Monday, December 31, 2018

CFP: International Congress of French Business History

An International Congress of French Business History will be held in Paris on September 11-13, 2019, with a theme of "What's New in French Business History?" The Congress will be held at the Paris-Dauphine University, the Sorbonne University, and at the ESCP Europe business school within the framework of its 200th anniversary. In addition, a doctoral seminar will be organized at the Paris-Dauphine University as part of its 50th-anniversary celebrations that will accommodate about 12 doctoral students. According to the organizers:
In a spirit of intellectual and disciplinary openness, the Congress aims to bring together as many researchers from different branches of social and human sciences as possible, provided that their work adopts a historical perspective or addresses issues related to the historical dynamics of businesses. Besides stimulating discussion with French as well as foreign teachers and researchers, the objective of this Congress is also to foster dialogue between the academic world and players in economic and public life who are interested in the history of the role and operation of businesses and organisations, as well as the history of those living and working in the business world. Finally, the Congress should logically also be an opportunity to reflect on how business history is written today in France, on France, but also within the French-speaking world.
The deadline for proposals is February 18, 2019. For a much more detailed discussion of the topics relevant to the Congress, opportunities for doctoral students, and information about submission procedures, please see the full call for papers.

Friday, December 28, 2018

BHC 2019 Preliminary Program Available

The Business History Conference, holding its annual meeting on March 14-16, 2019, in Cartagena, Colombia, has posted the preliminary program. The theme is "Globalization and De-Globalization: Shifts of Power and Wealth." The very full program includes nine sessions per time slot, plus special sessions for the Krooss Prize dissertation competition, several workshops, and the annual Doctoral Colloquium. There will also be a roundtable discussion on "History beyond the Academy," and several sessions devoted to Latin American business history in honor of the meeting location.
     Questions about the program should be addressed to; more information about the meeting in genera, including registration and accommodation details, can be found on the meeting website.

Wednesday, December 26, 2018

Special Issues: [3 items]

The following items are published SI and Calls for Contributions for SI

1. CfP for Business History SI
2. Inaugural Issue of Sentio Journal
3. Recently published Business History SI

The last day to send your proposal to contribute to Business History's SI on "International Business, Multi-Nationals, and the Nationality of the Company" is January 15th. The announcement from the editors of the Issue calls for the following themes: "With the Special Issue we want to connect to the international business and strategy literature that indeed identifies different patterns of internationalisation over time but most often does not consider historical change of the political-economic environment (and of the company) as a particular object of analysis, whereas historians might be more strongly interested in how entrepreneurial activity was carried on, the circumstances under which it was constructed, how it developed and how practices, strategies and narratives changed over time. Also, the question of how a firm’s nationality is perceived and represented in the host country or at its place of origin is relevant in many ways, for instance for political decision makers and for consumers." More information about the call may be found here.

The Sentio Journal is inviting proposals on "The theme of ... ‘validity’. We invite contributors to reflect on the various uses, meanings, and mobilizations of the concept within and across specific social science disciplines." The deadline to submit proposals for contributions is January 18th. For more information about this new journal visit their website.

Part I of the Special Issue on "The Brand and its History" in Business History is now available. The issue contains articles on "branding" in pre-modern Europe, branding in the US before 1870, and the branding of cheese, guns, cognac, and Disney in Europe. A table of contents can be found here

Sunday, December 23, 2018

Not to be missed: CfP with approaching deadlines between January 5 - January 25 [4 items]

The following Calls for Papers for annual meetings have approaching deadlines.

Coming up early in 2019 is the CfP deadline to attend NYUAD's (New York University Abu Dhabi) Workshop on Historical Political Economy. This workshop will be held in Abu Dabi, United Arab Emirates, on March 15-17, 2019. January 7th is the deadline to submit a proposal to attend a meeting that, as the conference organizers say, "aims to bring together scholars that use historical data to answer research questions in political economy, broadly defined." 

Also soon (January 11th) is the deadline to submit proposals (in English, Portuguese, or Spanish) to participate at the Third Summer School on the History of Economic Thought in Latin America (HESSLA-III). The event will take place at the Facultad de Económicas (Economics) of the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM), February 13-16, 2019. From the event's website: "The topic of the school will once again bring together graduate students and young researchers selected to present their research in progress...[and] relevant specialists in the of the history of economic thought in Latin America will also be invited." 

The theme for the Association of Business Historians meeting in Sheffield Hallam University next July 4-6, 2019, is 'Business Transformation in an Uncertain World.' For your paper or session to be considered, please upload your proposal before January 21st in this portalHere you can find more detailed information about the theme and the conference.

Reposting the 'Uses of the Past in International Business History' Call for Papers. The conference will be held at St. Hilda's College, Oxford, Great Britain, on May 9-10, 2019. Submissions need to be in by January 25 to be considered.

Friday, December 21, 2018

CFP: CUNY Grad Student Conference on “Power and Democracy in Early America”

The CUNY Early American Republic Seminar (EARS) invites proposals for papers focusing on the period ranging between the colonial period and the end of the Civil War for its upcoming conference on "Power and Democracy in Early America," to be held at the CUNY Graduate Center on May 10, 2019. The keynote speaker will be Andrew Shankman of Rutgers University, Camden.
     Topics can include but are not limited to gender, material culture, religion, the Atlantic World, slavery, Native American history, politics, law, print culture, biography, immigration, urbanism, capitalism, and environmental history. Proposals that consider these topics from alternative disciplinary perspectives, including literature, political science, economics, legal studies, sexuality, urban studies, women, gender, and the digital humanities, are particularly welcome.
    The deadline for submissions is January 11, 2019. Please send an abstract (300 words) and a one-page CV as one document to Please see the full call for papers for details. Questions may be directed to the conference organizers, Miriam Liebman ( or Alexander Gambaccini (

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Fellowship: Heilbroner Fellowship in Capitalism Studies

