BAFA Accounting History Special Interest Group

Inaugural Workshop on Accounting History

Aston Business School

Thursday 13th December and Friday 14th December 2018

Overview

Historical research enables us to reflect on the past in meaningful ways, provides an opportunity to reconstruct that past based on the information encountered and the experiences reflected, and offers lessons and cases that may be relevant to the present day. Historians “find” their stories from the information they gather from the archives and other documentation from and of the past. The aim of this workshop is to demonstrate the relevance of accounting history to the present day, to provide various methods for carrying out accounting history research, and reflects on the issues faced when exploring the past.

 Workshop programme

The one-day workshop includes sessions by accomplished business historians, as well as the opportunity to workshop ideas and issues in accounting history research. The Guest Presenters are:

  • Professor Stephanie Decker, Aston University – Co-Editor Business History.
    • Topic – “Research Strategies in Organization History”

Stephanie Decker is a Professor in Organization Studies and History at Aston Business School, where she has been working since 2010. She is currently the Associate Dean for Research for Aston Business School. Stephanie’s research interests include the use of historical analysis for management and organization studies. This focuses on integrating historical approaches, primarily archival research influenced by postcolonial theory, ethnographic history and microhistory into social scientific research data analysis techniques such as documentary and process-based qualitative studies. Stephanie is a co-editor of Business History.

  • Professor John Singleton, Sheffield Hallam University – Professor of Economic and Business History
    • Topic: “Pitfalls and benefits of working with organisations”

John Singleton has been a Professor at Sheffield Hallam since 2011, following 17 years at Victoria University of Wellington (NZ). While his PhD thesis was on the decline of the Lancashire cotton industry in the mid twentieth century, his main interest is British and world financial and economic history over the last 100 years. In NZ he was commissioned to write histories of the Reserve Bank of New Zealand and the Audit Office. Recent books include those on Central Banking in the Twentieth Century and Economic and Natural Disasters since 1900.

  • Dr Mike Anson, Bank of England – Archivist
    • Topic: “The role of archivists and how to approach archives”

Mike Anson is Archive Manager, at the Bank of England Archive. He joined the Bank in 2004 as researcher on its official history project and was previously at the Business History Unit, London School of Economics working on commissioned histories of British Rail, and the Channel Tunnel. He has been a Trustee of the Business Archives Council since 2004, and was elected Chair in 2013. Mike is also Chair of the Conference Committee of the Archives & Records Association UK & Ireland, and external examiner at the Centre for Archives & Information Studies, University of Dundee.

 

Target audience

The workshop is for accounting and finance researchers who are either currently working in the accounting history field or interested in doing so in the future. We welcome faculty and PhD students. This is an opportunity to learn, share and receive feedback on research ideas, and discover more about conducting research and publishing in accounting history.

Further details

The workshop will be preceded by an informal dinner at 7pm on 13th December 2018 (participants’ own cost), offering an opportunity to network and establish contact with others interested in accounting history. Details of the venue will be circulated to everyone who registers for the workshop.

The workshop will run formally from 9:00-16:30 on 14 December 2018 and costs £55 for BAFA members, which includes all presentations, refreshment breaks and lunch on the Friday.

See https://www2.aston.ac.uk/about/directions for travel information.

Details of accommodation options are available on request from the local host, Professor Carolyn Cordery, at c.cordery@aston.ac.uk

Registration

Registration is available through the BAFA website: http://bafa.ac.uk/ 

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