Wednesday, November 29, 2017

CFP: CHORD 2018 Workshop on “Retailing, Architecture, and Material Culture”

The Centre for the History of Retailing and Distribution (CHORD) will hold a workshop on May 22, 2018, at the University of Wolverhampton on  "Retailing, Architecture and Material Culture: Historical Perspectives." Submissions are invited that explore the architecture, material environment, objects and material culture of retailing and distribution. Papers focusing on any historical period or geographical area are welcome, as are reflections on methodology and / or theory. Both experienced and new speakers are welcome, including speakers without an institutional affiliation. Both individual papers and shorter, 10-minute work in progress presentations will be considered.
     To submit a proposal, please send the title and an abstract of 300 to 400 words, specifying whether the proposal is for a 10- or a 20-minute presentation, to Laura Ugolini at by March 2,  2018.
     For additional information, please see the full call for papers. Questions may be addressed to Laura Ugolini.
      Also of interest, the CHORD website has initiated a "conference blogs" section, where presenters from the 2017 meeting have written about their research.

Monday, November 27, 2017

CFP: Banking History Association Annual Meeting 2018

The European Association for Banking and Financial History (EABH) has announced that its 2018 Annual Meeting will take place - in cooperation with the Fondazione 1563 per l'Arte e la Cultura della Compagnia di San Paolo - in Torino, Italy, on June 14-15, 2018. With the theme "The Social Aims of Finance," the conference will explore how financial institutions have tackled the question of their legitimacy and social usefulness by developing alternative goals and business forms for durable financial services.
    The meeting will be accompanied by an archival workshop on 'good' archives. This workshop is designed for financial institutions' archivists, researchers and potential users and will reflect on the legacy of the social purposes that inspired the origins of many financial institutions and the role banks and finance played in society.
     Please consult the full call for papers for additional details and a fuller explanation of the meeting theme. Proposals for both events are due by January 31, 2018.
     Academic paper givers will have the opportunity for their papers to be considered for peer-reviewed publication in the Financial History Review.

Friday, November 24, 2017

Thanksgiving and Marketing

As we in the United States celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday, marketing professor Samantha Cross discusses "How Advertising Shaped Thanksgiving as We Know It" in "The Conversation." She and her colleagues studied 99 years of Thanksgiving ads in Good Housekeeping magazine to find out how the success of marketing campaigns accounts for our near-universal association of turkey, cranberry sauce, and pumpkin pie with the holiday.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Podcasts of Interest: “Doing History” on the Revolutionary Economy

The Doing History podcast, edited by Liz Covart and recently brought under the auspices of the Omohundro Institute for Early American History and Culture (OIEAHC), has been producing high-quality material for several years now. Recent episodes have been focusing on the American Revolution, and the last three topics may be of particular interest to economic and business historians working in the colonial America field:
  • The Revolutionary Economy, featuring Serena Zabin of Carleton College, author of Dangerous Economies: Status and Commerce in Imperial New York (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2009)
  • The Politics of Tea, featuring Jane Merritt of Old Dominion University, author of The Trouble with Tea: The Politics of Consumption in the Eighteenth-Century Global Economy (Johns Hopkins University Press)
  • Smuggling and the American Revolution, with guests including Wim Klooster, Fabricio Prado, and Christian Koot
In addition to links provided with each episode, additional materials are available through the OI Reader, available in both Apple and Android versions.

Monday, November 20, 2017

CFP: Business and the Law Workshop

The University of Bayreuth is holding a workshop on "Business and the Law: Historical Perspectives on Legal Change," which will take place on June 21-23, 2018. According to the organizers,
The aim of the workshop is to understand legal change as a change in routines that affected the ways in which businesses and courts interpreted the "rules of the game." Such a change could manifest itself in written law or lead to a fundamentally different way of interpreting it. In both cases the focus needs to be on economic and legal practices, i.e. on the question what the law meant in its historical context and how it actually affected economic actions. We are looking for theoretical work as well as empirical case studies that help to shed light on the historical transformations of legal institutions at the intersection of businesses and the law.
Travel costs and accommodation will be covered for the presenters of all accepted papers. The workshop will be organized as a paper development workshop. There will be only a small number of individual presentations during the workshop, intended to provide an overview to the different fields of interest. All workshop participants are expected to read the papers that will be pre-circulated. Some of the papers will be published in a special issue on "Business and the Law," edited by the workshop organizers, in Management and Organizational History.
    Proposals should be sent as a single document (PDF) by December 31, 2017. The document should include the name, institutional affiliation, and contact information of those submitting; a 500-800 word abstract; and a one-page CV.
   For a fuller explanation of the Workshop's aims and discussion of the topic, please see the full call for papers.

