Call for Papers

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44th Annual Conference
Detroit, Michigan
June 5 to 8, 2019

The 44th Economic and Business History Society (EBHS) Annual Conference will be held in Detroit, Michigan. Our general theme is Manufacturing and the City. However, individual proposals for presentations on any aspect of economic, social or business history are welcome, as are proposals for whole panels. We welcome submissions from graduate students and non-academic affiliates. Detroit Michigan is uniquely positioned for attendees to experience both past and present relationships between the world of commerce and the urban experience. The “Motor City” has been the long-time center of the American auto industry and earned the title of the “Arsenal of Democracy” for its industrial output in World War II. In more recent times, the City filed for the largest municipal bankruptcy in American history and is presently emerging as a revitalized city, featuring a revitalized downtown populated by some of the most innovative companies in the United States today.

The Conference will be headquartered at the historic Fort Shelby Hotel, first opened in 1917. In 2007, this famous Albert Kahn designed facility benefitted from an $80 million restoration and modernization.

Our conference social program and keynote events will focus on Detroit’s manufacturing heritage as well as its urban rebirth process. The conference optional tour will be to The Henry Ford, which feature the Henry Ford Museum and outdoor Greenfield Village. The Henry Ford’s collections include Thomas Edison’s Menlo Lab complex, Abraham Lincoln’s assassination chair, John F. Kennedy’s assassination limousine, the Rosa Parks bus, and much more.

Detroit also features a rich variety of sports, music and restaurants that will interest conference participants.

Proposals should include an abstract of no more than 500 words and contact details. The deadline for submission of proposals is February 15, 2019. The Program Chair will send a notification of acceptance of abstracts by March 1, 2019. Online registration will be available soon after at www.ebhsoc.org. Proposals may be submitted through the EBHS website at www.ebhsoc.org, by email to ebhs2019@ebhsoc.org.

If you have further questions about the meeting or organization please contact Program Chair Jeremy Land Land25.Jeremy@gmail.com or EBHS 2019 President John Moore jmoore1@walshcollege.edu. EBHS also operates a peer-reviewed open access journal, Essays in Economic and Business History, edited by Mark Billings (University of Exeter Business School) and Dan Giedeman (Grand Valley State University). Conference papers and non-conference papers alike may be submitted to Essays for consideration. We invite you to visit our website, www.ebhsoc.org, to see our editorial board and policies, as well as back issues.

We look forward to welcoming you to Detroit and the Motor City!

Author Guidelines

Papers

The Economic and Business History Society welcomes proposals for presentations on any aspect of economic or business history. Proposals should include an abstract of no more than 500 words and contact details. We welcome submissions from graduate students and non-academic affiliates.

Panels

The Economic and Business History Society welcomes proposals for whole panels, typically of three presentations. Panel proposals should include a panel abstract of no more than 500 words and contact details of the authors. We hope that you upload the abstracts of the individual papers as supplementary files. We welcome submissions from graduate students and non-academic affiliates.

How to Submit

When submitting a proposal with our online service, you are first guided through setting an account (in case you don't already have one). The accounts set up for previous conferences should work. Please include your postal and email addresses as well as telephone number there. This account is also used for registration after proposal is accepted. 

Next you are asked to fill out a submission preparation checklist and to read our copyright notice. You may also enter comments concerning your submission to the conference program chair.

You may then enter the authors, title, abstract and keywords of your proposal. Please do not add your contact details to the abstract field.

You may upload supplementary file or files (curriculum vitaes, abstracts of panel papers, full papers) in the next stage of the submission process.

If you are submitting a whole panel, you may upload all the abstracts and CVs of the participants as supplementary files.

Finally, you are asked to confirm your submission. You may modify your submission later.

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Step one of the submission process