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Call for Papers [extended]: Hagley Conference

  Capitalism and the Senses A Hagley Museum and Library Conference, on Friday, November 6, 2020 Wilmington, Delaware Deadline for proposals is June 1, 2020 This conference will explore the sensory history of capitalism—the ways that seeing, hearing, tasting, smelling, and touching have shaped, and been shaped by, capitalism over the longue durée, from the early modern era to the present . From the stench of the stockyards to the saccharine sounds of Muzak, everyday sensory environments have been made and remade by capitalism, and as portals through which we take in knowledge of the world, the senses have been subject to manipulation, exploitation, and commodification. If, as Karl Marx contended in 1844, the senses have a history, then that history is intertwined with the development of capitalism, which has drawn on the embodied power of the senses and, in turn, influenced how sensory experience has changed over time. We are interested in original, unpublished, and histori

Request for Applications: Directorship of BHC Doctoral Colloquium, 2021-24

Request for Applications: Directorship of BHC Doctoral Colloquium, 2021-24 The Business History Conference invites applications from senior scholars who would like to direct the BHC’s Doctoral Colloquium , beginning a three-year term at the conclusion of the 2021 BHC annual meeting. The BHC sponsors the Colloquium with the generous support of Cambridge University Press. Overview of the Colloquium and the Director’s Role Initiated in 2004, the Colloquium has become a BHC fixture, serving as a major conduit for early career scholars to learn about and become active in the organization.   The Colloquium provides student participants with substantive critiques and discussions about their dissertation research, as well as sessions on key aspects of professional development (publishing strategies, the value of side projects, career trajectories, etc.). Each year, the Colloquium Director is responsible for selecting a group of faculty participants whose research and teaching repr

Survey of business historians

[A message from Jonathan Bean, Chair and Professor of History, Southern Illinois University] Dear BHC members: I am joining with Blaine McCormick (Baylor University) to conduct a third survey of business historians asking them "who are the greatest entrepreneurs" in U.S. history? The first two surveys appeared in these outlets: Business History Review (2003): Cogent Business and Management (2013); also appeared in Forbes: The first survey asked 58 business historians, the second survey asked 41. For the third survey, which we will send out in January 2021, we would like to ensure broader participation. Toward that end

Tomorrow: Webinar -- COVID-19, debt monetization, and lessons from war financing

Webinar COVID-19, debt monetization, and lessons from war financing by Harold James With introductions by Markus Brunnermeier, Director of the Princeton Bendheim Center for Finance Event Details Friday, April 24 12:30 PM ET Space is limited, pre-registration is required. A Zoom link will be emailed to those who register early the morning of the event. The Zoom webinar room will open to attendees five minutes before the webinar begins. On Friday, April 24 at 12:30 PM ET, Harold James will join the Princeton Bendheim Center for Finance for a webinar on the history of war financing and lessons for COVID-19. James is Professor of History and International Affairs at Princeton University. The event will begin with a brief discussion by Markus Brunnermeier, Director of the Princeton Bendheim Center for Finance. James will then present. Both Brunnermeier and James will take questions from the audience throughout the event. Visit the COVID-19 webinar series page for all u

Video Lecture Series: "How We Pay for It: The Financial Costs of Great Crises" April 22nd

The Institute for Banking and Financial History Frankfurt am Main (IBF) is introducing its Video Lecture Series as a platform where economic historians and economists will offer insights into their current research. In cooperation with the Leibniz Institute for Financial Research SAFE it presents the SAFE-IBF Policy Webinar featuring Moritz Schularick, University of Bonn, with a lecture on "How We Pay for It: The Financial Costs of Great Crises". The webinar will be moderated by Jan Pieter Krahnen, Leibniz Institute for Financial Research SAFE and Goethe University Frankfurt am Main, and will take place on April 22nd, 3 - 3.45pm CEST. The livestream will be available under If you are not able to watch the video lecture live, you will also find it here , where it will be published shortly after.

