Article of the Month in Human Relations

It’s typical of me that only today did I become aware that our article on “Rethinking History and Memory in Organization Studies” (with John Hassard & Mick Rowlinson) has been the Article of the Month in Human Relations for March. Still, very pleased that the journal has highlighted our piece, especially since Human Relations has a great track record for publishing innovative pieces at the intersection of organization research and history.

March’s Article of the Month in Human Relations

Archival surveying conference in memory of Michael Moss

Re-appraisal of surveying: a vital archival tool for contemporary collecting

27-28 April 2022. 

Online conference in memory of Professor Michael S Moss.

The event, which is being jointly organised by the Business Archives Council, Business Archives Council of Scotland and The National Archives, with the support of the British Records Association, will consist of short papers and sessions spread over two half-days, on 27 and 28 April 2022.

Surveying remains a universally useful tool for all archivists and we are seeking speakers on archival surveying of all kinds, not just in relation to business archives, both from the UK and globally. We hope that this conference will provide a space to share best practice, and expect the event to be followed by practical half-day face-to-face workshops on surveying techniques across the UK.

This conference will consider the UK’s extraordinary track record of successful archival surveying and look at the many ways in which surveys can not only contribute to the collecting function of an archive but also ensure that the heritage of an organisation, region or nation is appropriately reflected in its archival collections.

For more information and further updates visit:

11th Accounting History International Conference – submission date extended

Dear Colleagues,

After receiving requests asking us to do so we have decided to extend the due date for paper submissions for the 11AHIC as well as the AHIESC to 31 March 2022 (previously 1 March 2022).

The Eleventh Accounting History International Conference (11AHIC) is to be held in Portsmouth, UK from 7 – 9 September 2022 with the theme of “How does accounting shape the past, present and future of society?”. This is hosted by the School of Business and Law, University of Portsmouth, and supported by the Accounting History SIG of AFAANZ and the journal. The conference web site is found at: . Submission of papers should be submitted in Word format no later than 31 March 2022 to . A special issue of the journal on the conference theme is scheduled to be published following the event and the call for papers will follow. 

The Accounting History International Emerging Scholars’ Colloquium (AHIESC) will be held as part of the 11AHIC on 7 September 2022.  Individuals who wish to express an interest in attending the AHIESC are requested to forward their research proposals, brief biographical details and a CV to Carolyn Fowler no later than 31 March 2022 at the following address: The call for proposals is at the following link under ‘call for papers’ towards the end of the page: .

If you currently have a paper submission (under review or in revision) in the Accounting History Journal system you are also welcome to submit these for presentation at the 11AHIESC. 

Best wishes.

Carolyn, Carolyn and Laura

Business History Initiative

Upcoming Event: “Forms of Capitalism”

The Business History Initiative invites you to a two-day virtual conference, organized by Sophus Reinert, Robert Fredona, and Teresa da Silva Lopes. The conference will take place on Friday, May 6, and Friday, May 13, 2022, from 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM (East Coast US Time). The schedule is listed below.

Over the past two decades scholars in the fields of economics, management, and comparative political theory have addressed and explored the wide range of existing varieties of capitalism. Taking their insights as a launching point, “Forms of Capitalism” seeks to understand the forms that capitalism has taken historically, from those it took as early as the seventeenth century, to those it currently takes and that are likely to persist into the future.

The very word “Capitalism” emerged originally out of languages of both critique and analysis, and capitalisms—past, present, and future—remain protean, elusive, and politically-contested phenomena. This event will encourage thinking with the past about the range and forms of capitalism that are now possible, especially as the need for a more sustainable, equitable, and ethical capitalism continues to become increasingly urgent.  

Please join us on May 6 and May 13. To receive a link to the conference meeting, please RSVP by email to

May 6, 12:00 to 4:00 (East Coast US Time) 

Geoff Jones (HBS), Introduction
Mattias Fibiger (HBS), Chair 
Rebecca Henderson (HBS), “Reimagining Capitalism” 
Peter Hall (Harvard), “Growth Regimes” 
Quinn Slobodian (Wellesley), Comment 
Jeremy Friedman (HBS), Chair 
Mary O’Sullivan (University of Geneva), “The Ruin of Britain’s Manufactures: Capitalism and Colonialism through the Lens of Pitt’s 1785 Irish Proposals” 
D’Maris Coffman (UCL), “The First Crisis Economists: Lescure, Aftalion and the Theorization of Periodic and General Crises in Industrial Capitalism” 
Carolyn Biltoft (Graduate Institute, Geneva), Comment 
May 13, 12:00 to 4:00 (East Coast US Time) 

