[SIGCIS-Members] Business History Conference CFP: Knowledge Theme, Deadline Oct 1, conf March/Apr 2011 St Louis

Thomas Haigh thaigh at computer.org
Mon Aug 9 16:00:48 PDT 2010

As usually I'm forwarding the BHC call for papers. We've organized SIGCIS
panels in some previous years.  This year should be a particularly good fit
- the theme is "knowledge" which includes networks, tacit knowledge, the
information economy, etc. Also note the presence of Richard R. John and
Matthias Kipping on the panel - the former has studied the US Post Office as
an information network, and the latter is known for his work on management
consulting. Both are familiar with the history of technology and have some
interest in IT.


The conference is a little smaller than SHOT, fairly friendly, and is held
in conjunction (details below) an excellent doctoral student symposium that
several members of our community have taken advantage of previously. Indeed
it's been an inspiration for the (rather more modest) "dissertations in
progress" session in our own workshop. Though the part where they discuss
"employment opportunities in business history" must require some faith - my
impression is that business history is getting much more interesting and
diverse intellectually but that business schools (with the notable exception
of Harvard) have been rather actively purging it from their disciplinary
makeup. Still, if you think of yourself as primarily a social or cultural
historian with an interest in topics related to business then you'll be far
less marginal at the conference than you might suppose.


As always feel free to use this list to seek contributions for any panel





From: Carol Lockman [mailto:clockman at Hagley.org] 
Sent: Thursday, July 29, 2010 2:48 PM
To: Carol Lockman
Subject: BHC call for papers


Hi All:    Just a reminder!   Best for the rest of the summer, C.


Carol Ressler Lockman


Hagley Center

PO Box 3630

Wilmington DE  19807







Business History Conference (BHC), 2011

St. Louis, Missouri, 31 March 2011 to 2 April 2011


Conference Theme: "Knowledge"


The history of business has for millennia been entwined with the pursuit and
acquisition of knowledge. Artisans have jealously guarded trade secrets;
merchants have networked to improve their access to information on market
trends; promoters have fostered business education; scientists and engineers
in corporate research and development laboratories have devised innovative
artifacts, techniques, and theories; management consultants, journalists,
and business academics have hailed the emergence of a "knowledge industry";
business leaders, philanthropists, and academic administrators have
established universities and foundations to nurture innovation; and, most
recently, lawmakers and computer programmers have created an Internet that
has facilitated the creation of new kinds of knowledge that have transformed
the conduct of business, public affairs, and private life. 


In keeping with the recent expansion in the mandate of the Business History
Conference (BHC) to embrace not only the dynamics of business
decision-making, but also the relationship of economic institutions to
culture, politics, and society, our 2011 annual meeting takes "Knowledge" as
its theme.  Knowledge embraces, but is not confined to, the human capital
generated and sustained by entrepreneurs, middle managers, and technical
professionals; the tacit knowledge of clerks and factory workers; the
cultural messages broadcast by advertisers and public relations
professionals; the learning paths of institutions that contribute to the
generation, circulation, and preservation of knowledge; the intellectual
history of constructs like the "knowledge economy"; and the relationship of
knowledge-generating economic institutions to government, the professions,
and communications networks.  While we hope that many of the proposals could
be fit under this rubric, and in keeping with a venerable BHC tradition, the
program committee welcomes proposals on topics that are not directly related
to the conference theme. 


The BHC program committee for 2011 consists of the following individuals:
Mark R. Wilson (chair), University of North Carolina, Charlotte; Teresa da
Silva Lopes, University of York, Great Britain; Matthias Kipping, York
University, Canada; Jocelyn Wills, Brooklyn College; Richard R. John (BHC
President-elect), Columbia University. 


Potential presenters may submit proposals for individual papers or entire
panels. Individual paper proposals should include a one-page (300 word)
abstract and one-page curriculum vitae (CV). Panel proposals should include
a cover letter stating the rationale for the panel and the name of its
contact person; a one-page (300 word) abstract and author's CV for each
paper (up to three); and a list of preferred panel chairs and commentators
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 2011
BHC annual meeting in St. Louis. 


The K. Austin Kerr Prize is awarded for the best first paper delivered by a
new scholar at the annual meeting of the BHC.  A "new scholar" is defined as
a doctoral candidate or a Ph. D. whose degree is less than three years old.
If you wish to participate in this competition, please notify the BHC
program committee in your proposal. Proposals 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 1 October 2010. Acceptance
letters will be sent by 15 December 2010. 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 sent out
once the program has been set. 


Please send proposals for papers, panels, or the Krooss Prize to
BHC2011 at 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 BHC and funded by Oxford University Press, will take place in
St. Louis at the conference site Wednesday evening 30 March 2011 and all day
Thursday 31 March 2011. 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 1 December 2010 (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 10 January 2011.








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