Monday, May 29, 2017

CFP: Economic History Society 2018

The 2018 meeting of the Economic History Society will be held at Keele University, on April 6-8. According to the call for papers:
The conference programme committee welcomes proposals on all aspects of economic and social history covering a wide range of periods and countries and, particularly welcomes papers of an interdisciplinary nature. Scholars are not expected to present a paper in more than one session (including as a co-author) and, when slots are limited, priority will be given to those who did not present at the previous year's conference. The committee invites proposals for individual papers, as well as for entire sessions of 1.5-2 hours duration (no more than 4 papers will be accepted for any one session). Please note that the committee reserves the right to determine which papers will be presented in the session if it is accepted. If a session is not accepted, the committee may incorporate one or more of the proposed papers into other panels.
Proposals should be submitted online via the link on the call for papers website. For full consideration, proposals must be received by September 4, 2017.
      Those currently studying for, or who have recently completed, a Ph.D. should submit a proposal to the new researcher session. Please contact Maureen Galbraith for further information. The meeting will also include a poster session; see the EHS conference website for complete details.

Friday, May 26, 2017

New Books of Interest: Spring Edition

New books of interest, April-June 2017:
Rosemary Feurer and Chad Pearson, eds., Against Labor: How U.S. Employers Organized to Defeat Union Activism (University of Illinois Press, April 2017)

Courtney Fullilove, The Profit of the Earth: The Global Seeds of American Agriculture (University of Chicago Press, April 2017)

Charles R. Geisst, Loan Sharks: The Birth of Predatory Lending (Brookings Institution Press, April 2017)

David Higgins and Steven Toms, eds., British Cotton Textiles: Maturity and Decline (Routledge, May 2017)

Jane Hooper, Feeding Globalization: Madagascar and the Provisioning Trade, 1600–1800 (Ohio University Press, May 2017)

Julian Hoppit, Britain's Political Economies: Parliament and Economic Life, 1660–1800 (Cambridge University Press, June 2017)

Katherine Rye Jewell, Dollars for Dixie: Business and the Transformation of Conservatism in the Twentieth Century (Cambridge University Press, April 2017)

Geoffrey Jones, Profits and Sustainability: A History of Green Entrepreneurship (Oxford University Press, June 2017)

Naomi R. Lamoreaux and William J. Novak, eds., Corporations and American Democracy (Harvard University Press, May 2017)

Yasuhiro Makimura, Yokohama and the Silk Trade: How Eastern Japan Became the Primary Economic Region of Japan, 1843–1893 (Lexington Books, June 2017)

Mark W. Robbins, Middle Class Union: Organizing the ‘Consuming Public’ in Post-World War I America (University of Michigan Press, May 2017)

Sarah F. Rose, No Right to Be Idle: The Invention of Disability, 1840s–1930s (University of North Carolina Press, April 2017)

Kathleen Waters Sander, John W. Garrett and the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad (Johns Hopkins University Press, April 2017)

Nina Sankovich, The Lowells of Massachusetts: An American Family (St. Martin's Press, April 2017)

Joshua Schreier, The Merchants of Oran: A Jewish Port at the Dawn of Empire (Stanford University Press, May 2017)

Steven Carl Smith, An Empire of Print: The New York Publishing Trade in the Early American Republic (Penn State University Press, June 2017)

Edith Sparks, Boss Lady: How Three Women Entrepreneurs Built Successful Big Businesses in the Mid-Twentieth Century (University of North Carolina Press, June 2017)

Leslie Tomory, The History of the London Water Industry, 1580-1820 (Johns Hopkins University Press, April 2017)


Wednesday, May 24, 2017

HBS Business History Fellowships Application Process Open

Harvard Business School invites applications for its business history fellowships and grants for 2018-2019; please note the specific deadlines for each grant.

The Harvard-Newcomen Postdoctoral Fellowship in Business History To be awarded for twelve months’ residence, study, and research at Harvard Business School. The fellowship is open to scholars who, within the last ten years, have received a Ph.D. in history, economics, or a related discipline. This fellowship is to enable scholars to engage in research that will benefit from the resources of Harvard Business School and the larger Boston scholarly community. A travel fund and a book fund will be provided. This fellowships will also provide an opportunity for the fellow to participate in the activities of Harvard Business School.
    Applicants should submit a CV, undergraduate transcript and graduate-school record, thesis abstract, and writing sample (such as an article or a book chapter). Applicants should also state the topics, objectives, and design for the specific research to be undertaken. Finally, applicants should indicate the names of three people who will write references on their behalf. The three letters of recommendation are to be submitted by the writers directly by October 16, 2017. It is the responsibility of the applicant to solicit these letters. Applications should be received no later than October 16, 2017, and submitted online to: https://poplar.hbs.edu/ofr/register/registerApplicant.htm. Recommenders should use: https://poplar.hbs.edu/ofr/upload/startUploadRecommendation.htm.

Thomas K. McCraw Fellowship This award honors the work and contributions of Thomas K. McCraw (1940-2012), who was Isidor Straus Professor of Business History at Harvard Business School. The fellowship enables established scholars from around the world whose primary interest is the business and economic history of the United States to spend time in residence at Harvard Business School. The main activities of the Thomas K. McCraw Fellow will be to conduct research in the archives of Baker Library or in other Boston-area libraries, present his or her work at a seminar, and interact with HBS faculty. The Thomas K. McCraw Fellow will receive a stipend of $7,000 to cover travel and living expenses. Fellows are expected to be in residence for a minimum of two months. Recipients of the fellowship will receive work space, an e-mail account, a phone, a computer, an ID card, and access to the University’s libraries and to the HBS Intranet for the duration of the appointment.
     Applicants should send a cover letter, a CV, and a two- to three-page research proposal to Walter A. Friedman via email to wfriedman@hbs.edu. Applications for the fellowship should arrive no later than October 2, 2017. The applicant should also arrange for two letters of reference, sent directly by the recommender, to arrive at the above address by October 2, 2017.

