Wednesday, April 18, 2018

CFP: 2nd World Congress on Business History

The 2nd World Congress on Business History, in conjunction with the 24th Congress of the European Business History Association (EBHA), will meet at Nanzan University in Nagoya, Japan, on September 10-12, 2020. The theme will be “Business History in a Changing World.” The call for papers states:
Reflecting the ever-changing world of business, the discipline of Business History has been far from static. In recent decades there has been a dramatic diversification in both research topics and methods following on from the now classic works of Chandler et al. The emergence of research relating to alternative historical approaches and organizational science, and those which incorporate quantitative methods and/or embraces the “cultural turn”; the institutionalization of Business History research with the establishment of academic societies and academic journals; the internationalization of the field, etc., are all encouraging trends in the evidence of a vibrant research field. The program committee thus welcomes papers/panels from postgraduate, early career and established scholars on a wide-range of topics and various dimensions of “Business History in a Changing World.”
For a much fuller discussion of possible topics and other information, please see the complete call for papers.
     The deadline for proposals is January 15, 2020. Those interested in submitting proposals should use the Congress upload platform at

Monday, April 16, 2018

Position Announcement: Editor for the BHC's “Exchange” Blog

ABOUT THE POSITION The Blog Editor will compile information and announcements of interest to the business history community and post them to The Exchange approximately three times a week. The Exchange features calls for papers, conference announcements, grant listings, award winners, and links to blog posts elsewhere on the web of particular interest to business and economic historians. The new editor may wish to continue regular features of the Exchange such as Over the Counter, a compilation of links and short news items about business and economic history and historians; New Books of Interest; and Business Historians in the News, but is invited to shape the blog in new ways. The position will require approximately ten hours of work per month and includes a modest honorarium.

ABOUT THE IDEAL CANDIDATE The ideal candidate is someone with broad interests in business
and economic history and related fields and should possess strong online, administrative, and organizational skills. The new Blog Editor must be available to start a training period guided by Pat Denault, the retiring editor, during fall 2018. The position will begin January 1, 2019.

HOW TO APPLY Please send a cover letter that outlines your interest and aptitude for the position together with a CV to Shennette Garrett-Scott, Chair, Electronic Media Oversight Committee, at by May 15, 2018. If you have questions, contact either Shennette at the above email address or Andrew Popp, BHC Secretary-Treasurer, at

Friday, April 13, 2018

Deadline Extended: EBHA Dissertation Prize

During the 22nd Annual Congress of European Business History Association, which will take place on September 6-8, 2018, in Ancona, Italy, the EBHA will award a prize for the best dissertation in business history submitted to a European university in the previous two years. The submission deadline has been extended to April 30, 2018.
     Note that eligible dissertations do not have to be in English, but may be in any European language; as a European association, the EBHA values cultural and linguistic diversity.
     Three finalists will be selected from the dissertations submitted for consideration, and the authors will be required to give a presentation based on their dissertations at a plenary session at the EBHA congress in Ancona. All three finalists will receive a certificate that they have been among the short-listed candidates and will be eligible for reimbursement of part of their travel costs.
      All candidates wishing to enter the prize competition must attach a 1-2 page summary of their dissertation to the application along with a printed copy of the dissertation itself. The candidate must document that the thesis has been accepted. For full entry procedures, please see the relevant section of the EBHA meeting website.

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

CFP: Business History Conference 2019, Cartagena

The 2019 annual meeting of the Business History Conference will be held in Cartagena de Indias, Colombia, on March 14–16. The theme of the meeting will be “Globalization and De-Globalization: Shifts of Power and Wealth.” The recent phenomena of the spread of populist and economic nationalist regimes throughout North America, Europe, Asia and elsewhere taking positions against the major trading blocks and the free movement of people and goods make the topic of this conference very timely. The conference aims to concentrate on business history research agendas that enable a nuanced understanding of the phenomena of globalization and de-globalization.

The conference theme encourages contributions from a variety of approaches to business history research, covering a broad range of geographies and periods. The program committee of Marcelo Bucheli (co-chair), Andrea Lluch (co-chair), Takafumi Kurosawa, Espen Storli, Laura Sawyer, and Teresa da Silva Lopes (BHC president) invites paper proposals addressing the following topics, but not limited to:
  • the contribution of firms and the entrepreneurs to globalization and de-globalization
  • the role and responsibility of business in shifts of power, wealth and inequality
  • the rise of emerging markets and the globalization of firms from those markets
  • globalization and environmental and social sustainability
  • business and gender during waves of globalization and de-globalization
  • risk management during globalization waves 
While we encourage proposals to take up this theme, papers addressing all other topics will receive equal consideration by the program committee in accordance with BHC policy. Proposals may be submitted for individual papers or for entire panels. Each proposal should include a one-page abstract and one-page curriculum vitae (CV) for each participant. Panel proposals should have a cover letter containing a title, a one-paragraph panel description, and suggestions for a chair and commentator, with contact information for the panel organizer. To submit a proposal go to  and click on the link Submit a Paper/Panel Proposal. 

