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A letter from BHC Secretary-Treasurer Dr. Roger Horowitz to BHC 2020 attendees and BHC members

March 25, 2020 Dear Friends of the BHC, I am writing to all those who registered and planned to participate in the 2020 BHC annual meeting in Charlotte, as well as to BHC members. Apologies if you receive multiple copies of this email as those lists overlap. As we all know, the meeting did not go as planned. Many people were unable to travel due to a myriad of travel restrictions imposed by governments and employers, and some who came had to turn around and go back home earlier than anticipated. Based on my count of the pre-registration packets, about 100 people came out of 280 who had registered in advance. Since some had to leave early, and others arrived while the meeting was underway, we probably had no more than 50 present at any one time. Yet, despite everything, we had a credible meeting. On very short notice, the hotel’s audio-visual supplier (PSAV) installed technology in nine rooms that allowed us to use Zoom to facilitate online presentations and participati

2020 Hagley Prize Winner and Finalists

The Hagley Prize  is awarded jointly by the Hagley Museum and Library and the Business History Conference to the best book in business history (broadly defined) 2020 Winner Ai Hisano, Visualizing Taste: How Business Changed the Look of What You Eat (Harvard University Press, 2019) 2020 Finalists (in alphabetical order) Amanda Ciafone, Counter-Cola: A Multinational History of the Global Corporation (University of California Press, 2019) Shennette Garrett-Scott, Banking on Freedom: Black Women in U.S. Finance Before the New Deal (Columbia University Press, 2019) Ai Hisano, Visualizing Taste: How Business Changed the Look of What You Eat (Harvard University Press, 2019) Sarah Milov, The Cigarette: A Political History (Harvard University Press, 2019) David K. Johnson, Buying Gay: How Physique Entrepreneurs Sparked a Movement (Columbia University Press, 2019) Andrew Konove, Black Market Capital: Urban Politics and the Shadow Economy in Mexico City (University o

VI Seminar in Economic History, sponsored by the Bank of Spain

The Bank of Spain cordially invites you to assist and participate in the VI Seminar in Economic History , which will be held next October 8th, 2020, in its central headquarters in Madrid (address: Alcalá, 48, Madrid) The Seminar aims to bring together scholars from all over the world to discuss current academic work. The organizers encourage the presentation of papers that contribute to the progress of the discipline, providing new insights in all historical periods and areas of investigation. Any presentation of a proposal of new research in the field of Spanish, and International economic history, will be welcomed. Scholars are invited to submit their proposals before June 15th to . Authors of accepted papers will be notified by the end of June. Submission of full texts is preferred, although extended abstracts may also be considered. The final version of the selected papers must be submitted to the Bank of Spain before September 10th, to allow time for

Business Historians on the Coronavirus Crisis

Dear Subscribers to The Exchange, Mark Wilson (University of North Carolina, Charlotte) has written an important piece relating manufacturers' contribution to World War II efforts and what companies and policymakers can do today to face the emergency of the spread of COVID-19. Read the article "The 5 WWII Lessons That Could Help the Government Fight Coronavirus" published in Politico on March 19, 2020.

GDPR & COVID-19, a virtual session sponsored by the EABH

Event: GDPR & COVID-19 (Zoom Webinar) When: 23 Mar 2020, 12.00 pm to 12.45 pm CET Location: Frankfurt am Main, Germany Join GDPR (EU's General Data Protection Regulation 2016/679) specialist Arye Schreiber (MyEDPO) during an interactive session on: Vital interest and epidemics Public interest and public health How do we protect the health and privacy of our employees and site visitors? Lessons learned from the Ebola outbreak The need for massive data sharing The Open COVID-19 Data Curation Group International transfers ‘My home is my castle’ – Quarantine and privacy Please contact  for details and registration.

New position available: Archivist, AXA Equitable Life Insurance Company

Equitable, a premier provider of annuity and life insurance products, is seeking an Archivist to join the Advertising and Brand team. Reporting into the Head of Advertising and Brand, the incumbent of this role will be responsible for the 160 years of company archives that are housed in the home office.  Responsibilities include but are not limited to:  •  Assembling, cataloging, preserving and managing the firm’s valuable collections of historical information. •  Organizing the archives and keeping them current •  Managing the checking in/out of items •  Providing historical perspectives to senior leaders throughout the firm as well as contracted external agencies •  Create and maintain accessible, easily retrievable computer archives and databases, incorporating current advances in digital storage technology •  Building an educational program out of the archive contents for employees •  Prepare archival records, such as document descriptions, to allow easy access to infor