The Alfred D. Chandler Jr. International Visiting Scholar in Business History Program The Alfred D. Chandler Jr. International Visiting Scholar in Business History Program invites established scholars in business history based outside the United States to spend a period of time in residence at Harvard Business School. The Chandler International Visiting Scholar is expected to interact with faculty and researchers, present work at research seminars, and conduct business history research. Recipients will be given a $7,000 stipend (payable at the end of their visit), office space, an e-mail account, phone, computer, ID card, and access to the University’s libraries and the HBS Intranet. The program requires a two-month minimum length of stay. Scholars may stay up to a maximum of six months. Applicants should indicate when, during the calendar year, they would like to be in residence at the School. It is expected that the recipient will be actively engaged in the intellectual life of the business history group.
      Applicants should send a cover letter, a CV, and a two- to three-page research proposal to Walter A. Friedman via e-mail to wfriedman@hbs.edu. Applications for the fellowship should arrive no later than October 2, 2017. The applicant should also arrange for two letters of reference, sent directly by the recommender, to arrive at the above address by October 2, 2017.

The Alfred D. Chandler Jr. Travel Fellowships The purpose of this fellowship is to facilitate library and archival research in business or economic history. Individual grants range from $1,000 to $3,000. Three categories of applicants will be eligible for grants: 1) Harvard University graduate students in history, economics, or business administration, whose research requires travel to distant archives or repositories; 2) graduate students or nontenured faculty in those fields from other universities, in the U.S. and abroad, whose research requires travel to Baker Library and other local archives; and 3) Harvard College undergraduates writing senior theses in these fields whose research requires travel away from Cambridge.
     To apply, send a CV, a summary of past academic research (of 1-2 pages), and a detailed description of the research you wish to undertake (of 2-3 pages). Applicants must indicate the amount of money requested (up to $3,000). Please also arrange to have one letter of reference sent independently of the application. The deadline for receipt of applications is November 1, 2017. All materials should be sent to Walter Friedman via e-mail to wfriedman@hbs.edu.
  
For more information about all these grants, please visit the HBS Fellowships website: http://www.hbs.edu/businesshistory/fellowships/Pages/default.aspx.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Conference Program: OIEAHC 2017

The 23rd annual conference of the Omohundro Institute for Early American History and Culture (OIEAHC) will convene June 15-17, 2017, in Ann Arbor, Michigan, hosted by the Department of History at the University of Michigan. The conference’s theme will be “Taking Stock.” The program for the meeting has now been posted.
    Sessions of particular interest include
No. 3, "Everyday Economies," chaired by Christine Desan with commentary by Lindsey Regele
No. 11, "Roundtable on the Moral Economy of Antislavery: Human Bondage and Economic Development in the Anglophone Atlantic"
No. 19, "Centering Jamaica: New Directions in the Histories of Gender, Violence, and Illicit Trade"
Several other sessions feature individual papers of interest on related topics such as slavery, gender, and empire.
      In addition to panels and roundtables, the conference will feature a THis Camp on podcasting with Liz Covart, creator of Ben Franklin's World and Doing History, and a tutorial on how to write op-ed pieces with Aeons Sam Haselby.
    Complete information can be found on the Institute's conference website.

Friday, May 19, 2017

Items of Interest from around the Web

Lots of business history material out there recently; a sampling:
JoAnne Yates and her work on business communications featured prominently in a Washington Post article related to the Comey memoranda stories. That piece was followed by a supportive pair of tweets from Paul Krugman, here and here, where he notes, "Her work on the history of business communication is, by the way, fascinating and revelatory."

The NEP-HIS blog has a review by Adrian E. Tschoegl of Catherine Schenk's recent BHR article, "Rogue Trading at Lloyds Bank International, 1974: Operational Risk in Volatile Markets." [Limited time free access to the BHR article here.]

Geoff Jones has written an essay for the Oxford University Press blog on "Can green entrepreneurs save our planet?" based on his forthcoming book, Profits and Sustainability: A History of Green Entrepreneurship.

Wrigley's ad, 1941
The "JSTOR Daily" used an Enterprise & Society article by Daniel Robinson, "Marketing Gum, Making Meanings: Wrigley in North America, 1890-1930," as the basis for its May 11 post, "How Wrigley Chewed Its Way to Gum Greatness."

Sharon Ann Murphy has a post on the SHEAR blog, "The Republic," about "How Banking Worked in the Early Republic."
    And over on another SHEAR web project, "The Panorama," readers will find several articles of interest, including newer posts about teaching the history of capitalism and the early republic and entangled economies.

Joseph Malherek discusses his work in "Creating Circumstances: Edward Bernays, Psychoanalysis, and the Making of American Consumer Culture" on the AHA blog, "AHA Today."

Readers can view Benjamin Waterhouse discussing his latest book, Land of Enterprise: A Business History of the United States, on C-Span's "The Book."

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

New Resource: Global Urban History Project

Detail from postcard of Manila's international Escolta district, early 20th c.
Several times in the past, we have posted links to materials on the Global Urban History Blog, which offers short articles, book reviews, and conversations relevant to field of global urban history. The scholars who manage that blog have joined with others to launch the "Global Urban History Project" (GUHP), "a meeting place for scholars interested in exploring the crossroads of urban history and global history." According to the new GUHP website,
The Project was formed by merging several already existing networks of scholars from a wide range of associations and from many parts of the world. . . . The GUHP is based on a broad understanding of global urban history as encompassing any effort to think of cities as creations or creators of larger-scale or global historical phenomena. It celebrates the fact that scholars approach the intersection of urban and global history from different directions. Some travel along “transnational turns” in various subfields. Others draw on the concept of networks, looking at urban connections across oceans, between colony and metropole, or along trade routes and supply chains. Others see cities as incubators of historical change with potentially global ramifications or think of cities in relation to their variably-sized hinterlands. Some scholars aim mostly to compare different places. Some projects focus on a single “hub” city, others on two or more cities, still others on cities across an entire regions or empires; and still others aim to synthesize larger world-historical narratives. In short, global urban history, as understood in the GUHP, can comprise a variety of geographical scopes and theoretical inspirations.
The group is encouraging interested scholars to join the organization, which initially will have no membership fee.
     The GUHP organizers are Mariana Dantas, Ohio University, Michael Goebel, Freie Universität Berlin, Emma Hart, University of St. Andrews, Nancy Kwak, University of California, San Diego, Tracy Neumann, Wayne State University, Carl Nightingale, University at Buffalo, SUNY, and Joseph Ben Prestel, Freie Universität Berli. More information can be found on the GUHP website.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Workshop: FRESH Meets in Belfast in June

On June 23, 2017, Queen's University Centre for Economic History, Queen's University Belfast, will host a Frontier Research in Economic and Social History (FRESH) meeting. FRESH meetings are aimed at researchers in any field of economic and social history and build on the concept that scholars present their ongoing research at an early stage--normally before it becomes available as a working paper, and certainly before it is published in books or journals. The main aim of the meetings is to gather researchers in a friendly and collegial environment where they can present their research and receive constructive criticism from their peers. The broad theme of the Belfast meeting is “Institutions, Capitalism and Economic History.” The keynote speaker will be Avner Offer, Chichele Professor Emeritus of Economic History at the University of Oxford.
     For further information about the Belfast FRESH meeting, please contact the local organizers: Graham Brownlow (graham.brownlow@qub.ac.uk), Alan de Bromhead (a.debromhead@qub.ac.uk), and Chris Colvin (chris.colvin@qub.ac.uk).

