Friday, February 27, 2015

CFP: “Jewish Commercial Cultures in Global Perspective”

Merchants of Salonica
The Borns Jewish Studies Program and the Department of History at Indiana University, Bloomington, invite proposals for papers to be presented at a workshop on “Jewish Commercial Cultures in Global Perspective.” The workshop will take place October 11-12, 2015, and will feature new research on Jews and commerce in the period in the period in the Mediterranean, Atlantic, Indian, and Pacific Oceans. According to the call for papers,
We seek paper proposals specifically from junior scholars (advance PhD, post-doctoral and early career historians) whose work will be engaged by established Jewish, economic, and global historians participating as keynote speakers, panel discussants and roundtable participants. The workshop aims to introduce the notion of “Jewish commercial cultures” to discussions about networks, mobility, empires, migration and material life. We welcome especially proposals that examine Jewish merchants beyond trading diaspora frameworks, the overly determining contexts of “family” and “community”, or discuss their stereotypical representations in non-Jewish and anti-Jewish discourses. This includes approaches that view Jewish merchants anew as commercial citizens and legal agents in various regional and global settings from the early 18th- to the mid-20th centuries, a period shaped by the interrelated processes of an expanding modern culture (and technology) of commerce and the expansion and retraction of western and non-western empires. 
Proposals should include a maximum 500-word abstract explaining the paper’s main hypothesis, its innovations, and the sources used as well as a CV. Accommodation and meals will be covered for the selected participants. Funding toward travel expenses is available on a limited basis. For details, please indicate your interest in your proposal.
      Please send the proposals to by March 15, 2015. For additional details about the conference please see the full call for papers.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Market Cultures Group NYC Announces Spring 2015 Schedule

Daniel Levinson Wilk has announced the schedule for the Spring 2015 season of the Market Cultures Group NYC:
Thursday, March 5, 6 pm
Heather R. Lee, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
“Merchants Under Exclusion: Transnational Capital, Migrant Labor, and Chinese Restaurants in New York City, 1850-1943”
Comment by Louis Pechman, Pechman Law Group PLLC

Wednesday, March 18, 6 pm
Luca Petruzzellis, University of Bari Aldo Moro, and C. Samuel Craig, New York University “Separate but Together: Mediterranean Identity in Three Countries”
Comment by Shawn Grain Carter, Fashion Institute of Technology

Monday, April 6, 6 pm
Richard John, Columbia School of Journalism
“Anti-Monopoly: An American History”
Comment by Mary Pilon, author of The Monopolists: Obsession, Fury, and the Scandal Behind the World’s Favorite Board Game 
All seminars are at the Fashion Institute of Technology. Attendees should enter at the Feldman (C) lobby on the north side of 27th Street, halfway between Seventh and Eighth Avenues and bring a photo ID. Please email to RSVP and to request precirculated papers, which will be available a week or two before each seminar.

Monday, February 23, 2015

CFP: SHOT Meeting 2015

The next annual meeting of the Society for the History of Technology (SHOT) will be held in Albuquerque, New Mexico, on October 8-11, 2015. According to the call for papers,
. . . the Program Committee invites paper and session proposals on any topic in a broadly defined history of technology, including topics that push the boundaries of the discipline. The Committee welcomes proposals for individual papers or complete sessions from researchers at all levels. We also welcome proposals from all researchers, whether veterans or newcomers to SHOT's meetings, and regardless of primary discipline. Submitters are encouraged to propose sessions that include a diverse mix of participants: multinational origins, gender, graduate students and junior scholars with senior scholars, significantly diverse institutional affiliations, etc.
SHOT has three categories of submissions: individual papers; 3-4 paper sessions; and "unconventional" sessions such as roundtables and workshops. In addition, there are 15 "Open Sessions" on specific topics suggested by panel organizers, to which interested presenters can apply directly. Please see the full call for papers for complete details.
     SHOT also holds a Graduate Student Preconference; information is available here.
     The deadline for all submissions is March 31, 2015.

