Friday, December 8, 2017

BHC-Related “Late-Breaking” AHA Panel


At its 2018 annual meeting, the AHA will present a small number of late-breaking sessions, which will explore either major, late-breaking controversies within the discipline or the relevance of history and historical thinking to public policy and culture related to current events.
     Edward Balleisen, Vice Provost for Interdisciplinary Studies, Duke University, will be chairing such a session. on January 5, 3:30-5:00 p.m., in the Blue Room of the Omni Shoreham: “Revolt against Regulation in the Time of Trump: Historical Perspectives.” The panel includes Sally Katzen, former administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (in the Clinton Administration); Susan Dudley, former administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (in the George W. Bush Administration); Cary Coglianese, Edward B. Shils Professor of Law and professor of political science, University of Pennsylvania; Nelson Lichtenstein, Distinguished Professor of History, University of California-Santa Barbara; and Christy Ford Chapin, associate professor of history, University of Maryland-Baltimore County. Here is a partial session description:
In its first year, the Trump Administration has moved across many fronts to “deconstruct the administrative state,” in the words of former Trump adviser Steve Bannon. These efforts have ranged from encouraging Congress to block the implementation of regulatory rules adopted in the last few months of the Obama Administration, to appointing vehement opponents of stringent governmental regulations to head federal agencies, such as Scott Pruitt at the Environmental Protection Agency, to requiring the repeal of two regulations for every new one adopted through an Executive Order, to proposing deep budget cuts in arenas of regulatory enforcement. This late-breaking roundtable [will] place these developments in historical context.
Full details can be found on the AHA website. And please see our earlier post about other sessions of interest at the meeting.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

CFP Deadline Approaching: Workshop on Politics and State Finance

A workshop on "Politics and State Finance in the Peripheries of the Global Economy in Historical Perspective" will take place at University College London on June 6-7, 2018. Keynote speakers will be Tim Besley (London School of Economics) and Larry Neal (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign). The deadline for paper submissions is December 15, 2017. According to the organizers, the workshop
is open to papers on any time range which focus on peripheries of Europe, Asia and Africa. . . . Proposed papers inter alia will explore topics of fiscal policy, long-term patterns of taxation and government spending, political economy of domestic/foreign debt and defaults, persistence and convergence of fiscal regimes, and the links between global finance and domestic politics.
Interested participants are required submit a 500-word abstract and title together with their academic CV to history.debt@ucl.ac.uk. Participants will be invited to publish an extended abstract of their papers in workshop proceedings and on the website for the project on "Democracy, Autocracy and Sovereign Debt," of which this workshop is a part. Project co-leaders are Coşkun Tunçer (University College London) and Leonardo Weller (Fundação Getúlio Vargas). Please see the complete call for papers for more information. Queries may be addressed to the organizers at history.debt@ucl.ac.uk.

Monday, December 4, 2017

Fellowship Opportunities: Hartman Center at Duke

The John W. Hartman Center for Sales, Advertising and Marketing History, part of the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library at Duke University, announces the availability of three grants for research travel to our collections: the Alvin Achenbaum travel grant, FOARE Fellowship for Outdoor Advertising Research, and the John Furr Fellowship for research in the J. Walter Thompson Co. Archives.
       The John W. Hartman Center promotes the understanding of the social, cultural and historical influence of advertising and marketing through the collection of published and unpublished resources. Strengths of the collection include direct marketing and sales, outdoor advertising, women in the industry, trade industry association records, and the records of multiple advertising agencies and marketing firms.
       Travel grants are available to faculty, graduate and undergraduate students, artists, and independent scholars with a research project that would benefit from access to materials held by the Center.
       For more information on the available grants please visit the Hartman Center website. The deadline for applications is January 31, 2018 by 5:00 p.m. EST. Questions about the travel grant program or application process should be directed to hartman-center@duke.edu.