Friday, May 12, 2017

Conference Program: ABH 2017

The Association of Business Historians (ABH) is meeting at the University of Glasgow on June 29-July 1, 2017; the theme for the conference is "The Human Factor in Business History." The program has now been posted. Among sessions of particular interest are one organized by Jeff Fear, Catherine Schenk, and Andrea Schneider in honor of Chris Kobrak, featuring Schenk's paper on "Rhenish Capitalism and Globalisation: Deutsche Bank in London and New York 1989-1999," and a plenary on "The Professionalisation of Business History."
    Registration and venue details are available on the ABH website. Note that early bird registration ends on May 21, 2017.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Historical GIS Project: "Montréal l'avenir du passé" Adds Data

Detail of watercolor by James Duncan, "Montreal in 1832," McCord Museum
Montréal, l’avenir du passé (MAP) is Canada’s oldest and largest historical GIS. The project team has been working on a new phase, which will be available for use in the coming month. In anticipation of that release, one of the project's leaders, Robert C. H. Sweeney, has written an essay for NICHE (Network in Canadian History & Environment), explaining the enhancements to the site:
This exceptionally rich resource consists of four distinct elements: a new cartography of all properties in the city in 1903, detailing who owned what; an index of all household heads in the 1901 census linked to this map at the lot level; a 30% sample of the complete manuscript census returns of the city’s households; and a geo-referenced vector map of all 101,353 buildings in the city in 1912. These research tools for understanding Edwardian Montréal build on MAP’s earlier layers for 1880, 1846 and 1825, which are available online.
 In detailing the work of the MAP group, Sweeney also discusses examples of questions that the data might be used to answer; for example: "Imagine if you could examine the entire real estate portfolio for any proprietor in a large city linked to detailed household descriptions of up to a third of his or her tenants. Imagine if when you did, you discovered that women owned a quarter of all rental units in the largest city in turn-of-the-century Canada and that they appear to have managed these properties differently. Wouldn’t that change how you think about gender relations in the past?"

Monday, May 8, 2017

CHARM 2017 Program Now Posted

The Conference on Historical Analysis and Research in Marketing (CHARM) is holding its biennial meeting in Liverpool, UK, at Liverpool John Moores University on June 1-4, 2017. The theme for this year's meeting is "Explorations in Globalization and Glocalization: Marketing History Through the Ages." The program for the event has now been posted on the CHARM website. Registration and accommodations information can be found on the meeting website. The CHARM meeting is preceded by a doctoral workshop; the program and more information about that can be found on the meeting website as well.
     Questions may be addressed to Jacqueline Wachholz.

Friday, May 5, 2017

CFP: Business History Issue on Health Industries

The journal Business History has published a call for submissions for a special issue on "Health Industries in the Twentieth Century." According to the guest editors, Pierre-Yves Donzé and Paloma Fernández Pérez,
the objective of this special issue is to contribute with a longitudinal, business history approach, to the analysis and understanding about the construction of health industries and services throughout the world since the 1900s. This volume will illustrate the role of path dependence and the diversity of models followed in different countries by which health was transformed, from local services, into a fast-growing business. Second, the articles to be included in the special issue will also emphasize the impact of the diverse institutional frameworks that contributed to define national health systems. Third, this special issue aims to shed new light about the emergence of new therapeutic agents and new frames of care and culture, and the influence of new actors and changing organizations.
Articles for consideration should be submitted by May 31, 2017, via the online system at the journal website. For a more detailed discussion of the aims of the issue, please consult the full call for papers.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Digital Resource: Pre-1870 U.S. Copyright Records

Legal scholar Zvi S. Rosen, in cooperation with the Law Library at George Washington University, has tracked down and coordinated the scanning of hundreds of pre-1870 U.S. copyright records. The GW Law Library is hosting the materials and has created a research guide.
     Until mid-1870, copyright registration duties were handled by the local U.S. District Court of the author or proprietor, while the work itself was deposited in various places; in 1870, all copyright activities were consolidated in the Library of Congress. At that point the early records were supposed to be transmitted to the Library of Congress, but, as Rosen writes, "it’s been fairly well-known that a substantial number of records never made it to the Library, and these records have generally been assumed lost." Rosen describes his interest and the process he followed in unearthing many of the pre-1870 records, on his blog, "Mostly IP [Intellectual Property] History."
     The bulk of the copyright records that were turned over to the LoC in 1870 are available on microfilm in the LoC Rare Books Reading Room. They have not been digitized, and Rosen estimates they comprise about 300,000 pages.
    Update: And coincidentally, this today from the LoC blog, on more early copyright records.

Monday, May 1, 2017

Program Available: EBHS 2017

The Economic and Business History Society (EBHS) will hold its 42nd annual meeting in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, on May 25-27, 2017. The preliminary program has now been posted on the conference website. The keynote address, to be delivered at the EBHS banquet on May 26, will be presented by Price Fishback, Thomas R. Brown Professor of Economics at the University of Arizona. His topic will be "The Latest News about the New Deal."
    Details concerning registration and accommodations for the meeting are posted on the EBHS website.

