Gerald Aylmer Seminar: New Ways to Work (17 September)

The Gerald Aylmer Seminar is an annual one-day symposium organised by The National Archives, The Royal Historical Society and The Institute of Historical Research in memory of Gerald Aylmer (1926-2000), who was president of The Royal Historical Society and Chairman of the Institute of Historical Research. Its purpose is to bring together archivists and historians to discuss topics of mutual interest. 

This year’s event, ‘New Ways to Work – future directions for archival and historical practice’, will take place 17 September and consider how we are working now, having been forced to make difficult decisions, to adapt and innovate in what we do and how we engage with each other, but also how do we best move forward in a relationship that may not return to ‘normal’. A provisional programme is available – https://symphony-live-new2.s3.amazonaws.com/bB47zjaqdry5Gbppd7K9wsfXdULbKh5UtCphS5Ge4GBDdOVgZeLhLX6ItDnWcixB/Aylmer%20Provisional_Programme_2021.pdf

It is free to attend and will be held online, but booking if required. To register, please click here – https://www.history.ac.uk/events/gerald-aylmer-seminar-2021

Update from the “Unlocking the Past” project

We are delighted to share a short blog piece on the first Unlocking our Digital Past workshop that seeks to capture some of the key discussions we had. It was really nice reflecting on the event when writing this. Please feel free to read and share with anyone who you think might be interested.

https://unlockingourdigitalpast.com/2021/08/05/reflections-on-the-unlocking-our-digital-past-workshop-19-july-2021/

For a peak at the presentations from the workshop, take a look at their website: https://unlockingourdigitalpast.com/blog-2/

Accounting History Virtual Seminar

Dear colleagues

This is a friendly reminder that registrations are open for the Accounting History Virtual Seminar (AHVS) which will be held from 09:00-11:00 (BST) on 9 September 2021 (AEST 18:00-20:00 and NZ DST 20:00-22:00). Thank you to those that have already registered, we’ll send you the sign in information in due course and for those that are still to register please follow this link:  https://www.eventbrite.co.nz/e/accounting-history-virtual-seminar-tickets-159336605075

The programme includes:

Curated conversation with the winners of the Robert Gibson Award 2020– Dominic Detzen and Sebastian Hoffmann

  • Curator: Stephen Walker, Professor of Accounting, University of Edinburgh

Panel: Innovation in accounting historiography – where to from here?

Panellists: 

  • Carolyn Cordery, Adjunct Professor, Victoria University of Wellington; 
  • Delfina Gomes, Associate Professor, University of Minho; 
  • Giulia Leoni, Senior Lecturer, University of Genoa; 
  • Karen McBride, Reader, University of Portsmouth; and 
  • Christopher Napier, Professor of Accounting, Royal Holloway University of London.

Research paper: Accounting for natural disasters in historical perspective – a literature review and research agenda

  • Massimo Sargiacomo, Professor of Accounting and Public Sector Management, University of Chieti-Pescara.

Register for this free and engaging virtual seminar by 1 September 2021 here:  https://www.eventbrite.co.nz/e/accounting-history-virtual-seminar-tickets-159336605075.

This invitation may be freely distributed amongst your networks. 

Carolyn Cordery, Carolyn Fowler and Laura Maran. 

Update on CHRONOS event

Posted on behalf of Elena Giovannoni:

Following my earlier message, I am delighted to announce that Prof. Christof Brandtner and Prof. Renate Meyer will join Prof. Martin Kornberger on 23 September 2021 for ‘CHRONOS 2021 distinguished on-line lecture’. They will jointly present their co-authored paper titled “The emergence of a social actor: the case of the Vienna city administration at the fin the siècle” 

You can find the abstract and bios of our three distinguished speakers below.

You will soon receive an updated MS teams invite. If you have already accepted it, you do not need to accept it again. If you have not received it, please email: elena.giovannoni@rhul.ac.uk (please use your institutional email address to receive the invite)

On behalf of CHRONOS research centre, I take this chance to wish you all a happy Summer! 

Reminder – Webinar: Historical Methods for Management Scholars

This week, the British Academy of Management (BAM) is hosting a webinar on historical methods, 28 July 2021, 2pm – 4pm, on Zoom. The event is free for BAM members, and £25 for non-members (£15 for doctoral students).

