Wednesday, February 28, 2018

BHC Meeting Deadlines Are Coming Up

A gentle reminder that the deadline for online registration at the upcoming BHC annual meeting in Baltimore, Maryland, is March 25, 2018. Those who register in person will pay a surcharge; moreover, meal availability cannot be guaranteed.
     The deadline for hotel reservations at the group rate is March 3, 2018. Neither rooms nor the discount rate may be available after that time.
     Presenters are reminded to submit an abstract (required) of their paper and the paper itself (encouraged) in advance of the meeting; both tasks can be accomplished via the meeting website.
     Finally, authors and journal editors who would like their new and recent publications displayed at the book and journal exhibit are encouraged to check with their publishers; please direct publishers to our information sheet, which will provide all the necessary information.
     For information about all these topics and more, please consult the BHC meeting website.

Monday, February 26, 2018

CFP: FRESH London 2018

On June 14, 2018, the Department of Economics, Royal Holloway, and the Department of Economic History, London School of Economics, will jointly host a Frontier Research in Economic and Social History (FRESH) meeting. The broad theme of the meeting is “Labour Markets and Institutions,” but submissions on other topics are also encouraged. The keynote speaker will be Jane Humphries, Professor Emeritus of Economic History and Fellow of All Souls College, University of Oxford.
    FRESH meetings are aimed at researchers in any field of economic and social history. The meetings build on the concept that scholars present their ongoing research at an early stage. The aim of the meetings is to gather researchers in a friendly and collegial environment where they can present their research and receive constructive criticism from their peers
    Prospective speakers should submit a one-page abstract and a short CV by March 30, 2018. For submission instructions, please see the complete call for papers; additional details are available on the FRESH website.
     Initially administered from the University of Southern Denmark, the FRESH program moved to Queen's University Belfast in 2017.

Friday, February 23, 2018

WEHC 2018 Preliminary Program Now Available

The World Economic History Congress (WEHC) will meet in Boston, Massachusetts, on July 29-August 3, 2018. The organization has now released the preliminary program for the meeting; it includes session titles, participants, and a link to each session description. Readers can also access a "conference calendar" version that allows one to save session dates and times to a personal calendar.
   In addition to the many sessions and social events, the congress will feature a keynote speech by Thomas Piketty.
   For much more about the WEHC 2018 meeting, please see the congress website. The organization can also be followed on Facebook and Twitter.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

CFP Reminder: Academy of Management Business History Track 2018

The British Academy of Management (BAM)'s 2018 conference will take place at the University of the West of England in Bristol, UK, on September 4-6, 2018. This year's conference theme is "Driving Productivity in Uncertain and Challenging Times." The deadline for submissions is February 28.
      From the Management and Business History Track (track 14) call for papers:
This track aims to encourage the growing number of management and business historians who work in business schools and social science departments to engage in constructive debate with a wide range of management scholars. . . . Histories of organizations, industries and institutions give us the opportunity to understand how managers have responded to uncertain and challenging times in the past, whether it be through war, economic crisis, scandal or other disruptions to their activities. . . .  In this track we specialize in chronologically or longitudinally motivated research. . . . we appreciate papers dealing with the legacy of uncertainty in the past in business and management more generally, and how it has influenced the diversity of experience in present day businesses, regions and communities. 
For more details, please see the full call for papers. For more information about BAM 2018, please see the meeting website.

