Wednesday, July 19, 2017

CFP: EABH Workshop on “The Data Dilemma”

The European Association for Banking and Financial History (EABH) invites submissions for its next workshop, "The data dilemma: a risk or an asset? Business, academic and regulator perspectives on the past, present and future of data in the finance sector." From the call for papers:
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. Ultimately, can a meeting of business, academics and regulators resolve the data dilemma and find a way to turn a risk into an asset?
The workshop will take place on November 10, 2017, at the Westin Zagreb Hotel in Zagreb, Croatia, parallel to the international conference INFuture2017: Integrating ICT in Society (http://infoz.ffzg.hr/INFuture).
    Those interested in participating should send an abstract (400-500 words) and a short CV no later than August 31, 2017, to: g.massaglia@bankinghistory.org. The workshop committee consists of Jan Booth (DEFRA), Carmen Hofmann (EABH), and Hrvoje Stančić (University of Zagreb). Please consult the full call for papers for additional details.

Monday, July 17, 2017

CFP: “The Many Fourteenth Amendments”

On the 150th Anniversary of the ratification of the Fourteenth Amendment, the Department of History at the University of Miami, in Coral Gables, Florida, invites scholars to join a research symposium on the causes, consequences, and living legacies of this amendment. The conference will open on Thursday March 1, 2018 with a keynote address by Professor Dylan Penningroth, Professor of History and Law at U.C. Berkley. Four subsequent panels will be dedicated to different elements of the Fourteenth Amendment. It will conclude on March 3, 2018 with a roundtable discussion among the chairs of each panel.
The organizers solicit individual papers that will be appropriate for one of the following panels:
  • Panel 1: Making a New Constitution: Chair: Steven Hahn, Professor of History, New York University 
  • Panel 2: Capitalism, Corporatism, and Conservatism: Chair: Naomi Lamoreaux, Stanley B. Resnor Professor of Economics and History, Yale University 
  • Panel 3: Birthright Citizenship and Immigration in a Globalized America: Chair: Mae Ngai, Lung Family Professor of Asian American Studies and Professor of History, Columbia University 
  • Panel 4: Equal Protection and Civil Rights: Chair: Tomiko Brown-Nagin, Daniel PS Paul Professor of Constitutional Law, Harvard Law School 
Applications from scholars at every stage of their careers are welcome. Limited travel funds will be available to conference participants. Paper proposals should include a short c.v. and an abstract of no more than 250 words that describes the research to be presented and makes explicit the link with the larger theme of the panel. Applicants should e-mail their proposals to amendmentconference@gmail.com by September 15, 2017. All questions or inquiries should also be sent to that address.
    The full call for papers can be found here.

Friday, July 14, 2017

CFP: Journal Special Issue on Capitalist Transitions

The Journal of Historical Sociology has issued a call for papers for a special issue on "Capitalist Transitions, Empire Building, and American History." The editor writes:
there continues to be much confusion over what capitalism is in general, how to define it, and its role in American history. On a broader level this raises a series of questions going back to Marx and Weber, among others, over the transition to (or transitions to) capitalism and the uniqueness of capitalism as opposed to other historical social forms.The purpose of this special issue is to explore this problematic through the lens of the history of American capitalist development and empire building.
    In addition to full papers of 7,000-8,000 words, shorter more specific pieces or review essays may also be considered. Authors must follow the Journal of Historical Sociology author guidelines, which may be found on the journal website. For a more complete discussion of appropriate articles, please see the full call for papers.
    Inquiries (including discussing potential paper topics before writing a formal proposal) and proposals, including a 300-word abstract, should be addressed the special issue editor James Parisot at Jpariso1@binghamton.edu. The deadline for proposals is October 1, 2017.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Library of Congress Digitizing All Available Sanborn Maps

The Library of Congress has placed online nearly 25,000 Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps, which depict the structure and use of buildings in U.S. cities and towns. Maps will be added monthly until 2020, for a total of approximately 500,000. The online collection now features maps published prior to 1900. By 2020, all the states will be online, showing maps from the late 1880s through the early 1960s. As the LofC website explains,
The Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps are a valuable resource for genealogists, historians, urban planners, teachers or anyone with a personal connection to a community, street or building.  The maps depict more than 12,000 American towns and cities.  They show the size, shape and construction materials of dwellings, commercial buildings, factories and other structures.  They indicate both the names and width of streets, and show property boundaries and how individual buildings were used.  House and block numbers are identified.  They also show the location of water mains, fire alarm boxes and fire hydrants.
The Library also has a thorough explanation of the maps and how to search for them and understand their keys and color schemes. Additional examples were included in one of the Library's recent blog posts.


Monday, July 10, 2017

CFP: Policy History Conference 2018

The Institute for Political History, the Journal of Policy History, and the Center for Political Thought and Leadership at Arizona State University are hosting the tenth biennial Policy History Conference at the Mission Palms Hotel in Tempe, Arizona on May 16-19, 2018.  The call for papers invites panel and paper proposals on all topics regarding American political and policy history, political development, and comparative historical analysis. Complete sessions, including two or three presenters with chair/commentator(s), and individual paper proposals are welcome. Participants may only appear once as a presenter in the program.
    The deadline for submission is December 8, 2017. Proposals for panels and papers must be submitted online. For details, please see the full call for papers.

Friday, July 7, 2017

Archival Resource: Boots Opens Digital Archives

The well-known British firm Boots (now Walgreens Boots Alliance) has launched a digital archives that contains around 15,000 entries and includes photographs, letters, advertisements, building plans, and industry magazines. The majority of the archives' holdings relate to the UK’s leading pharmacy-led health and beauty retailer and chart its development from its foundations in the mid-19th century. According to the archives website:
In addition to the material relating to the history of Boots UK, other significant holdings also include the business records of Walgreens; Dollond and Aitchison; Optrex Ltd; Timothy Whites and Taylors Ltd; Unichem and E Moss Ltd. In 2015 the Walgreens Boots Alliance Archive, led by the Boots UK archive team, received funding from Wellcome to re-catalogue the entire collection. The current catalogue contains details of all the records which have been re-catalogued and are open to researchers. It contains individual content descriptions for the archives as well as any digitised images connected to it.
The re-cataloguing process is on-going, with new items to be added regularly; the current digital entries account for approximately a fifth of the holdings. Business historian Peter Scott of Reading University said that the collection constitutes "one of the most significant and multi-faceted British corporate archives."

