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EBHA Doctoral Summer School 2020

Call For Papers



Barcelona, July 8-11, 2020

Keynote Speaker: Albert Carreras (Pompeu Fabra University).

Faculty Members: Adoración Álvaro Moya (CUNEF), Veronica Binda (Bocconi University), Andrea Colli (Bocconi University), Christina Lubinski (Copenhagen Business School) and Jari Ojala (University of Jyvaskyla).
Local organizers: Paloma Fernández and Miquel Gutiérrez (University of Barcelona).

The 10th edition of the EBHA (European Business History Association) Summer School will take place at Barcelona, from Wednesday, July 8th to Friday, July 10th, 2020. The school, titled Challenges for Business History in a Changing World, aims to encourage a fresh and rigorous exchange of thoughts, ideas, and new research being done by doctoral students in early stages of their doctoral work, in fields closely related to Business History. It is organised jointly by the European Business History Association (EBHA) and the University of Barcelona (UB) in cooperation with the Spanish Association of Economic History (AEHE).

The school will focus on theoretical, methodological and practical issues which are of relevance for advanced research in business history. The main aims of the school are to provide students with a full understanding of the newest trends in research in the field and to provide a friendly atmosphere in which to discuss their preliminary findings with leading scholars as well as among their peers. In this respect, the program features both lectures and seminars given by faculty and student presentations of their research projects. Each student will have 20 minutes maximum to present her/his project, stressing especially: research questions and goals, methodology, sources, challenges and provisional outcomes. After her/his presentation, each student will receive questions and comments from other students and from faculty members.

Students will be accommodated in the beautiful and lively city of Barcelona. The organisers will cover all local costs (accommodation in double room and food), but participants are expected to pay their own travel expenses.
Those interested in attending the summer school should send the following documents by e-mail to Paloma Fernández ( 1) a brief CV (not exceeding one page); 2) a summary of their dissertation project (not exceeding three pages); 3) (if possible) an example of their work in progress, e.g. a draft chapter or a working paper (in any language). The deadline for applications is February 29th, 2020. A maximum of 10 participants will be selected from these applications and will be notified by March 30th, 2020.

Assistant Professor of History, Copenhagen Business School

Job Announcement

Copenhagen Business School invites applications for a vacant tenure-track assistant professorship in History at the Department of Management, Politics and Philosophy (MPP).

We seek applicants with excellent qualifications and expertise in business and/or economic history. The Assistant Professor will be affiliated with the Department’s Centre for Business History. 

View the full announcement at:

Computing Capitalisms: History, Business, and Information Technology

Call For Papers

The IEEE Annals of the History of Computing invites submissions for a special issue titled “Computing Capitalisms.” Edited by Gerardo Con Diaz (University of California, Davis) and Devin Kennedy (Harvard University), this special issue will showcase new questions and methods in the business history of computing, broadly conceived.

The history of computing has described the firms, industries, and businesses that made and were remade by computing practices and technologies. Classic works in the business history of computing examined how firms invest in and foster new technologies; explored the long-term relationships between technology, strategy, and structure in computing and telecommunications; and framed business as a key intermediary between technical developments and markets. Recent scholarship has opened promising new directions in the historical study of business and computing including: the labor dimensions of programming, manufacturing, and content moderation; race and gender in the economic and social valuation of computing work; the material and environmental dependencies of computer industries; computer modeling in manufacturing and economic planning; evolving business models in computer hardware, software, and services industries; the economic effects of digitalization and automation in finance, banking, and consumer credit; and the intersection of governments and private industry through intellectual property law, data privacy regulation, trade policy, and state investments in infrastructure and computing businesses.

This special issue aims to highlight new directions in the business history of computing through the theme of computing capitalisms. In engaging capitalisms, we are suggesting a broad view of business history that considers the political, legal, labor, environmental, material, and social conditions that surround business and are shaped by it, while adding historical perspective to ongoing discussions of contemporary “data” “platform” or “surveillance” capitalism. We invite papers that draw on the history of computing and allied fields, including STS, labor history, the history of capitalism, management studies, gender and race studies, media and game studies, and critical data and algorithm studies. We interpret the history of computing broadly and invite papers on any historical period and with any geographical focus, and especially encourage those that consider computing’s global dimensions.

Some topics of interest include historical consideration of:

  • Business models in computing businesses, including data vending
  • Labor, including workers’ movements
  • Race and gender in computing industries
  • National and international regulation of computing and data businesses
  • Material and environmental dimensions of device manufacturing and computer services
  • Management practices and bureaucracy
  • Computer science developments and digital technology business
  • The use of computing in regulation and economic planning
  • Institutions for technological and business development (‘incubators,’ consulting firms, University spin-offs)
  • Logistics systems and supply chain management
  • Financial developments and computing (venture capital, ICOs)
  • Computing in finance, banking, and consumer credit

Submission Instructions

If you are interested, please submit an abstract (250 words) and a short CV to and by April 30, 2019. Accepted papers will be due for peer review in October 2019. You may also contact the editors with any questions, or to discuss potential topics.