Wednesday, September 05, 2007

Reminder BHC Call for papers 2008

Business History Conference

From: "Wyatt, Kyle"

The Business History conference is scheduled for Sacramento April 10-12, 2008, with the California State Railroad Museum co-sponsoring. Here is the call for papers.

Kyle Wyatt
Curator of History & Technology
California State Railroad Museum

From: "Carol Lockman"
Subject: Reminder BHC Call for papers 2008

"Expanding Connections for Business History"
Business History Conference
2008 Annual Meeting

The Business History Conference's 2008 annual meeting will be held in Sacramento, California, April 10-12, hosted by the California State University at Sacramento and the California State Railroad Museum. Its theme is "Expanding Connections for Business History," with the goal of reaching across disciplines and audiences. It will focus on what business history offers to other fields of scholarship, as well as what business historians can learn from other scholarly perspectives. In addition, both the opening plenary and a roundtable will explore how business historians can work with the press to extend our reach into the public and business management arenas. Sessions will highlight research that is comparative, that contextualizes its subjects, or that examines any of the complex interactions that business activities involve. The conference will expand business history's intellectual connections and approaches, broadening our outreach to both scholarly and public audiences.

Sessions will include:

*Opening Plenary: "Making Connections with the Press: A Conversation."

-Judith Dobrzynski, formerly Deputy Business Editor for the New York Times, Senior Editor for Business Week, and Executive Editor for CNBC.

*Roundtable: "Connecting with the Public and Management"

-John Landry, Editor for Business Development, Harvard Business Review

-Tom Standage, Business Editor for The Economist and author of A History of the World in Six Glasses and Victorian Internet.

-Randall Stross, Columnist on Technology and Business for the New York Times and a professor of business at San Jose State University. His books include The Wizard of Menlo Park: How Thomas Alva Edison Invented the Modern World and eBoys: The First Inside Account of Venture Capitalists At Work.

-Howard Weaver, Pulitzer Prize Winner & Vice President for News, The McClatchy Company, the third largest newspaper company in the United States, including the Sacramento Bee and Knight-Ridder.

-Barbara O'Connor, Moderator, Professor of Communications & Director of the Institute for the Study of Politics and Media, California State/Sacramento

*Presidential Plenary: "Putting Business Back in History"

-Lizabeth Cohen, Harvard University, author of A Consumers' Republic: The Politics of Mass Consumption in Postwar America" and Making a New Deal: Industrial Workers in Chicago, 1919-1939, winner of the Bancroft Prize and a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. She is now working on a study of the rebuilding of American cities after World War II, focused around the life and career of urban redeveloper Ed Logue.

-Richard White, Stanford University, Immediate Past President of the Organization of American Historians and recipient of a MacArthur Foundation fellowship. His five books include The Middle Ground: Indians, Empires and Republic in the Great Lakes Region, 1650-1815, a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. His Journal of American History article "Information, Markets, and Corruption: Transcontinental Railroads in the Gilded Age" marked the beginning of his current book project.

For the full call for papers, including travel grants and other opportunities for graduate students, see The deadline for proposals is 24 September 2007. The BHC also offers several prizes, as well as grants to graduate students who are presenting papers. Please send queries to Maggie Levenstein, Program Chair, ( or Pamela W. Laird, BHC President, ( Send all proposals to Dr. Roger Horowitz, Secretary-Treasurer, Business History Conference, P. O. Box 3630, Wilmington, DE 19807, USA. Phone: (302) 658-2400; fax: (302) 655-3188;