2019 books by business historians that have received a prize

[A message from the Editor of The Exchange: If your book is coming out in 2020, The Exchange would gladly publicize it in the New Book Series that runs once a semester: Spring, Summer, and Fall] Imperial Standard: Imperial Oil, Exxon, and the Canadian Oil Industry from 1880 , by Graham D. Taylor, Winner, 2020 Petroleum History Society Book of the Year  Banking on Freedom: Black Women in U.S. Finance Before the New Deal , by Shennette Garrett-Scott, Winner, 2020 Darlene Clark Hine Award of the Organization of American Historians Winner, 2019 Letitia Woods Brown Book Prize, Association of Black Women Historians Short-listed, 2020 Hagley Prize Fruit from the Sands: The Silk Road Origins of the Foods We Eat , by Robert N. Spengler III, Winner, 2020 Gourmand Awards (Silk Road/USA Food category) International Revolutionary Networks: The Business and Politics of Printing the News, 1763–1789 , by Joseph M. Adelman, Honorable mention, 2020 St. Louis Mercantile Library P

New position available: USOPC Archivist & Collections Curator

The USOPC Archivist & Collections Curator is responsible for collecting and preserving the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Committee’s history, serving as the USOPC’s steward of archived assets.  This position runs the operations of the state-of-the-art archives that track, process, inventory, and retrieve the USOPC’s history.  Central themes of the role include fulfilling domestic and international requests for information or resources, actuating loans, collaborating with the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Museum, and curating Olympic & Paralympic exhibits when requested. Duties & Responsibilities Existing Archives Maintain the system of collection and organization of the archived assets in the USOPC’s possession, and continuously upload contents into a digital medium that can be accessed and utilized by USOPC staff. Evaluate the value of archived assets and ensure they are properly insured, stored, and cared for to preserve and exist in perpetuity, while effectivel

Teaching with Digital Collections, Digitally (Online BHC Workshop)

Teaching with Digital Collections, Digitally  (Online BHC Workshop) We hope that this email finds you well. We are writing to announce an online version of the Teaching with Digital Collections Workshop originally scheduled for the 2020 Business History Conference. The original workshop was scheduled for a 3 hour session with a pre-workshop “homework” assignment. In the online version, all work would be done on the participants’ own time (asynchronously) over the course of a week with optional “office hours” with Hartman staff. The total time commitment for the workshop should be around 4-5 hours. A modified description follows: Teaching with Digital Collections Online Workshop EITHER: May 11 – 15 or May 18 – 22 (4-5 hrs) Across the web, historians and students now have access to a profusion of digitized primary sources.  As a case in point, Duke’s John W. Hartman Center for Sales, Advertising & Marketing History has made thousands of items available digitally. As ye

Call for articles for Special Issue: Epidemics in History

Call for articles for Special Issue Epidemics in History Following the recent sanitary events and the particular interest aroused in academia, mass media, and the general public, Investigaciones de Historia Económica/Economic History Research  invites submissions for a special issue on the topic "Epidemics in History." The editors believe in the relevance of the study on the effects of pandemics in the past in order to show how societies dealt with similar situations and the lessons that we can obtain in the present and the future. The special issue aims to include papers with a wide chronological and geographical coverage and a multidisciplinary approach with a special emphasis on the economic effects of pandemics in the past. Potential contributors can contact in advance with the invited editors of the special issue, Joana Maria Pujadas Mora ( ) and Carlos Santiago-Caballero ( ). Papers in English and Spanish are accepted.

BHC 2020 Prize Winners [updated]

Dear Subscribers to The Exchange: The 2020 Business History Conference prize winners were announced at the Charlotte meeting banquet on Saturday, March 15th: Harold Williamson Prize The award is bestowed every two years to a mid-career scholar or scholars who has or have made significant contributions to the field of business history. 2020 recipients Sharon Ann Murphy, Providence College Daniel Wadhwani, University of the Pacific Hagley Prize The 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 recipient Ai Hisano (Kyoto University) for the book  Visualizing Taste:  How Business Changed the Look of What You Eat (Harvard University Press) 2020 finalists Amanda Ciafone (University of Illinois, Urbana)  Counter-Cola: A Multinational History of the Global Corporation (University of California Press) Shennette Garrett-Scott (The Universi

Business Historians on the Coronavirus Crisis

Dear Subscribers to The Exchange, Historians Lee Vinsel (Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, @STS_News ) and Benjamin C. Waterhouse (University of North Carolina, @bcwaterhouse ) article "One upside of the pandemic? Americans are listening to experts again" on The Washington Post's Made by History section discusses how the American public trust in government has shifted in times of crises since World War II. The article was published on April 6.

