Wednesday, July 4, 2018

CFP: GHI's “Transmission of Financial Knowledge”

The German Historical Institute (GHI) has issued a call for papers for a conference on “The Transmission of Financial Knowledge in Historical Perspective, 1840–1940,” to be held at the GHI in Washington, D.C., on March 8-9, 2019. The convenors are Nicholas Osborne (Ohio University) and Atiba Pertilla (GHI Washington). The call for papers states:
. . . “financial knowledge” encompasses how people teach, learn, and think about a variety of financial behaviors, from saving and investing to borrowing and spending. The conference takes as its starting point the idea that the transmission of financial knowledge, whether concepts like “family budgets,” practices such as the use of “pin money,” or folk wisdom about the nature of risk-taking, takes multiple forms, from everyday conversation and personal correspondence to mass journalism and works of fiction. . . .
The organizers seek to bring together studies that address “how financial knowledge (whether accurate, false, or dubious) is promulgated and circulates at the local, national, and international levels, as well as its role in the creation of the modern economic order” from the global financial crises of the Panic of 1837 to the Great Depression.
   Scholars interested in presenting a chapter- or article-length paper at the conference are invited to send a brief abstract of 250–300 words as well as a short CV by August 1, 2018, to Susanne Fabricius ( by email with the subject line “Financial Knowledge.” For more details, please see the complete call for papers.