The Robert L. Heilbroner Center for Capitalism Studies at The New School for Social Research invites applications for the Heilbroner Fellowship in Capitalism Studies, to be held for one or both semesters of the 2019-2020 academic year. Candidates must hold a Ph.D., conferred no later than 2015, but rank is open; the School seeks a scholar who will contribute significantly to the flourishing activities of the Center.
    The responsibilities of the position include residence, teaching one graduate level course, organizing the work-in-progress series and annual symposium for graduate student fellows, participating in the faculty fellows’ work-in-progress group, and, in general, contributing to the life of the Center. Title, salary, and benefits will be commensurate with rank and experience.
    Applications are encouraged from scholars working on the following themes: financialization, work and social reproduction, post-capitalism, sustainability, racial capitalism, emergent infrastructures of capitalism, precarity and informality, ecology and political economy, global perspectives on inequality, and contemporary or historical perspectives on global reconfigurations of labor, trade, and finance.
    Applicants must apply online by January 11, 2019. Please see the full job posting on the New School website.
    More information about The New School for Social Research can be found at Information about the Robert L. Heilbroner Center for Capitalism Studies can be found at:

Monday, December 17, 2018

CFP: “Women, Money and Markets, 1700-1900”

The "Women, Money and Markets" project is holding its third annual conference on June 13-14, 2019, at the University of Sussex, Brighton. To celebrate the first year of the AHRC-funded project, “Small bills and petty finance: co-creating the history of the Old Poor Law,” a joint investigation led by the Universities of Keele and Sussex, this year’s conference theme will be “Petty Finance.” According to the organizers:
‘Petty Finance’ not only refers to the perceived marginalisation of women's finances in traditional economic histories and literature and its historically ‘petty’ stature amongst academics, but also to the little-used records of female financial practice, including household bills, gambling records and so on. . . . Although we welcome submissions on a wide range of topics connected with women’s involvement in the marketplace and finance, of especial interest to the conference are women involved in the receipt or delivery of relief; volunteerism; working class experience; trading networks; social and/or economic bonds forged between the poor and the non-poor; attitudes and emotions associated with wealth and poverty; women’s engagement in banking, finance, gambling, or exchange, especially as documented through bills, petty finance documents or other under-used sources. 
Those wishing to present a paper should send a 300-word abstract to with an indication of the proposed format (individual paper, panel, roundtable, etc.). Submissions for panel proposals should include an abstract for each paper. The submission deadline is March 1, 2019. For a more detailed description of the theme and goals of the conference, please see the call for papers.
     The conference organizers are Dr. Emma Newport (University of Sussex) and Dr. Joyce Goggin (University of Amsterdam).

Friday, December 14, 2018

Business Historians in the News: Fall 2018

Business historians in the news recently:

Caitlin Rosenthal discussed her new book, Accounting for Slavery: Masters and Management, in an interview entitled "Why Management History Needs To Reckon with Slavery" on HBR Ideacast. Both audio and a transcript of the interview are available.

Kim Phillips-Fein wrote a review essay for The Nation on Capitalism in America: A History, by Alan Greenspan and Adrian Wooldridge. The article is entitled "Atlas Weeps: Alan Greenspan and Adrian Wooldridge’s strange elegy for capitalism."

The podcast "Who Makes Cents" recently published two interviews of interest:
  • Louis Hyman on "The Gig Economy" and his book, Temp: How American Work, American Business, and the American Dream Became Temporary; and
  • Gavin Benke, on "Enron and the Neoliberal Era," discussing his book Risk and Ruin: Enron and the Culture of American Capitalism.
In his most recent articles for Bloomberg Opinion, Stephen Mihm discussed the history of non-compete agreements and compared Trump's attitudes toward immigration and a free press to those of John Adams and the Federalists.

Two economic history titles made their way onto the New York Times "100 Notable Books" list for 2018: Adam Winkler's We the Corporations: How American Businesses Won Their Civil Rights and Adam Tooze's Crashed: How a Decade of Financial Crises Changed the World.

And Caitlin Rosenthal's Accounting for Slavery: Masters and Management was named one of the five best books in economics by Diane Coyle for "Five Books."

Lucy Newton wrote about her research (with Victoria Barnes) on "Beards, business and a history of facial hair in the workplace" for "The Conversation."

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

CFP: ”Uses of the Past in International Economic History”

The group Uses of the Past in International Economic Relations (UPIER) has issued a call for papers for a conference to be held at St. Hilda's College, Oxford, on May 9-10, 2019. The organizers write:
. . . how relevant is the past as a guide to the present, or even the future, and how is it used when policymakers, bankers and the public are faced with difficult economic challenges? The main objective of the conference is to build an understanding of how policymakers and economic actors have used the past as a foundation for their decisions, how they created and discriminated among different interpretations of the past according to their preconceptions, and how they were conditioned by the experiences of their predecessors.
Ph.D. students, early career researchers, and confirmed researchers are invited to submit proposals. Applications should comprise a one-page abstract/summary and a short CV and should be sent to The deadline for proposals is January 25, 2019.     
      The Conference Committee members are Catherine Schenk (University of Oxford); Mary O’Sullivan (Université de Genève); Mats Larsson (Uppsala University); Stefano Battilossi (Carlos III Madrid); and Emmanuel Mourlon-Druot (University of Glasgow). Questions may be addressed to Chloe Colchester at Please see the full call for papers for additional information.

Monday, December 10, 2018

CFP: CHORD Workshop: “Retailing and Community”

The Centre for the History of Retailing and Distribution (CHORD) ­invites submissions for a workshop on "Retailing and Community: The Social Dimensions of Commerce in Historical Perspective," to be held on May 9, 2019, at the University of Wolverhampton's City Campus.
    The call for papers indicates that the workshop will focus on "the social, activist and communal aspects of retail from a historical perspective." Papers focusing on any historical period, geographical area, or topic are welcome. Both experienced and new speakers, including speakers without an institutional affiliation, are encouraged. Individual papers are usually 20 minutes in length, followed by 10 minutes for questions and discussion. We also welcome shorter, 10-minute ‘work in progress’ presentations, also followed by 10 minutes for discussion.
     To submit a proposal, please send title and abstract of c.300 to 400 words, specifying whether you are proposing a 10 or a 20 minute presentation, to Laura Ugolini, at by February 15, 2019. If you are unsure whether to submit a proposal or would like to discuss your ideas before submission, please e-mail Laura Ugolini. For a fuller discussion of possible paper topics, please see the complete call for papers.

