Monday, January 4, 2016

CFP: “Evolution of the Retail Trade in the 20th Century”

In September 2015, a workshop on the evolution of the retail trade in the 20th century was held with success in Paris. A second round of this workshop will be held on September 22-23, 2016, in Uppsala, Sweden, organized by Fredrik Sandgren, Uppsala University, and Tristan Jacques, Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne. The call for papers states:
At a time of swift change and modernisation in retail sectors across the globe, examining long-term patterns and the drivers of retail change in the last century seems to be very relevant. However, historical studies are still a work in progress and further advances are required. The diffusion of self-service, the growth of discount stores or the availability of access to consumer credit have, for example, been topics somewhat neglected by historians. . . .  Although we will primarily focus on historical perspectives, the study of retail industries is naturally inclined toward an inter-disciplinary approach. We thus encourage contributions from sociologists, jurists, economists, geographers and political scientists. Moreover, no regional boundaries are imposed and papers on other regions than Europe are welcomed. We also encourage any kind of transnational comparisons. Lastly, any work peripheral to retail studies, such as investigations on wholesale, logistics, marketing, advertising or consumerism are also of interest. 
For a fuller explanation of the possibilities, please see the full call for papers.
     Dinner on Thursday, breakfast and lunch on Friday, and accommodations for Thursday night will be met by the organizers. Participants must fund their own transportation costs. It is hoped that all contributions to the workshop will be published in a collected volume or a special edition. Those interested in participating should send a proposal (1 page max.) and a brief c.v. by February 19, 2016, to Tristan Jacques, jacques.tristan@gmail.com, and Fredrik Sandgren, fredrik.sandgren@ekhist.uu.se.