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.  

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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.