Call for Papers
Theme: “Business and the State”
[Please note that the deadline for paper proposals has passed. We leave the CFP here for informational purposes.]
Proposals for presentations to the 2012 annual meeting of the Business History Conference (BHC) are invited. The conference will take place March 29-31 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, at the Hyatt Regency Penn's Landing.
The theme for the conference is “Business and the State.” We are interested in substantive research on all aspects of business and the state. Potential topics include, but are not limited to: the regulation of business, state promotion of business and economic development, standards setting, government rules regarding the organization of businesses, and the interactions among businesses and consumers, citizens, and other businesses. We are interested in research on state-owned enterprises, mixed public-private entities, and nationalization and privatization. We are interested in legal history relevant to business, such as bankruptcy, corporate, labor, and patent law. We encourage submissions of research on the development of capacity within the state itself, including studies of particular agencies (or quasi-governmental organizations) and state projects.
In keeping with longstanding BHC policy, the committee will also entertain submissions not directly related to the conference theme.
The BHC program committee for 2012 consists of David Weiman (chair), Barnard College; Michele Alacevich, Harvard University; David Freund, University of Maryland; Elisabeth Koll, Harvard Business School; and Margaret Levenstein (BHC President), University of Michigan.
Potential presenters may submit proposals either for individual papers or for entire panels. Individual paper proposals should include a one-page (300 word) abstract and a one-page curriculum vitae (CV). The abstract should summarize the argument of the paper, the sources on which it is based, and its relationship to existing scholarship. Each panel proposal should include a cover letter stating the rationale for the session and indicating the contact person for the panel, a one-page abstract, and author's CV for each proposed paper (up to three), and suggested chair and commentator with contact information.
The BHC awards the Herman E. Krooss Prize for the best dissertation in business history by a recent Ph.D. in history, economics, business administration, the history of science and technology, sociology, law, communications, and related fields. A “recent Ph.D.” is defined as a Ph.D. whose degree is less than three years old. 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 2012 BHC annual meeting in Philadelphia.
The K. Austin Kerr Prize is awarded for the best first paper delivered at the annual meeting of the BHC. If you wish to participate in this competition, please notify the BHC program committee in your proposal. Dissertations accepted for the Krooss Prize are not eligible for the Kerr Prize.
The Halloran Prize in the History of Corporate Responsibility is awarded for a paper presented at the annual meeting of the BHC that makes a significant contribution to the history of corporate responsibility. Corporate responsibility is understood to embrace the many ways in which the firm relates to the political realm and the wider society.
The deadline for receipt of all proposals is October 1, 2011. Acceptance letters will be sent by December 15, 2011. 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. To offset some of the costs of attending the conference, the BHC offers modest financial grants to graduate students who are presenting papers; information will be distributed once the program has been set.
Please send proposals for papers, panels, or the Krooss Prize to BHC2012@Hagley.org. If you do not have access to the Internet, you may send hard copies to Roger Horowitz, Secretary-Treasurer, Business History Conference, P.O. Box 3630, Wilmington, DE 19807, USA. Phone: (302) 658-2400; fax: (302) 655-3188.
The Oxford Journals Doctoral Colloquium in Business History will be held in conjunction with the BHC annual meeting. This prestigious workshop, sponsored by the BHC and funded by Oxford University Press, will take place at the conference site in Philadelphia beginning Wednesday evening March 28, 2012, and all day Thursday, March 29, 2012. The colloquium is limited to ten students. Participants work intensively with a distinguished group of BHC-affiliated scholars that includes at least two BHC officers. The colloquium will discuss dissertation proposals, relevant literatures and research strategies, and employment opportunities in business history. This colloquium is intended for doctoral candidates in the early stages of their dissertation projects. If you are interested in being considered for this colloquium, please submit to Roger Horowitz by December 1, 2011 (at the address listed above) a statement of interest, a CV, a preliminary or final dissertation prospectus of 10-15 pages, and a letter of support from your dissertation supervisor (or prospective supervisor). All participants receive a stipend that will partially cover the costs of their attendance at the annual meeting. The colloquium committee will notify all applicants of its decisions by January 10, 2012.