Commerce and culture: Nineteenth century business elites
A two-day colloquium to be held at the University of Liverpool, UK, on 21-22 April 2006
The Mercantile Liverpool Project (2002-06) is exploring the rise of Liverpool’s mercantile business elite in the nineteenth century. The aim of this colloquium is to bring together scholars working on other cities with a view to facilitating a broad comparative discussion. Papers addressing one or more of the MLP’s main themes are particularly welcome:
‘Business culture’: familial, religious, ethnic and associational connections, and their role in the working lives of merchants (and vice versa)
‘Business practice and infrastructure’: the changing technological, ethical and regulatory environments of maritime-related business in an era of transition from personal to corporate structures
‘The built environment’: the buildings and spaces, both domestic and commercial, in which business communities lived and worked, and which embodied contemporary attitudes toward wealth, status, respectability and utility.
Please send an abstract of your proposed paper and a brief CV (max. 1 page each) to the e-mail address provided below by 30 September 2005. Successful applicants will be contacted by 31 October. Participants will be asked to submit draft papers for pre-circulation by 28 February 2006, to facilitate discussion at the colloquium.
The colloquium organisers are working to secure sponsorship, but participants should be prepared to meet their own travel and accommodation costs in case we are unsuccessful.
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