Tin, versatile and ductile, was one of the first metals ever utilized by mankind. As a vital element in numerous alloys, in solder or tin plating, it has played an important role in the modernization of the industrial society during the last two centuries. With the few economically viable deposits often located in far-flung places, the tin trade was a highly charged and international political economy.
The objective of this workshop is to utilize the tin industry as a prism to study the globalization of the world economy after 1850, with particular emphasis on the relations between private enterprise and the state. Our goal is to bring together scholars utilizing a wide variety of sources, approaches and perspectives. Suitable themes include, but are not limited to, subjects such as tin cartels and the international commodity trade, tin as a strategic raw material and the business-politics nexus related to the trade, organizational capabilities of the firm, the societal and environmental impact of tin mining, and the political economy of tin. This event is first in a series to be organized by an emerging network of scholars working on strategic raw materials and business-government relations.
We are exploring ways to finance accommodation. For contributors without recourse to travel funds, travel costs will be reimbursed at least in part. Paper proposals (maximum 250 words) and CV should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than April 15. We will notify those invited by April 25.
Espen Storli, Harvard Business School
Andrew Perchard, University of Strathclyde Business School
Mats Ingulstad, Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Harvard Business School,
Baker Library|Bloomberg Center,
Boston, MA 02163
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