All sessions will take place at the Hilton Hotel Cartagena. Rooms (all suites) are $169/night single and $189/double occupancy (plus tax) and include a full breakfast. General questions regarding the BHC’s 2019 annual meeting may be sent to conference coordinator Roger Horowitz,

The K. Austin Kerr Prize will be awarded for the best first paper delivered by a new scholar at the annual meeting. A “new scholar” is defined as a doctoral candidate or a Ph. D. whose degree is less than three years old. You must nominate your paper for this prize on the proposal submission page where indicated. Please check the appropriate box if your proposal qualifies for inclusion in the Kerr Prize competition.

The deadline for receipt of all paper and panel proposals is October 1, 2018.

The BHC awards the Herman E. Krooss Prize for the best English-language dissertation in business history by a recent Ph.D. in history, economics, business administration, the history of science and technology, sociology, law, communications, and related fields. To be eligible, dissertations must be completed in the three calendar years immediately prior to the 2019 annual meeting, and may only be submitted once for the Krooss prize. After the Krooss committee has reviewed the proposals, it will ask semi-finalists to submit copies of their dissertations. Finalists will present summaries of their dissertations at a plenary session and will receive a partial subsidy of their travel costs to the meeting. Proposals accepted for the Krooss Prize are not eligible for the Kerr Prize. If you wish to apply for this prize please send a cover letter indicating you are applying for the Krooss prize along with a one-page CV and one-page (300 word) dissertation abstract via email to The deadline for proposals for the Krooss prize is 1 October 2018.

The BHC Doctoral Colloquium in Business History will be held in conjunction with the BHC annual meeting. This prestigious workshop, funded by Cambridge University Press, will take place in Cartagena on Wednesday, March 13, and Thursday, March 14. Typically limited to ten students, the colloquium is open to early-stage doctoral candidates pursuing dissertation research within the broad field of business history, from any relevant discipline. Topics (see link for past examples) may range from the early modern era to the present, and explore societies across the globe. Participants work intensively with a distinguished group of BHC-affiliated scholars (including at least two BHC officers), discussing dissertation proposals, relevant literatures and research strategies, and career trajectories. Applications are due by November 1, 2018, via email to and should include: a statement of interest; CV; preliminary or final dissertation prospectus (10-15 pages); and a letter of support from your dissertation supervisor (or prospective supervisor). Questions about the colloquium should be sent to its director, Edward Balleisen, All participants receive a stipend that partially defrays travel costs to the annual meeting.

On the March 14, 2019, there will be a special workshop on ‘Latin American Business in a Global and Historical Perspective’ which will be in the Spanish and Portuguese languages and aims to attract papers by academics who prefer to present their research in their native languages. The deadline for submissions is October 1,  2018. For more details about the workshop and the submission process, contact Joaquin Viloria De la Hoz (Banco de la República / Central Bank of Colombia) at:

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Post-Doctoral Position in Entrepreneurial History at USC

The Lloyd Greif Center for Entrepreneurial Studies at the Marshall School of Business, University of Southern California, seeks applicants for a postdoctoral scholar interested in entrepreneurial history. The postdoctoral researcher will work under the supervision of Professors Noam Wasserman and Christina Lubinski of the Greif Center and in conjunction with Professor Dan Wadhwani of the University of the Pacific. Professor Wasserman is the founding director of the Greif Center’s Founder Central initiative and Professor Lubinski leads its entrepreneurial-history activities. Founder Central’s new course on Entrepreneurial History will debut in the Spring of 2019. The position is for one year, with the potential of extending this to two years.
In addition to research, the postdoc will teach one entrepreneurship or general business course per year if qualified, and will receive mentoring in this teaching role. The Greif Center is among the nation's leaders in entrepreneurship education and research. Its faculty includes a diverse mix of researchers and practitioners.
Requirements: Applicants should have a Ph.D. (or expect to complete the Ph.D. by September 2018) in history or should have engaged in historically oriented work in a related discipline (e.g., management, sociology, anthropology, law, economics). Candidates should be interested in historical perspectives on entrepreneurship and its role in socio-economic change. Experience with archival and primary source research is preferred. You will be expected to participate in at least one existing research project while also having time to continue developing your own research.
Qualified candidates should email the following documents to
  • Cover letter
  • Curriculum vitae, specifying research, teaching, and work experience
  • Research statement
  • Teaching statement
  • Two letters of recommendation
Timing: Review of applications will begin immediately, and continue until the position is filled. The position is expected to start September 2018, although the start date is flexible. For questions about the position, please contact Christina Lubinski ( or Noam Wasserman (

