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The Department of History of Antwerp University is recruiting three PhD candidates in historical household finance. The PhD candidates will become part of the research project ‘The Social History of Finance’, funded with an FWO Odysseus grant.

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Dear Colleagues,

We hope this email finds you well.  

On this issue of Over the Counter:

-Readings from Across the Web

-Interviews, Podcasts, and Virtual Events

-MEET THE OFFICERS A series of interviews with the officers of the Business History Conference; issue 60 features an interview with Dr. Alexia Yates.


Virtual Talk, “The Emergence of Banks in Latin America, 1850-1873: Was There a Financial Revolution or Something Else?”

by Carlos Marichal (El Colegio de México) 


Call for BHC/AHA Roundtable 2022

Deadline July 15th

*Reach Out and Touch Someone: A Conference on Commercial Intimacy and Personalization*
November 4 and 5, 2021
Center for the History of Business, Technology, and Society
Hagley Library, Wilmington, Delaware

In today’s wired world, marketers have heralded their ability to use apps, social media, and other online spaces to forge relationships with consumers that feel truly personal. Such claims, however, are not new. Marketplace transactions have long been mediated by forms of commercial intimacy that blur the line between the putatively public, rational world of commerce and the private, emotional realm of personal relations. From the warm handshake to the sentiment-laden ad campaign, business interests of all sorts – producers, service providers, distributors, retailers and others – have found ways to soften the profit motive’s harder edges by enveloping it with an aura of affinity. Over time, these tools of “goodwill” became even more crucial as markets expanded to include farther-flung buyers and sellers dealing in new and unfamiliar wares. This conference will explore the broad theme of commercial intimacy from the mid 19th century to the late 20th century.