Monday, June 30, 2014

CFP: Economic History Society 2015

The next annual conference of the Economic History Society will be hosted by the University of Wolverhampton, at its Telford campus, on March 27-29, 2015. The conference program committee invites proposals on all aspects of economic and social history covering a wide range of periods and countries, and particularly welcomes papers of an interdisciplinary nature. The committee invites proposals for individual papers, as well as for entire sessions, which will be of 1.5-2 hours duration. Proposals should be submitted online via the Economic History Society website. For full consideration, proposals must be received by September 5, 2014.

New Researcher Papers
Each EHS conference opens with papers presented by new researchers. Those completing (or who have recently completed) doctorates have the opportunity to present their own work before professional colleagues and to benefit from informed comment. Preference will be given to proposals from speakers who have not participated in a new researcher session at a previous Economic History Society conference. Those wishing to be considered for inclusion in the program must submit an application via the Economic History Society website  by September 5, 2014. Please note that proposals from researchers at an early stage of their work will not normally be accepted.  Questions may be directed to Maureen Galbraith.

Friday, June 27, 2014

BHC 2015: New Session Organizer Page

As readers begin to think about proposals for the 2015 Business History Conference annual meeting, which will be a joint meeting with the European Business History Association and will be held June 24-27 in Miami, Florida, we call your attention to a new feature on the meeting site: a session organizer. The site provides a common locus where those who are seeking papers to complete potential panels can provide information. There is a form for sending in listings, which will then be posted on the website.
   The theme of the meeting will be “Inequalities: Winners and Losers in Business.” For more meeting details, please see the call for papers. The deadline for proposals is October 15, 2014.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

CFP: “Vectors: Port Cities as Gateways, Channels and Conduits”

The Centre for Port and Maritime History at the University of Liverpool hosts an annual interdisciplinary conference with a different theme each year. The 2014 conference, to be held September 11-12, will address the topic "Vectors: Port Cities as Gateways, Channels and Conduits." Day 2 (September 12) will now be a joint day co-chaired with the Envisioning Indian City Project (ETIC). The ETIC conference in full will be meeting at the University of Liverpool on September 12-13, with a focus on "Meeting Places: The City as a Space of Cross-Cultural Encounter."
    To reflect the coordination with the ETIC meeting, the deadline for submissions to the "Vectors" conference has been extended to July 15, 2014. Abstracts (300 words) and contact information should be sent to Andrew Popp by the deadline.
    For more information, please see the revised call for papers.

Monday, June 23, 2014

June 2014 Enterprise & Society Published

The June 2014 issue of Enterprise & Society is now available. Full access requires a subscription (included in BHC membership), but access to abstracts is unrestricted.  The issue contains:
Marc Flandreau and Gabriel Geisler Mesevage, "The Untold History of Transparency: Mercantile Agencies, the Law, and the Lawyers (1851–1916)
Eelke Michiel Heemskerk and Meindert Fennema, "Women on Board: Female Board Membership as a Form of Elite Democratization"
Martin Eriksson, "Embedding Big Business: The Political Economy of the 1938 Corporate Tax Reform in Sweden"
Luciano Segreto and Ben Wubs, "Resistance of the Defeated: German and Italian Big Business and the American Antitrust Policy, 1945–1957"
Darren E. Grem, "Christianity Today, J. Howard Pew, and the Business of Conservative Evangelicalism"
Also, just a reminder for those who may have missed previous announcements: the winning articles of the 2014 Oxford Journals Prize (Francesca Carnevali and Lucy Newton, "Pianos for the People: From Producer to Consumer in Britain, 1851–1914") and of the Mira Wilkins Prize (Brenna Greer, "Selling Liberia: Moss H. Kendrix, the Liberian Centennial Commission, and the Post-World War II Trade in Black Progress") have been ungated by Oxford Journals and are freely available to all for the remainder of 2014.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