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

CFP: SHEAR 2018

The 40th annual meeting of the Society for Historians of the Early American Republic (SHEAR) has been scheduled for July 19-22, 2018, in Cleveland, Ohio. The meeting will be headquartered at the Cleveland Marriott Downtown at Key Center. The program committee invites proposals for sessions and papers exploring all aspects of and approaches to the history and culture of the early American republic, c. 1776-1861. Particularly encouraged are submissions that
• reflect the diversity of the past, but also address the most pressing issues of the present;
• fill gaps in the historical narrative and/or historiography;
• focus on pedagogy, public history, digital humanities, and other alternative methodologies;
• foster audience participation, feature pre-circulated papers, or assess the state of a given field.
Individual proposals will be considered, but the program committee gives priority to proposals for complete panels that include a chair and commentator. Attention should be given to forming panels with gendered, racial, institutional, and interpretive diversity, representing as well different professional ranks and careers. Individuals interested in serving as chairs or commentators should submit a one-page curriculum vitae. The committee co-chairs are Lorri Glover, St. Louis University, and Ami Pflugrad-Jackisch, University of Toledo.
     All submissions should be filed as one document (Word doc preferred), labeled with the first initial and surname of the contact person (e.g., “SmithJ2018”). All proposals must include
• Panel title and one-paragraph description of panel’s topic
• Email addresses and institutional affiliations for designated contact person and each participant •
A title and description in no more than 100 words for each paper
• A single-page curriculum vitae for each participant, including chairs and commentators
• Indication of any needs for ADA accommodation or requirement
• Indication of any audio-visual requests (please request only if A/V is essential to a presentation) 
Proposals should be submitted via email at shear2018@gmail.com with “SHEAR2018” in the subject line. The deadline for submissions is December 1, 2017.
   [Note: the CFP will soon appear on the SHEAR website, but it can currently be found on page 78 of the 2017 meeting brochure.]

Monday, July 3, 2017

New in Paperback: Spring/Early Summer Edition

A (belated) spring and early summer listing of books of interest newly published in paperback covering April through June (does not include books published simultaneously in hardcover and paper, but does include books published as paperback originals):
Mark Braude, Making Monte Carlo: A History of Speculation and Spectacle (Simon & Schuster, April 2017 [2016])

Francesa Bray, et al., eds., Rice: Global Networks and New Histories (Cambridge University Press, May 2017 [2015]

Gerald M. Carbone (with the Rhode Island Historical Society), Brown & Sharpe and the Measure of American Industry (McFarland, April 2017 [pb original])

Jefferson Cowie, The Great Exception: The New Deal and the Limits of American Politics (Princeton University Press, April 2017 [2016])

Donald Creighton, The Empire of the St. Lawrence: A Study in Commerce and Politics (University of Toronto Press, May 2017 [1937]). [This book is part of the University of Toronto Press's Canada 150 Collection, a series of reprints in honor of the sesquicentennial of Canadian Confederation. See here for the complete list.]

Peter B. Doran, Breaking Rockefeller: The Incredible Story of the Ambitious Rivals Who Toppled an Oil Empire (Penguin Random House, May 2017 [2016])

Jonathan Eacott, Selling Empire: India in the Making of Britain and America, 1600-1830 (University of North Carolina Press, April 2017 [2016])

Xing Hang, Conflict and Commerce in Maritime East Asia: The Zheng Family and the Shaping of the Modern World, c. 1620-1720 (Cambridge University Press, June 2017 [2016])

Douglas E. Haynes, Small Town Capitalism in Western India: Artisans, Merchants and the Making of the Informal Economy, 1870–1960 (Cambridge University Press, April 2017 [2012])

Louis Hyman and Edward E. Baptist, American Capitalism: A Reader (Simon & Schuster, May 2017 [2014, as ebook])

Robert Jones, Bread Upon the Waters: The St. Petersburg Grain Trade and the Russian Economy, 1703–1811 (University of Pittsburgh Press, May 2017 [2013])

Erik Loomis, Empire of Timber: Labor Unions and the Pacific Northwest Forests (Cambridge University Press, May 2017 [2015])

Kathryn S. Olmsted, Right Out of California: The 1930s and the Big Business Roots of Modern Conservatism (The New Press, June 2017 [2015])

Marc-William Palen, The 'Conspiracy' of Free Trade: The Anglo-American Struggle over Empire and Economic Globalisation, 1846–1896 (Cambridge University Press, May 2017 [2016])

Roman Studer, The Great Divergence Reconsidered: Europe, India, and the Rise to Global Economic Power (Cambridge University Press, June 2017 [2015])

There is also a new crop of titles in Routledge's Modern Economic and Social History paperback reprint series.

Friday, June 30, 2017

OAH 2019 CFP Preliminary Announcement Available

For those of you planning ahead, the Organization of American Historians has issued its call for papers for the 2019 meeting, which will be held on April 4-6, 2019, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The theme for the meeting will be "The Work of Freedom." The call states:
Marking the 400th Anniversary of the arrival of the first enslaved Africans in British North America, the theme of this program shifts the lens to the "Work of Freedom." It aims to capture the labor(s) involved in identifying and securing freedom, from the colonial era and founding of the Republic through the recent election of Donald J. Trump President of the United States.
    The OAH has quite extensive guidelines and policies, as well as numerous categories of presentation, which are spelled out on the website and in their FAQ. Note that the submission system for 2019 will not be open until November 27, 2017; the deadline for proposals is January 12, 2018.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

2017 EHA Program Has Been Posted

The preliminary version of the program brochure for the 2017 meeting of the Economic History Association (EHA) has now been posted. The meeting will take place in San Jose, California, on September 15-17. The theme for EHA 2017 is “Macroeconomic Regimes and Policies: The Quest for Economic and Financial Stability and Growth.” In addition to the series of regular panels, the meeting will feature a plenary session with Barry Eichengreen, Harold James, Carmen Reinhart, and George P. Schultz on "Reflections from the Global Macro Economy of the Twentieth Century." The presidential address, by Michael D. Bordo, is titled "An Historical Perspective on the Quest for Financial Stability and Monetary Policy Regimes." The pre-registration deadline for the meeting is August 15, 2017; the hotel group rate deadline is August 22. For complete details, please consult the EHA meeting website.

Monday, June 26, 2017

Over the Counter: Issue No. 36

A collection of interesting sites around the web:
Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Yale University highlighted its collection of photographs about the construction of the Union Pacific Railroad.

We regret to report the death, on May 18, of Canadian historian Michael Bliss. Although his later works focused on medical history, Bliss's early research was in business history; in that field he is best known for A Canadian Millionaire: The Life and Business Times of Sir Joseph Flavelle and Northern Enterprise: Five Centuries of Canadian Business.

An interesting post from Textilis on the Swedish East India Company’s 18th-century dealing in fabrics used for handkerchiefs.