Friday, November 17, 2017

E&S Announces Annual 5th Issue: Call for Guest Editors for “Histories of Business and Inequality”

The editors of the BHC journal Enterprise & Society have announced a new initiative to expand the content of the journal by publishing an annual 5th issue on a special topic, to be delivered online. According to Andrew Popp, Enterprise & Society editor, the goal of the 5th issue is "to significantly enhance the reach and impact of business history by creating a space in which to explore inter-disciplinary dialogue and address very large scale problems in ways that are beyond the scope of conventional original research articles and typical thematically focused special issues." Here is more from the general announcement on the Cambridge University Press website:
The new fifth issue, which will be published online, will be a special issue unlike most others. Rather than seeking original research articles the aim is to generate bold, ambitious, synthetic articles that will spark debate, inspire future lines of work, and broaden audiences. Each issue will focus either on the potential intersections of business history and another field, both within and beyond history, or on problems of the greatest magnitude. . . .
     The new fifth issue will also differ from most Special Issues in other ways. We will not seek theme proposals. Rather, the editorial team at Enterprise and Society will decide themes. Teams of potential guest editors will then be invited to bid to take each theme forward to publication. Space and support will be given for guest editors to organize a supporting workshop at the Annual Meeting of the Business History Conference, on whose behalf Enterprise and Society is published.
All articles accepted for publication in Special Issues will be subject to the same peer review and editorial processes as articles appearing in the regular print issues. They will also be produced and formatted to identical standards as those in regular print issues.
     The journal has now issued a call for guest editors to oversee the first issue in a new initiative; the topic will be "Histories of Business and Inequality." Expressions of interest from potential editorial teams will be assessed according to both the composition of the editorial team and how they propose to shape and address the chosen theme. Editorial teams must comprise a minimum of two individuals and must be interdisciplinary. Interdisciplinarity is defined as at least one member from beyond the field of business history, broadly defined. Team members may be drawn from the wider field of history or other cognate fields of study. International teams will be viewed favorably, as will teams combining established and emerging scholars. For more details about the theme and the submission and publication processes, please see the full call for papers.
     Proposals, consisting of a description of the proposed editorial team, a document outlining how the theme will be shaped and addressed, and CVs for all team members, should be sent to editor-in-chief Andrew Popp by January 31, 2018, at Enquiries from prospective teams are welcome and can be sent to the same email address.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

CFP: EBHA 2018

The European Business History Association (EBHA) will hold its next annual conference on September 6-8, 2018, in Ancona, Italy, hosted by the Università Politecnica delle Marche. The theme of the meeting will be "The Firm and The Sea: Chains, Flows and Connections."
    According to the call for papers,
The sea - whether considered as open ocean or as a mass of water bordered by land masses - is an enormous economic resource for mankind. Not only is it the principal way of transportation for goods and humans but it’s also a formidable source of food. Since we want to link the sea with the business unit (the firm, as well as other organizational units like clusters, networks and global value chains) the focus of the next EBHA conference will be on two units of analysis that are both extremely relevant for the sea as well as economic resources - ships and harbors. 
Topics without ties to the sea or the firm will be given consideration, "provided that the proposal demonstrates originality and that [the EBHA meeting] could be a useful place for further reflection."
Formats other than traditional papers, such as panels and roundtables, poster sessions for Ph.D. students, workshops aiming to start collaborative projects, and "toolkit sessions," are also welcome; such proposals should be directed to the paper committee as well.
     For much more detail about the conference theme, and information about the submission process, please see the full call for papers. The submission deadline is January 15, 2018 January 31, 2018. Questions may be directed to Veronica Binda or Roberto Giulianelli at

Monday, November 13, 2017

New Books of Interest: Fall 2017 Edition

New and forthcoming books of interest to business and economic historians, October-December 2017 (and a few earlier titles we missed):
Leslie Berlin, Troublemakers: Silicon Valley's Coming of Age (Simon & Schuster, November 2017)

