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The John E. Rovensky Fellowships in U.S. Business or Economic History(2021-2022)See the announcement here: https://thebhc.org/john-e-rovensky-fellowship Apply here: https://thebhc.org/john-e-rovensky-fellowship-applicationThe University of Illinois Foundation announces the 2020-2021 John Rovensky Fellowships.  Two $10,200 fellowships will be awarded for doctoral students writing their

 AVON: AN INTERNATIONAL FORUM ON ITS ARCHIVE

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 Katino 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.

The conference will be presented online. Each author has shared a paper relating to their presentation that those registered for the conference may view. Advance registration is required to view the pre-circulated papers and to participate in the conference sessions; there is no fee to register. The presenters retain full copyright of their papers and presentations. These materials may not be cited or quoted, or circulated for course use or any other purpose, without the express written permission of the author.  The conference is organized by Hagley’s Center for the History of Business, Technology, and Society.

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

Presenters

Jessica Burch, “Soap and Hope”: Direct Sales and the Culture of Work and Capitalism in Postwar America

Jessica Chelekis, Avon in the Brazilian Amazon: Direct Sales and Consumption among Vulnerable Communities

Lindsey Feitz, Creating a Multicultural Soul: Avon, Corporate Social Responsibility, and Race in the 1970s

Shawn Moura, Exploring Avon's Encounter with Gender, Race, and Class in Brazil, 1958-1975

Emanuela Scarpellini, Transnational Beauty: Avon International and the Case of Italy

 AVON: AN INTERNATIONAL FORUM ON ITS ARCHIVEIn 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.

CALL FOR PAPERS

Special Issue of Essays in Economic & Business History (EEBH)

THE ECONOMIC AND BUSINESS HISTORY OF BLACK AMERICANS

Special Issue Guest Editors: Gary Hoover+ (Tulane University) and Matthew Mitchell‡ (University of the South) EEBH Editors: Mark Billings (University of Exeter) and Dan Giedeman (Grand Valley State University)

EEBH, the journal of the Economic and Business History Society (EBHS), will be publishing a special issue on the economic and business history of Black Americans. This subject remains significantly understudied despite its importance in United States history. The primary goal of the special issue is therefore to encourage and bring greater awareness to research concerning Black American economic and business history. It is hoped that the special issue will stimulate continued research in these areas. We invite paper proposals on all aspects related to this subject. The following potential themes are suggested to indicate the breadth of possible topics, but we do not expect proposals to be limited to these:

- Black American entrepreneurs/entrepreneurship/innovation/business networks

- Black-owned businesses/businesses serving Black communities

- Black Americans in business leadership/management/the professions/economic policy-making

- Economic, occupational and social inequality/mobility

- African American slavery

- Economic effects of/responses to Jim Crow, redlining, discriminatory labor practices, or other forms of economic or financial discrimination

- The Great Migration

Please submit paper proposal abstracts of no more than 500 words by July 15, 2021 to Dan Giedeman (giedemad@gvsu.edu). Abstracts should include the corresponding author’s email and affiliation. Please put “EEBH Special Issue” in the subject heading of your submission email. Please indicate in your submission the primary discipline with which your paper is associated (e.g. economics, history, etc.), and the expected topic, argument, methodology, sources, and contribution. Abstracts will be assessed by the special issue guest editors along with the editors of EEBH. Authors will be notified by September 1, 2021 regarding the acceptance or rejection of their abstract. Authors of accepted abstracts will be invited to submit full papers no later than March 1, 2022. Please note that the acceptance of an abstract does not necessarily imply the acceptance of the full paper for the special issue. All full paper submissions will go through the standard double-blind review process for papers submitted to EEBH. If you have any questions, please contact Gary Hoover (ghoover@tulane.edu), Matthew Mitchell (mdmitche@sewanee.edu), or Dan Giedeman (giedemad@gvsu.edu).