Friday, December 7, 2018

Not to be missed: CfP and CfA with approaching deadlines between Dec. 10 and Jan. 4

Upcoming soon, three deadlines for two fellowship opportunities and two conferences, one in Finland and one in Argentina. 

December 10 is the last day to submit proposals for the Baltin Connections: Conference in Social Science History at the University of Helsinki. The conference committee is looking for papers on topics like "trade, migration, comparative development, international political economy, and the diffusion and transplantation of institutions, ideas, and cultural influences." The CfP information can be found here. The conference will take place next March 21-23 in Helsinki, Finland, hosting three keynote speakers: James Robinson (University of Chicago), Mattias Morys (University of York) and Heli Valtonen (University of Jyvaskyla).

December 15 is the last day to send a 2-page abstract and be considered to participate in the Economic History Conference to be hosted at the Universidad de San Andrés (UdeSA, in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The conference is scheduled for May 23-24, 2019, and has keynote speakers from Spain and the United States: Bob Margo (Boston University) and Leandro Prados de la Escosura (Universidad Carlos III de Madrid). The Program Committee, consisting of Mauricio Drelichman (UBC), Carola Frydman (Northwestern University), and Tommy Murphy (UdeSA) will have their decisions by the beginning of 2019, and they ask of participants to send their working papers by April 25th, 2019. 

A short-term research opportunity is open at the Wolfsonian-FIU in Miami Beach, Florida. The museum's Fellowship Program is now accepting applications (and until December 31st), to conduct research in their collections. Awarded proposals will be funded a residency in Miami Beach for 3-5 weeks during the 2019-2020 academic year. "The Wolfsonian-Florida International University is a museum and research center that promotes the examination of modern visual and material culture. The focus of the Wolfsonian collection is "on North American and European decorative arts, propaganda, architecture, and industrial and graphic design of the period 1885-1945. The collection includes works on paper (including posters, prints, and design drawings), furniture, paintings, sculpture, glass, textiles, ceramics, lighting and other appliances, and many other kinds of objects. The Wolfsonian’s library has approximately 50,000 rare books, periodicals, and ephemeral items." Applications are open to doctoral students and experienced scholars. For more information visit or email

Wadham College at the University of Oxford has an opening for a scholar in [pronoun] early career to undertake post-doctoral research in Economic History for a maximum of three years. The deadline to submit applications for the Junior Research Fellowship in Economic History, the David Richards Fellowship is January 4, 2019, and the successful candidate is expected to start in September 2019, with a salary of £28,660 p.a. (subject to an annual cost of living review).

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

BHC 2019 Registration Now Open

Registration for the 2019 annual meeting of the Business History Conference is now open! Please use the following link: (Please note that the details in this post supersede prior emails that may have contained inaccurate information.)
   Advance registration is available for the meeting until January 25, 2019. Please remember that all presenters, chairs, and discussants must register for the meeting. The advance registration fee for regular BHC members will be $120, and for BHC members who are students registration is free. Non-members pay $160, and non-member-graduate students $35. More details can be found on the conference webpage.  After January 25, advance registration will close and registration will be available only in person at the annual meeting for an additional surcharge of $40 in all registration categories. Meal purchases also are available on the advance registration form. It may not be possible to purchase meals after advance registration closes.
    The registration fee schedule contains an incentive to join the BHC if you are not already a member. BHC membership includes a subscription to our scholarly journal, Enterprise & Society, and access to special membership benefits on our web site, including the option to upload information on publications and other scholarly activities. Of particulate value is our Expertise Database, where you can create a profile with your publications and research interests. Anyone going to our website can search this database, but only members can include a profile; it is particularly used by journalists seeking expertise on particular subjects.
    The conference will start with workshops on Thursday morning, March 14, and with a plenary session and reception on that evening. All papers will be included in sessions on Friday and Saturday. The awards banquet on Saturday evening will close the conference. There are no Sunday sessions.
     Please also remember to make your hotel reservation. The 2019 annual meeting will take place at the Hilton Hotel and Resort, Cartagena located at Avenida Almirante Brion, Cartagena, Bolívar, Colombia. Rooms (all suites) are $169/night single and $189/double occupancy (plus tax) and include a full breakfast. Lodging and other information can be found at the BHC 2019 webpage
     Please do not hesitate to contact the Program Committee at with any questions. We look forward to welcoming you at our 2019 meeting in Cartagena!

Monday, December 3, 2018

Conference: “Money as a Democratic Medium”

"Money as a Democratic Medium" is a two-day conference, to be held at Harvard Law School on December 14-15, 2018; it is co-sponsored by the Harvard Program on the Study of Capitalism, the Institute for Global Law and Policy, the Murphy Institute at Tulane University, the Harvard Law Forum, and Harvard Law School. The organizers explain:
Money, governance, and public welfare are intimately connected in the modern world. More particularly, the way political communities make money and allocate credit is an essential element of governance. . . . At the same time, those decisions about money and credit define key political structures, locating in particular hands the authority to mobilize resources, determining access to funds, and delegating power and privileges to private actors and organizations. Recognizing money and credit as public projects exposes issues of democratic purpose and possibility. In a novel focus, this conference makes those issues central. 
The program for the meeting is available online; the two keynote speakers will be Andrew Ross Sorkin, talking about "Payments Systems Accountability: The Case of Assault Gun Sales"; and Mehrsa Baradaran, who will speak on "The Color of Money: Banking and Racial Inequality."
    The Conference is organized to encourage sustained exchange among participants over the course of the two days. It is open to all students of money, the monetary system, and the modern economy, including the public. There is no fee, but registration is required. Please see the Conference website for links to registration and local arrangements.

Friday, November 30, 2018

CFP: “Information Ecosystems” at AHMO

The 24th Colloquium in the History of Management and Organizations, organized by the French Association for the History of Management and Organizations (AHMO) and the Université Côte d’Azur - EDHEC Business School, and MSHS Sud-Est, will convene March 27-29, 2019, in Nice, France. The topic will be "Information Ecosystems." According to the organizers, the Colloquium "aims to generate a historical perspective to our understanding of the use of these different forms of information in organizations." Papers are particularly welcome on four subthemes:
  • The evolution of the use of information for organisations
  • The history of scientific knowledge and its diffusion in management and organisation studies 
  • The account of information as an intangible asset in organisations 
  • Digital transformation and new forms of value for information 
Short papers (3000 words), written either in English or French, should be submitted no later than December 14, 2018, to The keynote speaker for the meeting will be James W. Cortada.

