Friday, December 29, 2017

Call for Proposals: NEH 2019 Summer Programs

The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Summer Seminars and Institutes "focus on the study and teaching of significant texts and other resources; provide models of excellent scholarship and teaching; contribute to the intellectual growth of the participants; and build lasting communities of inquiry." The call for proposals for summer 2019 is now open. According to the website, "a Seminar provides an intimate and focused environment in which sixteen participants study a specific humanities topic under the guidance of one or two established scholars"; an Institute "allows twenty-five to thirty-six participants to pursue an intensive program of study under a team of scholarly experts."  Programs are designed for either K-12 educators or college and university faculty.
    The proposal deadline for Summer 2019 projects is February 22, 2018. Full information, including application instructions and program guidelines, is available on the NEH Seminars and Institutes website.
    Prospective applicants may submit a draft of their proposal for staff comment by January 22, 2018, via email at sem-inst@neh.gov; questions may be directed to Richard Pettit, Program Analyst, Division of Education, National Endowment for the Humanities, via the email address or by calling 202-606-8471.

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

CFP: 2018 Appalachian Spring Economic History Conference

The 13th annual "Appalachian Spring" Conference in World History and Economics will take place on April 14-15, 2018, on Appalachian State University’s campus in Boone, North Carolina. This conference is an interdisciplinary meeting aimed at bringing together scholars from Appalachian State University (Boone, NC) and scholars from other universities in North Carolina, the surrounding states, and abroad. This year’s guest speaker will be Dr. Stephen Broadberry, Professor of Economic History and Research Fellow of Nuffield College at Oxford University. The conference will also feature several panels with scholarly papers, divided among different topical themes, including an undergraduate/graduate panel. This year’s theme will be "Convergence and Divergence in World History."
      Paper or panel proposals do not have to be directly tied to the conference theme, although papers fitting with the theme will be given special consideration. Graduate students are welcome to propose a paper presentation as the conference offers a discounted student rate. Those interested in participating should let the organizers know by February 1, 2018. A one-page abstract describing the scholar’s proposal should be submitted to the organizers by that date. A full paper will be expected by April 1, 2018. Organizers (contacts for paper proposals and practical matters): • Jari Eloranta, professor (Appalachian State University, Department of History): phone: 1-828-262-6006, email: jari.a.eloranta@gmail.com • Jeremy Land, Ph.D. candidate (Georgia State University, Department of History): phone: 1-704-689-2055, email: land25.jeremy@gmail.com. Readers can also find conference details on Facebook.

Monday, December 25, 2017

Some Christmas Cheer, Business History-Style

For those of you celebrating Christmas today, very best wishes from The Exchange. As a small gift, we provide the following history-related sites of interest:


Friday, December 22, 2017

Workshops at the 2018 BHC Meeting

As has become traditional, the 2018 Business History Conference meeting will be preceded by a series of workshops on Thursday, April 5. (For full program information, please see our previous post and the BHC meeting website.) The BHC-organized workshops for 2018 are:
In addition to these three workshops, there will be two sponsored workshops: "Classroom Frontiers: Business History Course Development Workshop," sponsored by the Copenhagen Business School; and "STS and Business History," organized by the Canadian Business History Association and the University of Toronto Techno-Science Research Unit. The latter is accepting abstracts from interested scholars, with a deadline of January 23, 2018.
    Please check back soon for more detailed descriptions of the BHC workshops. Note that all workshops require pre-registration and may entail payment of fees separate from the conference registration fee.

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

CFP: IEEE Annals Special Issue on Governance in the History of Computing

The IEEE journal Annals of the History of Computing invites submissions for a special issue titled “Governance in the History of Computing.” Edited by Gerardo Con Diaz (University of California, Davis), this special issue will showcase how formal and informal forms of governance (from law and policy to self-policing) have shaped the history of computing broadly conceived. According to the call for papers:
In recent years, scholars have developed a keen interest on the historical relationships between information technology and governance. Their work is revealing that computing and telecommunications technologies have been inseparable from the web of formal and informal forms of governance in which they are embedded. In the process they are showing how the study of law, policy, and regulation can shed new light on every major theme in the history of computing—from the design and commercialization of specific technologies, to the politics of their usage, representation, and disposal. This special issue aims to bring these scholars together. We welcome papers that draw from the history of computing and its allied fields, including STS, media studies, environmental studies, business history, and gender and sexuality studies. . . . 
Papers may focus on any time period from the early nineteenth century to the recent past and on any geographical region. Possible topics of interest include
Some topics of interest include:
  • Computing, free speech, privacy, and censorship
  • Criminal activity, due process, and punishment 
  • Corporate governance and industry standards
  • Gender and race politics of IT governance 
  • Computing and environmental policy 
  • Internet standards and regulation 
  • Ownership rights and piracy 
  • Influential court opinions at the local, national, or international level
Those interested should submit an abstract (250 words) by January 26, 2018, to Gerardo Con Diaz (condiaz@ucdavis.edu), who also may be contacted for general questions or queries about potential topics.

