Inequalities: Winners and Losers in Business

Страна: США

Город: Miami

Тезисы до: 15.10.2014

Даты: 24.06.15 — 27.06.15

Область наук: Экономические;

Е-мейл Оргкомитета:

Организаторы: Business History Conference and European Business History Association


What does business have to do with inequality?  Contemporary answers have ranged from “everything” to “nothing.”  The call for proposals for the 2015 joint meeting of the Business History Conference (BHC) and European Business History Association (EBHA) challenges business historians of all stripes to historicize the economic, political, cultural and social processes by which inequality has taken hold, ebbing and flowing over time. Business is central to those processes.  The very word “inequality” suggests injustice and unfairness, subjugation and lack of opportunity.  But in fact, there are many different inequalities, and their historical significance depends upon how societies have regarded and valued difference.  Men and women of various racial and ethnic populations, the rich and poor, dominant and subordinate, leaders and laggards, have been praised and derided, advantaged and disadvantaged in various ways by different societies in different time periods.   By inviting a broad historical exploration of the many inequalities that affected and have been affected by business, both positively and negatively, the conference hopes to illuminate more clearly the complexities involved in distinguishing winners from losers.  In keeping with longstanding BHC and EBHA policy the Program Committee will give equal consideration to submissions not directly related to the conference theme.

Thomas Piketty, author of Capital in the Twenty-First Century, will deliver the joint meeting’s plenary address. The conference also will have several additional plenary sessions, receptions, and organized local activities in Miami; addresses by the BHC and EBHA presidents; lunch meetings for business historians in business schools and for women in business history; a meeting of the Alliance of Centres for Business History in Europe; a breakfast and reception for emerging scholars (graduate students and recent PhDs); membership meetings for the BHC and EBHA; and a closing banquet with presentation of awards by the BHC and EBHA.

This will be the fourth joint meeting of the Business History Conference and the European Business History Association. The Program Committee includes Lucy Newton (chair), Mary Yeager (BHC president), Raymond Stokes (EBHA President), Juliette Levy, Stephen Mihm, Ben Wubs, and Stephanie Decker. Most sessions will take place at the Hyatt Regency Miami, where a large bloc of lodging rooms has been reserved for $135/night.

The program committee will consider both individual papers and entire panels. Individual paper proposals should include a one-page (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. It also invites proposals for innovative session, such as roundtables. Proposals will be reviewed by all program committee members and evaluated for their quality and originality. Graduate students and recent PhDs (within 3 years of receipt of degree) whose papers are accepted for the meeting may apply for funds to partially defray their travel costs; information will be sent out once the program has been set. Everyone appearing on the program is required to register for the meeting.

The BHC awards the Herman E. Krooss Prize  for the best dissertation in business history in English by a recent Ph.D. in history, economics, business administration, the history of science and technology, sociology, law, communications, and related fields. To be eligible, dissertations must be completed in the three calendar years immediately prior to the 2015 annual meeting, and may only be submitted once for the Krooss prize. If you wish to apply for this prize, please send a letter to the Krooss Prize Committee expressing your interest along with a one-page CV and one-page (300 word) dissertation abstract. After the Krooss committee has reviewed the proposals, it will ask semi-finalists to submit copies of their dissertations. Finalists will present summaries of their dissertations at a plenary session of the 2015 BHC annual meeting in Columbus and will receive a partial subsidy of their travel costs to the meeting.

The K. Austin Kerr Prize is awarded for the best first paper delivered by a new scholar at the annual meeting of the BHC.  A “new scholar” is defined as a doctoral candidate or a Ph. D. whose degree is less than three years old. If you wish to participate in this competition, please notify the BHC program committee in your proposal. Proposals accepted for the Krooss Prize are not eligible for the Kerr Prize.

Since 2009, the EBHA has held a prize competition for the best paper on European business history presented at its annual congress. That tradition will continue at the joint BHC/EBHA meeting in Miami in 2015. More information will be available on the conference and EBHA web sites.

The deadline for receipt of all proposals is 15 October 2014. Acceptance emails will be sent in January 2015. Presenters are expected to submit abstracts of their papers for posting on the BHC website. In addition, presenters are encouraged to post electronic versions of their papers prior to the meeting and to submit their papers for inclusion in the BHC’s on-line proceedings, Business and Economic History On-Line. 

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