Friday, February 20, 2015

EABH Meeting Program Available

The program for the 2015 annual meeting of the European Association for Banking and Financial History (EABH) has now been posted. The meeting will be held on May 15, 2015 at the Czech National Bank, CNB Congress Centre, in Prague, Czech Republic, in cooperation with the Czech National Bank and the Czech Banking Association. The theme of the meeting is "Inflation in History, the History of Inflation." As the organizers state,
In this meeting we want to gain a better understanding of what is actually available in financial institutions' archives, and to identify promising areas for future research or action. The objective is to look at what is new about inflation. Can historical instances of inflation provide tools for a better understanding of modern developments? Should present day monetary authorities and decision takers be aware of these lessons as they cope with the challenges for the global economy?
The program and registration information can be found here. Please direct questions to

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Call for Applications: EBHA Summer School

The 8th European Business History Association (EBHA) Doctoral Summer School will take place in Ancona, Italy, from September 7 to 12, 2015. The theme will be "Business History: Debates, Challenges, and Opportunities."
    The school aims to provide doctoral students with an overview of relevant research results and of innovative tools and methodologies in the field of business history. It is organized jointly by the European Business History Association (EBHA), the University of Ancona, and the Italian Association for Business History (ASSI). Students will be accommodated in the beautiful town of Ancona while debating and discussing their research with leading international scholars. The school will focus on theoretical, methodological, and practical issues of relevance for advanced research in business history. The main aim of the school is to provide students with a full understanding of the newest trends in research in the field and to provide a friendly atmosphere in which to discuss their preliminary findings with leading scholars as well as among their peers. The program features both lectures and seminars given by faculty and student presentations of research projects. The organizers will cover all local costs (accommodation and food), but participants are expected to pay their own travel expenses.
    Those interested in attending the Summer School should send the following documents by e-mail to the academic organizer Dr. Veronica Binda (
  1. a brief CV (not exceeding one page);
  2. a summary of their dissertation project (not exceeding three pages);
  3. (if possible) an example of their work in progress, e.g. a draft chapter or a working paper (in any language). 
The deadline for applications is May 17, 2015. A maximum of 20 participants, who will be notified by June 14, 2015, will be selected.

Monday, February 16, 2015

Business and Economic History at the OAH Meeting

The Organization of American Historians (OAH) will hold its annual meeting on April 16-19, 2015, in St. Louis, Missouri. The theme of the meeting is "Taboos." Selected sessions of interest are listed below; the OAH program, available in full here, is not (yet) interactive, so sessions are identified by page number on the program pdf.
Friday, 9:00 a.m. "Where the Action Was: The Local Roots of Economic and Political Development in Early American History" (Sponsored by the Economic History Association) (p. 34)
Chair: David Konig, Washington University in St. Louis
Commentators: David Konig, Washington University in St. Louis; John Majewski, University of California, Santa Barbara
    Claire Priest, Yale Law School, "The Origins of Economic Institutions in Colonial America"
    Eric Hilt, Wellesley College, "The Corporation and Democratic Change: New York, 1791–1826"
    Naomi Lamoreaux, Yale University; John Wallis, University of Maryland, "States, Not Nation: The Sources of Political and Economic Development in the Early United States"
Friday, 1:50 p.m. "Unconventional Profits: Exploring the Fringes of Business Culture" (p. 40)
Chair: Rahima Schwenkbeck, George Washington University
    Rahima Schwenkbeck, George Washington University, "A New Kind of Company Town: Shiloh Farms and the Embodiment of the Community as Corporation"
    Jeffrey Smith, Lindenwood University, "Cemeteries as Paradox: How the Living Used the City of the Dead"
    Emily Dufton, George Washington University, " 'The Phillip Morris of Marijuana': New Business Practices in the World of Pot"
    Evelyn Krache Morris, JFK School of Government, Harvard University, "Cleaning Up: Multinational Banks, Money Laundering, and the Taboo against Prosecution"
    Also of interest, "New Research in the Economics of Slavery" (p. 37) and "Illicit Economies and Taboo Trades: Excavating the Politics of Black Female Sexuality in Vaudeville, Pornography, and Prostitution in Twentieth-Century-America" (p. 38)
    And these individual papers:
Thursday, 1:45 p.m.: Chloe Northrop, University of North Texas
"Sentimentality and Material Goods: Family and Exchange in the Post-Revolutionary Loyalist Diaspora" (p. 28)
Friday, 10:50, Dael Norwood, "Laying in the Cut: Opium Trafficking in China and the Politics of American Merchants’ Discretion" (p. 38)
Friday, 1:50 p.m.: Kim Phillips-Fein, New York University, "The Nation and the Labor Movement, 1900–1940" (p. 42)
Friday, 1:50 p.m.:  Amy Shore, State University of New York at Oswego, "When Women Occupy Wall Street" (p. 40)
Friday, 1:50 p.m.: Ellen Hartigan-O’Connor, University of California, Davis, will participate in a panel on women's history in the Early Republic (p. 41)
Saturday, 1:50 p.m.: Carl Ekberg, Illinois State University, "Négociants, Commerçants, and Voyageurs: Foundations of the St. Louis Fur Trade" (p. 51)
Sunday, 10:45 a.m.: Ian Saxine, Bates College, "Buying Empire: Land Companies, Mapmakers, and the Struggle for the Maine Frontier, 1749–1763" (p. 56)
The program also features a number of related sessions on labor history, slavery, agriculture, gender, and immigration.