On the blog for NICHE ((Network in Canadian History & Environment), Josh MacFadyen writes about "Weather Markets: A Business Case for Environmental History."

From Bard Graduate Center, a digital exhibit about the 1853 Crystal Palace in New York City (with several essays, including an introduction by the late historian of material culture, David Jaffee.)

From the Imperial and Global History Forum, an essay by Tom Harper on "China's New Silk Road: Central Asia and the Imperial Legacy of the Great Game."

Anton Howes, a historian of innovation currently at Brown University, writes on "If Not Britain, Where? The Case for a French Industrial Revolution"; he also authors an ongoing economic history blog, Capitalism's Cradle.

On her blog, George Mason Ph.D. candidate Stephanie Walters discusses the wealth of information to be found in Loyalist Claims Commission documents.

The journal Accounting History has added a new selection of "editors' choice" articles, this one on "Accounting and Agriculture." The essays are freely available on the journal website.

Also, the April 2017 issue of Financial History Review, a special issue on the financial and monetary history of south-east Europe, is open access for a limited time.

Kate Moore, drawing on her book Radium Girls, details for BuzzFeed the terrible results of radium poisoning among workers who applied the element to watch dials, and the fight they waged for legal protection.

James B. Stewart discusses the influence of the Harvard Business School in his New York Times review of Duff McDonald's The Golden Passport: Harvard Business School, the Limits of Capitalism, and the Moral Failure of the MBA Elite.

The annual graduate student conference on international history at Harvard (CON-IH) was held last March on the topic of "Migration, Immigration, Diaspora"; abstracts of the papers can be found on the CON-IH website.

The FDR Presidential Library and Museum features a section on the Great Depression and the New Deal; the library's complete holdings of digitized materials may be accessed via FRANKLIN.

Andrew Zimmermann, author of Alabama in Africa, was interviewed on the Global History Forum about "Global Capitalism and the Transatlantic Revolution."

The Scottish Center for Diaspora Studies at the University of Edinburgh has issued a call for papers for a conference on "Building the Scottish Diaspora," to be held in Edinburgh on November 17-18, 2017; the meeting will consider the nature of Scotland’s contribution to the colonial built environment."

Hannah Barker of the University of Manchester has developed a digital database of "Family and Business in North-West England, 1760-1820." The database can be viewed and searched by individual name, business name, or title of document.

On Bloomberg View, Stephen Mihm writes about the airline industry's habit of "Overpacking Places since the 1940s."

Friday, June 23, 2017

Conference: “Capitalism and the Senses”

The Business History Initiative at Harvard Business School is hosting a one-day workshop on June 29, 2017: “Capitalism and the Senses.”  This workshop will bring together scholars from various disciplines, including marketing, history, and anthropology, to explore how businesses developed marketing strategies to appeal to consumers’ senses from the nineteenth century to today. As the organizer, Ai Hisano, writes,
Attention to sensory appeals became a crucial part of business strategies in the modern consumer-oriented economy. The workshop will encourage participants to explore such themes as the creation of sensory experience in modern capitalist society from cross-cultural perspectives, the impact of technological development on sensory perception, the commercialization of the senses, and the construction of knowledge about the senses. 
The program will feature prominent scholars in the studies of the senses, the history of science, and marketing, including David Howes, Daniel Horowitz, Steven Shapin, Regina Blaszczyk, David Suisman, and Gerald Zaltman.
    For additional information, please consult the workshop website. The event is open to the public; those wishing to attend should RSVP to Ai Hisano (ahisano@hbs.edu).

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Job: Lecturer in Economic & Social History, Glasgow

The School of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Glasgow has an opening for a full-time permanent lecturer in economic and social history. The successful applicant will be required
to conduct high-quality research and knowledge exchange activities in the field of Economic & Social History with the capacity to support the Subject Area’s teaching commitments and research specialisms in post-1750 business history; make a substantial contribution to learning and teaching at undergraduate and postgraduate levels; and undertake management and administrative duties as directed by the Head of School and/or Head of Subject.
Essential qualifications include a Ph.D. in economic and social history or equivalent research profile in the subject area; up-to-date knowledge of research within the field of economic and social history, and in particular 19th- and 20th-century business history and its international dimensions; development of an international research profile in the field of economic and social history.
    A much fuller description of the desired duties can be found on the University of Glasgow job posting site, with qualifications listed here.
    The deadline for applications, which may be made online, is July 9, 2017.

Monday, June 19, 2017

More Business Historians in the Media

More business historian appearances in the media recently:
  • Benjamin Waterhouse discusses the changing relationships among small business, larger business, and government on Barry Moltz's podcast, "Business Insanity Talk Radio."
  • Christy Ford Chapin discusses her book, Ensuring America's Health, with Russ Roberts at EconTalk. Chapin also has an essay on the blog Dissent, "America's Health Care System Is Even More Broken than You Think." And--just out today--an op-ed in the New York Times on "How Did Health Care Get to be Such a Mess?"
  • Philip Gura discusses "How the Panic of 1837 predicted the Great Recession" on the Marketplace podcast with David Brancaccio.
  • Sharon Ann Murphy discusses her book, Other People's Money, on the Page 99 Test.
  • Richard John writes about the different ways that historians have understood the political role of the business community, as evidenced in the book he co-edited with Kim Phillips-Fein, Capital Gains, on the Penn Press blog.
  • And Kim Phillips-Fein discusses her own recent book, Fear City, on the "Who Makes Cents?" podcast.
  • Discussions with Ed Balleisen on his recent book Fraud have appeared in several places recently: he has published a piece at Zocalo Public Square, “Why Suckering Americans Is a Booming Business"; a New York Times Magazine article on contemporary fraud refers to the book and quotes Balleisen; and he can be seen talking about the book on C-Span here.
  • In The Nation online, Noam Maggor's Brahmin Capitalism is the subject of a lengthy review essay by Eric Foner.
  • Sven Beckert and his book Empire of Cotton are the subjects of an interview (in English) for the journal Recherche di Storia Politica.
  • Eric Hilt has published an extended review essay in the Journal of Economic History, "Economic History, Historical Analysis, and the 'New History of Capitalism'," that covers ten recent books on the theme; the essay is ungated until June 30.

