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Event Announcement: Managing Communist Enterprise, Rutgers-Camden, 21 April 2017

Managing Communist Enterprise: Poland, Hungary and Czechoslovakia, 1945-1970


A Symposium


Rutgers University, Camden

April 21st 2017

12pm – 2pm, Faculty Lounge (second floor of Armitage Hall, 311 North Fifth Street, Camden, NJ)


Philip Scranton (Rutgers, Camden)


Pal Germuska (EUI – Florence)

Natalya Vinokurova (Wharton)

Lee Vinsel (Stevens Institute of Technology)


The business history of communist eastern and central Europe has not yet received the attention that it deserves. This symposium is organized around a significant new paper by Phil Scranton, entitled “Managing Communist Enterprise: Poland, Hungary and Czechoslovakia, 1945-1970,” that itself emerges from a major project being undertaken by Professor Scranton and Professor Patrick Fridenson to examine the evolution of global business practices in the second half of the twentieth-century.  Based in extensive research in previously unused archives and sources, the paper uncovers the fascinating and often surprising story of management in three key European economies, essentially opening up a hitherto neglected field of study in business history.


Professor Scranton will briefly present the paper before we hear three invited commentaries, from Pal Germuska (EUI), Natalya Vinokurova (Wharton), and Lee Vinsel (Stevens Institute of Technology). Following a response from Professor Scranton, the final hour of event will be reserved for audience discussion. The lead paper and all three commentaries will subsequently be published in Enterprise and Society: The International Journal of Business History. 

Everyone intending to attend is strongly encouraged to download and read the lead paper in advance. Please note that in order to access the PDF of this unpublished paper, you will first need to log in with your BHC website credentials.


All are welcome. The event is free and registration is not required, though it would be appreciated if notices of intent to attend could be sent to Andrew Popp at All enquiries should be addressed to the same address.


We gratefully acknowledge the support of Rutgers University, Camden and of the Business History Conference.

Job Announcement: Tenure-Track History of Capitalism Position, U. Delaware

History of Capitalism in North America. The Department of History at the University of Delaware invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track assistant professor in the history of capitalism in North America in the “Long Nineteenth Century.” We seek a scholar of exceptional promise prepared to teach both graduate and undergraduate courses. Possible areas of specialization include race and ethnicity, business, political economy, and consumer culture. Preferred candidates will have research and teaching interests that complement one or more of the following graduate and undergraduate initiatives at the University of Delaware: (a) the Hagley Program in Capitalism, Technology, and Culture, (b) environmental humanities, (c) African American history and public humanities, and (d) material culture studies. Applicants whose work involves a transnational perspective are especially welcome. This position is also part of a commitment by the department and the College of Arts and Sciences to strengthening ties to the Hagley Museum and Library and to UD’s Lerner College of Business and Economics. The start date for this position is September 1, 2017. Candidates are expected to have the Ph.D. in hand by August 1, 2017.

The History Department at the University of Delaware consists of twenty-six faculty members plus faculty with shared appointments in Black American Studies, English, Art History, and Jewish Studies. The successful candidate will join an intellectual community of nationally and internationally recognized scholars. Because of the history department’s long association with the Hagley Museum and Library, the successful candidate will have opportunities to work in Hagley’s research collections and participate in its academic programs.

The University
Founded in 1743, the University of Delaware ( combines tradition and innovation, offering students a rich heritage along with the latest in instructional and research technology. Located in Newark, Delaware, within 2 hours of New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore, and Washington, D.C., the University is one of the oldest land-grant institutions in the nation, one of 19 sea-grant institutions, and one of only 13 space-grant institutions. The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching classifies UD as a research university with very high research activity. The University of Delaware has received the Community Engagement classification from the Carnegie Foundation. With external funding exceeding $200 million, the University ranks among the top 100 universities in federal R&D support for science and engineering and has nationally recognized research. With 23 academic departments, 27 interdisciplinary programs and centers, and more than 10,000 students, the College of Arts and Sciences is the largest college on campus ( The University of Delaware is an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages applications from minority group members and women.

Candidates are expected to have the Ph.D. in hand by August 1, 2017.

Applicants should submit a letter of application, a current curriculum vitae, and three letters of recommendation. Additional application materials may be requested by the committee at a later point. For full consideration, please submit application by December 15, 2016. Inquiries may be sent to Professor David Suisman, Search Committee Chair, Application materials will not be accepted through personal correspondence with the Chair or other committee members; they will only be accepted through Interfolio®.

This institution is using Interfolio's ByCommittee to conduct this search. Applicants to this position receive a free Dossier account and can send all application materials, including confidential letters of recommendation, free of charge, through

For help signing up, accessing your account, or submitting your application please check out our help and support section or get in touch via email at or phone at (877) 997-8807.

