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.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

CFP: EBHA 2018

The European Business History Association (EBHA) will hold its next annual conference on September 6-8, 2018, in Ancona, Italy, hosted by the Università Politecnica delle Marche. The theme of the meeting will be "The Firm and The Sea: Chains, Flows and Connections."
    According to the call for papers,
The sea - whether considered as open ocean or as a mass of water bordered by land masses - is an enormous economic resource for mankind. Not only is it the principal way of transportation for goods and humans but it’s also a formidable source of food. Since we want to link the sea with the business unit (the firm, as well as other organizational units like clusters, networks and global value chains) the focus of the next EBHA conference will be on two units of analysis that are both extremely relevant for the sea as well as economic resources - ships and harbors. 
Topics without ties to the sea or the firm will be given consideration, "provided that the proposal demonstrates originality and that [the EBHA meeting] could be a useful place for further reflection."
Formats other than traditional papers, such as panels and roundtables, poster sessions for Ph.D. students, workshops aiming to start collaborative projects, and "toolkit sessions," are also welcome; such proposals should be directed to the paper committee as well.
     For much more detail about the conference theme, and information about the submission process, please see the full call for papers. The submission deadline is January 15, 2018. Questions may be directed to Veronica Binda or Roberto Giulianelli at scientific.ebha18@univpm.it.

Monday, November 13, 2017

New Books of Interest: Fall 2017 Edition

New and forthcoming books of interest to business and economic historians, October-December 2017 (and a few earlier titles we missed):
Leslie Berlin, Troublemakers: Silicon Valley's Coming of Age (Simon & Schuster, November 2017)

Regina Lee Blaszczyk, Fashionability: Abraham Moon and the Creation of British Cloth for the Global Market (Manchester University Press, October 2017)

Regina Lee Blaszczyk and Uwe Spiekermann, eds., Bright Modernity: Color, Commerce, and Consumer Culture (Palgrave, October 2017)

Michael R. Cohen, Cotton Capitalists: American Jewish Entrepreneurship in the Reconstruction Era (NYU Press, December 2017)

Pierre-Yves Donzé and Rika Fujioka, eds., Global Luxury: Organizational Change and Emerging Markets since the 1970s (Palgrave, October 2017)

Anne Fleming, City of Debtors: A Century of Fringe Finance (Harvard University Press, December 2017)

Sarah Ruth Hammond, God's Businessmen: Entrepreneurial Evangelicals in Depression and War [ed. Darren Dochuk] (University of Chicago Press, November 2017)

Douglas A. Irwin, Clashing over Commerce: A History of US Trade Policy (University of Chicago Press, November 2017)

Alice Kessler-Harris and Maurizio Vaudagna, eds., Democracy and the Welfare State: The Two Wests in the Age of Austerity (Columbia University Press, October 2017)

Colleen E. Kriger, Making Money: Life, Death, and Early Modern Trade on Africa’s Guinea Coast
(Ohio University Press, October 2017)

David Kynaston, Till Time's Last Sand: A History of the Bank of England, 1694-2013 (Bloomsbury Publishing, November 2017)

Naomi R. Lamoreaux and John Joseph Wallis, eds., Organizations, Civil Society, and the Roots of Development (University of Chicago Press, December 2017)

Qian Lu, From Partisan Banking to Open Access: The Emergence of Free Banking in Early Nineteenth Century Massachusetts (Palgrave, October 2017)

Bianca Murillo, Market Encounters: Consumer Cultures in Twentieth-Century Ghana (Ohio University Press, October 2016)

William A. Pettigrew and David Chan Smith, eds., A History of Socially Responsible Business, c. 1600-1950 (Palgrave, October 2017)

Jamie L. Pietruska, Looking Forward: Prediction and Uncertainty in Modern America (University of Chicago Press, December 2017)

Mark H. Rose and Roger Biles, eds., The President and American Capitalism since 1945 (University Press of Florida, November 2017)

E. Michael Rosser and Diane M. Sanders, A History of Mortgage Banking in the West: Financing America's Dreams (University Press of Colorado, October 2017)

Laura Philips Sawyer, American Fair Trade: Proprietary Capitalism, Corporatism, and the 'New Competition,' 1890–1940 (Cambridge University Press, December 2017)

Peter Scott, The Market Makers: Creating Mass Markets for Consumer Durables in Inter-war Britain (Oxford University Press, November 2017)

Jeffrey Sklansky, Sovereign of the Market: The Money Question in Early America (University of Chicago Press, November 2017)