Friday, June 16, 2017

Reminder: Final WEHC 2018 Call for Sessions Deadline Approaching

The next World Economic History Congress (WEHC) will be held in Boston, Massachusetts, on July 29-August 3, 2018; the theme will be "Waves of Globalization." Please note that the deadline for the second round of session proposals is June 30, 2017. Organizers are strongly encouraged to consult the list of accepted sessions, with the goal of adding to the breadth of the Congress program, as well as to find models of successful proposals.
    Dissertation Prize submissions are not due until December 1, 2017; the Graduate Poster proposal deadline is January 31, 2018.
     Those wishing to propose papers to specific accepted panels should contact the organizers of those sessions; the list of accepted sessions can be found here.
    Many more details about WEHC 2018 are available on the congress website. Questions or concerns may be directed to Jeremy Land at jeremy.land@wehc2018.org. Social media users can follow WEHC2018 on Twitter and Facebook.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Recent Reviews of Interest

A selection of recent (ungated) reviews of books in business and economic history:
Christopher N. Blaker reviews Mark R. Wilson, Destructive Creation: American Business and the Winning of World War II, for H-War. Also reviewed by Thomas K. Duncan for EH.Net.

Deborah Cohen reviews Frank Trentmann, Empire of Things: How We Became a World of Consumers, from the Fifteenth Century to the Twenty-First, for the New York Review of Books.

Robert Gioielli reviews Tracy Neumann, Remaking the Rust Belt: The Postindustrial Transformation of North America, for H-Pennsylvania.

Dylan Schleicher reviews Benjamin C. Waterhouse, The Land of Enterprise: A Business History of the United States, for 800ceoread.

Melissa Teixeira reviews William Summerhill, Inglorious Revolution: Political Institutions, Sovereign Debt, and Financial Underdevelopment in Imperial Brazil, for H-Latam.

David O. Whitten reviews Noam Maggor, Brahmin Capitalism: Frontiers of Wealth and Populism in America’s First Gilded Age, for EH.Net.

Gavin Wright reviews Sven Beckert and Seth Rockman, eds., Slavery’s Capitalism: A New History of American Economic Development, for EH.Net.

Melissa Thomasson reviews Christy Ford Chapin, Ensuring America’s Health: The Public Creation of the Corporate Health Care System, for EH.Net.

Aidan Beatty reviews Emily C. Nacol, An Age of Risk: Politics and Economy in Early Modern Britain, for Reviews in History.

Ernst Pijning reviews Wim Klooster, The Dutch Moment: War, Trade, and Settlement in the Seventeenth-Century Atlantic World, for H-Diplo.

Adrian Pearce reviews Adrian Finucane, The Temptations of Trade: Britain, Spain, and the Struggle for Empire, for H-Diplo.

John Bowes reviews David Andrew Nichols, Engines of Diplomacy: Indian Trading Factories and the Negotiation of American Empire, for H-AmIndian.

Lakshmi Subramaniam reviews Tonio Andrade and Xing Hang, eds., Sea Rovers, Silver, and Samurai: Maritime East Asia in Global History, 1550-1700, for H-Asia.

Rüdiger Graf reviews Meg Jacobs, Panic at the Pump: The Energy Crisis and the Transformation of American Politics in the 1970s, for H-Soz-u-Kult (in English).

Steven G. Noll reviews Bruce D. Epperson, Roads through the Everglades: The Building of the Ingraham Highway, the Tamiami Trail and Conners Highway, 1914-1931, for H-Environment.

Philipp Reick reviews Alexia M. Yates, Selling Paris: Property and Commercial Culture in the Fin-de-siècle Capital, for H-Urban.

Monday, June 12, 2017

Call for Contributors: History of Capitalism Month at “Process”

In connection with the May issue of The American Historian from the Organization of American Historians (OAH), the OAH blog "Process" has declared June 2017 to be "History of Capitalism Month." It has invited contributions on topics such as the history of labor, taxation, infrastructure, and consumption, among other topics. Anyone interested in contributing a post on American history and capitalism for June should read the "About" section of the blog and then contact the editors at blog@oah.org.
      The four relevant essays on the history of consumption in the May American Historian are:  
  • Emily Remus explains how women shopping in downtown spaces in the late 19th and early 20th centuries challenged traditional male territories;
  • Joshua Clark Davis demonstrates that during the 1960s and 1970s, some critics of consumer culture went into business for themselves and opened businesses dedicated to altruistic causes;
  • Lawrence B. Glickman details the long history of consumer boycotts in the United States;
  • Kathleen Hilliard examines consumption among slaves in the South
 They are available only to OAH members, though many readers many have access through institutional memberships. UPDATE: OAH is making the Hilliard article on slave consumption freely available.


Friday, June 9, 2017

Conference: Canadian Business History Association

The Canadian Business History Association/Association canadienne pour l'histoire des affaires (CBHA/ACHA) will hold its next annual conference on September 11-12, 2017, at the Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto. The preliminary program for the meeting, whose theme is "150 Years of Canadian Business History," presented in conjunction with Canada’s Sesquicentennial birthday celebrations, is now available on the CBHA/ACHA website. According to the organizers, the conference "is multi-disciplinary and open to participation by academics, business leaders, professional archivists and the public. The conference will present a range of session topics on business sectors that have played an important role in shaping the Canadian economy since Confederation." Online registration is now open as well.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Call for Applications: Lamb Postdoctoral Fellow with Rethinking Regulation at KIE

The Rethinking Regulation Program at the Kenan Institute for Ethics (RR@KIE) at Duke University is seeking a Postdoctoral Fellow for a one-year term (with a possible renewal for a second year, upon mutual agreement of all parties and if funding is available).

RR@KIE is an interdisciplinary research, teaching, and outreach network exploring the broad terrain of regulatory governance. It fosters research, education, and policy engagement on the evolution, design, deliberation and performance of regulatory systems, across a wide array of policy areas. Linking diverse disciplinary approaches across the Duke campus and beyond, RR@KIE marshals multiple perspectives and methodologies to understand complex problems, confront ethical tradeoffs, and envision solutions.

The Postdoctoral Fellow will support the Rethinking Regulation Program in the following ways:
  • Work with faculty director and executive committee to facilitate collaborative research among faculty and students in the Rethinking Regulation program by, e.g., organizing seminars, workshops, symposia, and other research and outreach activities.
  • Work with faculty director and executive committee to identify priority research areas and seek external funding for these research areas. 
  • Assist the faculty in hosting visiting speakers from academia and policy. 
  • Assist with policy outreach by writing, editing, and/or reviewing policy briefs, blog posts, webpages, and similar publications. 
  • Work with graduate, professional and undergraduate students involved in Rethinking Regulation to help them organize activities and increase membership. 
  • Assist with Bass Connections course projects linked with Rethinking Regulation, such as on adaptive governance of emerging technologies, and decision making about complex risks. 
  • Conduct self-directed research on regulatory policy topics. Interest in ethical as well as legal, economic, political, cultural, and other aspects of regulation is highly desirable. Interest and ability to collaborate with others is highly desirable. 
The candidate must have completed a graduate or professional degree, such as PhD, ScD, MD, JD, SJD, MBA, MPP, MEM, or similar. For complete information, please consult the Lamb Postdoctoral Fellow call on the RR@KIE site.