New and Forthcoming Books: Part 2: Early Summer Edition

Herewith a listing of recent and forthcoming books in business and economic history through August 2014:
Piet Clement, Harold James, and Herman Van der Wee, eds., Financial Innovation, Regulation and Crises in History (Pickering &Chatto, July 2014)
Howard Cox and Simon Mowatt, Revolutions from Grub Street: A History of Magazine Publishing in Britain (Oxford University Press May 2014)
Michael Dennis, Blood on Steel: Chicago Steelworkers and the Strike of 1937 (Johns Hopkins University Press, August 2014)
Robert E. Gallamore and John R. Meyer, American Railroads: Decline and Renaissance in the Twentieth Century (Harvard University Press, June 2014)
H. Roger Grant, The Louisville, Cincinnati & Charleston Rail Road: Dreams of Linking North and South (Indiana University Press, April 2014)
Nancy H. Green, The Other Americans in Paris: Businessmen, Countesses, Wayward Youth, 1880-1941 (University of Chicago Press, July 2014) 
Martin Horn and Talbot Imlay, The Politics of Industrial Collaboration during World War II: Ford France, Vichy and Nazi Germany (Cambridge University Press, June 2014)
Mats Ingulstad, Andrew Perchard, and Espen Storli, eds., Tin and Global Capitalism, 1850-2000: A History of the "Devil's Metal" (Routledge, August 2014)
Steven H. Jaffe and Jessica Lautin, Capital of Capital: Money, Banking, and Power in New York City, 1784-2012 (Columbia University Press, May 2014)
Chris Jephson and Henning Morgen, Creating Global Opportunities: Maersk Line in Containerisation, 1973-2013 (Cambridge University Press, July 2014)
Irina Mukhina, Women and the Birth of Russian Capitalism: A History of the Shuttle Trade (Northern Illinois University Press, May 2014)
Gareth Murphy, Cowboys and Indies: The Epic History of the Record Industry (Macmillan, June 2014)
Lodewijk Petram, The World's First Stock Exchange (Columbia University Press, May 2014)
Ana Crespo Solana, ed., Spatio-Temporal Narratives: Historical GIS and the Study of Global Trading Networks (1500-1800) (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, June 2014)
Barbara L. Solow, The Economic Consequences of the Atlantic Slave Trade (Lexington Books, May 2014)
Kara W. Swanson, Banking on the Body: The Market in Blood, Milk, and Sperm in Modern America (Harvard University Press, May 2014)

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

New and Forthcoming Books of Interest, Part 1: Winter/Spring Edition

Having missed the last quarterly edition, we're dividing the recent book list into two parts; this first segment covers the period February-April 2014; the next, to be posted later this week, will include publications for May-August 2014.
Sean Patrick Adams, Home Fires: How Americans Kept Warm in the Nineteenth Century (Johns Hopkins University Press, March 2014)
Volker R. Berghahn, American Big Business in Britain and Germany: A Comparative History of Two "Special Relationships" in the 20th Century (Princeton University Press, April 2014)
Ted Binnema, Enlightened Zeal: The Hudson's Bay Company and Scientific Networks, 1670-1870 (University of Toronto Press, April 2014)
Catherine Cangany, Frontier Seaport: Detroit's Transformation into an Atlantic Entrepôt (University of Chicago Press, March 2014)
Pierre-Yves Donzé, A Business History of the Swatch Group: The Rebirth of Swiss Watchmaking and the Globalization of the Luxury Industry (Macmillan, April 2014)
Laurence Fontaine, The Moral Economy: Poverty, Credit, and Trust in Early Modern Europe (Cambridge University Press, April 2014)
Pierre Gervais, Yannick Lemarchand, and Dominique Margairaz, eds., Merchants and Profit in the Age of Commerce, 1680-1830 (Pickering & Chatto, February 2014)
Llewelyn Hughes, Globalizing Oil: Firms and Oil Market Governance in France, Japan, and the United States (Cambridge University Press, March 2014)
Tammy Ingram, Dixie Highway: Road Building and the Making of the Modern South, 1900-1930 (University of North Carolina Press, March 2014)
Christopher F. Jones,  Routes of Power: Energy and Modern America (Harvard University Press, April 2014)
Michael Kwass, Contraband: Louis Mandrin and the Making of a Global Underground (Harvard University Press, April 2014)
Shepherd W. McKinley, Stinking Stones and Rocks of Gold: Phosphate, Fertilizer, and Industrialization in Postbellum South Carolina (University Press of Florida, March 2014)
Robert J. Mayhew, Malthus: The Life and Legacies of an Untimely Prophet (Harvard University Press, April 2014)
Ian Mitchell, Tradition and Innovation in English Retailing, 1700 to 1850: Narratives of Consumption (Ashgate, February 2014) 
Aldo Musacchio and Sergio G. Lazzarini, Reinventing State Capitalism: Leviathan in Business, Brazil and Beyond (Harvard University Press, April 2014)
Larry Neal and Jeffrey Williamson, eds., Cambridge History of Capitalism, vols. 1 and 2 (Cambridge University Press, April 2014)
Roberta J. Newman and Joel Nathan Rosen, Black Baseball, Black Business: Race Enterprise and the Fate of the Segregated Dollar (University Press of Mississippi, March 2014)
Thomas Piketty, Capital in the Twenty-First Century (Harvard University Press, April 2014)
Blain Roberts, Pageants, Parlors, and Pretty Women: Race and Beauty in the Twentieth-Century South (University of North Carolina Press, March 2014)
Andrew Smith and Dimitry Anastakis, eds., Smart Globalization: The Canadian Business and Economic History Experience (University of Toronto Press, February 2014)
Kazuo Usui, Marketing and Consumption in Modern Japan (Routledge, March 2014)