Friday, April 28, 2017

WEHC 2018: Call Opens for Poster and Dissertation Sessions; Last Call for Regular Sessions

Ph.D. students and junior postdoctoral researchers in economic history are invited to present their ongoing research to an international audience with a poster at the World Economic History Congress, which will take place in Boston on July 29-August 3, 2018. Historical applications in any field of economics or cognate social sciences, business history, demographic history, environmental history, global and world history, social history, urban history, methodological approaches to historical research, history of economics and economic thought, and other related fields are welcome. Digital posters will also be considered, pending space constraints. The deadline for submission is January 31, 2018. Please see the full WEHC announcement about posters.
     Students who have completed their dissertations between June 2014 and August 2017 are encouraged to submit their theses for the dissertation panel/competition. Dissertations will be shortlisted and considered for awards in three separate categories: Ancient/medieval/early modern period; the long 19th century; and 20th century. The three finalists in each category will be invited to present their work in the dissertation panel. Theses written in languages other than English will be considered, although the abstract must be in English. The deadline for electronic submissions of the theses, along with information on past and current affiliation of the student, advisor, 500-word abstract, and any other pertinent information is December 1, 2017. All materials should be sent by email to: iehaofficial@gmail.com. Additional information is available at http://wehc2018.org/call-for-dissertations/.
     Note that some accepted sessions are still looking for additional paper presenters and other participants. Individual proposals to join already accepted sessions should be directed to the organizers of those sessions; the listing is here. In addition, the Executive Committee will consider new session proposals submitted before June 30, 2017, from all members of the international economic history community. The organizers say, "We especially invite submissions that complement the sessions already in place with topics, regions, or time periods not yet well represented." Session proposals can be submitted at http://wehc2018.org/wehc-2018-second-final-call-for-proposals/.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

CFP Reminder: 2017 Portuguese Economic and Social History Association Conference

Max Römer, "Bay of Funchal"
The 37th conference of the Portuguese Economic and Social History Association will be held at the University of Madeira, Colégio dos Jesuítas, Funchal, on November 17-18, 2017. The theme of the meeting will be "The Atlantic in Economic and Social History." As the call for papers states,
The history of the Atlantic broke with the frontiers of historiography based on the nation-state’s approach, allowing thereafter the possibility of comparing processes in the long run. . . . The processes originating in the Atlantic have tended to be analysed as interactions between people, institutions and economies in a interconnected world. 
Proposals for either panels or individual presentations will be considered. The APHES Conference is open to the submission of papers on any topic in economic and social history.
    Paper proposals should include an abstract between 400 and 500 words, with the description of the topic, objectives, theoretical framework, empirical support of the paper, and 4 key words. A brief CV of the author ﴾1 page max.﴿ should also be sent. Proposals for panels should include three papers and one chair/discussant. The deadline for submissions is April 30, 2017. Proposals should be sent to: aphes37@mail.uma.pt.


Monday, April 24, 2017

Over the Counter: Issue No. 35

News and notes of interest from around the web:
From KILN, a fascinating shipping map for 2012; run the video to see types of ships, cargos, and other information.

W. E. B. Du Bois prepared a number of charts for the Negro Exhibit of the American Section at the Paris Exposition Universelle in 1900 to show the economic and social progress of African Americans since emancipation; they are available on the Library of Congress website, and there is a story about them here.

Edward Balleisen can be seen speaking about his book Fraud: American History from Barnum to Madoff  (Princeton University Press, 2017) at the National History Center in Washington, D.C. And he talks about his research for the Duke University Ways and Means podcast.

And Marie Hicks is interviewed on the New Books Network podcast about her recently published  Programmed Inequality: How Britain Discarded Women Technologists and Lost Its Edge in Computing (MIT Press, 2017).

The BT Digital Archives has enhanced and expanded its online presence, with many materials highlighting the history of "the world's oldest communications company."

On the H-Net Book Channel, Adam Quinn has an essay called "Reforming History," an overview of recent scholarship on the Progressive Era.

On the Georgian Papers blog, Justin Clement writes about "The Birth of Britain's Capitalist Empire."

Gridium presents a podcast interview (and transcription) with Andrew Russell about "The Dark Side of Innovation, seen from Bell Labs, Mars, and maintenance."

"Mapping Early American Elections" has launched a website as it begins to turn the raw material from "A New Nation Votes" American Election Returns 1787-1825" into a dataset that "will give scholars a way to see American elections as a whole through maps and other kinds of analysis."

Louis Hyman published an opinion piece in the April 8 New York Times on "The Myth of Main Street."

Lindsay Schakenbach Regele has an essay in the current issue of Common-Place about "the culture of chauvinistic entitlement" in Daniel Parker's War Department.

The program for "Innovative Solutions for Archives and Financial Crises," taking place in St. Louis on May 11-12, 2017, has now been posted. The conference is co-hosted by the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis and the European Association for Banking and Financial History (EABH).

Susan Strasser has an article on the OAH blog, "Process History," entitled "Snake Oil Revisited: Household Medicine and the Condescension of Posterity." As does Christy Ford Chapin, writing about "The Historical Origins of Today's Healthcare Debates."
    Strasser also has an article in the New York Times on the history of the microwave.

And over at the AHA blog, Joseph Malherek has an essay on Edward Bernays and American consumer culture.

The Getty Provenance Index® has added 138,000 database records of British art sales from the 1600s and 1700s, including the earliest known catalog published in Britain; an entry in the Getty blog, the Iris, details the importance and uses of records of art sales.

The Spectator Archive contains digitized versions of every issue of the magazine, 1828-2008. Researchers can search by content, keyword, topic, location, and date.

Friday, April 21, 2017

BHC Awards Announced at Annual Meeting

In addition to the Hagley and Gomory book prizes previously featured, the Business History Conference presented the following awards and prizes at its annual meeting in Denver, Colorado:
Lifetime Achievement Award:
Naomi Lamoreaux, Stanley B. Resor Professor of Economics & History, Yale University

Herman E. Krooss Prize, for the best dissertation:
Gerardo Con Diaz, Yale University, 2016
"Intangible Inventions:  A History of Software Patenting in the United States, 1945-1985"

K. Austin Kerr Prize for the best first paper presented at a BHC meeting by a new scholar:
Kelly Kean Sharp, “No Free Market: The Enslaved Marketwomen and Butchers of Charleston's Centre Market Stalls”

Philip Scranton Prize, for the best article in the 2016 volume of Enterprise and Society:
Petri Paju and Thomas Haigh, "IBM Rebuilds Europe: The Curious Case of the Transnational Typewriter," no. 2 (June 2016): 265-300.