The Colloquium will start with a doctoral workshop on March 27 at EDHEC Business School, which provides students an opportunity to discuss dissertation proposals, literature reviews, research designs and career opportunities in business history. Ph.D. students who seek to present their work should send a ten-page document presenting research area (theme, research questions), theoretical framework, methodology, first results, and main bibliographical references. First- or second-year Ph.D. students or Ph.D. students incorporating a historical dimension in their dissertation in management are strongly encouraged to apply.

For more detailed information, please see the full call for papers.

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Newly published academic journal issues

The Scandinavian Economic History Review vol 66, no. 3, with a focus on transport, has been published.

The latest issue of Enterprise and Society (Vol. 19, issue 4) was recently made available online.

Business History Review's latest issue is out as well. The list of research articles and other publications for the volume 92, issue 3, is available here

Management and Organizational History's current issue, with a forum on academic innovation and entrepreneurship, can be accessed here:

This post will be published monthly. If you wish to include a journal in this list, please contact the (incoming) editor of The Exchange Titles in other languages and articles from business historians in other journals are welcomed, and they will be included in future posts. 

Monday, November 26, 2018

Not to be missed: CfP approaching deadlines

The Calls for Papers below have approaching deadlines in the months of December and January. 

Coming up next week (December 1st) is the deadline to submit abstracts to participate at the 2019 Summer Workshop in the Economic History and Historical Political Economy of Russia, which will be held at the University of Wisconson-Madison, nexMay 24-25, 2019. To apply, send an abstract and a 3–5-page paper summary to The Society of Historians of American Foreign Relations will hold its annual meeting next June 20-22, 2019, and the deadline to send proposals to attend is also next week, on December 1st. 

The meeting of the Italian Association for the History of Economic Thought (AISPE), at the University of Bologna next April 11-13, will be accepting proposals until December 15th. 

The 24th Colloquium in the History of Management and Organizations will be next March 27th-29th 2019 in Nice and the CfP ends next December 17th

January 1st, 2019, will be the last day to submit proposals for the Association of Spanish and Portuguese Historical Studies, which 50th Annual Conference will be held in Barcelona, Spain.

The European Historical Economics Society conference will be in Paris, France, between the 29th and the 31st of August 2019, and they are accepting proposals until the 31st of January, 2019. For more information, visit Also next January 31st, 2019, will be the deadline to submit abstracts to present at the Annual Conference of the European Business History (August 29-31), and to participate in the University of Glasgow's conference on European economies beyond indicators: Structures, systems, and institutions in Western Europe since 1945 that will be held next May 30-31, 2019. The University of Glasgow will also be hosting the 'Ports and People in Commodity History' workshop next September 5-6, 2019. To participate, send your proposal to Jelmer Vos before January 31st, 2019.  

Note from the (incoming) Editor: For changes or additions to this list, please contact

Friday, November 23, 2018

CFP: Workshop on “Ports and People in Commodity History”

The Commodities of Empire British Academy Research Project and the University of Glasgow are jointly sponsoring a two-day workshop on "Ports and People in Commodity History," to take place at the University of Glasgow, September 5-6, 2019. According to the call for papers:
Long gone seem the days when empires were described as political entities tightly controlled by metropolitan elites. . . . Studies highlighting the role of individuals, families, diasporas, guilds, religions, and other social groups, in and across empires, have prompted a reconsideration of the relationship between ‘centres’ and ‘peripheries,’ causing some historians to speak of ‘decentred empires.’ Ports large and small, crucially including their hinterlands, have emerged as relatively autonomous nodes in global flows of people, goods, and ideas. These ports acted as centres of production, maintenance, supplies, financial intermediation, information flows, and knowledge exchange. A host of shippers, merchants, brokers, dealers, commission agents, auctioneers, issuers of futures contracts, warehousers, clerks, accountants and the like all regulated inflows and outflows of commodities, in relation with an army of artisans, industrialists at all scales, workers, farmers, and consumers. 
In this two-day workshop, the organizers "aim to explore, through the prism of port cities and the agency of those connected to them, what these new approaches mean to the study of commodities that were mobilised within and between empires in the early modern and modern eras." For a fuller discussion of the workshop's goals and organization, please see the full call for papers.

Papers presented at the workshop may be considered for publication in the Commodities of Empire Working Papers series.

Please e-mail expressions of interest, with a title and an abstract of no more than 300 words, by January 31, 2019, to Jelmer Vos, University of Glasgow.

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

CFP: Berkshire Conference 2020

The next Berkshire Conference on the History of Women, Gender, and Sexualities ("Big Berks") will be held at the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland, on May 21-23, 2020. The theme will be "Gendered Environments: Exploring Histories of Women, Genders, and Sexualities in Social, Political, and 'Natural' Worlds." According to the call for papers:
Our aim is to hold conversations that think through the intricate interplays among gender and sexuality, social and legal systems of power and political representation, and the material realities of an interconnected world continually shaped by physical nature, the human and nonhuman animals, plants, and other beings that inhabit that nature. If Earth's history has indeed entered a new geological epoch termed the Anthropocene, where do the historical knowledges and experiences of women, people of diverse genders and sexualities, and people of color, along with environmental justice efforts in the historical past, enter into our efforts to understand, theorize, contextualize, and meet these existential problems? . . . How can we use multi-sited histories of human and non-human animals as well as the relationships of communities to local and distant ecologies to rewrite gendered histories from long distance trade and exchange to the rise of global capitalism? How can scholars and activists collaborate to transform the pedagogical landscape in our ‘classrooms’ around environmental issues in the past and present? This conference is a call for collaboration and cooperation across many lines of difference.
The Conference organizers encourage submissions in a broad range of formats, including standard papers, art, performance, lightning rounds, posters, and workshops. For a fuller discussion of the Conference theme and submission instructions, please see the full call for papers. The submission deadline for all types is March 17, 2019.