Sophus Reinert (HBS), Introduction 

Marlous van Waijenburg (HBS), Chair 
Sebouh Aslanian (UCLA), “‘Taking Risks Beyond the Bounds of Common Sense’? An Indo-Armenian ‘Bill of Exchange’ from Isfahan, c. 1730, and Trust Relations between Julfan Armenians and Marwari Indians” 
Joel Bakan (British Columbia, Law), “The Corporate Form of Capitalism” 
Francesca Trivellato (IAS), Comment 
Charlotte Robertson (HBS), Chair 
Mary Hicks (Chicago), “Captivity’s Commerce: The Theory and Methodology of Slaving and Capitalism” 
Bernard Harcourt (Columbia, Law), “The Kraken, perhaps, but what about the Behemoth?” 
Carl Wennerlind (Barnard), Comment 

Second roundtable on “Enchantment in the History of Capitalism”

Dear colleagues,

Please join us for a second roundtable in the ‘Enchantment in the History of Capitalism’ series on March 25, 15:00 GMT. We will be welcoming Professor Carrie Tirado Bramen and Professor David Morgan for a session on enchantment in the history of science, literature, and the arts.

This is the second of a series of reading-group style workshops, intended to reflect on the meaning of enchantment and its uses in existing scholarship across different disciplines, with a longer-term view to redirect the concept and shed new light on the history of capitalism. 

Please register here:

More information on our roundtables and pre-readings are available on the network website:

We hope to see many of you there!

Anat Rosenberg and Astrid Van den Bossche

BHC event on publishing in business historical journals

The BHC Emerging Scholars Committee will host a workshop on academic publishing for early-career scholars (see the Emerging Scholars interest group site here) as part of the “Mentoring Week 2022.”

“Joining the Scholarly Discourse: How to Publish in the Business History Field” will feature workshop speakers:

  • Walter Friedman, Co-Editor-in-Chief Business History Review
  • Stephanie Decker, Co-Editor-in-Chief Business History
  • Andrew Popp, Editor-in-Chief Enterprise & Society

In part, the #BHC2022 pre-conference event has been organized to provide information and support for the #BHC2022online hosted on Zoom Events. The link to the #BHC2022 pre-conference will be sent out to everyone who has registered for the #BHC2022 by March 21st. 

If you have not registered yet to attend #BHC2022, please do so here

The full program of the pre-conference event is now available here:

Business history panel at the German Studies Association Annual Conference

You are invited to submit a proposal to the seminar “Made in Germany: Myths and Materiality of an Exporting Nation”, which takes place as part of the GSA annual conference 15-18 September in Houston, TX. Details of the seminar follow below:

Made in Germany: Myths and Materiality of an Exporting Nation

GSA Seminar Proposal (Houston, Sept. 16-18, 2022)

a-b. Conveners

William Glenn Gray, Associate Professor, Purdue University (

Katrin Schreiter, Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) in German and History, King’s College London (

c. Seminar Description

This seminar invites participants to consider the centrality of export activity to society, culture, and politics in the German-speaking lands. Long before the “Made in Germany” label was affixed to the products of imperial Germany, international trade fairs were a central feature of German economic life; and the 19th and 20th centuries brought an even greater concentration on production for export. How did an orientation toward distant markets inflect business innovation, product design, foreign relations, and political priorities? How did concerns about market share shape currency alignments, labor practices, and the domestic economy? What histories can be told about the lives of German commercial agents abroad, and what narratives did Germans craft about their most iconic exports? And how did German products impact societies abroad? The conveners welcome contributions from design history, material culture, literary studies, business history, labor history, and international relations, as well as contemporary social sciences. Perspectives featuring Austria or Switzerland as exporting nations are also welcome.

d. Format Description

Participants will prepare brief research-based contributions (approximately 10 double-spaced pages) in response to the seminar’s guiding themes and a set of assigned readings. Each morning the seminar will discuss a selection of these contributions in a roundtable format.

e. Goals & Procedures

The goal of the seminar is to develop a more focused vocabulary and research program for considering the significance of exports and trade in German history and culture. More generally, the conveners hope to reinvigorate the salience of economic themes at the annual conferences of the German Studies Association. The prospects for the publication of expanded seminar papers, whether as an edited volume or a journal special issue, will feature in the seminar’s closing discussion.

