Monday, April 14, 2014

Business and Economic History at the Omohundro Institute Conference

The 20th annual conference of the Omohundro Institute for Early American History and Culture (OIEAHC) will be held at Halifax, Nova Scotia, on June 12-14, 2014. Hosted by Dalhousie University and Saint Mary’s University, the Conference will focus on “Consequences of War,” though papers encompassing many other topics will also be presented.
Of particular interest are the following papers and sessions:
Session 6: “Conducting Trade amidst Chaos: Maritime Commerce and Anglo-American Law from the Wars for Empire to the War of 1812”
Chair and Comment: Gautham Rao, American University
Hannah Farber, University of California, Berkeley, “A Boisterous Season on the Atlantic”: American Marine Insurers in the Age of Revolution

Kate Brown, University of Virginia, Alexander Hamilton and “the Consequences of War”: Exploring the Impact of Neutrality on Marine Insurance Law and American Federalism

Mitch Fraas, University of Pennsylvania, Transferring Allegiance: Prize Courts and Claims of Belonging in the mid-Eighteenth Century
Session 11: Alexandra Montgomery, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia Plantations: Nova Scotian Land Schemes and Imagining British America Between the Wars, 1763–1775

Session 19: Christopher Magra, University of Tennessee, The Wages of War: Coerced Military Service and the Loss of Economic Freedom in the American Revolutionary War

Session 23 (chaired by Ellen Hartigan-O'Connor): Katherine Smoak, Johns Hopkins University, “To Prevent the further growth of this Evil”: Confronting Counterfeits and Regulating Value in Jamaica

Session 25: Michelle McDonald, Richard Stockton College, “Operating Under Suspicion”: The French Atlantic Commercial Networks of Dutilh & Wachsmuth

Session 27: Carl Robert Keyes, Assumption College, “Curious Monuments of the Infancy of Our Country”: Eighteenth-Century Marketing of Material Culture Commemorating the American Revolution
Catherine Cangany, University of Notre Dame, The Art of “Sophistication”: Determining Authenticity and Value in Counterfeit Goods
The program also contains numerous papers on the Indian and African slave trades and other topics of related interest. The full program is available on the conference website, as is information concerning registration and lodging.