To apply, please send a letter of interest and curriculum vita to kie@duke.edu.

Monday, June 5, 2017

Program Available: SHEAR 2017

The next annual meeting of the Society for Historians of the Early American Republic (SHEAR) will be held on July 20-23, 2017, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The program is now available online. Sessions of particular interest include:
Session 15: "Transnational Speculation and State Formation in Revolutionary America"
Session 21: "Women, Gender, and Risk in the Development of Early American Capitalism"
Session 26: "Anxieties in Print: Commercial Uncertainty and Trust in the Revolutionary and Antebellum U.S."
Session 29: "Minimizing Risk: Life Insurance, Mutual Aid Associations, and Social Networks in Antebellum America"
Session 42: "Gender Politics of the Family Business"
    More information, including a link to online registration, can be found on the SHEAR conference website; Twitter users can follow at #SHEAR17. Note that on-site registration will include $30 late fee.

Friday, June 2, 2017

Preliminary Program: EBHA 2017

The next annual congress of the European Business History Association (EBHA) will be held in Vienna, Austria, on August 24-26, 2017, hosted by the Vienna University of Economics and Business (WU). The preliminary program for the meeting, whose theme is "Transformation in Business and Society: An Historical Approach," is now available online.
    More details, including information about registration, lodging, and travel, can be found on the congress website. Note that the early bird registration discount ends on June 15.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Book Review Editor Needed for Enterprise & Society

Enterprise & Society: The International Journal of Business History, which is published for the Business History Conference by Cambridge University Press, is looking for a book review editor to replace Richard Weiner who will step down in June 2017. The book review editor works closely with the editor of the journal, Andrew Popp, and serves as a member of the editorial board for the journal.
    From its foundation, the journal's book review section has been distinguished not only by the quality of its reviews but also by the range of books that it has covered. The ideal candidate for the position will carry on and extend this tradition. S/he will be someone with broad intellectual interests and multiple networks in the field of business history and related fields. S/he will have strong administrative and organizational skills. It should be noted, however, that much of the administration of the book review process is conducted electronically. As a result, the journal uses a comprehensive submission and editing server, Scholar One, which allows the book review editor to invite, receive, and edit reviews online and automates the creation of reminders for reviewers. Based on the experience of previous book review editors, the new editor will require approximately 20 hours of time (or a graduate student's time) per month to request books, log those received, and ship them to reviewers. The position includes a modest honorarium and budget.
     To be considered for the position of book review editor, please send a cover letter, which outlines your interest and aptitude for the job, together with a curriculum vitae to Louis Hyman, Chair, Print Media Oversight Committee of the Business History Conference, at louishyman@cornell.edu.
     All applications must be received by July 1, 2017. Potential applicants interested in learning more are welcome to contact either Roger Horowitz, BHC Secretary-Treasurer at rh@udel.edu or Carol Lockman, Enterprise & Society Managing Editor, at clockman@Hagley.org.

Monday, May 29, 2017

CFP: Economic History Society 2018

The 2018 meeting of the Economic History Society will be held at Keele University, on April 6-8. According to the call for papers:
The conference programme committee welcomes proposals on all aspects of economic and social history covering a wide range of periods and countries and, particularly welcomes papers of an interdisciplinary nature. Scholars are not expected to present a paper in more than one session (including as a co-author) and, when slots are limited, priority will be given to those who did not present at the previous year's conference. The committee invites proposals for individual papers, as well as for entire sessions of 1.5-2 hours duration (no more than 4 papers will be accepted for any one session). Please note that the committee reserves the right to determine which papers will be presented in the session if it is accepted. If a session is not accepted, the committee may incorporate one or more of the proposed papers into other panels.
Proposals should be submitted online via the link on the call for papers website. For full consideration, proposals must be received by September 4, 2017.
      Those currently studying for, or who have recently completed, a Ph.D. should submit a proposal to the new researcher session. Please contact Maureen Galbraith for further information. The meeting will also include a poster session; see the EHS conference website for complete details.

Friday, May 26, 2017

New Books of Interest: Spring Edition

New books of interest, April-June 2017:
Rosemary Feurer and Chad Pearson, eds., Against Labor: How U.S. Employers Organized to Defeat Union Activism (University of Illinois Press, April 2017)

Courtney Fullilove, The Profit of the Earth: The Global Seeds of American Agriculture (University of Chicago Press, April 2017)

Charles R. Geisst, Loan Sharks: The Birth of Predatory Lending (Brookings Institution Press, April 2017)

David Higgins and Steven Toms, eds., British Cotton Textiles: Maturity and Decline (Routledge, May 2017)

Jane Hooper, Feeding Globalization: Madagascar and the Provisioning Trade, 1600–1800 (Ohio University Press, May 2017)

Julian Hoppit, Britain's Political Economies: Parliament and Economic Life, 1660–1800 (Cambridge University Press, June 2017)

Katherine Rye Jewell, Dollars for Dixie: Business and the Transformation of Conservatism in the Twentieth Century (Cambridge University Press, April 2017)

Geoffrey Jones, Profits and Sustainability: A History of Green Entrepreneurship (Oxford University Press, June 2017)

Naomi R. Lamoreaux and William J. Novak, eds., Corporations and American Democracy (Harvard University Press, May 2017)

Yasuhiro Makimura, Yokohama and the Silk Trade: How Eastern Japan Became the Primary Economic Region of Japan, 1843–1893 (Lexington Books, June 2017)

Mark W. Robbins, Middle Class Union: Organizing the ‘Consuming Public’ in Post-World War I America (University of Michigan Press, May 2017)

Sarah F. Rose, No Right to Be Idle: The Invention of Disability, 1840s–1930s (University of North Carolina Press, April 2017)

Kathleen Waters Sander, John W. Garrett and the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad (Johns Hopkins University Press, April 2017)

Nina Sankovich, The Lowells of Massachusetts: An American Family (St. Martin's Press, April 2017)

Joshua Schreier, The Merchants of Oran: A Jewish Port at the Dawn of Empire (Stanford University Press, May 2017)

Steven Carl Smith, An Empire of Print: The New York Publishing Trade in the Early American Republic (Penn State University Press, June 2017)

Edith Sparks, Boss Lady: How Three Women Entrepreneurs Built Successful Big Businesses in the Mid-Twentieth Century (University of North Carolina Press, June 2017)

Leslie Tomory, The History of the London Water Industry, 1580-1820 (Johns Hopkins University Press, April 2017)


Wednesday, May 24, 2017

HBS Business History Fellowships Application Process Open

Harvard Business School invites applications for its business history fellowships and grants for 2018-2019; please note the specific deadlines for each grant.

