Friday, December 15, 2017

CFP: Asian Historical Economics Conference

The Sixth Asian Historical Economics Conference (AHEC 2018) will be hosted by the Asia Global Institute and the Faculty of Business and Economics at the University of Hong Kong, in collaboration with the Asian Historical Economics Society, on September 21-22, 2018. The two-day conference will be held at Le Méridien Hotel in Hong Kong.
     This meeting follows earlier conferences of the Asian Historical Economics Society in Venice (2008), Beijing (2010), Tokyo (2012), Istanbul (2014), and Seoul (2016). The conference aims to bring together researchers working on the economic history of all regions of Asia, as well as those comparing Asia with other regions. AHEC 2018 invites papers exploring various aspects of economic history. Participants in the AHEC are generally limited to holders of a Ph.D. and those currently in a doctoral program.
     Interested scholars should submit an abstract (max. 1-page) together with paper(s) or session proposal(s) via the submission form linked from the meeting website no later than March 15, 2018.
     Please visit the conference website ​for additional information. Questions may be directed to AHEC2018@hku.hk.

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Registration Open: Douglass North Symposium

On March 2-3, 2018, professors Lee Alston, John Nye, and Barry Weingast will host a conference, sponsored by the Mercatus Center at George Mason University, to consider the impact of Douglass North’s work on the discipline of economics: "The Life & Legacy of Douglass North." The conference, which celebrates the 25th anniversary of North's Nobel Prize in Economics, will be structured around five key periods in his career: 1) Cliometrics and Measurement; 2) Relative Prices, Property Rights, and Transaction Costs; 3) Institutions; 4) Belief and Cognition; and 5) Violence. Each theme will have a keynote lecture and a series of paper presentations.
    Registration is now open. There is no registration fee, but attendees will be responsible for their own travel and lodging.

Monday, December 11, 2017

Essay Contest: US Treasury Inaugurates 1500 Penn Prize

From Alexander Hamilton to the 2007-2008 financial crisis, the United States Treasury has faced wars, panics, and a rapidly changing American and global economy. To promote and preserve the history of this institution, the Treasury Historical Association (THA) invites essay submissions for the inaugural 1500 Penn Prize.
     Named in honor of the location of the Treasury’s historic main building, the prize seeks to reward outstanding scholarship on the history and significance of the Treasury to American history—broadly conceived. The THA welcomes scholarly essays that cover any period of American history, as well as any aspect of the Treasury’s past, including studies of policies, politics, architecture, people, and culture. Essays will be judged by a panel of historians and Treasury experts.
     The winner of this contest will receive a $250 honorarium as well as an invitation to speak at the THA’s Noontime Lecture Series. The THA will cover travel costs to Washington, DC, up to $750. Submissions must be double-spaced, 12-point font, and no more than 12,000 words including footnotes. Submissions should include a current CV and a cover page that includes the author's contact information and affiliation. The deadline is January 31, 2018. The winner will be announced in April 2018.
     Essay submissions should be sent via email as a PDF attachment to Michael Caires at mtc2p@virginia.edu. For questions on the 1500 Penn Prize or the THA Noontime Lecture Series, please contact Michael Caires; for more information on the Treasury Historical Association, visit www.treasuryhistoricalassn.org.

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.