Monday, December 18, 2017

BHC 2018 Program Now Available

The full program for the 2018 meeting of the Business History Conference, which will take place in Baltimore, Maryland, on April 5-7, has been posted on the BHC meeting website.
     The theme of the meeting is "Money, Finance, and Capital." The Program Committee consists of David Sicilia (chair), University of Maryland; Christy Ford Chapin, University of Maryland-Baltimore County; Per Hansen, Copenhagen Business School; Naomi Lamoreaux, Yale University; Rory Miller, University of Liverpool; Julia C. Ott, New School for Social Research; and Mary O’Sullivan (BHC president), University of Geneva. Local arrangements have been overseen by Joshua Davis, University of Baltimore.
     In addition to regular sessions, the meeting will feature the Krooss Prize Dissertation session; a plenary on "Baltimore in Business History," and two roundtable discussions: one on "Adventures in Financial Archives," and a second on "Teaching Financial History."
     The meeting also affords many opportunities for social and professional networking: a breakfast and a reception for "emerging scholars"; two regular evening receptions; and two peer-group lunches: "Women in Business History," and "Business Historians in Business Schools." It culminates with the traditional book auction, the presidential address (by Mary O'Sullivan), and an awards banquet.
     Please check the BHC meeting website for hotel and transportation information; registration details will be posted shortly.
   

Friday, December 15, 2017

CFP: Asian Historical Economics Conference

The Sixth Asian Historical Economics Conference (AHEC 2018) will be hosted by the Asia Global Institute and the Faculty of Business and Economics at the University of Hong Kong, in collaboration with the Asian Historical Economics Society, on September 21-22, 2018. The two-day conference will be held at Le Méridien Hotel in Hong Kong.
     This meeting follows earlier conferences of the Asian Historical Economics Society in Venice (2008), Beijing (2010), Tokyo (2012), Istanbul (2014), and Seoul (2016). The conference aims to bring together researchers working on the economic history of all regions of Asia, as well as those comparing Asia with other regions. AHEC 2018 invites papers exploring various aspects of economic history. Participants in the AHEC are generally limited to holders of a Ph.D. and those currently in a doctoral program.
     Interested scholars should submit an abstract (max. 1-page) together with paper(s) or session proposal(s) via the submission form linked from the meeting website no later than March 15, 2018.
     Please visit the conference website ​for additional information. Questions may be directed to AHEC2018@hku.hk.

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Registration Open: Douglass North Symposium

On March 2-3, 2018, professors Lee Alston, John Nye, and Barry Weingast will host a conference, sponsored by the Mercatus Center at George Mason University, to consider the impact of Douglass North’s work on the discipline of economics: "The Life & Legacy of Douglass North." The conference, which celebrates the 25th anniversary of North's Nobel Prize in Economics, will be structured around five key periods in his career: 1) Cliometrics and Measurement; 2) Relative Prices, Property Rights, and Transaction Costs; 3) Institutions; 4) Belief and Cognition; and 5) Violence. Each theme will have a keynote lecture and a series of paper presentations.
    Registration is now open. There is no registration fee, but attendees will be responsible for their own travel and lodging.

Monday, December 11, 2017

Essay Contest: US Treasury Inaugurates 1500 Penn Prize

From Alexander Hamilton to the 2007-2008 financial crisis, the United States Treasury has faced wars, panics, and a rapidly changing American and global economy. To promote and preserve the history of this institution, the Treasury Historical Association (THA) invites essay submissions for the inaugural 1500 Penn Prize.
     Named in honor of the location of the Treasury’s historic main building, the prize seeks to reward outstanding scholarship on the history and significance of the Treasury to American history—broadly conceived. The THA welcomes scholarly essays that cover any period of American history, as well as any aspect of the Treasury’s past, including studies of policies, politics, architecture, people, and culture. Essays will be judged by a panel of historians and Treasury experts.
     The winner of this contest will receive a $250 honorarium as well as an invitation to speak at the THA’s Noontime Lecture Series. The THA will cover travel costs to Washington, DC, up to $750. Submissions must be double-spaced, 12-point font, and no more than 12,000 words including footnotes. Submissions should include a current CV and a cover page that includes the author's contact information and affiliation. The deadline is January 31, 2018. The winner will be announced in April 2018.
     Essay submissions should be sent via email as a PDF attachment to Michael Caires at mtc2p@virginia.edu. For questions on the 1500 Penn Prize or the THA Noontime Lecture Series, please contact Michael Caires; for more information on the Treasury Historical Association, visit www.treasuryhistoricalassn.org.