For more information about the Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California, please go to: USC is an equal-opportunity educator and employer, proudly pluralistic and firmly committed to providing equal opportunity for outstanding persons of every race, gender, creed and background. The University particularly encourages women, members of underrepresented groups, veterans and individuals with disabilities to apply. USC will make reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with known disabilities unless doing so would result in an undue hardship. Further information is available by contacting

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

New and Forthcoming Books of Interest: Pre-Meeting Edition

New and forthcoming, April and May 2018 (plus a few we missed from March):
Cornelia Aust, The Jewish Economic Elite: Making Modern Europe (Indiana University Press, February 2018)

Gavin Benke, Risk and Ruin: Enron and the Culture of American Capitalism (University of Pennsylvania Press, May 2018)

Regina Lee Blaszczyk and Véronique Pouillard, eds., European Fashion: The Creation of a Global Industry (Manchester University Press, March 2018)

Regina Lee Blaszczyk and Ben Wubs, eds., The Fashion Forecasters: A Hidden History of Color and Trend Prediction (Bloomsbury, March 2018)

John R. Bockstoce, White Fox and Icy Seas in the Western Arctic: The Fur Trade, Transportation, and Change in the Early Twentieth Century (Yale University Press, March 2018)

Chris Briggs and Jaco Zuijderduijn, eds., Land and Credit: Mortgages in the Medieval and Early Modern European Countryside (Palgrave Macmillan, April 2018)

Richard Lyman Bushman, The American Farmer in the Eighteenth Century: A Social and Cultural History (Yale University Press, May 2018)

John Butman and Simon Targett, New World, Inc.: The Making of America by England's Merchant Adventurers (Little, Brown, March 2018)

Rachel Corr, Interwoven: Andean Lives in Colonial Ecuador's Textile Economy (University of Arizona Press, April 2018)

Joan DeJean, The Queen's Embroiderer: A True Story of Paris, Lovers, Swindlers, and the First Stock Market Crisis ( Bloomsbury, May 2018)

Joe Dobrow, Pioneers of Promotion: How Press Agents for Buffalo Bill, P. T. Barnum, and the World’s Columbian Exposition Created Modern Marketing (University of Oklahoma Press, May 2018)

Steve Fraser, Class Matters: The Strange Career of an American Delusion (Yale University Press, March 2018)

C. Donald Johnson, The Wealth of a Nation: The History of Trade Politics in America (Oxford University Press, May 2018)

Wim Klooster and Gert Oostindie, Realm between Empires: The Second Dutch Atlantic, 1680-1815 (Cornell University Press, May 2018)

Christopher Kobrak and Joe Martin, From Wall Street to Bay Street: The Origins and Evolution of American and Canadian Finance (University of Toronto Press, March 2018)

J. G. Manning, The Open Sea: The Economic Life of the Ancient Mediterranean World from the Iron Age to the Rise of Rome (Princeton University Press, April 2018)

Nathan Marcus, Austrian Reconstruction and the Collapse of Global Finance, 1921-1931 (Harvard University Press, April 2018)

James W. Martin, Banana Cowboys: The United Fruit Company and the Culture of Corporate Colonialism (University of New Mexico Press, May 2018)

Rupali Mishra, A Business of State: Commerce, Politics, and the Birth of the East India Company (Harvard University Press, May 2018)

C. Roger Pellett, Whaleback Ships and the American Steel Barge Company {Wayne State University Press, May 2018)

Amanda Porterfield, Corporate Spirit: Religion and the Rise of the Modern Corporation (Oxford University Press, April 2018)

Anne Reinhardt, Navigating Semi-Colonialism: Shipping, Sovereignty, and Nation-Building in China, 1860–1937 (Harvard University Press [Harvard East Asian Monographs], April 2018)

Renee C. Romano and Claire Bond Potter, Historians on Hamilton: How a Blockbuster Musical Is Restaging America's Past (Rutgers University Press, April 2018)

Priya Satia, Empire of Guns: The Violent Making of the Industrial Revolution (Penguin Randomhouse, April 2018)

James Schwoch, Wired into Nature: The Telegraph and the North American Frontier (University of Illinois Press, April 2018)