Applicants should submit a one-page (300-word) proposal by March 15, 2022. Applicants will be notified of their acceptance by April 15; the conveners will convey copies of the assigned readings. Completed 10-page seminar contributions should be submitted by August 15, 2022, one month in advance of the conference.

f. DEI Statement

With a focus on trade and export, oversea markets naturally come into view. The conveners specifically welcome proposals that employ (post)colonial perspectives to address Germany’s formal and informal imperialism as well as dependencies after decolonization across the last two centuries.

g. Audio/Visual

Given the difficulty of integrating a/v presentations into roundtable discussions, participants with visually oriented material are encouraged to attach all relevant images to their research contributions.

h. Auditors

Pending space, the conveners would welcome auditors, so long as they agree to read the pre-submitted seminar contributions and attend all three sessions.

Building Ecosystems Conference

Proposals are invited for the conference

Building Ecosystems/Selling Natures: At the Edge of Environments and Economies

Friday, October 28, 2022
Center for the History of Business, Technology, and Society
Hagley Library, Wilmington, Delaware

In everyday life we are embedded in ecosystems and economic systems that interact with one another, and indeed, are mutually constitutive. For a conference, “Building Ecosystems/Selling Natures,” we invite proposals that interrogate the interaction of various dualities: commerce and nature, firms and the earth’s resources, productive activity and the built environment. Our notion of ecosystems is expansive. It includes the many interactions among water, minerals, and geophysical features; biological systems within and between animals, plants, and microorganisms; and human-made settings such as buildings, cities, and transportation networks. We welcome papers that seek to blur the binary dualism between the many forms of nature and the institutions and social relations generated by economic activity.

We hope for proposals from a range of disciplinary perspectives, inspired as we are by scholars researching agriculture, mining, energy, water, enviro-tech, the built environment, evolution, and the biosphere (to name a few). Their scholarship explores the shared spaces that we hope to interrogate through this conference. In particular, we hope to create panels that bring together scholars working in different subjects, themes, and disciplines to see how they can cross-fertilize each other’s work, including researchers engaged with concepts like “Anthropocene” and “Capitalocene” and their efficacy. 

We are interested in original, unpublished, empirical papers that are conceptually informed and historically framed addressing the above and related topics. We hope to consider proposals that may benefit from engagement with collections and experts from Hagley, an institution that has a wealth of resources from the mid-1800s to the recent past. However, we also welcome papers that span earlier time periods, use collections from other institutions, and encompass international cases. We particularly encourage proposals that consider the following questions:
• How have economies and technologies generated new capacity to alter and exploit the environment?
• How are features of nature turned into capital?
• How is nature marketed and sold?
• How do human creations, such as buildings, become ecosystems?
• How has the materiality and/or human understanding of nature framed economic behavior?
Please submit proposals of no more than 500 words and a one-page C.V. to Carol Lockman at by June 15, 2022. Conference presenters will be asked to submit complete versions of their conference papers by Oct. 7, 2021. The conference is planned as an in-person event but will adopt a virtual format if necessary. Presenters will receive lodging in the conference hotel and compensation for their travel costs. The conference organizers are planning an edited volume based on a selection of revised conference papers. The program committee is comprised of Tim LeCain, Nicole Welk-Joerger, Greg Hargreaves, and Roger Horowitz.

Hagley History Hangout: What created the ‘sundown towns’ in the Great Migration (US)

New episode of Hagley History Hangout Available: Millions of black Americans left the Deep South fleeing violence and seeking opportunity during the Great Migration, one of the most dramatic demographic shifts in twentieth-century American history. Some communities welcomed these newcomers with open arms, going so far as to actively recruit them as industrial labor, while others attempted to shut their doors, to maintain their homogeneity through the threat of violence against black people. These different reactions could take place in towns adjacent to one another, with locally-specific causes shaping the divergence. 

Social historian Matthew O’Neal, PhD candidate at the University of Georgia, uncovers the story of two eastern-Kentucky towns that reacted differently to the Great Migration: Lynch, a U.S. Steel company town which became a relatively diverse, welcoming community, and Corbin, a railroad hub that became an infamous “sundown town,” or place unsafe for black people to live in or visit. The economic base of wither town, and the resulting social organizations within them, shaped the divergence. O’Neal notes the policies of racial inclusion or exclusion that characterized the unions attached to the steel versus the railroad industry as one source. Rising from parochial concerns, and local bigotry, a system of shadow segregation grew outside of the Deep South, and continues to shape American society in the twenty-first century. 

The audio only version of this program is available on our podcast.

Interview available at

Recorded on Zoom and available anywhere once they are released, our History Hangouts include interviews with authors of books and other researchers who have use of our collections, and members of Hagley staff with their special knowledge of what we have in our stacks. We began the History Hangouts in the summer of 2020 and now are releasing programs every two weeks on alternate Mondays. Our series is part of the Hagley from Home initiative by the Hagley Museum and Library. The schedule for upcoming episodes, as well as those already released, is available at