In Cooperation with the Gesellschaft für Unternehmensgeschichte e. V.

Information for Meeting Participants

Dear BHC meeting participant:

Thank you for your interest in participating in the 2014 Business History Conference annual meeting in Frankfurt, Germany. This meeting will run from the afternoon of Thursday, March 13 through the dinner banquet on the night of Saturday, March 15. This version duplicates the email with information on logistics associated with travel, lodging, and registration that was already sent to everyone on the program. This information is available online, linked from the 2014 meeting home page. This letter also contains updated information about submitting abstracts and papers. A current version of the program is now available. It will be updated regularly as necessary. Please review your listing on the program and email any corrections to BHC web editor Pat Denault, pat.denault@gmail.com. Substantive changes (withdrawals, time conflicts, etc.) should be sent to Program chair Ed Balleison, eballeis@duke.edu.

Everyone attending the conference is required to register. This includes all presenters, chairs, and commentators, as well as audience members without a place on this year's program. The registration fee covers costs associated with holding the conference, including room rental charges, coffee breaks, receptions, and audio-visual equipment. Your payment of this fee allows the BHC to afford to hold its meetings. Please register on line, using the meeting's registration page.

If you have not reserved a room already, please do so as soon as possible as there are competing events in Frankfurt and space is limited. We have identified a number of hotels for the meeting, contact information is available from the conference web site.

Presenters will be expected to submit abstracts of their papers for posting on the BHC website by March 1. You can do so by going to the abstract submission form at http://www.thebhc.org/annmeet/abstractsub.html. In addition, presenters are encouraged to post electronic versions of their papers prior to the meeting. Information about submitting your paper for posting before the meeting is available on the abstract submission page.

To facilitate panel discussion, we would also like you to send your paper to the chair, commentator, and other members of your panel by February 21. Please make sure your session chair also has a short c.v. so that he or she can introduce you properly. If you do not already have the e-mail addresses of your panel members, you may find them easily by clicking on their names on the online version of the program.

Chairs: Please contact the members of your panel to remind them about these dates as they draw near, and contact any presenters who fail to meet the deadline to ask when their paper can be expected. We ask that introductions at the sessions are brief and to the point in order to preserve more time for discussion.

The BHC is committed to having each panel reserve adequate time for a spontaneous discussion with the audience. This means that the authors of papers must plan on limiting their remarks to eighteen (18) minutes each. Discussants are asked to prepare remarks lasting no more than twelve (12) minutes. Each presenter should rehearse his or her presentation carefully to ensure that it falls within these time limits. Chairs will be asked to enforce these limits strictly.

Every meeting room is equipped with projectors, screens, and a computer with power point software. We encourage presenters to send Power Point files in advance to Andrea H. Schneider, ahschneider@unternehmensgeschichte.de, so they can be loaded in advance of the session on the appropriate computer.

If you are participating in the annual meeting and are not a BHC member, we encourage you to consider joining. (GUG members also may register at member rates.) Members receive discounted registration rates at the annual meetings; student members have registration fees waived entirely. Membership includes an annual subscription to our journal, Enterprise & Society: The International Journal of Business History, and regular mailings and emails with news of the BHC and our plans for future meetings. Please go to our membership page (http://www.thebhc.org/join.html) for more information on how to become a member. New members will be eligible for the lower registration fees at the 2014 annual meeting.

We look forward to seeing you in Frankfurt.

Best wishes,

Roger Horowitz
BHC Secretary-Treasurer