Cesare Silla, The Rise of Consumer Capitalism in America, 1880-1930 (Routledge, April 2018)

Richard Sylla and David J. Cowan, Alexander Hamilton on Finance, Credit, and Debt (Columbia University Press, March 2018)

Molly A. Warsh, American Baroque: Pearls and the Nature of Empire, 1492-1700 (University of North Carolina Press, April 2018)

Monday, April 2, 2018


The Association of Academic Historians in Australian and New Zealand Business Schools (AAHANZBS) will hold its 10th annual conference on November 6-7, 2018, at the University of Sydney Business School, Sydney, Australia, hosted by the Business and Labour History Group there. Interested scholars are invited to submit papers addressing the conference theme, "Frontiers of Historical Research." According to the call for papers, the organizers are interested in
papers relating to accounting history, business history, economic history, labour history, management history, marketing history, tourism history, transport history and other areas of interest relating to historical research in business schools. We also invite papers/panel suggestions around teaching and pedagogy relating to business and labour history. We welcome papers from researchers outside business schools who have an interest in those fields. 
A 1,000-word abstract or a 6,000-word maximum paper is due by June 15, 2018.
     There is also a separate call for papers on the use of interdisciplinary approaches and history as a way to understand contemporary business issues. Papers accepted in response to this call will comprise a special session of the conference, with these papers also considered for inclusion (subject to normal refereeing) in a special issue of Accounting History Review. Submissions from scholars in all business disciplines are being encouraged for this session. These papers have an earlier deadline (April 30, 2018) and have different criteria for selection.
     Please contact Greg Patmore at or Mark Westcott at with any questions. For full details for both calls, please consult the AAHANZBS website.

Friday, March 30, 2018

Digital Resources: Chicago, Burlington & Quincy RR at the Newberry and CARLI

The Newberry Library in Chicago has announced a major revision to its policy regarding the re-use of collection images: "images derived from collection items are now available to anyone for any lawful purpose, whether commercial or non-commercial, without licensing or permission fees to the library." (Note, however, that "users remain responsible for determining whether material is in the public domain, whether it is protected by copyright law or other restrictions, or whether a particular activity constitutes fair use.")
     This news should encourage researchers to explore the 1.7 million high-resolution Newberry images currently available online.  One place to start is the digital exhibit, "CB&Q: Building an Empire." Additional CB&Q materials are available at the Consortium of Academic and Research Libraries in Illinois (CARLI) site, where one will find "Daily Life along the Chicago, Burlington, & Quincy Railroad," based on materials from the Newberry. Even more images can be found by searching the whole CARLI collection by topic--for example, "Technology and Industry."

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

CFP (Book): “Buying and Selling the Civil War”

Caroline E. Janney of Purdue University and James Marten of Marquette University have issued a call for proposals for essays for an anthology with the working title “Buying and Selling the Civil War.” Each essay will provide a case study of a product, experience, or idea related to remembrance of the war; of products acknowledging the outcomes of the war; or of products marketed specifically to Americans who participated in the war (veterans, for instance, or widows). According to the editors:
Authors will be asked to identify not only the products being marketed and consumed, but also the meaning of those products: How did sellers “pitch” their products, and what did buyers believe they were buying? Among the possibilities are status and recognition in their communities; a sense of redemption for war-time failures; ways to connect family histories to national history; forms of investment in the future; ways to recover from war-time traumas; hopes of making a political statement. 
Although the time period to be covered is generally the Gilded Age, the editors will consider a broader time period. Essays will be limited to 6,000 words (before notes). Authors will be encouraged to provide one or two illustrations for each essay.
     Proposals should include a one-page abstract and a brief CV and should be sent to no later than May 15, 2018. First drafts of selected essays will be due in early 2019. Please direct queries to or
    For more details, please see the full call for proposals.

Monday, March 26, 2018

Online Resource: Digital Hagley

The Hagley Digital Archives site contains an enormous amount of curated material on a wide variety of topics. From the American Brewer trade journal, to "History of Kevlar" oral history interviews, to "Photographs and ephemera on the history of fatty materials," to Lukens Steel Company photographs, to U.S. Chamber of Commerce videos, holdings spread across the field of business history and encompass all media types. In many cases, not all of the materials in a collection have been digitized, but the user is provided with links to descriptions of the full collection, and, if one exists. to a finding aid. Within finding aids, digitized materials are linked back to the Digital Archives.
    In addition to the materials organized at Hagley Digital Archives, the Library has developed many focused web exhibits based on its holdings; a list can be found here.