Harry S. Stout, American Aristocrats: A Family, a Fortune, and the Making of American Capitalism  (Basic Books, November 2017)

Jim Tomlinson, Managing the Economy, Managing the People: Narratives of Economic Life in Britain from Beveridge to Brexit (Oxford University Press, December 2017)

Emily E. LB. Twarog, Politics of the Pantry: Housewives, Food, and Consumer Protest in Twentieth-Century America (Oxford University Press, October 2017)

Andrew Urban, Brokering Servitude: Migration and the Politics of Domestic Labor during the Long Nineteenth Century (NYU Press, December 2017)

Grietjie Verhoef, The History of Business in Africa: Complex Discontinuity to Emerging Markets (Springer, October 2017)

Zhang Yingyu, The Book of Swindles: Selections from a Late Ming Collection, trans. Christopher Rea and Bruce Rusk (Columbia University Press, September 2017)

Jeffrey R. Yost, Making IT Work: A History of the Computer Services Industry (MIT Press, September 2017)

Friday, November 10, 2017

CFP: Economic History Association, 2018

The next annual meeting of the Economic History Association (EHA) will take place in Montreal, Canada, on September 7-9, 2018. The theme for EHA 2018 is “‘From Plague, Famine, and War, Save us, O Lord’: Shocks and Disasters in Economic History.” As the call for papers explains:
The age-old prayer refers to disasters that have blighted lives throughout history. The theme is an invitation for papers on the broader economic-historical aspects of such crises—environ-mental, climatic, humanitarian, economic, and other. . . . The theme of the 2018 meetings embraces topics such as the economic causes and consequences of wars and of other disasters; comparative and interdisciplinary analyses of famines and plagues from classical antiquity to modern times; analyses of the institutions that attempted to counter them; of their proximate and remoter causes (e.g. climate change); of their changing incidence over time; of the welfare gains from their eradication; and of their short- and long-run economic, demographic, and political consequences.
The program committee will consider submissions on all topics in economic history, though some preference will be given to papers related to the conference theme.
    Proposals should be submitted using the EHA's online system (now open), and must be received by January 31, 2018. For additional information about submitting materials for EHA prizes and for the dissertation session, please see the full call for papers.


Monday, November 6, 2017

WEHC 2018: Accepted Panels Update and Call for Dissertations

The next World Economic History Congress (WEHC) will be held in Boston, Massachusetts, on July 29-August 3, 2018. Panel proposals accepted during the second round are now online and are listed together with the first-round proposals. Panels from either round that still have open calls for papers are indicated in the listing.
   Students who have completed their dissertations between June 2014 and August 2017 are encouraged to submit their theses for the dissertation panel/competition. Dissertations will be shortlisted and considered for awards in three separate categories: Ancient/medieval/early modern period; the long 19th century; and the 20th century. The three finalists in each category will be invited to present their work in the dissertation panel. Theses written in languages other than English will also be considered, although the abstract needs to be in English. The deadline for electronic submissions of the theses, along with information on past and current affiliation of the student, advisor, 500-word abstract, and any other pertinent information is December 1, 2017. All materials should be sent by email to: iehaofficial@gmail.com.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Fellowships: Research Opportunities at the Smithsonian’s Lemelson Center

