Wednesday, August 31, 2016

CFP: “Moralising Commerce in a Globalising World”

The German Historical Institute London has issued a call for papers for a conference to be held there on June 22-24, 2017: "Moralising Commerce in a Globalising World – Multidisciplinary approaches to a history of economic conscience, 1600-1900." According to the call for papers,
This conference aims to provide a focus for discussion of how we might historicise economic conscience, investigating the means and processes by which individuals and collective actors have learned to see their own economic choices as contributing to a global system and to reflect on the impacts of their choices on other people and places, both near and far. Accordingly, our interest is less in critical characterisations of global systems – colonialism, imperialism, capitalism for example – or the social movements that inscribed those critiques on their banners than in the structures of sentiment and knowledge that made possible new articulations between understandings of moral obligation, locality, the spaces of humanity and the ‘economic’. . . . We invite contributions that explore the evidence of individual mentalities, collective argument as well as public discourse, and also papers reflecting on the social and cultural preconditions for change, including the ways in which information regimes of various kinds were implicated in the transmission of ethically meaningful knowledge. 
Contributions from all relevant disciplines are welcome, including historical, economic, literary, cultural and visual studies. For a more complete description of the conference themes, please see the full call for papers.
     Abstracts of about 300 words and a short CV should be sent to both Felix Brahm and Eve Rosenhaft (, by November 15, 2016.