Regina Lee Blaszczyk, Fashionability: Abraham Moon and the Creation of British Cloth for the Global Market (Manchester University Press, October 2017)

Regina Lee Blaszczyk and Uwe Spiekermann, eds., Bright Modernity: Color, Commerce, and Consumer Culture (Palgrave, October 2017)

Michael R. Cohen, Cotton Capitalists: American Jewish Entrepreneurship in the Reconstruction Era (NYU Press, December 2017)

Pierre-Yves Donzé and Rika Fujioka, eds., Global Luxury: Organizational Change and Emerging Markets since the 1970s (Palgrave, October 2017)

Anne Fleming, City of Debtors: A Century of Fringe Finance (Harvard University Press, December 2017)

Sarah Ruth Hammond, God's Businessmen: Entrepreneurial Evangelicals in Depression and War [ed. Darren Dochuk] (University of Chicago Press, November 2017)

Douglas A. Irwin, Clashing over Commerce: A History of US Trade Policy (University of Chicago Press, November 2017)

Alice Kessler-Harris and Maurizio Vaudagna, eds., Democracy and the Welfare State: The Two Wests in the Age of Austerity (Columbia University Press, October 2017)

Colleen E. Kriger, Making Money: Life, Death, and Early Modern Trade on Africa’s Guinea Coast
(Ohio University Press, October 2017)

David Kynaston, Till Time's Last Sand: A History of the Bank of England, 1694-2013 (Bloomsbury Publishing, November 2017)

Naomi R. Lamoreaux and John Joseph Wallis, eds., Organizations, Civil Society, and the Roots of Development (University of Chicago Press, December 2017)

Qian Lu, From Partisan Banking to Open Access: The Emergence of Free Banking in Early Nineteenth Century Massachusetts (Palgrave, October 2017)

Bianca Murillo, Market Encounters: Consumer Cultures in Twentieth-Century Ghana (Ohio University Press, October 2016)

William A. Pettigrew and David Chan Smith, eds., A History of Socially Responsible Business, c. 1600-1950 (Palgrave, October 2017)

Jamie L. Pietruska, Looking Forward: Prediction and Uncertainty in Modern America (University of Chicago Press, December 2017)

Mark H. Rose and Roger Biles, eds., The President and American Capitalism since 1945 (University Press of Florida, November 2017)

E. Michael Rosser and Diane M. Sanders, A History of Mortgage Banking in the West: Financing America's Dreams (University Press of Colorado, October 2017)

Laura Philips Sawyer, American Fair Trade: Proprietary Capitalism, Corporatism, and the 'New Competition,' 1890–1940 (Cambridge University Press, December 2017)

Peter Scott, The Market Makers: Creating Mass Markets for Consumer Durables in Inter-war Britain (Oxford University Press, November 2017)

Jeffrey Sklansky, Sovereign of the Market: The Money Question in Early America (University of Chicago Press, November 2017)

Harry S. Stout, American Aristocrats: A Family, a Fortune, and the Making of American Capitalism  (Basic Books, November 2017)

Jim Tomlinson, Managing the Economy, Managing the People: Narratives of Economic Life in Britain from Beveridge to Brexit (Oxford University Press, December 2017)

Emily E. LB. Twarog, Politics of the Pantry: Housewives, Food, and Consumer Protest in Twentieth-Century America (Oxford University Press, October 2017)

Andrew Urban, Brokering Servitude: Migration and the Politics of Domestic Labor during the Long Nineteenth Century (NYU Press, December 2017)

Grietjie Verhoef, The History of Business in Africa: Complex Discontinuity to Emerging Markets (Springer, October 2017)

Zhang Yingyu, The Book of Swindles: Selections from a Late Ming Collection, trans. Christopher Rea and Bruce Rusk (Columbia University Press, September 2017)

Jeffrey R. Yost, Making IT Work: A History of the Computer Services Industry (MIT Press, September 2017)