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Over the Counter: Issue No. 12

In honor of the date, we begin with a post from the National Museum of American History offering a brief history of the telegraph and telephone as communication media for valentines, "Love on the Lines."  Followed by "Mother of the Valentine," from the American Antiquarian Society blog, about Esther Howland and the birth of the valentine industry in the United States. And finally, from the Ms. Magazine blog, vintage valentines promoting women's suffrage.

Open access articles of interest:
   The Journal of American History has made 38 articles freely available under the rubric Editor's Choice; they include the essays from the special issue on the history of oil and from a Roundtable on conservatism.
  The Journal of Economic History has made "American Banking and the Transportation Revolution before the Civil War," by Jeremy Atack, Matthew Jaremski, and Peter L. Rousseau ungated until March 1.

"Conversant," the blog of the Peabody Essex Museum, has a guest post by Jordan Smith on "Farmers, Fishermen, and Distillers: Essex County's Place in the History of Rum"; his research reveals that "the North Shore's distilleries were a part of an Atlantic--and sometimes even global--rum production complex."

The David Rumsey Map Collection website recently featured a remarkable box cover and game board for a "Voyage from New York to San Francisco upon the Union Pacific Railroad" (1870). The board shows views of places and scenes along the Union Pacific route; for the two views and the game instructions, visitors should click on the thumbnails on the upper right of the Rumsey site.

On a similar note, Slate has published a review of Mary Pilon's The Monopolists, which traces the history of the board game's contested origins. And Pilon herself discusses the story in the New York Times.

A website and database of interest: "Her Hat Was in the Ring," a creation of Wendy E. Chmielewski of Swarthmore and Jill Norgren of CUNY. The site aims to provide information about all the U.S. women who campaigned for elective office before late 1920 (prior to the passage of the 19th amendment).

We report with regret that the London School of Economics is closing the Business History Unit in the wake of the retirement of the Unit's long-time director, Terry Gourvish. has an article on the History of the ATM, featuring commentary by Bernardo Batiz-Lazo, the author of Cash Box: The Invention and Globalization of the ATM.

In January, New York Magazine asked 53 historians to rate Barack Obama as president; among those offering opinions are Joyce Appleby, Edward Baptist, Jackson Lears, James Livingston, Kim Phillips-Fein, Thomas Sugrue, and Gavin Wright. Full responses from all 53 are here.

Brian Luskey wrote on an aspect of capitalism--recruitment fraud--during the Civil War for the New York Times "Disunion" project: "Men Is Cheap."