Thursday, June 12, 2014

“Regulatory Oral History” Website Now Open

The Regulatory Oral History Hub at Duke University is now up and running.  The website, created by Edward Balleisen with the help of Elizabeth Brake and Will Goldsmith, is
an online gateway to oral histories that illuminate various aspects of regulatory governance. Most commonly, this means interviews with regulators, the regulated, or political actors who were instrumental in creating or changing regulatory agencies or frameworks—usually lawyers, judges, and legislators, but also grassroots activists, industry lobbyists, and interested academics. . . . This project helps make relevant oral histories accessible to scholars, students, and policymakers in an effort to break open that regulatory black box. We are working to catalog and tag the most relevant oral history collections to sort through what interviews have been conducted and draw out the oral history work that remains to be done.
The site offers various ways of searching for materials: by regulated industry or issue; by project name; by repository; and by regulatory body. Several listings, though primarily descriptive, contain segments of digitized materials; in addition, sites that provide large amounts of digitized content are highlighted in their own section.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

SEHR Special “Virtual Issue” on Gender

Jacob Weisdorf and Alfred Reckendrees, editors of the Scandinavian Economic History Review (SEHR), have announced the availability of a "virtual issue" on "Gender in Economic History." They have selected a number of articles published in SEHR over the last two decades to show how the discussion has developed over time and made the articles freely available on the SEHR website. The editors note, 
[‘Gender’] seems widely underused and too narrowly used in economic history where the major focus is still on equal wages and participation of women in the labour market. Other aspects of ‘gender’, for example relating to entrepreneurial activity, to the business of sex, to ‘maleness’, to consumption or more generally to social life, which are heavily debated in cultural history and cultural studies, do not yet receive sufficient attention in economic and business history.
They hope to encourage researchers to advance the field in new directions and to submit manuscripts dealing with new approaches to gender in economic history to the journal.

Friday, June 6, 2014

CFP: CHARM 2015 Meeting

The Conference on Historical Analysis & Research in Marketing (CHARM) will hold its next meeting on May 28-31, 2015, on board the RMS Queen Mary in Long Beach, California. The theme of the meeting will be "Crossing Boundaries, Spanning Borders: Voyages around Marketing's Past." The meeting will be preceded by a Doctoral Workshop on Historical Methods in Marketing Scholarship. The call for papers states: "Both individual papers and entire panels on all aspects of marketing history, historic marketing, and the history of marketing thought in all geographic areas and all time frames are welcome. In accord with the Conference theme, we welcome papers that both examine the history of marketing as a discipline and also critically draw on marketing as a source in reconstructing the past." The submission deadline is December 14, 2014. For a fuller description of the conference theme and directions for submission, please see the complete call for papers.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

New Initiative in History of Capitalism at Cornell

Cornell University's School of Industrial and Labor Relations (ILR) has created a History of Capitalism Initiative, a coordinated program to examine this subject through a variety of projects. According to the Initiative website, the coordinators
seek to understand the many dimensions of American capitalism, setting the stories of corporate titans and failed entrepreneurs, industrial workers and newly arrived immigrants, in a global framework that arcs from slave plantations to the transnational corporations of today. Our project is to draw together the disparate fields of history—including the study of work, labor, politics, culture, gender, race, environment, the state, and economics—into a rich discussion about the development of capitalism.
    The program so far includes an annual conference, the history of capitalism "Summer Camp," and a MOOC (Massive Open Online Course), "American Capitalism: A History," taught by Edward Baptist and Louis Hyman. Guiding faculty are Baptist, Hyman, and Jefferson Cowie. Please see the Initiative website for more details.  
    The Cornell program joins a number of other organized efforts that focus on the history of capitalism—for example at the University of Georgia, Harvard University, the New School, Columbia University, Wake Forest University, and Stanford University.

Monday, June 2, 2014

Web Exhibit: "America and the Utopian Dream"

The Beinecke Rare Books and Manuscripts Division of Yale University Library has produced a web exhibit, "America and the Utopian Dream," which readers might find of interest in conjunction with the previously posted New Harmony conference announcement. The site contains images and manuscript materials about a number of American utopian communities, as well as literary views of utopias (and a few dystopias). Examples range from Sir Thomas More's Utopia to "Star Trek's" humanistic view of space travel.