Monday, November 19, 2018

Recent Awards in Business and Economic History

At late summer and fall annual meetings, a number of prizes have recently been awarded to business and economic historians:

Noam Maggor was awarded the 2018 William Nelson Cromwell Article Prize of the American Society of Legal Historians (ASLH) for his American Historical Review article "'To Coddle & Caress These Great Capitalists': Eastern Money, Frontier Populism, and the Politics of Market-Making in the American West."

Fahad Ahmad Bishara received the 2018 ASLH Peter Gonville Stein book award for A Sea of Debt: Law and Economic Life in the Western Indian Ocean, 1780-1950 (Cambridge University Press).

Paul Cheney won the Gilbert Chinard Prize of the Society of French Historical Studies, for the best book in the comparative history of France and the Americas, for Cul de Sac: Patrimony, Capitalism, and Slavery in French Saint Domingue (University of Chicago Press).

Keri Leigh Merritt won two prizes for her book Masterless Men: Poor Whites and Slavery in the Antebellum South (Cambridge University Press): the 2018 Bennett Wall Award of the Southern History Association, and the Social Science History Association 2018 President's Book Award.

Marie Hicks is the recipient of the 2018 British Archives Council's Wadsworth Prize for her book Programmed Inequality: How Britain Discarded Women Technologists and Lost Its Edge in Computing (MIT Press). She was also awarded the Sally Hacker Prize by the Society for the History of Technology (SHOT).

Other SHOT recipients:
Joy Parr was awarded the SHOT Leonardo da Vinci medal for lifelong achievement.
Edward Jones-Imhotep received the Sidney M. Edelstein Prize for The Unreliable Nation: Hostile Nature and Technological Failure in the Cold War (MIT Press).
American Historian Association 2018 prizes of interest:
Erika Rappaport won the Jerry Bentley Prize in world history for A Thirst for Empire: How Tea Shaped the Modern World (Princeton University Press).
Kenda Mutongi received the Martin A. Klein Prize in African history for Matatu: A History of Popular Transportation in Nairobi (University of Chicago Press).
Ghassan Moazzin was awarded the Coleman Prize of the Business History Association for his dissertation "Networks of Capital: German Bankers and the Financial Internationalisation of China (1885-1919)."

Valeria Giacomin won the European Business History Association 2018 prize for the best dissertation for her work "Contextualizing the Cluster – Palm Oil in Southeast Asia in Global Perspective (1880s-1970s)."

Among several recipients of 2018 Economic History Association awards:
Howard Bodenhorn received the Jonathan Hughes Prize recognizing excellence in teaching economic history.
Jeremy Atack was awarded the inaugural Engerman-Goldin Prize for creating, compiling, and sharing data and information with scholars.
Leah Platt Boustan, for Competition in the Promised Land: Black Migrants in Northern Cities and Labor Markets (Princeton University Press), and Douglas Irwin, for Clashing over Commerce: A History of U.S. Trade Policy (University of Chicago Press), shared the 2018 Alice Hanson Jones Prize for the outstanding book in North American economic history.
At the 2018 Economic and Business History Society meeting, awards were presented to
Louis Galambos: the James Soltow Award for the best paper in Essays in Economic & Business History for "The Entrepreneurial Culture and the Mysteries of Economic Development."
Amanda Gregg and Steven Nafziger: the 2018 Fred Bateman Award for the best paper at the annual EBHS Conference, "The Births, Lives, and Deaths of Corporations in Late Imperial Russia."
Stephanie Seketa: the Lynne Doti Award for the best paper by a graduate student at the annual EBHS Conference for "Defining and Defending Valid Citizenship during War: Jewish Immigrant Businesses in World War I England."

Friday, November 16, 2018

CFP for Grad Students: “Cultural Influences in Regulatory Capture”

The Social Science Research Council’s (SSRC) Scholarly Borderlands Initiative, in collaboration with the Tobin Project, seeks graduate student grant proposals that focus on how cultural factors may contribute to “regulatory capture” in the United States. According to the announcement,
This project aims to facilitate new research investigating interactions between private industry representatives and government regulators outside of the formal procedures outlined by administrative law. Successful applicants will receive funding toward the completion of short-term, ethnographic research on “regulatory-adjacent spaces” or other promising projects that address how cultural influences may alter regulatory outcomes. The resulting research will investigate possible pathways of undue influence, as well as consider implications for efforts to prevent regulatory capture.
To apply, please send a proposal of no more than five pages along with your curriculum vitae to Proposals should include a project timeline identifying the specific event(s) at which you intend to conduct fieldwork, a proposed plan of action for interfacing with other attendees, specific research questions to be explored over the course of your research, and a preliminary budget. Applications that demonstrate deep background knowledge about the industry of focus and relevant regulatory topics that may be addressed at the site of research are most likely to be successful. Creative proposals that address the issue of cultural capture outside the scope of observable “regulatory-adjacent spaces” will also be considered.
      Applications are welcomed from students of any discipline in the social sciences studying at the graduate level. Students who are members of groups traditionally underrepresented in the social sciences are particularly encouraged to apply. At this time, only US-based researchers and projects can be accommodated.
     For a fuller discussion of the project, please see the announcement website. Questions about the project or application process may be addressed to The application deadline is January 18, 2019

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Two Senior Positions of Interest in Business History

Two important openings for business historians:

Copenhagen Business School invites applications for a vacant full Professorship in History at the Department of Management, Politics and Philosophy. The Department seeks applicants with excellent qualifications and expertise in business and/or economic history. The Professor will be affiliated with the Department’s Centre for Business History. Applications are particularly welcome from candidates who can demonstrate an interest in cultural and interdisciplinary approaches and who have a proven track record in developing new and innovative approaches and perspectives in the field. According to the announcement, "Successful applicants must have an international profile, a strong record of research publications, and teaching experience in history. They must be capable of providing dynamic leadership in the development of research and teaching, in securing external research funding, and in establishing strong ties with industry."
    For a full description of the position and application information, please see the job announcement. The closing date is January 3, 2019.