The Harvard-Newcomen Postdoctoral Fellowship in Business History To be awarded for twelve months’ residence, study, and research at Harvard Business School. The fellowship is open to scholars who, within the last ten years, have received a Ph.D. in history, economics, or a related discipline. This fellowship is to enable scholars to engage in research that will benefit from the resources of Harvard Business School and the larger Boston scholarly community. A travel fund and a book fund will be provided. This fellowships will also provide an opportunity for the fellow to participate in the activities of Harvard Business School.
    Applicants should submit a CV, undergraduate transcript and graduate-school record, thesis abstract, and writing sample (such as an article or a book chapter). Applicants should also state the topics, objectives, and design for the specific research to be undertaken. Finally, applicants should indicate the names of three people who will write references on their behalf. The three letters of recommendation are to be submitted by the writers directly by October 16, 2017. It is the responsibility of the applicant to solicit these letters. Applications should be received no later than October 16, 2017, and submitted online to: https://poplar.hbs.edu/ofr/register/registerApplicant.htm. Recommenders should use: https://poplar.hbs.edu/ofr/upload/startUploadRecommendation.htm.

Thomas K. McCraw Fellowship This award honors the work and contributions of Thomas K. McCraw (1940-2012), who was Isidor Straus Professor of Business History at Harvard Business School. The fellowship enables established scholars from around the world whose primary interest is the business and economic history of the United States to spend time in residence at Harvard Business School. The main activities of the Thomas K. McCraw Fellow will be to conduct research in the archives of Baker Library or in other Boston-area libraries, present his or her work at a seminar, and interact with HBS faculty. The Thomas K. McCraw Fellow will receive a stipend of $7,000 to cover travel and living expenses. Fellows are expected to be in residence for a minimum of two months. Recipients of the fellowship will receive work space, an e-mail account, a phone, a computer, an ID card, and access to the University’s libraries and to the HBS Intranet for the duration of the appointment.
     Applicants should send a cover letter, a CV, and a two- to three-page research proposal to Walter A. Friedman via email to wfriedman@hbs.edu. Applications for the fellowship should arrive no later than October 2, 2017. The applicant should also arrange for two letters of reference, sent directly by the recommender, to arrive at the above address by October 2, 2017.

The Alfred D. Chandler Jr. International Visiting Scholar in Business History Program The Alfred D. Chandler Jr. International Visiting Scholar in Business History Program invites established scholars in business history based outside the United States to spend a period of time in residence at Harvard Business School. The Chandler International Visiting Scholar is expected to interact with faculty and researchers, present work at research seminars, and conduct business history research. Recipients will be given a $7,000 stipend (payable at the end of their visit), office space, an e-mail account, phone, computer, ID card, and access to the University’s libraries and the HBS Intranet. The program requires a two-month minimum length of stay. Scholars may stay up to a maximum of six months. Applicants should indicate when, during the calendar year, they would like to be in residence at the School. It is expected that the recipient will be actively engaged in the intellectual life of the business history group.
      Applicants should send a cover letter, a CV, and a two- to three-page research proposal to Walter A. Friedman via e-mail to wfriedman@hbs.edu. Applications for the fellowship should arrive no later than October 2, 2017. The applicant should also arrange for two letters of reference, sent directly by the recommender, to arrive at the above address by October 2, 2017.

The Alfred D. Chandler Jr. Travel Fellowships The purpose of this fellowship is to facilitate library and archival research in business or economic history. Individual grants range from $1,000 to $3,000. Three categories of applicants will be eligible for grants: 1) Harvard University graduate students in history, economics, or business administration, whose research requires travel to distant archives or repositories; 2) graduate students or nontenured faculty in those fields from other universities, in the U.S. and abroad, whose research requires travel to Baker Library and other local archives; and 3) Harvard College undergraduates writing senior theses in these fields whose research requires travel away from Cambridge.
     To apply, send a CV, a summary of past academic research (of 1-2 pages), and a detailed description of the research you wish to undertake (of 2-3 pages). Applicants must indicate the amount of money requested (up to $3,000). Please also arrange to have one letter of reference sent independently of the application. The deadline for receipt of applications is November 1, 2017. All materials should be sent to Walter Friedman via e-mail to wfriedman@hbs.edu.
  
For more information about all these grants, please visit the HBS Fellowships website: http://www.hbs.edu/businesshistory/fellowships/Pages/default.aspx.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Conference Program: OIEAHC 2017

The 23rd annual conference of the Omohundro Institute for Early American History and Culture (OIEAHC) will convene June 15-17, 2017, in Ann Arbor, Michigan, hosted by the Department of History at the University of Michigan. The conference’s theme will be “Taking Stock.” The program for the meeting has now been posted.
    Sessions of particular interest include
No. 3, "Everyday Economies," chaired by Christine Desan with commentary by Lindsey Regele
No. 11, "Roundtable on the Moral Economy of Antislavery: Human Bondage and Economic Development in the Anglophone Atlantic"
No. 19, "Centering Jamaica: New Directions in the Histories of Gender, Violence, and Illicit Trade"
Several other sessions feature individual papers of interest on related topics such as slavery, gender, and empire.
      In addition to panels and roundtables, the conference will feature a THis Camp on podcasting with Liz Covart, creator of Ben Franklin's World and Doing History, and a tutorial on how to write op-ed pieces with Aeons Sam Haselby.
    Complete information can be found on the Institute's conference website.

Friday, May 19, 2017

Items of Interest from around the Web

Lots of business history material out there recently; a sampling:
JoAnne Yates and her work on business communications featured prominently in a Washington Post article related to the Comey memoranda stories. That piece was followed by a supportive pair of tweets from Paul Krugman, here and here, where he notes, "Her work on the history of business communication is, by the way, fascinating and revelatory."

The NEP-HIS blog has a review by Adrian E. Tschoegl of Catherine Schenk's recent BHR article, "Rogue Trading at Lloyds Bank International, 1974: Operational Risk in Volatile Markets." [Limited time free access to the BHR article here.]

Geoff Jones has written an essay for the Oxford University Press blog on "Can green entrepreneurs save our planet?" based on his forthcoming book, Profits and Sustainability: A History of Green Entrepreneurship.

Wrigley's ad, 1941
The "JSTOR Daily" used an Enterprise & Society article by Daniel Robinson, "Marketing Gum, Making Meanings: Wrigley in North America, 1890-1930," as the basis for its May 11 post, "How Wrigley Chewed Its Way to Gum Greatness."