Mira Wilkins Prize, for the best article in the 2016 volume of Enterprise and Society pertaining to international and comparative business history:
Petri Paju and Thomas Haigh, "IBM Rebuilds Europe: The Curious Case of the Transnational Typewriter," no. 2 (June 2016): 265-300.
The BHC meeting also serves as the venue for the announcement of the recipients of the Rovensky Fellowhip for dissertation research. The awardees for 2017-2018 are:
Emilie Connolly, New York University, for "Indian Trust Funds and the Routes of American Capitalism"
Devin Kennedy, Harvard University, for "Computing's Economy: Technology and the Making of Modern Finance, 1930-1975"

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Program Available: CHORD May Workshop

The program for the next CHORD (Centre for the History of Retailing and Distribution) workshop, which will take place on May 23, 2017, at Wolverhampton University, has now been posted. The program, constructed around the workshop theme of "Retailing, Distribution, and Reputation: Historical Perspectives," contains links to abstracts for all the papers.
    For registration and other useful information, please consult the workshop website.

Monday, April 17, 2017

Web Resource: New York City Directories

The New York Public Library is digitizing its collection of New York City Directories, 1786 through 1922/3, serving them free through the NYPL Digital Collections portal. The first group, 1849-1903, is already available. Directories have long been an important tool for business historians, recording the names and addresses of residents, of  churches, businesses, schools, police stations, courts, and other government offices, as well as individual names associated with those institutions.
City directories contain much more than lists of names and addresses. They record the price of travel and postage, the kinds of occupations undertaken in the city, the layout of streets, and at what time the sun was predicted to rise and set. . . . In addition to textual information, city directories feature many images, including maps, illustrations of buildings, and advertisements, occasionally printed on colored or decorative paper. Directories record the city's built and commercial history.
    See the post by Philip Sutton on the NYPL blog for a longer discussion of the value of city directories for historians and tips for using them.

Friday, April 14, 2017

CFP: “Material Realities of Energy Histories”

The Canadian Journal of History/Annales canadiennes d'histoire has issued a call for papers on the topic "The Material Realities of Energy Histories" for a special issue. According to the organizers
Energy history has grown considerably from a largely overlooked sub-field to an important and relevant line of historical enquiry. Responding to the realization that human energy use has been directly responsible for monumental social, cultural, political, economic, and environmental changes, such as industrialization, urbanization, global warming, and the onset of the Anthropocene, historians have begun to embrace the need to understand better how energy structured human societies.
The proposed essays "should explore topics that address the transnational dimensions and multiple scales of the material realities and environmental consequences of energy production, distribution, and consumption in any time period."
    Submissions (a 250-300 word abstract) should be sent by June 2, 2017, to guest editor Andrew Watson at cjh@usask.ca. For a more detailed description of possible topics and other project deadlines, please consult the full call for papers.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Conference: “Coins of the Realm”

The UCLA Center for 17th- & 18th-Century Studies will hold a conference on May 5-6, 2017, on "Coins of the Realm: Money, Value, and Sovereignty in the Early Modern Atlantic." According to the organizer, Andrew Apter of UCLA,
The conference addresses key relationships between money-forms and political authority during major transitions in the British Atlantic economy associated with the Stuart Restoration, the financial revolution, the Board of Trade and Plantations, and the Royal African Company. Of central importance is the Great Recoinage of 1696, which attempted to restore England’s national currency by realigning the nominal values of coins with their material worth as gold and silver. . . . Papers will draw on cases from England, the West Indies, colonial North America, and West Africa to highlight emergent connections between monetary value and political sovereignty in the early modern Atlantic.
The program and registration information are available on the conference website.

Monday, April 10, 2017

Request for Help: Older BHC Programs

As part of ongoing efforts to add content to the BHC website, we are in the process of adding to the files of annual meeting programs. We are missing some early years, and so we send out this request for information. Years needed are

1954 (Northwestern University)
1954 (University of Michigan)
[1955] no meeting
1956 (Indiana University)
1957 [no meeting]
1958 (State Historical Society, Wisconsin)
1959 (University of Illinois)
1960 (Marquette University)
1961 (Purdue University)
1963 (Northwestern University)
1964 (Indiana University)
1965 (Kent State University)
1970 (University of Iowa)
1971 (Oberlin College)
1972 (Loyola University)
1974 (Hagley Museum and Library)
1975 (Northwestern University)
We would be grateful if readers who have copies of any of these programs would get in touch with Pat Denault (pat.denault@gmail.com). We'll let folks know when the current batch of older programs is uploaded. In the meantime, all programs, 2017-2003, are linked from our website at http://www.thebhc.org/all-annual-meetings.

Friday, April 7, 2017

EABH Conference: “The Haute Banque in the World”

As part of its 2017 annual meeting, the European Association for Banking and Financial History (EABH), in cooperation with BNP Paribas and Banque Lombard Odier, will hold a conference on June 23, 2017, entitled "Legacy of Finance: The Haute-Banque in the World from the 19th to the 21st Century." According to the organizers:
The haute banque emerged as a private banking elite in France during the Restoration period. Haute banque institutions were well respected and dealt with major international business and state affairs. They declined and vanished after the World Wars of the 20th century. Now, the haute banque is having a comeback in the 21st century. How did this happen? and why?
The full program is available on the EABH website, as is a listing of all the organization's events. Registration is open at https://2017eabh.eventbrite.co.uk. Early bird tickets for non-members are available until April 15.
     The full meeting will commence on June 22 with sessions for EABH members only. The keynote speaker for the EABH members' dinner will be Harold James, who will talk about "The Haute Banque and National Security."

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

BHC Book Prizes Awarded

At last week's annual meeting in Denver, Colorado, the Business History Conference awarded its two book prizes.
The Hagley Prize for the best book in business history in the previous year was awarded to Mark R. Wilson of the University of North Carolina, Charlotte, for Destructive Creation: American Business and the Winning of World War II (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2016).

The Gomory Prize, made possible by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, recognizes historical work on the effects of business enterprises on the economic conditions of the countries in which they operate. In a first, Mark R. Wilson was the co-recipient of this prize as well. The co-winner was Johan Mathew of Rutgers University, for Margins of the Market: Trafficking and Capitalism across the Arabian Sea (University of California Press, 2016).

The Gomory committee also awarded an honorable mention, to William N. Goetzmann, for Money Changes Everything: How Finance Made Civilization Possible (Princeton University Press, 2016).