The Department of History in the Faculty of Arts and Science and the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto invite applications for a full-time tenure-stream to fill the L. R. Wilson and R. J. Currie Chair in Canadian Business History. According to the announcement, "The candidate’s research may focus on any topic within Canadian Business History, but should show experience with a range of scholarship and methods outside of the specialization. The successful candidate will have an internationally distinguished record of excellence in research and teaching, and provide academic leadership in the area of business history. We seek candidates whose research and teaching interests complement and strengthen our existing departmental strengths."
    For a full description of the position and application information, please see the job announcement. Review of applications will begin after December 17, 2018; however, the position will remain open until filled.

Monday, November 12, 2018

Edwin J. Perkins, 1939-2018

Edwin J. Perkins, professor emeritus at the University of Southern California (USC), died unexpectedly on October 20, 2018, at the age of 79. Ed was a fixture at BHC meetings until recently, serving as BHC president in 1994-1995 and as editor of Business and Economic History Online, 2010-2012. He was also for many years associate editor of the Pacific Historical Review.
    Perkins earned his B.A. from William & Mary in 1961, his MBA at the University of Virginia in 1963, and his Ph.D. at Johns Hopkins University in 1972 under the guidance of Alfred D. Chandler, Jr., and Louis Galambos. He joined the faculty at USC in 1973, retiring in 1997.
    His major publications include Financing Anglo-American Trade: The House of Brown, 1800-1880 (1975), The Economy of Colonial America (1980), American Public Finance and Financial Services, 1700-1815 (1997), and Wall Street to Main Street: Charles Merrill and Middle-Class Investors (1999).
     An obituary, prepared by Karen Mahar in conjunction with his other students, is available on the BHC website:

Friday, November 9, 2018

Over the Counter, No. 44

A sampling from around the web:

The early Canadian history blog "Borealia" has produced a number of recent essays relating to land tenure in early Canada. First up was an essay by Allan Greer, "There Was No Seigneurial System"; this led to "Beyond the 'system': The enduring legacy of seigneurial property," by Benoît Grenier and Alain Laberge--which in turn produced a "Reply" from Greer. And finally, the blog offers a review of Greer's book, Property and Dispossession: Natives, Empires and Land in Early Modern North America (Cambridge University Press, 2018), on research for which his essay was based, by Gregory Kennedy.

Back Story Radio recently produced a two-part episode on the whaling industry in America, "Thar She Blows," part 1 and part 2. Written transcripts are available as well as audio.

"Quartz at Work" published an interview with Todd Bridgman, one of the authors of a recent article arguing for revisiting the HBS case method, in which he discusses the essay. Readers can also see a slide show about the article, which was published in the Academy of Management Learning and Education journal, on YouTube.

Several scholars have banded together to found the Long-Run Initiative, which aims "to demonstrate the practical value of historical expertise to contemporary decision makers and to create dialogue between academics, businesses and government." The directors are John Turner and Michael Aldous of Queens University Belfast and Laurence Mussio of Signal Influence Executive Research & Communications (SIERC).

The Baring Archive's collection of prospectuses has now been digitized. The collection documents over 300 transactions involving Barings and spans more than 100 years of the firm's history.

Stephen Campbell has published an essay on "A Vast Political Corporation: The Power of the Post Office in the Bank War" for the blog "We're History." The essay draws on his forthcoming book, The Bank War and the Partisan Press: Newspapers, Financial Institutions, and the Post Office (University Press of Kansas, January 2019).

Ben Schmidt's blog, "Creating Data: The Invention of Information in the American State, 1850-1950," has a recent post discussing Jeremy Atack's historical railroad dataset.

BBC Scotland News online has an interesting pictorial essay on "The Tea Tycoon Who Was 'the World's Best Loser."

"EdgeEffects," a podcast at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, has posted "Tobacco’s World of Racial Capitalism: A Conversation with Nan Enstad." The interview, available as a podcast and also as an edited transcript, focuses on her new book, Cigarettes, Inc.: An Intimate History of Corporate Imperialism (University of Chicago Press, November 2018).

The SHGAPE blog features an essay by Jamie Pietruska on "The Weather Forecast Company and the Business of Prediction,"drawing on her research for Looking Forward: Prediction and Uncertainty in Modern America (University of Chicago Press, 2017)

The program for the annual Workshop sponsored by the Women's Committee of the Economic History Society, held earlier this month, remains available online; the topic is "Women and Financial Advice."

The Merle Curti Lectures at the University of Wisconsin this year will host Bethany Moreton and N. D. B. Connolly, who will explore the theme "Re-Imagining Capital's Worlds: From Colonialism to the Alt-Right."

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Program: “Making a Republic Imperial”

The Program in Early American Economy and Society (PEAES) will hold a conference in Philadelphia, Pa., on March 28-29, 2019, on "Making a Republic Imperial." According to the conference website:
Before the American Revolution, the colonies and the continent beyond them were spaces of contest, collaboration, and competition among European empires, Native American powers, and enslaved and free African Americans. The founding generation of the early republic added its own imperial ambitions to this mix, revealing competing visions for the new nation, intense debate in the new citizenry about whether and how quickly the republic should expand, what role it should play among international states, and what its character and purpose should be. . . . Yet . . . [b]y the 1840s, the United States had refined its tools for dispossessing Native peoples and asserted a political economy grounded in black enslavement. It had conquered an immense amount of territory and claimed the Pacific Ocean as its western boundary, while setting its imperial sights upon regions, peoples, and resources much further afield.
    This two-day conference will bring together scholars of imperialism in its multiple early North American forms and spaces. The program is now available online. The conference is free and open to the public, but registration is required. For additional information, please consult the conference website.
    The conference is co-sponsored by the Program in Early American Economy and Society at the Library Company of Philadelphia, the McNeil Center for Early American Studies, the Department of History at Princeton University, and Iona College’s Institute of Thomas Paine Studies.