Description

In this webinar we will introduce participants to the basics of historical research methods and focus on how business and management scholars have integrated historical evidence and archival sources in their research. We focus on the elements of historical narrative, critical source interpretation, and how to identify and do research in archives (company archives and public archives).

Speakers  

Kevin Tennent, University of York

Stephanie Decker, University of Bristol

Chair

David Sarpong, Brunel University

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Benefits of attending 

Participants will gain a better understanding of:

  • How historical research has been used in business and management research
  • How to apply historical methods in your own research projects
  • How to write up historical evidence for publication
  • How to identify archives, gain access and conduct archival research

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Contact

Please contact the BAM Office at eventsofficer@bam.ac.uk with any queries.  

“The History of the Corporation” Virtual Workshop

The Yale Law School and CGCG are presenting a virtual workshop on ‘The History of the Corporation’ on 10 June 2021, beginning at 9:00 EDT.  The program follows.  All are welcome to register for the event by visiting the following website:  https://bit.ly/2PeXhGL  

Introduction
Naomi Lamoreaux (Yale University)
Henry Hansmann (Yale Law School and ECGI)

Shareholder Democracy under Autocracy:  Voting Rights and Corporate Performance in Imperial Russia 
Amanda Gregg (Middlebury College), Steven Nafziger (Williams College)

Legal Origins of Corporate Governance:  Choice of Company Law in Egypt, 1887-1913
Cihan Artunç (Middlebury College)

Legal Transplants and Local Custom in China: The Struggle over Apportioned Liability for External Debt of Partnerships
Madeleine Zelin (Columbia University)

Corporate Ownership and Control in the Gilded Age
Eric Hilt (Wellesley College)

Managerial Failure and Corporate Ownership in Edwardian Britain Revisited
Michael Aldous (Queen’s University, Belfast), Philip Fliers (Queen’s University, Belfast), John Turner (Queen’s University, Belfast) 

General Discussion
Tim Guinnane (Yale University)
Giuseppe Dari-Mattiacci (University of Amsterdam)

Concluding Remarks
Naomi Lamoreaux (Yale University)
Henry Hansmann (Yale Law School and ECGI)

BizHisCol Webinar – Department stores and modernization of retail in socialist Yugoslavia, 1950s-1960s

18/05/2021 16.00 UK

Register here

Presenter: Ivana Mihaela Žimbrek (Central European University)
Chair: Nicholas Wong (Northumbria University)

In my presentation, I would like to discuss a draft of a chapter from my dissertation, which focuses on the activities of two of the largest Yugoslav department store chains—”Na-Ma” from Zagreb and “Beograd” from Belgrade—in the period from the mid-1950s to the late 1960s as the initial phase of the institutionalization of modern retail spaces in Socialist Yugoslavia. I am particularly interested in the discussion and planning activities of the department store chains’ expert actors, their republic, federal as well as transnational spaces of exchange, and the way that category of gender played into their agency and interests. More precisely, I intend to analyze the planning and business activities of these department store chains that took place on the intersection between retail, architectural design and urban planning in order to explore the broader connection and development between modernization of retail and transformations of the urban environment under Yugoslav state socialism. I wish to argue that focusing on the spatial dimension of modern retail and its manifestation in various urban areas is crucial for understanding the particular relationship between retailing as an increasingly important professional sphere in socialist states, the physical construction of old and new urban spaces, as well as the social planning and managing of life in urban areas under state-socialism.

BizHisCol Webinar – Twentieth-Century Chinese business history (double feature)

Presenters: Mengxing Yu (Kyoto University) and Ghassan Moazzin (University of Hong Kong)

Chair: Adam Nix (De Montfort University)

11/05/2021 at 14.00-15:30 UK | Register here

Paper 1: The evolution of pulp and paper firms: The example of coastal areas in China since 1978

Mengxing Yu (Kyoto University)

The past half century witnessed the rapid increase of the Chinese share in the world paper production from 3.1% in 1977 to 26.4% in 2016, and thus China became the largest paper producer. This study examines the history of various types of the Chinese paper firms, and addresses how they have developed and influenced other domestic industries. This study focuses on the changes of Chinese paper firms since 1978, and compares its developing model with Japan, the Nordics and Britain. The creativity of entrepreneurship to the transformation of Chinese paper firms will also be studied. In particular, special attention will be paid to the private entrepreneurs that started their business since the 1990s, which was the boom period of the Chinese paper industry. In doing so, this study argues that the changes of the paper firms in China have been tightly in pace with Chinese economic development since 1978. In addition, this study reveals how a Chinese industry has maximized the limited resources and developed from a relatively low industrialized level to the world largest producer and consumer.