The University of Delaware is an Equal Opportunity Employer which encourages applications from Minority Group Members, Women, Individuals with Disabilities and Veterans. The University's Notice of Non-Discrimination can be found at

Call For Papers: Techniques of the Corporation


“Techniques of the Corporation”


4-6 May 2017, University of Toronto

Technoscience Research Unit


Conference organization

Justin Douglas 

Bretton Fosbrook 

Kira Lussier 
Michelle Murphy 


How do corporations know themselves and their world? Over the last 150 years, corporations, like universities and laboratories, have generated an abundance of knowledge-making techniques in the form of psychological tests, efficiency technologies, scenario planning, and logistical systems. As dominant forms of the last century, corporations are assembled with instruments, infrastructures, and interventions that arrange and rearrange the dynamics of capitalism. These techniques of the corporation have filtered into our daily lives, influencing everyday understandings of self, inequality, environment, and society.

Techniques of the Corporation will assemble an interdisciplinary network of established and emerging scholars whose work contributes to the critical study of the techniques, epistemologies, and imaginaries of the 20th-century corporation. This conference aims to foster a timely conversation between Science and Technology Studies (STS) approaches and the recent histories of capitalism. We treat the corporation in the same way that historians of science and STS scholars have approached science, colonialism, and militarism as generative sites for knowledge production, value-making, and technopolitics. The conference takes as its starting place North American corporations with the understanding that corporations are multinational forms with complex transnational histories. Building from the recent history of capitalism, we attend to the entangled genealogies of corporations with slavery, exploitation, environmental destruction, colonialism, and inequality.

Hosted by the Technoscience Research Unit at the University of Toronto, this event will be an intimate multi-day conversation between established and emerging scholars in the fields of STS, history of science, and the history of capitalism. Techniques of the Corporation will be headlined by keynote speaker Joseph Dumit, and features invited talks by Dan Bouk, Elspeth Brown, Deborah Cowen, Orit Halpern, Louis Hyman, Michelle Murphy, Martha Poon, and Elise Thorburn. The conference will be an immersive experience in the Greater Toronto Area with meals and cocktails provided.  

We invite emerging and established scholars in diverse fields (including business history; labour history; anthropology; geography; economic sociology; media studies; critical race studies; architecture studies; feminist and sexuality studies; environmental studies; and cultural studies) to explore the techniques, epistemologies, and imaginaries of corporations. Our overall goal is to crystallize a new field, culminating in a field-defining publication. We welcome work on corporate practices that exceed calculative logics, such as work on social relations, affective and psychological states, and speculative futurities.  In addition to traditional papers, the conference encourages creative methods to query corporate forms, including art installations, videos, interactive multimedia projects, and role-playing games. Applications for travel assistance will be arranged after acceptance.


Corporate practices, include, but are not limited to: 



sharing economy 

data management 


risk management 

corporate culture 


corporate responsibility 




research and development 


corporate design 

intellectual property 



affective labor 

racial surveillance 


transnational capital


Please submit abstracts of no more than 300 words and a CV to the conference organizers at by 13 January 2017.


Call For Papers: ABH Glasgow: The Human Factor in Business History

Understanding the strategy and structure of firms forms a vital part of the discipline
of business history, as does the deployment of essential tools such as typologies of
company forms, theories of the firm and firm growth and so on. But it is vital, too, for
business historians to recognise and investigate those who stand at the heart of
business history: the people who create firms, those who own them and those who
work for them in various capacities (whether in head offices, in back offices or on the
shop floor) to enable companies to function effectively (or, alternatively, passably or
dysfunctionally). It is, after all, people who develop and deploy the skills,
relationships and capabilities to allow all of this to happen. Just as important, though,
is the human impact of the firm and other organisations that employ people, not least
because even today those employed spend a very large proportion of their time in
the workplace. Indeed, they are usually engaged for more time there than in any
other activity with the exception of sleeping. The firm is therefore a place not only for
work, which itself involves considerable human interaction, but also a focus for social
life and identity.

The theme of the 2017 ABH conference is ‘The human factor in business history’.
Proposals for individual papers or for full sessions, panel discussions or other
session formats are invited on this topic, broadly conceived. Specific topics might
include, but are not limited to:

 Entrepreneurs, managers and/or workers
 Leadership in business
 Biographical and prosopographical approaches to business history
 Networks and hierarchies in business as social systems
 Cross-cultural issues in business and management
 The impact of automation and technology on human interaction in the
 Industrial relations and human resource management
 Gender roles and relations in the workplace
 The human bases of company behaviour and misbehaviour
 The human factor in SMEs, family enterprise, corporations and/or MNEs
 Local, regional, national and transnational networks and business
 The workplace as a community and focus for identity
 Business and social movements
 The impact of work and production on humans and the physical environment

As always, the ABH also welcomes proposals that are not directly related to the
conference theme.

How to submit a paper or session proposal
The program committee will consider both individual papers and entire panels.
Individual paper proposals should include a one-page (up to 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; one-page (300 word)
abstract and author’s CV for each paper; and a list of preferred panel chairs and
commentators with contact information. The deadline for submissions is 15 January
Your application for the conference should come through our online submission
platform. Please use the following link: Submit your Papers or Sessions.
First you make a choice for uploading a single paper or a full-session. After pressing
each button you will find a mask guiding you through the upload process. Please
have available your CV and your Abstract. Any other idea regarding the conference
– workshops, poster sessions, or panel discussions – must be suggested directly to
the Programme Committee.