Call for submissions: Online Workshop: Responding to Crisis

2020 Online Economic Workshop  Responding To Crisis July 27-31 The 2020 Workshop is soliciting for papers that look at how people, cultures, businesses, institutions, or governments respond to a crisis as the crisis is taking place. Crises of interest include pandemics, natural disasters, political disasters, and man-made disasters. Financial disasters may be considered if the financial disaster was caused by one of the previously mentioned disasters. The selection committee asks that each submission designate a principal author to present the paper at the conference. An author can be listed for more than one submission, but they can only be the principal author for a single submission. The conference expects that the principal author will be available to present 11:30 am to 1 pm Eastern Daylight Time (UTC -04:00) on the date of their panel. The conference also expects the principal author to have a microphone and internet access fast enough to utilize Zoom to present their

Call for applications: Agnese N. Haury fellowships and travel grants

New York University's Center for the United States and the Cold War announces the Agnese N. Haury fellowships and travel grants for the 2020-2021 academic year. The Center for the United States and the Cold War at NYU's Tamiment Library supports research on the Cold War, especially on the ways in which this ideological and geopolitical conflict with the Soviet Union affected American politics, culture, and society. We will be offering a dissertation fellowship and several travel grants to scholars who are interested in using Tamiment's holdings to further their research. The dissertation fellowship program honors the late Agnese Nelms Haury, whose insightful generosity created and sustains the Center for the United States and the Cold War, whose purposes she believed in passionately. Applicants for the dissertation fellowship must have passed their comprehensive examinations and expect to complete their dissertations within two years of the start of the 2020-2021 academ

Call for Submissions: Snell Prize in European History

Call for Submissions SNELL PRIZE IN EUROPEAN HISTORY, 2020 European History Section, Southern Historical Association The John L. Snell Memorial Prize is named for Professor John L. Snell (1923-1972) who was a distinguished scholar and diplomatic historian and a founder of the European History Section .  A bomber pilot during World War II, he taught at Tulane University, the University of Pennsylvania, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he received his Ph.D. in 1950. The Snell Prize is given annually to the graduate student who submits the best seminar research paper in European history, written within the past year. To be eligible, a student must be enrolled in a graduate program at a Southern college or university or be the student of a member of the European History Section.  Papers on any aspect and any period of European history or European history in the global context are welcome. The Prize winner will be honored at the annual lunch meeting of

Call for submissions: Essay contest on historical lessons for managers during and post COVID-19

Essay contest on historical lessons for managers who are trying to cope with the impact of COVID-19 We are pleased to announce the launch of a fast-reaction essay contest on historical lessons for managers who are trying to cope with the impact of COVID-19 . Although some journalists have said that this pandemic is unprecedented, there are actually historical parallels, such as the Asian Flu in 1957 and the Spanish Influenza outbreak of 1918-29. By looking at how managers in the past coped with similar crises, we can provide advice to today’s managers. We are seeking essays of 4-5 pages. The essays are due on 21 April and cash prizes for the first and second place essays have been provided. Full details of the contest are available on the conference website Essay Contest What Lessons Can History Provide to Companies and Managers Currently Coping with the Impact of COVID-19? Essay Contest Question During crises, managers have special responsibilities to stakeholders. COVID-19

Over the Counter no. 52

Dear Subscribers to The Exchange , In this issue of Over the Counter :  New Issues in Academic Journals ,  Business Historians Digital Contributions,  Readings and Resources from Across the Web, and Podcast Episodes of Interest. New Issues in Academic Journals Enterprise & Society 's latest issue (Vol. 21 Issue 1) is available online . Issue 3 (Vol. 62) of Business History just got published and it is available here . The March issue (Vol. 80) of The Journal of Economic History can be found here . The latest articles of the Revista de Historia Económica - Journal of Iberian and Latin American Economic History are part of a special issue on the Economic History of Portugal (Vol. 38 Special Issue 1). The latest issue of Business History Review is focused on New Perspectives in Regulatory History (Vol. 93 Issue 4 - Winter 2019) Vol. 73 Issue 1 of the Economic History Review came out in February. Business Historians Digital Contributions In the blog The Ec