Important Dates and Timetable

01 April 2021: Initial Call for Papers

15 July 2021: Deadline for receipt of proposals

01 September 2021: Papers are commissioned

01 March 2022: Deadline for receipt of first draft manuscripts and sent to first round external refereeing

30 April 2022: Distribution of referees’ and editorial reports

May 2022: Optional one-day workshop (in-person and virtual) in conjunction with EBHS Conference

01 September 2022: Deadline for submission of second draft manuscripts

15 November 2022: Distribution of referees’ and editorial reports

31 January 2023: Deadline for submission of final revised manuscripts

Mid-2023: Publication of special issue

Author Guidance Notes

1. Articles should be based upon original research and/or innovative analysis.

2. The main findings of the research and analysis should not have been published elsewhere.

3. Authors are encouraged to attend the May 2022 workshop if possible. The editorial team will provide advice and direction to authors. The editors also view the workshop as a way to create greater cohesion across papers and to provide networking opportunities for participants.

+ Dr. Gary Hoover is the Executive Director of the Murphy Institute at Tulane University and the Co-Chair of the American Economic Association’s Committee on the Status of Minority Groups in the Economics Profession.

‡ Dr. Matthew Mitchell is an Associate Professor of History at the University of the South. His most recent book The Prince of Slavers: Humphry Morice and the Transformation of Britain's Transatlantic Slave Trade, 1698-1732em> was published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2020.

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Now in its 39th year of publication, EEBH is a double-blind, peer-reviewed journal published by the EBHS. EEBH has a rank of “2” on the Chartered Association of Business Schools’ Academic Journal Guide and a rank of “B” on the Australian Business Deans Council (ABDC) Journal Quality List. The journal is supported by the EBHS and Grand Valley State University. It is completely open-access and requires no fees of any kind from authors or readers. EEBH can be found online here:

https://www.ebhsoc.org/journal/index.php/ebhs

CALL FOR PAPERSSpecial Issue of Essays in Economic & Business History (EEBH)THE ECONOMIC AND BUSINESS HISTORY OF BLACK AMERICANSSpecial Issue Guest Editors: Gary Hoover+ (Tulane University) and Matthew Mitchell‡ (University of the South) EEBH Editors: Mark Billings (University of Exeter) and Dan Giedeman (Grand Valley State University)EEBH, the journal of the Economic and Business History Society



The Business History Conference April newsletter includes

  • New issues in academic journals
  • Links to recent Interviews and Podcasts
  • A new MEET THE OFFICERS interview with Dr. Laura Phillips Sawyer
  • #BHC2021online Award Ceremony Report
Reach out to the editor Paula A. de la Cruz-Fernández
Help us amplify our audience by connecting with us and sharing this newsletter
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 OVER THE COUNTER NO.58The Business History Conference April newsletter includesNew issues in academic journalsLinks to recent Interviews and PodcastsA new MEET THE OFFICERS interview with Dr. Laura Phillips Sawyer#BHC2021online Award Ceremony ReportReach out to the editor Paula A. de la Cruz-FernándezHelp us amplify our audience by connecting with us and sharing this newsletterBHC LinkedIn

Professor Neil Rollings' (University of Glasgow) Presidential Address 

"The Vast and Unsolved Enigma of Power": Business History and Business Power

is now in the Business History Conference's YouTube channel: https://youtu.be/8jbDW2u9vI4

Professor Neil Rollings' (University of Glasgow) Presidential Address "The Vast and Unsolved Enigma of Power": Business History and Business Poweris now in the Business History Conference's YouTube channel: https://youtu.be/8jbDW2u9vI4

Virtual AHA Seminar: Business History Today

April 13th, 2021

2 pm 

Colloquium--An assessment of the doing of business history at the beginning of the 21st century, sketching new trends and themes.

Chair: 

Philip B. Scranton, Rutgers University-Camden

Presenters:

Business History, Theory, and Globalization

by Kenneth J. Lipartito, Florida International University

Rethinking Chinese Economic Life and Business History

by Philip Thai, Northeastern University

Economic Life and the Margins of Business History

by Alexia Yates, University of Manchester

Histories of Business in Africa: Lessons from Ghana

by Bianca Murillo, California State University, Dominguez Hills