Friday, December 1, 2017

BHC Members Awarded 2017 AHA Prizes

The American Historical Association has announced the winners of its awards for 2017 in advance of the 2018 meeting in Washington, D.C. Among them are two distinguished BHC members:
Roger Horowitz, director of the program on Business, Technology, and Society at the Hagley Museum and Library and long-time secretary treasurer of the Business History Conference, has been awarded the Dorothy Rosenberg Prize in the history of the Jewish diaspora for his book Kosher USA: How Coke Became Kosher and Other Tales of Modern Food (Columbia University Press, 2016).
Patrick Fridenson, directeur d'études at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales and former BHC trustee and past-president, was awarded the Honorary Foreign Member Prize for a foreign scholar who is distinguished in his or her field and who has “notably aided the work of American historians in the scholar's country.”
The awards will be presented at the AHA meeting in January.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

CFP: CHORD 2018 Workshop on “Retailing, Architecture, and Material Culture”

The Centre for the History of Retailing and Distribution (CHORD) will hold a workshop on May 22, 2018, at the University of Wolverhampton on  "Retailing, Architecture and Material Culture: Historical Perspectives." Submissions are invited that explore the architecture, material environment, objects and material culture of retailing and distribution. Papers focusing on any historical period or geographical area are welcome, as are reflections on methodology and / or theory. Both experienced and new speakers are welcome, including speakers without an institutional affiliation. Both individual papers and shorter, 10-minute work in progress presentations will be considered.
     To submit a proposal, please send the title and an abstract of 300 to 400 words, specifying whether the proposal is for a 10- or a 20-minute presentation, to Laura Ugolini at l.ugolini@wlv.ac.uk by March 2,  2018.
     For additional information, please see the full call for papers. Questions may be addressed to Laura Ugolini.
      Also of interest, the CHORD website has initiated a "conference blogs" section, where presenters from the 2017 meeting have written about their research.

Monday, November 27, 2017

CFP: Banking History Association Annual Meeting 2018

The European Association for Banking and Financial History (EABH) has announced that its 2018 Annual Meeting will take place - in cooperation with the Fondazione 1563 per l'Arte e la Cultura della Compagnia di San Paolo - in Torino, Italy, on June 14-15, 2018. With the theme "The Social Aims of Finance," the conference will explore how financial institutions have tackled the question of their legitimacy and social usefulness by developing alternative goals and business forms for durable financial services.
    The meeting will be accompanied by an archival workshop on 'good' archives. This workshop is designed for financial institutions' archivists, researchers and potential users and will reflect on the legacy of the social purposes that inspired the origins of many financial institutions and the role banks and finance played in society.
     Please consult the full call for papers for additional details and a fuller explanation of the meeting theme. Proposals for both events are due by January 31, 2018.
     Academic paper givers will have the opportunity for their papers to be considered for peer-reviewed publication in the Financial History Review.

Friday, November 24, 2017

Thanksgiving and Marketing

As we in the United States celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday, marketing professor Samantha Cross discusses "How Advertising Shaped Thanksgiving as We Know It" in "The Conversation." She and her colleagues studied 99 years of Thanksgiving ads in Good Housekeeping magazine to find out how the success of marketing campaigns accounts for our near-universal association of turkey, cranberry sauce, and pumpkin pie with the holiday.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Podcasts of Interest: “Doing History” on the Revolutionary Economy

The Doing History podcast, edited by Liz Covart and recently brought under the auspices of the Omohundro Institute for Early American History and Culture (OIEAHC), has been producing high-quality material for several years now. Recent episodes have been focusing on the American Revolution, and the last three topics may be of particular interest to economic and business historians working in the colonial America field:
  • The Revolutionary Economy, featuring Serena Zabin of Carleton College, author of Dangerous Economies: Status and Commerce in Imperial New York (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2009)
  • The Politics of Tea, featuring Jane Merritt of Old Dominion University, author of The Trouble with Tea: The Politics of Consumption in the Eighteenth-Century Global Economy (Johns Hopkins University Press)
  • Smuggling and the American Revolution, with guests including Wim Klooster, Fabricio Prado, and Christian Koot
In addition to links provided with each episode, additional materials are available through the OI Reader, available in both Apple and Android versions.