Friday, February 13, 2015

CFP: “Bustle and Stir” Conference at MCEAS

From the McNeil Center for Early American Studies comes this call for papers for a graduate student conference:
“How soon is evil done!” Hugh Blair exclaimed from his Edinburgh pulpit in a sermon published in 1777. “There needs no great bustle or stir, no long preparation of events, to overturn what seems most secure, and to blast what appears most flourishing.”
    In the early modern Anglophone world, the words “bustle” and “stir” referred to the dynamic, contingent, and at times transformational experiences of social and economic life. Inspired by these terms—and acknowledging the threat they posed to men like Blair and the promise they sometimes conveyed to less well placed women and men—this conference will reconsider movement and exchange in early America and in the broader Atlantic world in Indigenous, African, and European contexts in the period before 1850.
    We are interested in movers and shakers from all walks of life, whether such actors were free or unfree, in power or in revolt, making a killing or barely surviving. We are also interested in the movement of things, ideas, goods, substances, plants, animals, genres, emotions, pathogens, fashions, beliefs, and ethical systems that shaped and transformed early America through their circulation or non-circulation. We seek to draw together scholars from multiple disciplines to contribute to an understanding of the vibrant and unstable ground of this world in flux. In pairing exchange with movement, we invite reconsideration of the types and spaces of encounter that defined trade, diplomacy, sexuality, gender relations, and the multifarious creative forces that emerged from interactions, both intimate and impersonal. We also would like to consider the limitations of these concepts. What constrained dynamism in early America? Where did stasis and inertia impede flux, change, and exchange? Who moved and who could or would not? Does the concept of “early America” have analytical purchase given the movements and exchanges that transgressed cartographic boundaries?
The conference will be held October 8-10, 2015, at the McNeil Center at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. The Center will provide some assistance toward lodging and travel reimbursement to accepted panelists. Submissions are welcome from students from all disciplines and at any stage in their graduate programs. Proposals should include a brief C.V. and a 500-word abstract of the proposed paper, and are due by March 2, March 23, 2015. Submissions and all inquiries should be directed to Applicants will be notified of the program committee’s decision within two months.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

CFP: “Global Capitalism and the Global South”

The Global Capitalism Initiative and the University of Georgia History Department will host a graduate student conference on May 14-16, 2015, on the theme "Global Capitalism and the Global South." The meeting will take place at the Zell B. Miller Learning Center at the University of Georgia in Athens, Georgia. As the organizers explain, "The study of capitalism has seen a resurgence in academia. New ways of looking at old questions have challenged the established narratives between capital and social relationships. The University of Georgia Graduate Student Conference on Global Capitalism and the Global South will enable junior scholars to explore capitalism as a category of historical analysis."
    The organizers invite graduate students to submit papers that engage with capitalism in its many forms. Submissions that pertain to the global South, explore how capitalism has shifted with the growth of the world economy, or connect capitalism to any historiographic or geopolitical subfield are especially encouraged. Graduate students in any phase in their academic careers are welcome to apply. To complete a paper proposal, please email a 250-word abstract and current C.V. to the conference committee at The deadline for submissions is February 23, 2015.
    The conference will provide breakfast and lunch for each day, hotel accommodations for up to six out-of-state students, and airport transportation. The keynote speaker will be Woody Holton, the McCausland Professor of History at the University of South Carolina.
    For the full call for papers and additional conference information, please consult the conference website.

Monday, February 9, 2015

CFP: Management and Business History Track at BAM

This year's British Academy of Management (BAM) conference will be hosted by the University of Portsmouth on September 8-10, 2015. The Management and Business History Track chairs, Kevin Tennent and Sasha Hodgson, have issued a call for papers:
This track aims to encourage the growing number of management and business historians who work in business schools and social science departments to engage in constructive debate with a wide range of management scholars. The 2015 conference theme, the value of pluralism, is an ideal opportunity to explore the value of historical study for management research. . . . We would particularly welcome papers either using new and innovative methodologies, or applying archival methodology to a new disciplinary context. We also welcome context specific papers using more traditional historical methodology but which take innovative approaches to relate their findings to wider social science concerns. Papers looking at the history of the management and business school movement in Britain and around the world with a view to exploring the theme of pluralism in that area are also of interest. In addition, we welcome papers dealing with the legacy of the past in business and management more generally, and how it has influenced the diversity of experience in present day businesses, regions and communities. In the spirit of pluralism we also encourage cross-disciplinary papers and workshop submissions that link different Tracks, while the main conference theme ought to feature prominently in all submissions. We welcome both full length and developmental papers as well as proposals for workshops and symposia. 
The deadline for submissions is February 27, 2015. Please use the submission process on the BAM Conference website.