Monday, February 19, 2018

CFP: Transforming Cities: The Global South in the 20th Century

The Europäische Akademie in Berlin is holding a conference on October 11-12, 2018, on "Transforming Cities: Urbanization and International Development Policies in the Global South in the Twentieth Century." According to the convenors (Sönke Kunkel and Marc Frey),
Connecting global urban history to the history of development, humanitarian aid, international organizations, and INGOs, the conference . . . seeks to bring in a decidedly historical perspective on one of the defining processes of the twentieth century. Our aim is to explore how and why urban development policy established itself as a global policy field, what transformations it engineered on the ground, and how concepts and practices changed over time. We also seek to understand how urban development policies in the global South linked up with transnational urban movements such as the “Urban International” (Pierre-Yves Saunier) and what role urban administrations played.
Scholars interested in participating in the conference are asked to send an abstract (200 to 400 words, in English) and a short curriculum vitae to soenke.kunkel@fu-berlin.de and marc.frey@unibw.de before March 18, 2018. In order to facilitate scholarly interchange, participants will circulate their papers before the conference, and will give only very brief oral summaries. Final papers will be available to conference participants only.
      Inquiries can be made to the conveners at the e-mail addresses above. For a much fuller discussion of conference aims and topics, please see the full call for papers.

Friday, February 16, 2018

New Journal from Penn Press: Capitalism and History

The University of Pennsylvania Press has announced the founding of a new journal of interest. Titled Capitalism and History, the journal will publish its first issue in Winter 2019. The editors are Francesco Boldizzoni, University of Helsinki; Marc Flandreau, University of Pennsylvania; and Carl Wennerlind, Barnard College of Columbia University. The editor for review essays is Carolyn N. Biltoft, The Graduate Institute, Geneva. Editorial board members are listed here.
    According to the announcement, Capitalism and History
is concerned with both theory and empirics, welcomes qualitative and quantitative investigations, and encourages conceptual as well as methodological innovations. Capitalism and History is global in reach, diverse in outlook, and comprehensive in coverage, spanning a wide range of periods and world regions. It aims to achieve innovation by challenging the conventional boundaries between historical fields and putting history in conversation with economics, law, social theory, and the humanities at large.
Manuscriptsubmissions should be sent to the editors at editors-CandH@sas.upenn.edu.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Winter 2018 Common-Place Articles of Interest

The winter 2018 issue of the on-line journal Common-Place has several articles of interest: 
Katherine Gaudet looks at Charles Brockden Brown's novel, Arthur Mervyn (1799) to examine eighteenth-century ideas of bankruptcy.
Ross Newton tracks down the story of the "Gentlemen of the Bay of Honduras," logwood cutters who donated to Boston's Old North Church.
Robin Bernstein investigates the newly available slave narrative of Jane Clark.
Finally, Katherine Hijar examines nineteenth-century brothel guides to look at views on urban prostitution in the United States.

Monday, February 12, 2018

Program Available: “Entangled Histories” at the McNeil Center

Isaac Mendes Belisario, “Jaw-Bone, or House John-Canoe,” from <em>Sketches of Character, In Illustration of the Habits, Occupation, and Costume of the Negro Population in the Island of Jamaica</em>, 1837; courtesy of Yale Center for British Art
The McNeil Center for Early American Studies is hosting a conference on April 5-7, 2018, in Philadelphia, Pa., on "Entangled Histories: Making New Connections in Early America, c. 1750-1850." According to the organizers,
Over the last decade, Entangled History has emerged as a response to the global turn in American History. From recent work on the history of capitalism, slavery, and the slave trade, to studies of revolutions and pandemics, entangled approaches continue to push the boundaries of our historical understanding.
The program for the conference is now available. Among sessions of particular interest are "Trade, Slavery, and Settlement" and "Capital and Property on the Periphery." Full copies of the papers will be available in advance to registrants.
     For complete information about registration, accommodations, and travel, please see the "Entangled Histories" website.

