Wednesday, December 30, 2015

CFP: “Immigrant Entrepreneurship in Transnational Perspective”

D.G. Yuengling & Son's Eagle Brewery in Pottsville, Pa. On June 16-17, 2016, the German Historical Institute will sponsor a workshop on "Immigrant Entrepreneurship in Transnational Comparative Perspective, 18th Century-Today." The workshop seeks to examine these key questions and to link research on immigrants from diverse backgrounds to the results of the German Historical Institute's multi-year project, Immigrant Entrepreneurship: German-American Business Biographies, 1720 to the Present. According to the organizers (Hartmut Berghoff, Jessica Csoma, Bryan Hart, Kelly McCullough, Atiba Pertilla, Benjamin Schwantes, and Uwe Spiekermann),
The workshop is conducted on the occasion of the completion of the project and seeks to contextualize its main findings. [The "Immigrant Entrepreneurship" website provides a very large number of biographies, images, and analytical essays, accompanied by teaching tools, bibliographies, and other resources; new entries appear regularly.] Bringing together scholars from a variety of fields, the workshop aims to explore patterns and transformations in the interplay between immigration and economic innovation; to investigate how ethnicity, gender, space and time intersect in the economic sphere; and to look at similarities and differences in experiences within and between various immigrant groups. We hope to stimulate discussion on these important topics and provide a forum for comparison by looking at African, Asian, European, and Latino diasporas in the United States.
The workshop at the GHI will bring together junior and senior scholars. The discussions will be based on pre-circulated papers submitted four weeks in advance. Travel and accommodation expenses will be covered by the German Historical Institute. Those interested should send a short abstract of no more than 400 words and a brief CV in one file by February 15, 2016, to Jessica Csoma. For a more detailed discussion of the aims of the Workshop, please see the full call for papers.