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Prize or Grant Announcement: 1500 Penn Prize--The Treasury Historical Association

Call for Papers: 1500 Penn Prize

For over two hundred years, the United States Treasury has been at the forefront of American history and the history of the federal government. From Alexander Hamilton to the 2007-2008 Financial Crisis, the Treasury has faced wars, panics, and a rapidly changing American and global economy.

To promote and preserve the history of this institution, the Treasury Historical Association (THA) invites essay submissions for the inaugural 1500 Penn Prize.  Named in honor of the location of the Treasury’s historic main building, the prize seeks to reward outstanding scholarship on the history and significance of the Treasury to American history—widely conceived. The THA welcomes scholarly essays that cover any period of American history, as well as any aspect of the Treasury’s past, including studies of policies, politics, architecture, people, and culture.

Essays will be judged by a panel of historians and Treasury experts.  The winner of this contest will receive a $250 honorarium as well as an invitation to speak at the THA’s prestigious Noontime Lecture Series in the historic Cash Room of the Treasury building in Washington, D.C. Past speakers have included leading scholars and former Secretaries of the Treasury.  The THA will cover travel costs to Washington D.C. up to $750.

Submissions must be double-spaced, 12-point font, and no more than 12,000 words including footnotes Submissions should also include a current CV and a cover page. The cover page should include contact information and author’s affiliation.  Essay submissions should be sent via email as a PDF attachment to Michael Caires via email to

For questions on the 1500 Penn Prize or the THA Noontime Lecture Series, contact Michael Caires via email at  For more information on the Treasury Historical Association visit

The deadline is January 31, 2018. The winner will be announced in April 2018.



Call For Papers: Call for Papers for a special issue of Business History on Commodity Trading Companies in the First Global Economy, 1870-1929

Business History calls for articles for a special issue on commodity trading companies in the first global economy. The special issue aims to present new, transnational research on the evolution of global business in the period between 1870 and 1929. Although the issue’s focus is on the activities of commodity trading companies, we seek contributions that engage their historical experience and evolution within a global value chain framework. We therefore welcome proposals for articles that identify the key roles played by commodity trading companies and their interaction with local entrepreneurs, traders and middlemen, multinational companies and political actors in establishing the global value chains for primary commodities that entered the global economy in this period. By investigating how different actors connected and integrated the world through physically moving and transforming commodities, the special issue makes a unique contribution to our understanding of economic globalization and the evolution of global business. Specifically, the issue charts and compares the variety of globalisation trajectories and experiences of companies, commodities and regions in the first global economy. 

We welcome proposals covering a wide range of regions and primary commodities, from minerals to metals to energy and soft commodities. Proposed articles should engage with the following research questions: Who were the commodity trading companies that shaped global commodity chains? How did they organise their business across borders and continents? How did they interact with other key actors, such as local entrepreneurs, traders and middlemen, multinational companies and political actors? How did their interaction shape global commodity markets and value chains, and why did these change over time? We especially invite comparative contributions, comparing company cases, regions or commodities over time. We also give preference to articles integrating Western and non-Western perspectives, in particular if they engage with questions of globalization and localization, such as why some localities were more resilient to the penetration of foreign capital than others, how trading companies acted to overcome these barriers and why they succeeded or failed. 

Proposals should be submitted before November 30th, 2017 and should be no more than 1,000 words in length. It is also possible to hand in full papers or extended abstracts. Proposals should shortly describe the topic, relevance and brief outline of the paper as well as discuss the method and sources. Selected contributors will be expected to hand in a full paper by early March 2018 and participate in a publication preparation workshop to be held in March 2018. We look to submit final versions for peer-review by late Spring 2018. Please send proposals to Espen Storli ( or Marten Boon (

Job Announcement: Career Development Fellow - Global History of Capitalism, University of Oxford

The Global History of Capitalism (GHoC) programme at the University of Oxford is recruiting for the post of Career Development Fellow, a postdoc position.  The programme's Co-Directors (and co-founders) are Christopher McKenna and Rowena Olegario. 



Call For Papers: "Made by History -- the Washington Post"


Made by History is a new blog hosted by the Washington Post.

Historians Brian Rosenwald and Niki Hemmer founded the site.  Katie Brownell is the editor. BHC member, Christy Chapin, is a member of the editorial board.

Business historians are encouraged to submit pitches or already composed pieces that are

1. related to current news stories or topics,

2. based on their area of expertise, and

3. written to include a historical context.

The suggested word count is 600-1000 words.

The Washington Post's publicist issued the following announcement about the site:

You can send your pitches or written pieces to the following email address:

MBH is particularly keen to encourage participation from women and minorities -- groups that traditionally have been underrepresented in the media.

Please spread the word to your friends and colleagues.

Job Announcement: Lecturer/Assistant Professor in Economic and Social History

Please find here details of a job vacancy for the post of Lecturer in Economic & Social History, University of Glasgow.    
Job Purpose
To conduct high-quality research and knowledge exchange activities in the field of Economic & Social History with the capacity to support the Subject Area’s teaching commitments and research specialisms in post-1750 business history; make a substantial contribution to learning and teaching at undergraduate and postgraduate levels; and undertake management and administrative duties as directed by the Head of School and/or Head of Subject.

The vacancy is advertised at:

For informal enquries please contact Professor Ray Stokes (  

The closing date for applications is 9 July 2017 (Job Ref: 018229).

Job Announcement: Book Review Editor Need for E&S

Book Review Editor Needed for Enterprise & Society


Enterprise & Society: The International Journal of Business History, which is published for the Business History Conference by Cambridge University Press, is looking for a book review editor to replace Richard Weiner who will step down in June 2017. The book review editor works closely with the editor of the journal, Andrew Popp, and serves as a member of the editorial board for the journal.

From its foundation, the journal's book review section has been distinguished not only by the quality of its reviews but also by the range of books that it has covered. The ideal candidate for the position will carry on and extend this tradition. S/he will be someone with broad intellectual interests and multiple networks in the field of business history and related fields. S/he will have strong administrative and organizational skills.  It should be noted that, however, that much of the administration of the book review process is conducted electronically. As a result, the journal uses a comprehensive submission and editing server, Scholar One, which allows the book review editor to invite, receive, and edit reviews online and automates the creation of reminders for reviewers. Based on the experience of previous book review editors, the new editor will require approximately 20 hours of time (or a graduate student's time) per month to request books, log those received, and ship them to reviewers. The position includes a modest honorarium and budget. 

To be considered for the position of book review editor, please send a cover letter, which outlines your interest and aptitude for the job, together with a curriculum vitae to Louis Hyman, Chair, Print Media Oversight Committee of the Business History Conference at

All applications must be received by July 1, 2017.  Potential applicants interested in learning more are welcome to contact either Roger Horowitz, BHC Secretary-Treasurer at or Carol Lockman, Enterprise & Society Managing Editor, at