Paper 2: The Business of Electrification – Hu Xiyuan, Oppel Lamp Manufacturers Ltd. and the Birth of the Chinese Electric Lamp Industry, 1921–1937

Ghassan Moazzin (University of Hong Kong)

Electric light was first introduced into China in the 1870s. However, until the 1920s it were foreign companies and products that dominated the Chinese market for electric lamps. Only during the 1920s and 30s – the years before the outbreak of the Sino-Japanese War in 1937 – did the Chinese electric lamp industry start to flourish and manage to compete with the established foreign firms and goods. This paper uses the case study of Chinese entrepreneur Hu Xiyuan and his Oppel Lamp Manufacturers Ltd., which pioneered early Chinese electric lamp manufacturing, to explore the hitherto understudied emergence of the indigenous electric lamp manufacturing industry in China during the 1920s and 1930s and its attempts of competing with foreign imports and manufacturers in China. In particular, this paper will focus on two aspects of the development of Oppel Lamp Manufacturers Ltd. First, it will discuss how Hu emulated foreign-produced light bulb technology and adapted foreign technological knowledge to the Chinese market managed to build up a successful light bulb manufacturing business that could produce light bulbs on an industrial scale. Second, this paper will show how Hu intentionally marketed his products as national Chinese (as opposed to foreign) commodities to gain an advantage against his foreign competitors, including the international Phoebus light bulb cartel that tried to dominate the global production and sale of light bulbs at the time.

Hagley Library – Avon Archive event 7 May (Zoom)

AVON: AN INTERNATIONAL FORUM ON ITS ARCHIVE

Sponsored by the Hagley Library, Wilmington DE

Friday May 7, 9 am – 12 noon EST via Zoom

In the 20 years since Avon Products, Inc., deposited its records at Hagley Library they have become one of our most popular research collections. A virtual event on May 7 will bring attention to their contribution to history. 

Avon Products, Inc., is one of the oldest direct selling companies in America. It traces its origins to 1886, when David H. McConnell bought the Union Publishing Company and started manufacturing perfumes to give away with his books. McConnell discovered that his customers were more interested in the fragrances than the books, so he decided to concentrate on selling perfumes. The business was renamed the California Perfume Company (CPC) in an effort to associate its products with the perceived beauty of the Golden State.

From the beginning, CPC sold directly to the consumer through a national network of sales representatives, primarily women, who were looking for economic opportunity and flexible part-time employment. In 1929, CPC introduced the Avon brand in an effort to modernize its image. The corporation was renamed Avon Products, Inc. in 1950. Avon rapidly expanded into the international market during the 1950s and 1960s, principally Latin America and Europe. By the early 1970s, Avon International operated in sixteen countries. 

Speakers at the event will come from around the USA and Europe and discuss Avon’s activities in the United States, Brazil, and Italy, as well as its efforts to reach out to African American women and diversity its American salesforce. The event’s keynote will be offered by Katina Manko, who helped bring the Avon Collection to Hagley. Manko’s book, Ding Dong! Avon Calling!: The Women and Men of Avon Products, Incorporated will be published in June.  Full details of the forum at https://www.hagley.org/avon-international-forum-its-archive .

Katina Manko, Independent Scholar, “Ding Dong! Avon Calling!: The Women and Men of Avon Products, Incorporated”

Jessica Burch, Denison University, “‘Soap and Hope’: Direct Sales and the Culture of Work and Capitalism in Postwar America

Jessica Chelekis, Brunel Business School, “Avon in the Brazilian Amazon: Direct Sales and Consumption among Vulnerable Communities”

Lindsey Feitz, University of Denver, “Creating a Multicultural Soul: Avon, Corporate Social Responsibility, and Race in the 1970s”

Shawn Moura, Director of Research at NAIOP, “Exploring Avon’s Encounter with Gender, Race, and Class in Brazil, 1958-1975”

Emanuela Scarpellini, University of Milan, “Transnational Beauty: Avon International and the Case of Italy”

Advance registration is required to view the pre-circulated papers and to participate in the conference sessions; there is no fee to register.  Register at https://www.hagley.org/research/conferences/avon-forum-conference-registration