Friday, March 31, 2017

CFP: “Money, Power and Print,” 2018 Colloquium

Hogarth, "Emblematical print of the South Sea," from <em>Hogarth Restored: The Whole Works of the celebrated William Hogarth, re-engraved by Thomas Cook (1812)</em>
The "Money, Power and Print" group will hold its eighth biennial colloquium in Siegen, Germany, on June 7-9, 2018. The group began as an association of scholars interested in interdisciplinary studies of contemporary attitudes toward the "financial revolution" in early-modern Britain, specifically the rise of banks, paper money, joint-stock corporations, stock markets, and public debt. Over time, its focus has gradually evolved and the interest now is on how those practices developed across early modern Europe.
According to the organizers of the colloquium:
Papers will be distributed in advance and presented in two-hour sessions at which all colloquium participants are present. Presenters will have five minutes to summarize their paper. The remainder of each session will be given over to questions and discussion, in which the goal is to enrich our mutual understanding by eliciting insights from all of the disciplines represented at the table. Authors are therefore expected to write for a non-specialist audience, avoiding jargon, making concepts from their own discipline readily accessible to all those present, seeking to identify areas of general interest, and focusing on questions on which scholars of various disciplines will have something to contribute. Graduate students and emerging scholars are particularly encouraged to submit proposals.
Initial expressions of interest of 250 words or fewer are due no later than April 15, 2017. For more details, please consult the full call for papers.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

New Books in Business and Economic History: Pre-Meeting Edition

In the run-up to this week's BHC meeting, new March and April books, plus a few we missed:

Hannah Barker, Family and Business during the Industrial Revolution (Oxford University Press, March 2017)

Hartmut Berghoff and Adam Rome, eds., Green Capitalism: Business and the Environment in the Twentieth Century (University of Pennsylvania Press, April 2017)

Daina Ramey Berry, The Price for Their Pound of Flesh: The Value of the Enslaved from Womb to Grave in the Building of a Nation (Beacon Press, January 2017)

Fahad Ahmad Bishara, A Sea of Debt: Law and Economic Life in the Western Indian Ocean, 1780–1950 (Cambridge University Press, March 2017)

Paul Cheney, Cul de Sac: Patrimony, Capitalism, and Slavery in French Saint-Domingue (University of Chicago Press, February 2017)

Patrick Fridenson and Kikkawa Takeo, eds., Ethical Capitalism: Shibusawa Eiichi and Business Leadership in Global Perspective (University of Toronto Press, March 2017)

Peter James Hudson, Bankers and Empire: How Wall Street Colonized the Caribbean (University of Chicago Press, April 2017)

Harold A. Innis, Essays in Canadian Economic History, ed. Mary Q. Innis (University of Toronto Press, March 2017)

Sharon McConnell-Sidorick, Silk Stockings and Socialism: Philadelphia's Radical Hosiery Workers from the Jazz Age to the New Deal (University of North Carolina Press, April 2017)

Sharon Ann Murphy, Other People's Money: How Banking Worked in the Early American Republic
(Johns Hopkins University Press, February 2017)

Kim Phillips-Fein, Fear City: New York's Fiscal Crisis and the Rise of Austerity Politics (Macmillan, April 2017)

Steven Press, Rogue Empires: Contracts and Conmen in Europe’s Scramble for Africa (Harvard University Press, April 2017)

Benjamin C. Waterhouse, The Land of Enterprise: A Business History of the United States (Simon & Schuster, April 2017)


Monday, March 27, 2017

Conference Program: Maintainers II

The Maintainers is a global, interdisciplinary research network whose members share an interest in the concepts of maintenance, infrastructure, repair, and the myriad forms of labor and expertise that sustain the human-built world. The group is holding its second conference, “The Maintainers II: Labor, Technology, and Social Orders,” to be hosted at Stevens Institute of Technology on April 6-9, 2017. The program is now available.
    The group also runs an occasional blog and has a mailing list to which those interested can subscribe; they also have a Twitter account. Questions may be addressed to Lee Vinsel at lee.vinsel@gmail.com.


Friday, March 24, 2017

BHC 2017 Meets in Denver Next Week

The Business History Conference (BHC) is holding its 2017 meeting in Denver, Colorado, on March 30-April 1. The final version of the program is now available on the BHC website, including links to abstracts and a few full papers. Special sessions include an opening plenary on Thursday evening, on "The Cultures of a Business Civilization"; another on Friday afternoon, "Keywords in American Economic and Business History"; and the Krooss Dissertation plenary, on Saturday evening.
    In addition, the BHC hosts a number of pre-meeting activities, including two workshops, a paper development workshop sponsored by the Copenhagen Business School, and the Doctoral Colloquium.
    Advance on-line registration has closed, but attendees may register for the meeting itself in person.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

CFP: BHC 2018 Meeting

The Business History Conference will hold its 2018 meeting on April 5-7 in Baltimore, Maryland. The theme of the meeting will be "Money, Finance, and Capital." The program committee--comprising David Sicilia (chair), Christy Ford Chapin, Per Hansen, Naomi Lamoreaux, Rory Miller, Julia Ott, and Mary O’Sullivan (BHC president)--explains:
Historians who want to write compelling histories of capitalism must grapple with the manifold roles that money, finance, and capital have played in political, economic, social and cultural dynamics. Yet, for many years, the abstruse and elusive character of these phenomena encouraged many historians of economic life to maintain a safe distance from them. Of course, there have always been some historians willing to figure out where money, finance, and capital fit into broader histories of our societies. Still, much of what we know about currency and credit, investment and profit, bonds and futures results from highly specialized research whose technical quality reinforces the enigmatic character of these subjects. . . . The theme of the 2018 BHC conference is designed to encourage contributions from a variety of approaches to historical research on the themes of money, finance, and capital, covering a broad range of periods and geographies.
    While proposals on the theme are encouraged, papers addressing all other topics will receive equal consideration by the program committee in accordance with BHC policy. 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 go to http://thebhc.org/2018-bhc-meeting and click on the link Submit a Paper/Panel Proposal.
     The 2018 call for papers also includes information about applying for the K. Austin Kerr Prize and the Herman E. Krooss Prize. The deadline for all proposals is October 2, 2017.
    The BHC Doctoral Colloquium in Business History will be held in conjunction with the BHC annual meeting. Funded by Cambridge University Press, the 2018 colloquium will take place in Baltimore on Wednesday, April 4 and Thursday, April 5. 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. Applications, due by November 15, 2017 via email to BHC@Hagley.org, should include: a statement of interest; CV; preliminary or final dissertation prospectus (10-15 pages); and a letter of support from the dissertation supervisor (or prospective supervisor). Questions about the colloquium should be sent to its director, Edward Balleisen, eballeis@duke.edu. All participants receive a stipend that partially defrays travel costs to the annual meeting. 
    For a fuller discussion of the meeting theme, suitable topics, and prize and colloquium guidelines, please see the full call for papers. General questions regarding the BHC’s 2018 annual meeting may be sent to Secretary-Treasurer Roger Horowitz, rh@udel.edu.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Deadline Reminder: Special Issue CFP: “Indian Business in the Global World”

