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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 dia

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 .

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

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 t

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 has been extended to February 1, 2019 . Please send an abstract (300 words) and a

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 infrastru

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

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 Mi

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 Janu

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 pre

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 . T

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.

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

CFP: “Information Ecosystems” at AHMO

The 24th Colloquium in the History of Management and Organization s, 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 jhmo2019@gmai

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. 

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-Madis on, nex t  May 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.   T he 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  24 th   Colloquium in the  History of Management and Organizations will be next  March 27 th -29 th  2019 in Nice and the CfP ends next December 17th .  Janu

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, me

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

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 S

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 scholarlyborderlands@ssrc.

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."

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 Maha

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

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 Paci

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 t

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 .

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 H

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,

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 w

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.

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, 201

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.

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.

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, 201

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,

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. 

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 pag e. Previous programs, including a complete set, 2000-2018, a