 Annual Conference, the sponsoring groups are holding a Workshop on "The Roles of Archives, Museums and Other Learning Centres in Promoting Financial Education."

Please note that participation in the conference and in the workshop is limited and that registrations will be accepted on a-first come, first-served basis. Once the limit has been reached, further registrations cannot be accepted.  The registration deadline is May 10, 2013. Please register at

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Toronto: Canadian Business History Group Workshop

Readers in the environs of Toronto, Canada, might wish to attend the second Canadian Business History Workshop, sponsored by the Canadian Business History Group / Groupe d’historiens des affaires canadiens, which will be held on Friday, April 52013. The session will feature a roundtable on Canadian multinationals and the discussion of a draft paper on Canadian management theory (circulated in advance). The workshop will be held at the Schulich School of Business, York University, 4700 Keele Street, Toronto. For directions, public transit information, and a map, please see here.
     The meeting will convene over lunch, provided by the Chair of Business History at Schulich. Attendees should make their way to the Schulich Dining Room on the ground floor, where seating has been reserved. The workshop itself will take place in Room W357 with the following program:
1.30-3.00 pm   Roundtable discussion on the history of Canadian multinationals with, among     others, Professor Mira Wilkins (Florida International University)
3.00-3.30 pm   Coffee break
3.30-4.30 pm   Patricia Genoe MacLaren (Wilfrid Laurier University) and Albert J. Mills (St. Mary’s University), “An analysis of Canadian management theory: Where it is, and why we need it”
To facilitate planning please confirm attendance by sending an email to Matthias Kipping ( Those who cannot attend, but who are interested in future events and news about Canadian business history, please join the Canadian Business History Group / Groupe d'historiens des affaires canadiens, accessible at

Monday, March 18, 2013

CFP: SHOT, 2013, Proposal Deadline Approaching

The Society for the History of Technology (SHOT) will hold its annual meeting on October 10-13, 2013, in Portland, Maine. The Program Committee invites paper and session proposals on any topic in the history of technology, broadly defined. The Committee welcomes proposals for individual papers or sessions from researchers at all levels (including graduate students, chaired professors, and independent scholars). It welcomes proposals from those new to SHOT, regardless of discipline, as well as those familiar with the field. Applicants are encouraged to propose sessions that include a diverse mix of participants: multinational origins, a mix of men and women, a balance of professional ranks (that is, mixing graduate students and junior scholars with senior scholars), and so forth. Strong preference will be given to panels whose presenters have diverse institutional affiliations.   
      For the 2013 meeting the Program Committee continues to welcome unconventional sessions--that is, session formats that diverge in useful ways from the typical three/four papers with comment. These might include round-table sessions, workshop-style sessions with papers that are pre-circulated electronically, or "author meets critics" sessions. Proposals for presentation in poster sessions are also welcomed.   
     The deadline for proposals is March 31, 2013. For submission instructions and other details, please see the SHOT meeting website.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Call for Sessions: WEHC Kyoto, 2015

The International Economic History Association will hold its next World Economic History Congress (WEHC) in Kyoto, Japan, on August 3-7, 2015, meeting for the first time in Asia. The theme of the meeting will be "Diversity in Development." The Kyoto WEHC website is now open and accepting responses to the first call for session proposals. Proposals must be submitted using the online submission form; the deadline for this round is September 1, 2013. According to the call for sessions,
The WEHC Kyoto will explore the historical depth of diversity in economic development on a global scale. The IEHA welcomes sessions on all topics in economic history, business history, environmental history, demographic history, social history, urban history, cultural history, gender history, methodological approaches to historical research, history of economics and economic thought, and related fields. While submission of proposals relating to Asia and the developing world is encouraged, the Kyoto Congress will aim to be a global forum for dialogue and intellectual exchange and welcome submissions on topics covering all parts of the world. Session themes with a comparative and global perspective are particularly welcome.
For complete details about submitting proposals to the Kyoto WEHC, please see the call for sessions website.

Monday, March 11, 2013

CFP: 2014 Business History Conference Meeting

Römerberg View
The 2014 meeting of the Business History Conference will be held on March 13-15 in Frankfurt am Main, Germany, in cooperation with the Gesellschaft für Unternehmensgeschichte (Society for Business History). The theme of the meeting will be "The Virtues and Vices of Business--A Historical Perspective." The call for papers states:
Is business good or bad, or both? Does business serve private or public interests, or both? A variety of theories from the social sciences furnish different answers to these questions and, by implication, different ideas about the role of the state in creating the good society. The 2014 BHC annual meeting aims to address these issues from a historical and empirical perspective by exploring the virtues and vices of business across societies from the early modern period to the present.
Proposals should be sent to no later than September 15, 2013. Please see the complete call for papers for a fuller description of the meeting theme and for information on relevant grants and prizes.
    The Oxford Journals Doctoral Colloquium in Business History will be held in conjunction with the BHC annual meeting. 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. The colloquium is limited to ten students, who will 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 to Roger Horowitz by 15 November 2013 to a statement of interest, a CV, a preliminary or final dissertation prospectus of 10-15 pages, and a letter of support from the dissertation supervisor (or prospective supervisor). Questions about the colloquium should be sent to its director, Pamela Laird,

Friday, March 8, 2013

CFP: “Retailing and the Senses”