Business History has issued a call for papers for a special volume on "Indian Business in the Global World." According to guest editors Swapnesh Masrani, School of Management, University of Stirling, and Carlo Morelli, School of Social Sciences, University of Dundee:
Indian business history remains a largely unexplored area of research for a European and North American academic audience. Hitherto Indian business history has largely been addressed within a dichotomy of its relationship to the rise of the domestic economic industrialization or alternatively within a context of subordination to, and exploitation by, western multinationals. Thus the relationship between indigenous development and Indian firms’ integration and growth within a wider world economy has been paid little attention. This call . . . seeks to place the development of Indian business in its wider relationships to both the Indian domestic economy and the world economy.
For a fuller discussion of the aims of this special issue, please see the full call for papers.
     Articles should be based on original research and/or innovative analysis and should not be under consideration by another journal. All articles should be submitted by March 31, 2017. Submission instructions are available on the journal website. Questions may be directed to Swapnesh Masrani or Carlo Morelli.

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Over the Counter: Issue No. 34


Items of interest from around the web:
The corporate archives of Woolworth's UK have been donated to the University of Reading Archives at the University's Museum of English Rural Life (MERL). Following preservation work and cataloguing, the collection will soon be accessible to researchers.

The 99% Invisible website recently featured an article on "Machines for Living In: How Technology Shaped a Century of Interior Design."

The Harvard Business Review has posted "When America Was Most Innovative and Why," by Ufuk Akcigit, John Grigsby, and Tom Nicholas.

In other HBS faculty news, there is an interesting interview in the Harvard Gazette with David Moss about his new book, Democracy: A Case Study (Harvard University Press), which uses the case method to chart the development of American democracy; many of the nineteen cases relate directly to business history.

And "Live Mint" has an interview with Geoffrey Jones of HBS on "a second wave of deglobalization."

Further on globalization, Jeremy Adelman of Princeton University has an extended essay on "Aeon" about the historiography and future of global history: "What is global history now?

Two posts of interest from "The Conversation": "Women were to blame for the south sea bubble--according to men," by Anne Murphy; and "No, the black death did not create more jobs for women," by Jane Humphreys.

The EHS blog, "The Long Run," has accumulated a number of interesting essays. 

Heidi Tworek, Richard John, Michael Stamm, and Jonathan Silberstein-Loeb were among the participants at the recent Joint Journalism and Communication History Conference held at New York University. Details of the closing panel, featuring Tworek, John, Stamm, and Silberstein-Loeb, are highlighted here; Stamm also presented the keynote speech.

Richard John also spoke recently to the Forbes staff about the history of American capitalism. He has posted the slides from that talk online. 

The American Institute of the History of Pharmacy has announced that Laura Phillips Sawyer of the Harvard Business School has been selected to receive the 2016 Glenn Sonnedecker Prize for her article, “California Fair Trade: Antitrust and the Politics of 'Fairness' in U.S. Competition Policy” (Business History Review, 2015). The Sonnedecker Prize is awarded annually for the best original article published on the history of some facet of pharmacy practice or pharmacy education in the United States.

Nancy Tomes, professor at Stony Brook University, is one of the winners of the Bancroft Prize for Remaking the American Patient: How Madison Avenue and Modern Medicine Turned Patients Into Consumers (University of North Carolina Press), which examines the origins of the notion that patients should “shop” for health care.

The University of Toronto Press Journals blog has published an interview with Nicole St-Onge about her essay " 'He was neither a soldier nor a slave: he was under the control of no man': Kahnawake Mohawks in the Northwest Fur Trade, 1790-1850," which appeared in the Canadian Journal of History/Annales Canadiennes D’Histoire in 2016; the article is available here ungated, for a very limited time.

Liz Daly's "Culture Digest" looks at the new exhibit at the Museum of American Finance, "For the Love of Money: Blacks on US Currency"; a brief online view of the exhibit is here.

Andrew Hartman of Illinois State University posted the reading list for his "History of Capitalism" course on the U.S. Intellectual History blog; see also the comments offering additions.

The Panorama, the blog for the Journal of the Early Republic, published for the Society for Historians of the Early American Republic (SHEAR), has two essays of particular interest: one by John Lauritz Larson, on "On Cat's Paws: Teaching the Emergence of Capitalism in American History," and another by Ellen Hartigan O'Connor, on "Teaching Gender's Value.":

An exhibition of interest at the Musee du Quai Branly Jacques Chirac in Paris: "L'Afrique des Routes," which offers a new approach to the role of the African continent in international trade and cultural exchanges through more than 350 objects (scroll down to see some illustrations). A brief overview in English is here; the accompanying exhibition catalog is here.


Friday, March 17, 2017

Program: Economic History Society 2017 Conference

The Economic History Society (EHS) will hold its annual meeting at Royal Holloway, University of London, on March 31-April 2, 2017. The program, which includes links to the full text of a number of the papers, is now available on the conference website. It . The conference features a plenary lecture, delivered by Professor Tim Hatton (University of Essex), "Heights and health since 1870: the long and the short of it"; and the Tawney Lecture, presented by Professor Bishnupriya Gupta (University of Warwick), "Falling behind and catching up: India’s transition from a colonial economy."
      Readers can also find a link to the conference booklet, which contains abstracts of the new researchers' and academic session papers.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

SI Exhibit on the Advertising Business Unveiled

The National Museum of American History at the Smithsonian has launched a new web exhibit on "The Advertising Business." According to the introduction,
The advertising business shaped the relationship between producers and consumers. Starting with newspapers, advertising financed media in the U.S., ensuring that it all became commercialized. Advertisers defined the benefits of consumption for Americans, linking products to personal improvement, convenience, and national progress. Admen and a few adwomen developed selling expertise that manufacturers and retailers came to rely on and that made consumption a central part of American life.
The well-illustrated exhibit is divided into five chronological segments, from the 1750s to the present day. Topics addressed include patent medicines, racial and gender barriers and stereotypes, the rise of branding, the uses of direct mail, and critiques of advertising.