Monday, November 5, 2018

CFP: Economic History Association 2019

The 2019 meeting of the Economic History Association (EHA) will be held in Atlanta, Georgia, on September13-15. The theme of the meeting will be "Markets and Governments in Economic History." According to the call for papers,
The interactions between markets and governments are central issues in the organization of economies. From the beginning of time, groups of people had to decide whether to let their members trade resources and the fruits of their efforts freely or whether to distribute them in alternative ways in which the group set up rules for use and distribution of resources and output. . . . The theme offers scholars a broad range of options for proposals. Papers on markets alone, governments alone, or other topics are also welcome.
The Program Committe welcomes submissions on all subjects in economic history, though some preference will be given to papers that fit the theme of the conference. Papers should be submitted individually, but authors may suggest to the Committee that three particular papers fit well together in a panel. Papers should in all cases be works in progress rather than accepted or published work. Individuals who presented or co-authored a paper presented at the 2018 meeting are not eligible for inclusion in the 2019 program. Paper proposals should include a 3-5 page proposal and a 150 –word abstract suitable for publication in the Journal of Economic History. Please note that at least one of the authors must be a member of EHA. Papers and session proposals should be submitted online here: The deadline for submissions is January 31, 2019.
    For more details about the meeting and details about opportunities for graduate students, please see the full call for papers.

Friday, November 2, 2018

HBS Workshop: “Seeking the Unconventional in Forging Histories of Capitalism”

The Business History Initiative at Harvard Business School announces a two-day workshop to take place on May 9-10, 2019, on the topic "Seeking the Unconventional in Forging Histories of Capitalism."  Accordng to the website, the workshop
brings together scholars in the fields of history, economics, and management to explore the unconventional as it relates to researching and writing about entrepreneurship and business. The goal is to critically assess frameworks and approaches that animate scholarship in business history, the history of capitalism, and the comparative study of markets and institutions both past and present. We envision three complementary areas of discussion, i.e. unconventional techniques, unconventional sources, and unconventional capitalisms.
The program has not yet been finalized; more information will be forthcoming on the workshop website.

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Business Historians in the News, October Edition

Recent forays of business historians into the public discourse:
On the "Public Books" blog, Kim Phillips-Fein writes about philanthropy and inequality in "Philanthropists Will Not Save Us."

In the wake of the U.S. decision to withdraw from the Universal Postal Union, Richard John was quoted in a Vox article; he is the author of a 2015 essay in the Journal of Policy History, "Projecting Power Overseas: U.S. Postal Policy and International Standard-Setting at the 1863 Paris Postal Conference."

For the Commission on Democracy and Technology, Heidi Tworek writes about "What the History of Radio Tells Us about Technology and Democracy."

Ellen Hartigan-O’Connor and Lisa G. Materson wrote an essay for the History News Network on "What Historians Could Teach Senators on the Judiciary Committee"; they focus on historians' work in finding the harder to hear voices of women in the archives.

For "On the Media," Per Hansen discusses his recent work on how business as depicted in the film industry both reflects and shapes our views about money. 

Monday, October 29, 2018

Journal Special Issues of Interest

Two journals have recently published special issues of interest to business and economic historians.

Frontiers of Economics in China (Sept. 2018, volume 13, no. 3), has just released a special issue on Chinese Economic History, guest-edited by Debin Ma of the London School of Economics. The special issue has free online access at: The seven articles discuss urban and rural economy, the monetary system, as well as the organization of financial institutions in pre-modern China. Acording to the editor, the articles reflect three distinctive features: "the emphasis on the primary importance of institutions and ideology, the employment of comparative (mostly with Europe) perspective, and the systematic application of quantitative analyses based on new archives and data."

The current issue of Entreprises et Histoire (volume 91, no. 2) focuses on "Emotions and Family Businesses." The introduction (in English, as are most of the articles), by Ludovic Cailluet, Fabian Bernhard, and Rania Labaki, is freely accessible online. On the topic of the special issue, they write: "in family businesses both the family and the business are affecting each other by their own emotional dynamics, creating a fertile soil for studies into emotions’ interaction with business decision."

Friday, October 26, 2018

Last Call: BHC 2019 Doctoral Colloquium

The BHC Doctoral Colloquium in Business History will be held once again in conjunction with the 2019 BHC annual meeting. This prestigious workshop, funded by Cambridge University Press, will take place in Cartagena, Colombia, on Wednesday March 13 and Thursday March 14. Typically limited to ten students, the Colloquium is open to doctoral candidates who are pursuing dissertation research within the broad field of business history, from any relevant discipline (e.g., from economic sociology, political science, cultural anthropology, or management, as well as history). Most participants are in year 3 or 4 or their degree program, though in some instances applicants at a later stage make a compelling case that their thesis research had evolved in ways that led them to see the advantages of an intensive engagement with business history.
      Topics (see link for past examples) may range from the early modern era to the present, and explore societies across the globe. Participants work intensively with a distinguished group of BHC-affiliated scholars (including the incoming BHC president), discussing dissertation proposals, relevant literatures and research strategies, and career trajectories. Please check the meeting website for the 2019 faculty participants.
      Applications are due by November 15, 2018 ,via email to and should include: a statement of interest; CV; preliminary or final dissertation prospectus (10-15 pages); and a letter of support from your dissertation supervisor (or prospective supervisor).
      All participants receive a stipend that partially defrays travel costs to the annual meeting. Questions about the Colloquium should be sent to its director, Duke Professor of History Edward Balleisen,

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Program Available: ESHSI Conference

The annual conference of the Economic and Social History Society of Ireland (ESHSI) will take place in Belfast on November 30-December 1, 2018, at Queen's University Belfast.  The preliminary program has now been posted. In addition to regular sessions, the Ken Connell Lecture will be presented by John Turner of Queen's University Belfast; his topic will be "Wildcat Bankers or Political Failure? The Irish Financial Pantomime, 1797-1826." For more details, please see the ESHSI website.

