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.