Monday, March 13, 2017

Call for Applicants: EBHA Doctoral Summer School

Cathedral of S. Ciriaco, Ancona
The 9th edition of the EBHA (European Business History Association) Summer School will take place in Ancona (Italy) from Monday, September 4, to Saturday, September 9, 2017. It is organized jointly by the European Business History Association (EBHA), the Università Politecnica delle Marche, and the Italian Association for Business History (ASSI). Students will be accommodated in the beautiful town of Ancona to debate and discuss their research with leading international scholars.
       The theme for the school will be "Business History: Debates, Challenges and Opportunities." The school will focus on theoretical, methodological and practical issues which are 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 organizers will cover all local costs (accommodation in a double or triple room and food), but participants are expected to pay their own travel expenses. Participation will be limited to 15-20 Ph.D. students. Those interested in attending the summer school should send the following documents by e-mail to the academic organizer, Veronica Binda (veronica.binda@unibocconi.it):
  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 14, 2017. A maximum of 20 participants will be selected from these applications. Please see the EBHA website for the complete call for applications.

Friday, March 10, 2017

Business History at "The Berks" 2017: Preliminary Program Available

"Native New Yorker," by Pura Cruz, 2006. Courtesy of Cliff Jernigan

The Business History Conference is sponsoring a panel at the 2017 Berkshire Conference on the History of Women, Genders, and Sexualities, to be held at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York, on June 1-4, 2017. The BHC panel is session 1243, "Gendering and Re-gendering Market Actors, 1870-1950." Chaired by Pamela Walker Laird, the session features papers by Aiala Levy, Daniel Levinson Wilk, and Mark J. Crowley.
     Other sessions of interest include:
1182: "Black Women and Global Capitalism in the Post War Era"
1543: "Gender, Wealth, and Women's Economic Strategies in the Anglo-Atlantic World"
1509: "Pocketbook Power: Women's Consumption and Activism in the Late Twentieth Century"
1323: "Bodies under Capitalism"
1355: "Black Women and Their Property: Comparing 18th and 19th-Century Brazil and Africa"
1130: "Racialized and Gendered Experiences with Consumer Capitalism"
1803: "The Politics of Women's Businesses"
1414: "Gender and Capitalist Development in Mexico, 1840-1980"
1792: "Creating Pink Labor in Late 19th and 20th Century US"
1793: "Class, Family, and Capitalism in the Early 20th Century United States"
1339: "Governing Women in Capitalism on Three Continents"
In addition to these sessions, a number of other panels contain papers about enslaved women's work, women in technology, labor issues, and other relevant topics. The main program page has a keyword search function that will help users find papers of interest. The theme of the 2017 meeting is "Difficult Conversations: Thinking and Talking about Women, Genders, and Sexualities Inside and Outside the Academy."
    For information about the conference, please consult the 2017 Berkshire Conference website.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

CFP: African Economic History Network 2017 Meeting

The African Economic History Network (AEHN), in association with the Laboratory for the Economics of Africa’s Past (LEAP) at Stellenbosch University, Harvard University’s Center for African Studies, and Economic Research Southern Africa, announces a call for papers for the seventh annual meeting of the AEHN, which will be held on October 25-27, 2017, in Stellenbosch, South Africa. The conference theme is "Innovation and the African Past."
    Papers on all aspects of African economic history are welcome, but preference will be given to those that pertain to the conference theme. Abstracts of 500 words should be submitted to leap@sun.ac.za no later than May 15, 2017. Some funding will be available for graduate students and faculty from Africa. Those in need of such funds should so indicate in their proposal emails.

Monday, March 6, 2017

BHC Authors in the Media

A number of BHC members and their work have recently been featured in non-academic venues:
Edward Balleisen was interviewed on the Ralph Nader Radio Hour about his recent book, Fraud: An American History from Barnum to Madoff (Princeton University Press, January 2017). There is also a print interview with Balleisen on the Christian Science Monitor website.

A book by Wendy Gamber, The Notorious Mrs. Clem: Murder and Money in the Gilded Age (Johns Hopkins University Press, July 2016), was considered in a review essay in the Times Literary Supplement [gated]. The book was also mentioned in Marilyn Stasio's "New True-Crime Books for Fall" in the New York Times Book Review.

Sharon Ann Murphy wrote about her research on money in the early American economy for Time magazine. Her new book is Other People's Money: How Banking Worked in the Early Republic (Johns Hopkins University Press, February 2017).

Marc Levinson and his recent book, An Extraordinary Time: The End of the Postwar Boom and the Return of the Ordinary Economy (Basic Books, November 2016), were the topic of an interview by "The Politics Guys" for that podcast series.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Extended Business and Economic History at the OAH 2017

In December, we highlighted the sessions at the upcoming Organization of American Historians (OAH) meeting that were sponsored by the BHC. This post is a follow-up, listing sessions and papers of interest but not BHC-affiliated. [Note: OAH sessions are not numbered or linked, so references are to the page location on the program PDF.]
"Coming to the Table: Agribusiness and Food Systems in the Twentieth Century," p. 51
"State Formation, Capital, and Governance: Managing Urban Inequality, 1880–1980," p. 54
Assessing the Damages to 'Human Capital': Law, Labor, and Affective Bonds in Historical Perspective," p. 54
"Economic Circulations in the Early American Republic," p. 66
"Racism in American Political Economy: A Critical and Historical Assessment," p. 67
"Reconstruction and American Capitalism," p. 72
"Historians of Capitalism and Labor—A Conversation," p. 74
"Bodies, Agents, and Exchange: Legal and Economic Perspectives on the Domestic
Slave Trade," p. 80
"Corruption and the Circulation of Capital in American History," p. 83
In addition to the sessions above, and those listed in our earlier post, there are literally dozens of individual papers--on gender, labor, slavery, or government, for example--that bear a relation to the interests of business and economic historians. The full OAH program can be downloaded as a PDF. Readers might also consult the Speaker Index (pp. 86-91).