Call for applications: fellowships and travel grant program of the American Institute for Southeast European Studies (AISEES)

The American Institute for Southeast European Studies (AISEES) is happy to announce this year's call of applications for its fellowship and travel grant program , designed to promote research by North American scholars in southeastern Europe and support scholars in southeastern Europe who wish to attend professional conferences in North America. AISEES will award three fellowships of $3000.00 each to North American scholars and advanced graduate students to conduct research in one or more of the countries of southeastern Europe (see list below).  AISEES will also award three grants of $2500.00 each to scholars in southeastern Europe who wish to present a paper at a recognized scholarly meeting or conference in North America. AISEES will also award, in conjunction with the Balkan Heritage Foundation, one 1800 EUR (approx 2000 USD) scholarship, to be used to fund the cost of attending a 2020 Balkan Heritage Field School project. Graduate/Postdoctorate Fellowship Applications Du

Call for applications: Toulouse Summer School in Quantitative Social Sciences

Toulouse Summer School in Quantitative Social Sciences  Applications close on March 31, 2020 The Toulouse School of Economics (TSE) and the Institute for Advanced Study in Toulouse (IAST) are offering a three-week interdisciplinary summer school in economics and quantitative social sciences from May 25 to June 12, 2020. The program will cover the following topics: - Week 1 (May 25 - May 30). Economic and political institutions. Instructors: M. Becher, M. Saleh, and P. Seabright. - Week 2 (June 1 - June 6). The evolution of human sociality. Instructors: I. Alger and J. Stieglitz. - Week 3 (June 8 - June 12). Individuals in society: theory and experiments. Instructors: D.L. Chen, R. Dessi, and A. Hopfensitz. Students will also have the opportunity to attend the following two conferences: - The History Workshop: Big Data in Economic History (May 28 - May 29). - The 8th Toulouse Economics and Biology Workshop. Fertility: Causes and Consequences (June 2 - June 3). The

Call for proposals: Uses of the Past by Enterprises in Central-Eastern Europe

Uses of the Past by Enterprises in Central-Eastern Europe II. Workshop on Business History in Central and Eastern Europe Ukrainian Catholic University, Lviv, Ukraine October 23–24, 2020 Deadline to apply: May 1st, 2020 The Ukrainian Catholic University in cooperation with the European Business History Association invite scholars and Ph.D. students of any relevant discipline to submit paper proposals in a broad range of topics related to the uses of the past by firms in Central-Eastern Europe (CEE) . In the context of this workshop, we wish to approach the past as a resource, which is used or can be used by business organizations for their purposes in the present and the future. We understand history as performative interpretation, a tool that helps actors make sense of the past and present and build towards the future. We focus on uses of the past in CEE; however, case studies on other regions are also welcome in case they deepen our understanding of “uses of the past” b

Call for sessions (2nd call): XIX World Economic History Congress - Paris

XIX World Economic History Congress - Paris 2nd call for sessions closes on June 30, 2020 The 19th World Congress in Paris  will be held in Paris on July 25-30 2021 . The Congress will address “resources” as one of the main challenges of the contemporary world. The Congress will consider sessions on all the categories of resources, that is natural, material, immaterial and human (work and skill): water, air, energy, food products, raw materials, labour, capital, patents etc. The panel will address the discovery, management and limitation of these resources, the impact their use has on territorial and social organizations as well as their significances in individuals’ eyes up for the world community at large. To submit a session proposal you need to login below and will then be able to submit your proposal in a file. You'll have to give the name(s) of the organizer(s) and their institutional affiliation, a title for the session, and the preferred duration (single session of

Event this week: Innovative Lives: Jogbra inventors Lisa Lindahl, Hinda Miller, and Polly Smith

If you are in Washington D.C on Wednesday, March 4th , consider attending the Smithsonian’s Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation second program in its award-winning, Innovative Lives program series at the National Museum of American History. Innovative Lives: Jogbra Inventors Lisa Lindahl, Hinda Miller, and Polly Smith . The event and exhibit feature the three 2020 National Inventors Hall of Fame inductees who created the very first commercial sports bra. For more information, click here . Together, through personal stories and conversation, these inspiring figures will explore how, "a revolutionary garment that has enabled women's participation in athletic activities and advanced women's health and well-being," was invented and why it changed sports forever. The National Museum of American History welcomes visitors of all ages and abilities. American Sign language interpretation will be provided. For all other accessibility services, includ