Sharon Ann Murphy has a post on the SHEAR blog, "The Republic," about "How Banking Worked in the Early Republic."
    And over on another SHEAR web project, "The Panorama," readers will find several articles of interest, including newer posts about teaching the history of capitalism and the early republic and entangled economies.

Joseph Malherek discusses his work in "Creating Circumstances: Edward Bernays, Psychoanalysis, and the Making of American Consumer Culture" on the AHA blog, "AHA Today."

Readers can view Benjamin Waterhouse discussing his latest book, Land of Enterprise: A Business History of the United States, on C-Span's "The Book."

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

New Resource: Global Urban History Project

Detail from postcard of Manila's international Escolta district, early 20th c.
Several times in the past, we have posted links to materials on the Global Urban History Blog, which offers short articles, book reviews, and conversations relevant to field of global urban history. The scholars who manage that blog have joined with others to launch the "Global Urban History Project" (GUHP), "a meeting place for scholars interested in exploring the crossroads of urban history and global history." According to the new GUHP website,
The Project was formed by merging several already existing networks of scholars from a wide range of associations and from many parts of the world. . . . The GUHP is based on a broad understanding of global urban history as encompassing any effort to think of cities as creations or creators of larger-scale or global historical phenomena. It celebrates the fact that scholars approach the intersection of urban and global history from different directions. Some travel along “transnational turns” in various subfields. Others draw on the concept of networks, looking at urban connections across oceans, between colony and metropole, or along trade routes and supply chains. Others see cities as incubators of historical change with potentially global ramifications or think of cities in relation to their variably-sized hinterlands. Some scholars aim mostly to compare different places. Some projects focus on a single “hub” city, others on two or more cities, still others on cities across an entire regions or empires; and still others aim to synthesize larger world-historical narratives. In short, global urban history, as understood in the GUHP, can comprise a variety of geographical scopes and theoretical inspirations.
The group is encouraging interested scholars to join the organization, which initially will have no membership fee.
     The GUHP organizers are Mariana Dantas, Ohio University, Michael Goebel, Freie Universität Berlin, Emma Hart, University of St. Andrews, Nancy Kwak, University of California, San Diego, Tracy Neumann, Wayne State University, Carl Nightingale, University at Buffalo, SUNY, and Joseph Ben Prestel, Freie Universität Berli. More information can be found on the GUHP website.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Workshop: FRESH Meets in Belfast in June

On June 23, 2017, Queen's University Centre for Economic History, Queen's University Belfast, will host a Frontier Research in Economic and Social History (FRESH) meeting. FRESH meetings are aimed at researchers in any field of economic and social history and build on the concept that scholars present their ongoing research at an early stage--normally before it becomes available as a working paper, and certainly before it is published in books or journals. The main aim of the meetings is to gather researchers in a friendly and collegial environment where they can present their research and receive constructive criticism from their peers. The broad theme of the Belfast meeting is “Institutions, Capitalism and Economic History.” The keynote speaker will be Avner Offer, Chichele Professor Emeritus of Economic History at the University of Oxford.
     For further information about the Belfast FRESH meeting, please contact the local organizers: Graham Brownlow (graham.brownlow@qub.ac.uk), Alan de Bromhead (a.debromhead@qub.ac.uk), and Chris Colvin (chris.colvin@qub.ac.uk).

Friday, May 12, 2017

Conference Program: ABH 2017

The Association of Business Historians (ABH) is meeting at the University of Glasgow on June 29-July 1, 2017; the theme for the conference is "The Human Factor in Business History." The program has now been posted. Among sessions of particular interest are one organized by Jeff Fear, Catherine Schenk, and Andrea Schneider in honor of Chris Kobrak, featuring Schenk's paper on "Rhenish Capitalism and Globalisation: Deutsche Bank in London and New York 1989-1999," and a plenary on "The Professionalisation of Business History."
    Registration and venue details are available on the ABH website. Note that early bird registration ends on May 21, 2017.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Historical GIS Project: "Montréal l'avenir du passé" Adds Data

Detail of watercolor by James Duncan, "Montreal in 1832," McCord Museum
Montréal, l’avenir du passé (MAP) is Canada’s oldest and largest historical GIS. The project team has been working on a new phase, which will be available for use in the coming month. In anticipation of that release, one of the project's leaders, Robert C. H. Sweeney, has written an essay for NICHE (Network in Canadian History & Environment), explaining the enhancements to the site:
This exceptionally rich resource consists of four distinct elements: a new cartography of all properties in the city in 1903, detailing who owned what; an index of all household heads in the 1901 census linked to this map at the lot level; a 30% sample of the complete manuscript census returns of the city’s households; and a geo-referenced vector map of all 101,353 buildings in the city in 1912. These research tools for understanding Edwardian Montréal build on MAP’s earlier layers for 1880, 1846 and 1825, which are available online.
 In detailing the work of the MAP group, Sweeney also discusses examples of questions that the data might be used to answer; for example: "Imagine if you could examine the entire real estate portfolio for any proprietor in a large city linked to detailed household descriptions of up to a third of his or her tenants. Imagine if when you did, you discovered that women owned a quarter of all rental units in the largest city in turn-of-the-century Canada and that they appear to have managed these properties differently. Wouldn’t that change how you think about gender relations in the past?"

Monday, May 8, 2017

CHARM 2017 Program Now Posted

The Conference on Historical Analysis and Research in Marketing (CHARM) is holding its biennial meeting in Liverpool, UK, at Liverpool John Moores University on June 1-4, 2017. The theme for this year's meeting is "Explorations in Globalization and Glocalization: Marketing History Through the Ages." The program for the event has now been posted on the CHARM website. Registration and accommodations information can be found on the meeting website. The CHARM meeting is preceded by a doctoral workshop; the program and more information about that can be found on the meeting website as well.
     Questions may be addressed to Jacqueline Wachholz.

