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,, is May 1, 2014. Presenters will receive travel support to cover most costs to attend the conference.