Monday, October 22, 2018

Deadline Approaching: PEAES Postdoctoral Fellowships

Program in Early American Economy and Society (PEAES) Postdoctoral Fellowships support research in the collections of the Library Company and other nearby institutions into the origins and development of the early American economy, broadly conceived, to roughly 1850. The fellowships provide scholars the opportunity to investigate the history of commerce, finance, technology, manufacturing, agriculture, internal improvements, economic policy making and other topics.
    Applicants may be citizens of any country, and they must hold a Ph.D. by September 1, 2019. The stipend is $40,000 for the academic year, or if the award is divided between two scholars, $20,000 per semester. Senior scholars are particularly encouraged to apply. All postdoctoral fellowships are tenable from September 1, 2019 through May 31, 2020, and fellows must be continuously in residence in the Philadelphia area for the duration of their fellowships.
    The deadline for receipt of applications is November 1, 2018, with a decision to be made by December 15. Make just one application; applicants will automatically be considered for all the fellowships for which they are eligible. To apply, go to to fill out an online coversheet and upload a single PDF containing a brief résumé, a 2-4 page description of proposed research, and a writing sample of no more than 25 pages. In addition, two confidential letters of recommendation should be submitted online in PDF format using the form provided on the application page.
     Candidates are strongly encouraged to inquire about the appropriateness of the proposed topic before applying. For more information about the PEAES award, email Cathy Matson at

Friday, October 19, 2018

Business Historians in the News: Sears Bankruptcy Edition

In the wake of the Sears bankruptcy announcement, Louis Hyman took to Twitter to write about the importance of the Sears catalog in the days of Jim Crow. The thread generated a lot of response, and it was picked up by numerous major news outlets, including, for example, the Chicago Tribune and the Washington Post. Hyman was then interviewed on the subject by NPR's "All Things Considered," and by the on-line site Jezebel.
    On WBUR's "On Point," Vicki Howard (author of From Main Street to Mall: The Rise and Fall of the American Department Store) joined Hyman to discuss the fate of Sears. Howard also appeared in an "All Things Considered" broadcast about the bankruptcy news. And in an Associated Press story, both Howard and Marc Levinson (author of author of The Great A&P and the Struggle for Small Business in America) are quoted about the former retailing giant.

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

EABH Program and Registration Available: “Institutional Investors”

The European Association for Banking and Financial History (EABH), in cooperation with Schroders and Banque Lombard Odier, is holding a conference on "Institutional Investors: The History of Professional Fund Management" on October 26, 2018, at Schroders in London. As the organizers explain,
Up to the beginning of the 20th century stocks were primarily owned by wealthy private individuals. Now, 100 years later, institutional investors hold almost twice the amount. . . . The ascent of institutional investors as one of the most powerful players on global financial markets today is a highly relevant yet under researched topic. This conference will ask the question of when, how and why this massive structural shift happened? And which are the consequences for our societies?
The program has been posted, and registration is available on-line. The registration site also includes lodging information and other details.

Monday, October 15, 2018

WEHC 2021, Paris: First Call for Sessions

The next World Economic History Congress (WEHC) will be held in Paris, on July 25-30, 2021, at the new Campus Condorcet currently under construction. The theme for the meeting will be "Resources." The meeting website states
. . . the finding, supply and circulation of resources has been an incentive for construction of spaces, occupation of territories, imperialism and emerging of new patterns of development and organizations. The challenges of our modern world require a common reflection on the political economy of resources. While seeking proposals for sessions that explore aspects of this broad theme, we also welcome submissions on the economic and social histories of all places and periods, on the exploration of varied sources and methods, and on the theory and the uses of economic history itself. We also invite members to employ and analyze diverse strategies for representing the past.
The "first call for sessions" has been posted. It closes June 30, 2019.

Friday, October 12, 2018

Approaching Deadline: Nominations for 2019 BHC Book Prizes

The Hagley Prize in Business History is awarded annually to the best book in business history, broadly defined. The prize committee encourages the submission of books from all methodological perspectives. It is particularly interested in innovative studies that have the potential to expand the boundaries of the discipline. Scholars, publishers, and other interested parties may submit nominations. Eligible books can have either an American or an international focus. They must be written in English and be published during the two years (2017 or 2018 copyright) prior to the award.
    The Ralph 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. A prize of $5,000 is awarded annually for a book published in the two years prior to the year of the award (2017 and 2018). Book nominations are accepted from publishers.
     For either award, four copies of the book must accompany a nomination and be submitted to the prize coordinator, Carol Ressler Lockman, Hagley Museum and Library, PO Box 3630, 298 Buck Road, Wilmington DE 19807-0630. The deadline for nominations is November 30, 2018. The prizes will be presented at the annual meeting of the Business History Conference in Cartagena, Colombia, in March 2019.

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

CFP: Economic and Business History Society 2019

The 44th Economic and Business History Society (EBHS) Annual Conference will be held on June 5-8, 2019, at the Fort Shelby Hotel in Detroit, Michigan. The general theme is "Manufacturing and the City"; however, individual proposals for presentations on any aspect of economic, social, or business history are welcome, as are proposals for whole panels. Submissions from graduate students and non-academic affiliates are also welcome. Proposals should include an abstract of no more than 500 words and contact details. The deadline for submission of proposals is February 15, 2019. Proposals may be submitted through the EBHS website at, or by email to
      Questions about the meeting or organization can be directed to program chair Jeremy Land ( or EBHS 2019 President John Moore ( Please consult the complete call for papers for more details. 

Monday, October 8, 2018

Digital Resources: The BHC Website

For those of you not familiar with the BHC website, or who check it only for annual meeting updates, we'd like to remind you of some of the content available.
  • Since taking over in 2015 as editor for teaching and research resources on the website, Michael Aldous has produced several valuable conversations with business historians, from Geoff Jones on business history and emerging markets, to Sharon Murphy on the case method, to technology in the classroom with Chinmay Tumbe.
  • The book bibliographies published here at seasonal intervals are collected on the BHC website under "Books of Interest."
  • The full text of nearly all articles (1962-1999) published in the print editions of Business and Economic History is available on the site, as is the text of articles in the natively online version, BEH On-Line.
  • Detailed information about past annual meetings can be found linked from our main Annual Meetings page. Previous programs, including a complete set, 2000-2018, are archived on the BHC site, as are the abstracts from each year. Presidential addresses are also linked from here; those published in Enterprise and Society require a membership login or subscription for access; those published in Business and Economic History are freely available.
  • The website also contains a number of major resource sections: web resources, syllabi, and bibliographies pertaining to the three informal interest groups that the BHC administers: Business Historians at Business Schools, Women in Business History, and Emerging Scholars. Self-selecting membership lists are maintained for each of the groups, where members can provide information about their areas of expertise.
  • Finally, current and historical governance information--committee members, trustees, editorial staff, and past presidents--can be found.
      All of this information is freely available to anyone accessing the website. In addition, there are features available only to BHC members. Perhaps the two most valuable are listings in the "Expertise Database" and direct access to the BHC's journal, Enterprise and Society. Members may also post announcements and add syllabi to the website.