Friday, November 10, 2017

CFP: Economic History Association, 2018

The next annual meeting of the Economic History Association (EHA) will take place in Montreal, Canada, on September 7-9, 2018. The theme for EHA 2018 is “‘From Plague, Famine, and War, Save us, O Lord’: Shocks and Disasters in Economic History.” As the call for papers explains:
The age-old prayer refers to disasters that have blighted lives throughout history. The theme is an invitation for papers on the broader economic-historical aspects of such crises—environ-mental, climatic, humanitarian, economic, and other. . . . The theme of the 2018 meetings embraces topics such as the economic causes and consequences of wars and of other disasters; comparative and interdisciplinary analyses of famines and plagues from classical antiquity to modern times; analyses of the institutions that attempted to counter them; of their proximate and remoter causes (e.g. climate change); of their changing incidence over time; of the welfare gains from their eradication; and of their short- and long-run economic, demographic, and political consequences.
The program committee will consider submissions on all topics in economic history, though some preference will be given to papers related to the conference theme.
    Proposals should be submitted using the EHA's online system (now open), and must be received by January 31, 2018. For additional information about submitting materials for EHA prizes and for the dissertation session, please see the full call for papers.

Monday, November 6, 2017

WEHC 2018: Accepted Panels Update and Call for Dissertations

The next World Economic History Congress (WEHC) will be held in Boston, Massachusetts, on July 29-August 3, 2018. Panel proposals accepted during the second round are now online and are listed together with the first-round proposals. Panels from either round that still have open calls for papers are indicated in the listing.
   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 the 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 also be considered, although the abstract needs to 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:

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Fellowships: Research Opportunities at the Smithsonian’s Lemelson Center

Through its fellowships and travel grants, the Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation supports research projects that present creative approaches to the study of invention and innovation in American society. Projects may include (but are not limited to) historical research and documentation projects resulting in dissertations, publications, exhibitions, educational initiatives, documentary films, or other multimedia products. A comprehensive catalog of objects, manuscripts, images, and research materials held by the National Museum of American History (and other Smithsonian units) is available on the Smithsonian website.
    The Lemelson Center invites applications covering a broad spectrum of research topics in the history of technology, invention, and innovation, but especially encourages project proposals whose topics align with one (or more) of the Lemelson Center’s strategic research and programmatic areas, including: (1) the cultivation and training of inventors and innovators; (2) innovation in sports and sports technology; (3) the role of risk and failure in invention and innovation; (4) the role of venture capitalists and other intermediaries (e.g. patent attorneys, incubators, designers, etc) in the process of innovation; or (5) projects that illuminate inventors from diverse backgrounds or any inventions and technologies associated with groups (e.g. women, minorities, disabled, LGBTQ, etc.) that are traditionally under-represented in the historical record.
    The Arthur Molella Distinguished Fellowship supports the work of an experienced author or senior scholar (at the associate/full professor level or equivalent) from the history of technology, science and technology studies, business history, museum studies, STEAM education, or an allied field. The specific arrangement is flexible: the Molella Fellow may use the funds as a sabbatical supplement; for several short-duration visits; for a single residency focused on research and writing; or for a series of lectures leading to a major publication. The stipend is $35,000. Funds may be used flexibly to support travel for several short-term visits, living expenses for longer residences up to six months, and related research expenses; dates are flexible.
     The Lemelson Center Fellowship Program annually awards 2 to 3 fellowships to pre-doctoral graduate students, post-doctoral and experienced scholars, and other professionals who have completed advanced training. Fellows are expected to reside in the Washington, D.C. area, to participate in the Center's activities, and to make a presentation of their work to colleagues at the museum. Fellowship tenure is based upon the applicants’ stated needs (and available funding) up to a maximum of ten weeks. Stipends will be $630/week for pre-doctoral fellows and $925/week for post-doctoral and professional fellows.
    For both these fellowships, researchers may wish to consult with the fellowship coordinator before submitting a proposal – contact historian Eric S. Hintz, Ph.D. at +1 202-633-3734 or
    The Lemelson Center Travel to Collections Award Program annually awards 3 to 4 short-term travel grants to encourage the use of its invention-related collections. Awards are $150 per day for a maximum of 10 business days and may be used to cover transportation, living, and reproduction expenses; they are intended only for applicants who reside or attend school beyond commuting distance of the NMAH. Researchers may wish to consult with the travel award coordinator before submitting a proposal – contact archivist Alison Oswald at +1 202-633-3726 or
     For application procedures and additional information about these fellowships, please follow the indicated links to the specific award programs on the Lemelson Center website.The application deadline for all the fellowships is December 1, 2017.