For further details see

Call For Papers: New Frontiers in Asian Economic History

“New Frontiers in Asian Economic History”


The AAS is pleased to invite applications to participate in the first workshop in its new workshop series  “Emerging Fields in the Study of Asia” supported by the Luce Foundation.   The first workshop, entitled “New Frontiers in Asian Economic History,” will take place on May 11-15, 2017 at Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan.   


The value of economic history as an area of enquiry stems from the centrality of economic activity to the human condition. With a significant fraction of the world’s population living in Asia and some of the largest and fastest growing economies in the world, Asia is poised to become the center of the world economy.  Economic historians in the disciplines of history and economics have responded with a renewed interest in the historical roots and contexts behind this growth.  At the same time, they have faced obstacles rooted in the demands of their disciplines, in constraints on the ability to work on certain regions of Asia and in the large investment necessary to pursue a research agenda that combines linguistic and regional expertise and diverse methodological skills.  This workshop recognizes the increasing number of scholars, particular younger ones, embarking on the study of Asian historical economies, the breadth of topics encompassed by their work and the importance of overcoming obstacles to this research and opening new opportunities for future work.


The aims of this workshop are:

  1. to enhance the profile of economic history of Asia,


  1. to create a community of scholars spanning the sub-regions and disciplinary boundaries of Asia,


  1. to encourage historians and economists to engage in a dialog that will enable mutual understanding and appreciation, thereby planting the seeds for collaborative research across disciplinary boundaries, and


  1. to assist young scholars of economic history in launching and securing successful career trajectories in their various disciplines and/or institutions.


Recognizing the wide variety of issues addressed by scholars of economic history, there is no central theme for the workshop.  The goals of the workshop will best be met by bringing together scholars whose work illuminates both the interdisciplinary possibilities open to economic historians and the wide range of methods and questions that can deepen our understanding of historical economic processes, practices and outcomes.  Papers may address controversies among economists and historians, such as controversies over the claim that the ‘right’ institutions are a necessary condition for rapid economic growth and over the role of culture in economic development.  They may explore diverse aspects of economic activity, such as accounting, business and financial history, the roles played by the state, impacts on and of climate change and the environment,  merchant communities and trade networks.  They may address new methodological interventions and new forms of evidence, biological, material and others. Participants will be selected with the goal of creating a robust discussion of the challenges and rewards of work in their chosen field, the insights they can share with their fellow participants regarding the research and writing process, and the kinds of future interventions, educational and otherwise, that may further the development of economic history research and teaching.

Workshop Structure:


The workshop will bring together between 10 and 12 paper presenters as well as 6-8 senior scholars from the fields of economics and history who participated in a planning workshop held in June 2016.  


The workshop will take place over four days.  Participants will arrive in East Lansing, Michigan, on May 11, 2017. The first two days (May 12 and 13) will be devoted to the presentation of research, organized according to principles that will emerge once the participants are chosen.


Day 3 (May 14) will be devoted to a discussion of methodology, with particular emphasis on ways in which participants can contribute to enriching the analysis of each other’s work.  In the afternoon participants will break up into small groups meeting with mentors to delve more deeply into the substance of their work and to explore ways in which a transregional focus contributes to enriching their research agendas.


Day 4 (May 15) is left open for participants to determine the kinds of discussions they find valuable, for planning for future collaborations and to organize a panel for the presentation of workshop outcomes at a panel organized for the 2018 AAS meeting in Washington, DC.


Participants may depart in the late afternoon or evening of May 15 or on May 16.




The ideal participants of the workshop are late-stage (dissertation writing) doctoral students and early-stage faculty members (pre-tenure or within seven years of receiving their doctorate in a relevant field) or other early career scholars (post-doctoral researchers).


Priority will be given to members of the Association for Asian Studies (AAS) and the Economic History Association and their respective affiliated organizations. Participants who are not members of the AAS will be encouraged to join the association or an affiliated organization.




The summer workshop is supported by a generous grant from the Luce Foundation. Expenses for travel, room, and board will be covered for all participants for the duration of the workshop.


Application Process:


Scholars wishing to participate in the 2017 summer workshop are asked to submit via email an abstract of no more than 10 pages, accompanied by CV of no more than 2 pages to AAS Executive Director Michael Paschal at  Applications will be reviewed by a panel of senior scholars who have agreed to act as mentors for the workshop.  


In addition to a short description of the issues to be discussed in the proposed paper, the abstract should outline what the author hopes to contribute to the workshop and how he/she hopes the workshop can further his/her development as a researcher working in some aspect of economic history of Asia.


Questions about the application process or administrative matters should be directed to Michael Paschal at the address listed above.  Questions about topic suitability or other substantive issues may be addressed to the co-organizers:


Siddharth Chandra and Madeline Zelin


The deadline for applications is January 6, 2017.


Those selected will be notified by February 3, 2017.