Friday, December 8, 2017

BHC-Related “Late-Breaking” AHA Panel


At its 2018 annual meeting, the AHA will present a small number of late-breaking sessions, which will explore either major, late-breaking controversies within the discipline or the relevance of history and historical thinking to public policy and culture related to current events.
     Edward Balleisen, Vice Provost for Interdisciplinary Studies, Duke University, will be chairing such a session. on January 5, 3:30-5:00 p.m., in the Blue Room of the Omni Shoreham: “Revolt against Regulation in the Time of Trump: Historical Perspectives.” The panel includes Sally Katzen, former administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (in the Clinton Administration); Susan Dudley, former administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (in the George W. Bush Administration); Cary Coglianese, Edward B. Shils Professor of Law and professor of political science, University of Pennsylvania; Nelson Lichtenstein, Distinguished Professor of History, University of California-Santa Barbara; and Christy Ford Chapin, associate professor of history, University of Maryland-Baltimore County. Here is a partial session description:
In its first year, the Trump Administration has moved across many fronts to “deconstruct the administrative state,” in the words of former Trump adviser Steve Bannon. These efforts have ranged from encouraging Congress to block the implementation of regulatory rules adopted in the last few months of the Obama Administration, to appointing vehement opponents of stringent governmental regulations to head federal agencies, such as Scott Pruitt at the Environmental Protection Agency, to requiring the repeal of two regulations for every new one adopted through an Executive Order, to proposing deep budget cuts in arenas of regulatory enforcement. This late-breaking roundtable [will] place these developments in historical context.
Full details can be found on the AHA website. And please see our earlier post about other sessions of interest at the meeting.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

CFP Deadline Approaching: Workshop on Politics and State Finance

A workshop on "Politics and State Finance in the Peripheries of the Global Economy in Historical Perspective" will take place at University College London on June 6-7, 2018. Keynote speakers will be Tim Besley (London School of Economics) and Larry Neal (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign). The deadline for paper submissions is December 15, 2017. According to the organizers, the workshop
is open to papers on any time range which focus on peripheries of Europe, Asia and Africa. . . . Proposed papers inter alia will explore topics of fiscal policy, long-term patterns of taxation and government spending, political economy of domestic/foreign debt and defaults, persistence and convergence of fiscal regimes, and the links between global finance and domestic politics.
Interested participants are required submit a 500-word abstract and title together with their academic CV to history.debt@ucl.ac.uk. Participants will be invited to publish an extended abstract of their papers in workshop proceedings and on the website for the project on "Democracy, Autocracy and Sovereign Debt," of which this workshop is a part. Project co-leaders are Coşkun Tunçer (University College London) and Leonardo Weller (Fundação Getúlio Vargas). Please see the complete call for papers for more information. Queries may be addressed to the organizers at history.debt@ucl.ac.uk.

Monday, December 4, 2017

Fellowship Opportunities: Hartman Center at Duke

The John W. Hartman Center for Sales, Advertising and Marketing History, part of the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library at Duke University, announces the availability of three grants for research travel to our collections: the Alvin Achenbaum travel grant, FOARE Fellowship for Outdoor Advertising Research, and the John Furr Fellowship for research in the J. Walter Thompson Co. Archives.
       The John W. Hartman Center promotes the understanding of the social, cultural and historical influence of advertising and marketing through the collection of published and unpublished resources. Strengths of the collection include direct marketing and sales, outdoor advertising, women in the industry, trade industry association records, and the records of multiple advertising agencies and marketing firms.
       Travel grants are available to faculty, graduate and undergraduate students, artists, and independent scholars with a research project that would benefit from access to materials held by the Center.
       For more information on the available grants please visit the Hartman Center website. The deadline for applications is January 31, 2018 by 5:00 p.m. EST. Questions about the travel grant program or application process should be directed to hartman-center@duke.edu.

Friday, December 1, 2017

BHC Members Awarded 2017 AHA Prizes

The American Historical Association has announced the winners of its awards for 2017 in advance of the 2018 meeting in Washington, D.C. Among them are two distinguished BHC members:
Roger Horowitz, director of the program on Business, Technology, and Society at the Hagley Museum and Library and long-time secretary treasurer of the Business History Conference, has been awarded the Dorothy Rosenberg Prize in the history of the Jewish diaspora for his book Kosher USA: How Coke Became Kosher and Other Tales of Modern Food (Columbia University Press, 2016).
Patrick Fridenson, directeur d'études at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales and former BHC trustee and past-president, was awarded the Honorary Foreign Member Prize for a foreign scholar who is distinguished in his or her field and who has “notably aided the work of American historians in the scholar's country.”
The awards will be presented at the AHA meeting in January.