Friday, February 6, 2015

Web Resource: Clio Infra: Reconstructing Global Inequality

Given that the theme of the upcoming BHC/EBHA joint meeting is "Inequalities," the moment seems particularly apt to highlight a new website, Clio Infra: Reconstructing Global Inequality, which constructs long-term economic series on a broad set of quantitative indicators of global well-being. Under the leadership of Jan Luiten van Zanden, "a set of interconnected databases has been set up containing worldwide data on social, economic, and institutional indicators for the past five centuries, with special attention to the past 200 years. These indicators allow research into long-term development of worldwide economic growth and inequality." The site includes a large number of datasets currently available, specific publications and presentations of the project, and a visualization tool that presents data in map and chart form. All Clio Infra datasets will also be archived by Data Archiving and Networked Services (DANS).

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

CFP: Paper Development Workshop, June 2015

[Please note that  this workshop is taking place immediately before the joint BHC/EBHA meeting in Miami and at the same location; those accepted for the workshop are welcome to register for and attend that meeting, but this workshop is organized separately under different auspices. Those interested in applying for the Paper Development Workshop should contact the organizers listed below, not the BHC or EBHA.]

A Paper Development Workshop (PDW) will be held on Wednesday, June 24, 2015, from noon to 5 p.m., at the Hyatt Regency Miami in MIami, Florida.
     In recent years, both business historians and entrepreneurship scholars have grown increasingly interested in the promise of using historical sources, methods and reasoning in entrepreneurship research. History, it has been argued, can be valuable in addressing a number of limitations in traditional approaches to studying entrepreneurship, including in accounting for contexts and institutions, in understanding the relationship between entrepreneurship and economic change, in providing multi-level perspectives on the entrepreneurial process and in situating entrepreneurial behavior and cognition within the flow of time. Support for historical research on entrepreneurship has grown, with both leading entrepreneurship researchers calling for the use of historical perspectives and with Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal announcing a call for papers for a special issue devoted to history and entrepreneurship.
     The purpose of this workshop is to provide scholars with developmental feedback on work-in-progress related to historical approaches to entrepreneurship and strategy, broadly construed. Our aim is support the development of historical research on entrepreneurship for publication in leading journals, including for the special issue of Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal. In addition to providing feedback and suggestions for specific topics, the workshop will address the commonly faced challenges of writing for a double-audience of historians and entrepreneurship/management scholars, engaging entrepreneurship theory and constructs, and identifying the most valuable historical sources and methods in studying entrepreneurial phenomena.
     We welcome work-in-progress at all stages of development. Interested scholars may submit two types of submissions for discussion: full research papers (8,000 to 12,000 words) or paper ideas (1,000 to 3,000 words). Those interested in participating should submit an initial abstract of max. 300 words and a one-page CV before March 1, 2015, to Christina Lubinski ( and Dan Wadhwani ( Invitations to the PDW will be sent out before March 20, 2015. Full paper (8,000 to 12,000 words) and paper idea (1,000 to 3,000 words) submissions will be expected by May 15, 2015. Please feel free to contact the organizers with your paper ideas if you are interested in early feedback or want to inquire about the fit of your idea with this PDW.
Individual and institutional support
The workshop and broader project are an initiative of the Copenhagen Business School’s Centre for Business History and Department of Management, Politics, and Philosophy in collaboration with scholars and institutions throughout Europe and North America. We are grateful for financial support from the Entrepreneurship Platform and the Rethinking History in Business Schools Initiative at CBS. A fuller explanation of the overall project can be found here.

Monday, February 2, 2015

APEBH 2015 Conference Draft Program Now Available

The 2015 Asia Pacific Economic and Business History (APEBH) Conference will be held at the University of New South Wales Canberra, Australia, on February 12-14. The conference is organized annually by the Economic History Society of Australia and New Zealand. The draft program has recently been posted on the APEBH meeting site. Session titles include
1: The Australian Wool and Wheat Industries
2: Disaster Recovery
3: Labour Supply
4: Recovering from Famine in the USSR and China
5: Demographic Change
6: Countries in Crisis
7: Asian Development Strategies
8: Australasian Economic History
9: Transformations of Manufacturing
10: Migration and Human Capital
11: South East Asian Economic History
12: Governments and Markets
The meeting's Noel Butlin Lecture will be given by Richard Steckel of the Department of Economics, Ohio State University.
    For registration and other information, please check the conference website.