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CFP: Business History Conference 2016

The 2016 Business History Conference Annual Meeting will be held in Portland, Oregon, on March 31-April 2, 2016. The theme of the meeting will be "Reinterpretation." The Program Committee for 2016 will be Rowena Olegario (Chair), Peter Coclanis, Marcelo Bucheli, Julia Yongue, and Margaret Graham (BHC President). All sessions will take place at the Embassy Suites Portland-Downtown, located in the historic Multnomah Hotel building. The call for papers has now been posted.
    The theme of the 2016 Business History Conference meeting will be "Reinterpretation." The Program Committee encourages panels and individual papers that answer the call to "Reinterpretation," expansively interpreted. Topics that examine the forces shaping our future by reinterpreting research related to the Pacific Rim are but one important example of numerous “settled” or incomplete bodies of business history scholarship from which reinterpretation promises to generate fresh constructs and new insights. In keeping with longstanding BHC policy the Program Committee will give equal consideration to submissions not directly related to the conference theme. A fuller exposition of the conference theme can be found in the complete call for papers.
      The Program Committee will consider both individual papers and entire panels. Individual paper proposals should include a one-page (300 word) abstract and one-page curriculum vitae (CV). Panel proposals should include a cover letter stating the rationale for the panel and the name of its contact person; one-page (300 word) abstract and author’s CV for each paper; and a list of preferred panel chairs and commentators with contact information. To submit a proposal, click on the link Submit a Paper/Panel Proposal on the BHC 2016 meeting website.
     The deadline for receipt of all proposals is 1 October 2015.
     The BHC Doctoral Colloquium in Business History will once again be held in conjunction with the BHC annual meeting. This prestigious workshop, funded by Cambridge University Press, will take place in Portland on Wednesday, March 30, and Thursday, March 31. Typically limited to ten students, the colloquium is open to early stage doctoral candidates pursuing dissertation research within the broad field of business history, from any relevant discipline. Topics (see link for past examples) may range from the early modern era to the present, and explore societies across the globe.  Participants work intensively with a distinguished group of BHC-affiliated scholars (including at least two BHC officers), discussing dissertation proposals, relevant literatures and research strategies, and career trajectories.  Applications are due by 15 November 2015 via email to BHC@Hagley.org and should include: a statement of interest; CV; preliminary or final dissertation prospectus (10-15 pages); and a letter of support from your dissertation supervisor (or prospective supervisor). Questions about the colloquium should be sent to its director, Edward Balleisen. All participants receive a stipend that partially defrays travel costs to the annual meeting.  Applicants will receive notification of the selection committee’s decisions by 20 December 2015.
     For information about applying for the BHC's Krooss Dissertation Prize and the K. Austin Kerr Paper Prize, please see the full call for papers.
      General questions regarding the BHC’s 2016 annual meeting may be sent to Secretary-Treasurer Roger Horowitz.

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