Monday, November 20, 2017

CFP: Business and the Law Workshop

The University of Bayreuth is holding a workshop on "Business and the Law: Historical Perspectives on Legal Change," which will take place on June 21-23, 2018. According to the organizers,
The aim of the workshop is to understand legal change as a change in routines that affected the ways in which businesses and courts interpreted the "rules of the game." Such a change could manifest itself in written law or lead to a fundamentally different way of interpreting it. In both cases the focus needs to be on economic and legal practices, i.e. on the question what the law meant in its historical context and how it actually affected economic actions. We are looking for theoretical work as well as empirical case studies that help to shed light on the historical transformations of legal institutions at the intersection of businesses and the law.
Travel costs and accommodation will be covered for the presenters of all accepted papers. The workshop will be organized as a paper development workshop. There will be only a small number of individual presentations during the workshop, intended to provide an overview to the different fields of interest. All workshop participants are expected to read the papers that will be pre-circulated. Some of the papers will be published in a special issue on "Business and the Law," edited by the workshop organizers, in Management and Organizational History.
    Proposals should be sent as a single document (PDF) by December 31, 2017. The document should include the name, institutional affiliation, and contact information of those submitting; a 500-800 word abstract; and a one-page CV.
   For a fuller explanation of the Workshop's aims and discussion of the topic, please see the full call for papers.

Friday, November 17, 2017

E&S Announces Annual 5th Issue: Call for Guest Editors for “Histories of Business and Inequality”

The editors of the BHC journal Enterprise & Society have announced a new initiative to expand the content of the journal by publishing an annual 5th issue on a special topic, to be delivered online. According to Andrew Popp, Enterprise & Society editor, the goal of the 5th issue is "to significantly enhance the reach and impact of business history by creating a space in which to explore inter-disciplinary dialogue and address very large scale problems in ways that are beyond the scope of conventional original research articles and typical thematically focused special issues." Here is more from the general announcement on the Cambridge University Press website:
The new fifth issue, which will be published online, will be a special issue unlike most others. Rather than seeking original research articles the aim is to generate bold, ambitious, synthetic articles that will spark debate, inspire future lines of work, and broaden audiences. Each issue will focus either on the potential intersections of business history and another field, both within and beyond history, or on problems of the greatest magnitude. . . .
     The new fifth issue will also differ from most Special Issues in other ways. We will not seek theme proposals. Rather, the editorial team at Enterprise and Society will decide themes. Teams of potential guest editors will then be invited to bid to take each theme forward to publication. Space and support will be given for guest editors to organize a supporting workshop at the Annual Meeting of the Business History Conference, on whose behalf Enterprise and Society is published.
All articles accepted for publication in Special Issues will be subject to the same peer review and editorial processes as articles appearing in the regular print issues. They will also be produced and formatted to identical standards as those in regular print issues.
     The journal has now issued a call for guest editors to oversee the first issue in a new initiative; the topic will be "Histories of Business and Inequality." Expressions of interest from potential editorial teams will be assessed according to both the composition of the editorial team and how they propose to shape and address the chosen theme. Editorial teams must comprise a minimum of two individuals and must be interdisciplinary. Interdisciplinarity is defined as at least one member from beyond the field of business history, broadly defined. Team members may be drawn from the wider field of history or other cognate fields of study. International teams will be viewed favorably, as will teams combining established and emerging scholars. For more details about the theme and the submission and publication processes, please see the full call for papers.
     Proposals, consisting of a description of the proposed editorial team, a document outlining how the theme will be shaped and addressed, and CVs for all team members, should be sent to editor-in-chief Andrew Popp by January 31, 2018, at andrew.popp@liverpool.ac.uk. Enquiries from prospective teams are welcome and can be sent to the same email address.