CHORD (the Centre for the History of Retailing and Distribution) will hold a conference on "Retailing and the Senses: Historical Perspectives," which will take place on September 5, 2013, at the Marks & Spencer Archives in Leeds. Proposals are invited for papers that explore the relationship between retailing and the senses, in Britain and beyond. Papers may focus on both buying and selling, approaching the topic from any discipline and focusing on any historical period. Contributions should explore the connections between retailing and any one or more of the senses: sight, smell, taste, touch, hearing, as well as the "sixth sense." Proposals are welcome for 20-minute papers and for shorter 10-minute papers (all papers will be followed by 10 minutes for questions and discussion). To submit a proposal, please send title and abstract of c. 300/400 words to Laura Ugolini at and Karin Dannehl at by April 15, 2013.The full call for papers can be found on the CHORD website.

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Roger Horowitz Becomes Director of Hagley Center

Roger Horowitz
Roger Horowitz, associate director of the Center for the History of Business, Technology, and Society at the Hagley Museum and Library since 1994, became its director at the beginning of January 2013. Horowitz organizes scholarly meetings at Hagley and hosts the ongoing Hagley research seminar series. He oversees the range of grants-in-aid that bring scholars to use the Library’s collections. Horowitz is also a member of the Oral History Association and oversees Hagley’s oral history program. Since 1999, he has served as Secretary-Treasurer of the Business History Conference, the largest organization of professional historians of business in North America.
     Dr. Horowitz is the author of “Negro and White, Unite and Fight!” A Social History of Industrial Unionism in Meatpacking, 1930-1990 (University of Illinois Press, 1997); Putting Meat on the American Table: Taste, Technology, Transformation (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2006); and KOSHER USA: A Journey through its History (under contract with Columbia University Press). He has edited Boys and Their Toys? Masculinity, Technology, and Class ( Routledge, 2001), and co-edited Food Chains: From Farmyard to Shopping Cart (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2009) with Warren Belasco, and His & Hers: Gender, Consumption, and Technology ( University Press of Virginia, 1998) with Arwen Mohun.
    Supporting Horowitz is a 
new Center Advisory Committee, consisting of four senior scholars in fields informed by Hagley collections: Richard R. John, historian 
of communications at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism; David Farber, business and political historian at Temple University’s Department of History; Stuart W. Leslie, historian of technology and industry at Johns Hopkins University’s Department of History of Science and Technology; and Arwen P. Mohun, historian of technology 
and American culture at the University of Delaware’s Department of History.

Monday, March 4, 2013

Fellowship: ACLS Public Fellows Program

The American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) invites applications for the third competition of the Public Fellows program. The program will place 20 recent Ph.D.s from the humanities and humanistic social sciences in two-year staff positions at partnering organizations in government and the nonprofit sector. Fellows will participate in the substantive work of these organizations and receive professional mentoring. The fellowship provides a stipend of $65,000 per year as well as individual health insurance.
    This program, made possible by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, aims to expand the reach of doctoral education in the U.S. by demonstrating that the capacities developed in the advanced study of the humanities have wide application, both within and beyond the academy. Now in its third year, this innovative initiative allows talented humanities Ph.D.s to gain valuable, career-launching experience in areas such as arts management, development, communications, public administration, and digital media.
    The ACLS seeks applications from Ph.D.s who have received their degrees in the last three years and who aspire to careers in nonprofit administration and public service by choice rather than circumstance. Competitive applicants will have been successful in both academic and extra-academic experiences.
Applicants must:
  1. possess U.S. citizenship or permanent resident status (applicants to the Department of State or the U.S. Agency for International Development must possess U.S. citizenship).;
  2. have a Ph.D. in the humanities or humanistic social sciences conferred between January 2010 and the application deadline; and
  3. not have applied to any other ACLS fellowship programs in the 2012-2013 competition year, including the New Faculty Fellows program.
Prospective applicants should read through all the positions listed on the ACLS website and be ready to choose one when beginning the online application process. Applicants may apply to only one position. The deadline for submitted applications is Wednesday, March 27, 6 pm EDT. Applications for these positions are accepted only through the ACLS Public Fellows program. Only complete applications, submitted through the ACLS Online Fellowship Application system ( by the deadline, will be considered. Please see the ACLS Public Fellows Program website for complete application details.

Friday, March 1, 2013

NYU Holds Book Party for Fisher's Wall Street Women

For those readers in the New York City area:
Metropolitan Studies and the Department of Social and Cultural Analysis, New York University, will host a book launch party for Melissa S. Fisher, author of Wall Street Women (Duke University Press). The event will include discussion by the author and comments by Caitlin Zaloom and Arjun Appadurai.
     The meeting will take place on March 5, 2013, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the NYU Department of Social and Cultural Analysis, 20 Cooper Square, 4th Floor Flex Space.
     Wall Street Women tells the story of the first generation of women to establish themselves as professionals on Wall Street. Fisher charts the evolution of the women's careers, the growth of their political and economic clout, changes in their perspectives and the cultural climate on Wall Street, and their experiences of the 2008 financial collapse.
      Melissa Fisher is a Visiting Scholar at NYU’s Department of Social and Cultural Analysis. She is a co-editor of Frontiers of Capital: Ethnographic Reflections on the New Economy, also published by Duke University Press (2006).