Friday, May 5, 2017

CFP: Business History Issue on Health Industries

The journal Business History has published a call for submissions for a special issue on "Health Industries in the Twentieth Century." According to the guest editors, Pierre-Yves Donzé and Paloma Fernández Pérez,
the objective of this special issue is to contribute with a longitudinal, business history approach, to the analysis and understanding about the construction of health industries and services throughout the world since the 1900s. This volume will illustrate the role of path dependence and the diversity of models followed in different countries by which health was transformed, from local services, into a fast-growing business. Second, the articles to be included in the special issue will also emphasize the impact of the diverse institutional frameworks that contributed to define national health systems. Third, this special issue aims to shed new light about the emergence of new therapeutic agents and new frames of care and culture, and the influence of new actors and changing organizations.
Articles for consideration should be submitted by May 31, 2017, via the online system at the journal website. For a more detailed discussion of the aims of the issue, please consult the full call for papers.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Digital Resource: Pre-1870 U.S. Copyright Records

Legal scholar Zvi S. Rosen, in cooperation with the Law Library at George Washington University, has tracked down and coordinated the scanning of hundreds of pre-1870 U.S. copyright records. The GW Law Library is hosting the materials and has created a research guide.
     Until mid-1870, copyright registration duties were handled by the local U.S. District Court of the author or proprietor, while the work itself was deposited in various places; in 1870, all copyright activities were consolidated in the Library of Congress. At that point the early records were supposed to be transmitted to the Library of Congress, but, as Rosen writes, "it’s been fairly well-known that a substantial number of records never made it to the Library, and these records have generally been assumed lost." Rosen describes his interest and the process he followed in unearthing many of the pre-1870 records, on his blog, "Mostly IP [Intellectual Property] History."
     The bulk of the copyright records that were turned over to the LoC in 1870 are available on microfilm in the LoC Rare Books Reading Room. They have not been digitized, and Rosen estimates they comprise about 300,000 pages.
    Update: And coincidentally, this today from the LoC blog, on more early copyright records.

Monday, May 1, 2017

Program Available: EBHS 2017

The Economic and Business History Society (EBHS) will hold its 42nd annual meeting in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, on May 25-27, 2017. The preliminary program has now been posted on the conference website. The keynote address, to be delivered at the EBHS banquet on May 26, will be presented by Price Fishback, Thomas R. Brown Professor of Economics at the University of Arizona. His topic will be "The Latest News about the New Deal."
    Details concerning registration and accommodations for the meeting are posted on the EBHS website.

Friday, April 28, 2017

WEHC 2018: Call Opens for Poster and Dissertation Sessions; Last Call for Regular Sessions

Ph.D. students and junior postdoctoral researchers in economic history are invited to present their ongoing research to an international audience with a poster at the World Economic History Congress, which will take place in Boston on July 29-August 3, 2018. Historical applications in any field of economics or cognate social sciences, business history, demographic history, environmental history, global and world history, social history, urban history, methodological approaches to historical research, history of economics and economic thought, and other related fields are welcome. Digital posters will also be considered, pending space constraints. The deadline for submission is January 31, 2018. Please see the full WEHC announcement about posters.
     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 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 be considered, although the abstract must 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. Additional information is available at http://wehc2018.org/call-for-dissertations/.
     Note that some accepted sessions are still looking for additional paper presenters and other participants. Individual proposals to join already accepted sessions should be directed to the organizers of those sessions; the listing is here. In addition, the Executive Committee will consider new session proposals submitted before June 30, 2017, from all members of the international economic history community. The organizers say, "We especially invite submissions that complement the sessions already in place with topics, regions, or time periods not yet well represented." Session proposals can be submitted at http://wehc2018.org/wehc-2018-second-final-call-for-proposals/.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

CFP Reminder: 2017 Portuguese Economic and Social History Association Conference

Max Römer, "Bay of Funchal"
The 37th conference of the Portuguese Economic and Social History Association will be held at the University of Madeira, Colégio dos Jesuítas, Funchal, on November 17-18, 2017. The theme of the meeting will be "The Atlantic in Economic and Social History." As the call for papers states,
The history of the Atlantic broke with the frontiers of historiography based on the nation-state’s approach, allowing thereafter the possibility of comparing processes in the long run. . . . The processes originating in the Atlantic have tended to be analysed as interactions between people, institutions and economies in a interconnected world. 
Proposals for either panels or individual presentations will be considered. The APHES Conference is open to the submission of papers on any topic in economic and social history.
    Paper proposals should include an abstract between 400 and 500 words, with the description of the topic, objectives, theoretical framework, empirical support of the paper, and 4 key words. A brief CV of the author ﴾1 page max.﴿ should also be sent. Proposals for panels should include three papers and one chair/discussant. The deadline for submissions is April 30, 2017. Proposals should be sent to: aphes37@mail.uma.pt.


Monday, April 24, 2017

Over the Counter: Issue No. 35

News and notes of interest from around the web:
From KILN, a fascinating shipping map for 2012; run the video to see types of ships, cargos, and other information.

W. E. B. Du Bois prepared a number of charts for the Negro Exhibit of the American Section at the Paris Exposition Universelle in 1900 to show the economic and social progress of African Americans since emancipation; they are available on the Library of Congress website, and there is a story about them here.

Edward Balleisen can be seen speaking about his book Fraud: American History from Barnum to Madoff  (Princeton University Press, 2017) at the National History Center in Washington, D.C. And he talks about his research for the Duke University Ways and Means podcast.

And Marie Hicks is interviewed on the New Books Network podcast about her recently published  Programmed Inequality: How Britain Discarded Women Technologists and Lost Its Edge in Computing (MIT Press, 2017).

The BT Digital Archives has enhanced and expanded its online presence, with many materials highlighting the history of "the world's oldest communications company."

On the H-Net Book Channel, Adam Quinn has an essay called "Reforming History," an overview of recent scholarship on the Progressive Era.

On the Georgian Papers blog, Justin Clement writes about "The Birth of Britain's Capitalist Empire."

Gridium presents a podcast interview (and transcription) with Andrew Russell about "The Dark Side of Innovation, seen from Bell Labs, Mars, and maintenance."

"Mapping Early American Elections" has launched a website as it begins to turn the raw material from "A New Nation Votes" American Election Returns 1787-1825" into a dataset that "will give scholars a way to see American elections as a whole through maps and other kinds of analysis."

Louis Hyman published an opinion piece in the April 8 New York Times on "The Myth of Main Street."

Lindsay Schakenbach Regele has an essay in the current issue of Common-Place about "the culture of chauvinistic entitlement" in Daniel Parker's War Department.

The program for "Innovative Solutions for Archives and Financial Crises," taking place in St. Louis on May 11-12, 2017, has now been posted. The conference is co-hosted by the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis and the European Association for Banking and Financial History (EABH).

Susan Strasser has an article on the OAH blog, "Process History," entitled "Snake Oil Revisited: Household Medicine and the Condescension of Posterity." As does Christy Ford Chapin, writing about "The Historical Origins of Today's Healthcare Debates."
    Strasser also has an article in the New York Times on the history of the microwave.

And over at the AHA blog, Joseph Malherek has an essay on Edward Bernays and American consumer culture.

The Getty Provenance Index® has added 138,000 database records of British art sales from the 1600s and 1700s, including the earliest known catalog published in Britain; an entry in the Getty blog, the Iris, details the importance and uses of records of art sales.

The Spectator Archive contains digitized versions of every issue of the magazine, 1828-2008. Researchers can search by content, keyword, topic, location, and date.