Friday, February 9, 2018

CFP: SHOT 2018

The Society for the History of Technology (SHOT) will hold its 2018 annual meeting in St. Louis, Missouri, on October 11-14. In tribute to the meeting location, the theme will be “Gateways: Passages, Openings, and Enclosures in the History of Technology.” According to the call for papers,
[Its] multi-dimensional story makes St. Louis a natural focus for scholarly analysis of the many ways technology impacts, and is impacted by, place, space, and culture. The pre-industrial, industrial, and postindustrial history of the region, from Native American Cahokia mounds to the African-American experience in suburban Ferguson, also suggests topics further analyzing technology, power, and democracy, race, gender, and ethnicity.
The program committee will entertain submissions in three categories:
Traditional Sessions: 3-4 papers, with chair and commentator
Unconventional Sessions: round-table sessions, workshop-style sessions with pre-circulated papers, poster sessions, or "you write, I present" sessions, in which the discussant presents for the author and comments on the paper, with authors on-site to respond to comments, take questions from the audience, and join overall discussions.
Open Sessions: Organizers describe a topic and invite submissions to create a panel
The deadline for all submissions is March 31, 2018. [Those wishing to submit an open session proposal, however, must do so by March 15; potential open session participants must submit by March 24, in order to give the organizer time to pull things together for the March 31 overall deadline.]
    Please see the full call for papers for additional information and submission instructions.

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

CFP: Financial History Review New Scholar Fast-Track Workshop

The journal Financial History Review invites submissions of research papers from advanced Ph.D. students and recent postdoctoral researchers (fewer than five years out from completing their Ph.D.) in banking, financial, and monetary history for a New Scholars Fast-Track Workshop to be held in Turin, Italy, on June 13, 2018. Papers on any topic and period are welcome. Co-authored papers are also eligible, provided that one of the authors meets the “new scholar” requirements. Authors of selected manuscripts will have the opportunity to discuss their paper with experienced scholars at the workshop. After the workshop, they will receive referee reports no later than July 15, 2018, and will be requested to resubmit a final version no later than September 30, 2018.
      The workshop is supported by the European Association for Banking and Financial History (EABH) (www.bankinghistory.org), Fondazione 1563 per l’Arte e la Cultura della Compagnia di San Paolo, and Compagnia di San Paolo. Financial support will be available for travel and accommodation costs. For further information about the FHR, please visit the journal's webpage.
      Those interested in the workshop should submit a paper and a short CV no later than April 30, 2018, to the editors of FHR, Stefano Battilossi (Carlos III Madrid) (battilos@clio.uc3m.es) and Rui Esteves (Oxford) (rui.esteves@economics.ox.ac.uk). When submitting, please include in the subject “FHR New Scholar Fast-Track.”
      For more specifics, please see the full call for submissions.

Monday, February 5, 2018

Digital Resource: New York Public Library Maps

As one of its ongoing digitization projects, the New York Public Library has placed over 20,000 maps on its website. Many of them are of direct interest to business historians. Slate's Rebecca Onion blogged about one example, "Chase's Ice Map" of several northeastern rivers in 1894, showing "location, capacity, ownership & cutting surface of the Kennebec, Penobscot & Hudson rivers."
   Other examples include:
"Map of the Oil District of West Virginia," 1864
"Plan of Land & Water Lots of the Charlestown Wharf Co.," 1838
"Map of French & English Grants on Lake Champlain," 1851
"Map & Profile of a Ship Canal from Richmond to Warwick," 1836
"Post Route Map of the State of Arkansas and of the Indian Territory," 1880
"Ontario (Villages) Business Notices," 1874
The maps are searchable by keyword and by several categories such as "Topic" and "Place." The library site has an excellent viewer, which allows users to zoom in on details at very high resolution. Most items are in the public domain.


Friday, February 2, 2018

CFP: CHORD 2018 Conference

The Centre for the History of Retailing and Distribution ­(CHORD) invites submissions for its 2018  conference, which will focus on retailing and distribution in the eighteenth century. The meeting will take place at the University of Wolverhampton on September 13, 2018. Papers focusing on any geographical area or topic are welcome. Both experienced and new speakers are invited to propose their work, including speakers without an institutional affiliation. For a more detailed expression of possible topics, please see the full call for papers.
    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 l.ugolini@wlv.ac.uk by May 4, 2018.