Through its fellowships and travel grants, the Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation supports research projects that present creative approaches to the study of invention and innovation in American society. Projects may include (but are not limited to) historical research and documentation projects resulting in dissertations, publications, exhibitions, educational initiatives, documentary films, or other multimedia products. A comprehensive catalog of objects, manuscripts, images, and research materials held by the National Museum of American History (and other Smithsonian units) is available on the Smithsonian website.
    The Lemelson Center invites applications covering a broad spectrum of research topics in the history of technology, invention, and innovation, but especially encourages project proposals whose topics align with one (or more) of the Lemelson Center’s strategic research and programmatic areas, including: (1) the cultivation and training of inventors and innovators; (2) innovation in sports and sports technology; (3) the role of risk and failure in invention and innovation; (4) the role of venture capitalists and other intermediaries (e.g. patent attorneys, incubators, designers, etc) in the process of innovation; or (5) projects that illuminate inventors from diverse backgrounds or any inventions and technologies associated with groups (e.g. women, minorities, disabled, LGBTQ, etc.) that are traditionally under-represented in the historical record.
    The Arthur Molella Distinguished Fellowship supports the work of an experienced author or senior scholar (at the associate/full professor level or equivalent) from the history of technology, science and technology studies, business history, museum studies, STEAM education, or an allied field. The specific arrangement is flexible: the Molella Fellow may use the funds as a sabbatical supplement; for several short-duration visits; for a single residency focused on research and writing; or for a series of lectures leading to a major publication. The stipend is $35,000. Funds may be used flexibly to support travel for several short-term visits, living expenses for longer residences up to six months, and related research expenses; dates are flexible.
     The Lemelson Center Fellowship Program annually awards 2 to 3 fellowships to pre-doctoral graduate students, post-doctoral and experienced scholars, and other professionals who have completed advanced training. Fellows are expected to reside in the Washington, D.C. area, to participate in the Center's activities, and to make a presentation of their work to colleagues at the museum. Fellowship tenure is based upon the applicants’ stated needs (and available funding) up to a maximum of ten weeks. Stipends will be $630/week for pre-doctoral fellows and $925/week for post-doctoral and professional fellows.
    For both these fellowships, researchers may wish to consult with the fellowship coordinator before submitting a proposal – contact historian Eric S. Hintz, Ph.D. at +1 202-633-3734 or hintze@si.edu.
    The Lemelson Center Travel to Collections Award Program annually awards 3 to 4 short-term travel grants to encourage the use of its invention-related collections. Awards are $150 per day for a maximum of 10 business days and may be used to cover transportation, living, and reproduction expenses; they are intended only for applicants who reside or attend school beyond commuting distance of the NMAH. Researchers may wish to consult with the travel award coordinator before submitting a proposal – contact archivist Alison Oswald at +1 202-633-3726 or oswalda@si.edu.
     For application procedures and additional information about these fellowships, please follow the indicated links to the specific award programs on the Lemelson Center website.The application deadline for all the fellowships is December 1, 2017.

Monday, October 30, 2017

Digital Resource: Newberry Collections for the Classroom

The American Express building in Chicago
The Newberry Library has organized hundreds of items among its large holdings into "Collections for the Classroom." Materials are divided by topic (for example, "Commodities and the Transformation of the American Landscape"; "The New Deal in Chicago and the Midwest"), but items may also be browsed alphabetically and can be sorted by date, author, or title. Users can log in to create their own lesson plans by assembling Newberry materials of their choosing; the results will be stored as a unique URL.
     For a full list of the Newberry's many online exhibits and topical digital publications, please see the Newberry website.

Friday, October 27, 2017

CFP: Association of Business Historians 2018

The 2018 Association of Business Historians (ABH) annual conference will be held on June 29-30, 2018, at the Open University Business School in Milton Keynes. The conference theme is "Pluralistic Perspectives of Business History: Gender, Class, Ethnicity, Religion." The conference "aims to explore the impact of gender, social class, ethnicity, and religion on business success, fraud, funding, financial markets, corporate governance, and corporate social responsibility."
    The program committee will consider both individual papers and entire panels. Individual paper proposals should include a one-page (up to 300-word) abstract and one-page curriculum vitae (CV). Panel proposals should include a cover letter stating the rationale for the panel and the name of its contact person; one-page (300 word) abstract and author’s CV for each paper; and a list of preferred panel chairs and commentators with contact information. The deadline for submissions is January 15, 2018. Conference proposals should come through the online submission platform.
     For a fuller discussion of the meeting's theme, instructions for proposal submissions, and other details, please consult the full call for papers. Questions may be addressed to the local organizers:
dimitris.sotiropoulos@open.ac.uk or Janette.Rutterford@open.ac.uk.
    Doctoral students will also be interested in the Tony Slaven Doctoral Workshop, which will take place in conjunction with the ABH meeting.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Program Available and Registration Open: EABH Workshop on “The Data Dilemma”

The European Association for Banking and Financial History (EABH) is sponsoring a one-day workshop at the Westin Zagreb Hotel in Zagreb, Croatia, on November 10, 2017, on "The Data Dilemma: A Risk or an Asset?" According to the organizers:
The amount of data about the finance sector is growing exponentially and storing it is becoming easier. Businesses are excited about the commercial possibilities of ‘Big Data’; academics are relishing the research potential of deep data archives and regulators are hoping for a fuller view of systemic risk and stability. Will it all turn out well though? The current reality of massive data stores is often no more than massive cost and complexity. The workshop will explore how we got here with data and where we go next. 
The program is available on the EABH website, and registration information is here. The workshop will run in parallel to the international conference "INFuture 2017: Integrating ICT in Society," meeting in Zagreb on November 8-10.