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Information for Kerr Prize Applicants

The following information is for those presenters who have applied for the K. Austin Kerr Prize.

  • Please submit your paper as an email attachment (in either PDF or Word format). We will need your paper NO LATER THAN February 15, 2014.
  • Submit ONLY the paper you plan to present at the conference, keeping in mind the time constraints of the sessions. Check the program for the number of presenters in your session and the amount of time available to you. (You are generally allotted no more than 15 minutes each for four-paper sessions, and 20 minutes each for three-paper sessions.)
  • Please include a one-page CV with your submission.

In selecting the winner, the committee is looking for both evidence of high-quality research and an engaging, dynamic presentation. In general, the best papers/ presentations have a clear thesis that is well-argued throughout, are contextualized within the relevant historiography, employ interesting visuals (when applicable), demonstrate knowledge of the material (by not being tied to a strict text), have a comfortable pace, and adhere to the stated time limits. For valuable ideas on how to prepare and present an academic talk, please see "How To Give an Academic Talk." The Kerr Prize Committee will evaluate the papers in advance, selecting up to 15 finalists whose presentations they will attend during the annual meeting.

Your presentation comprises an important part of a superb program. The BHC is a vibrant and growing organization, and we hope that you will become an active participant at this and future meetings.

By February 15, 2014, please send your papers and CVs to:

Louis Hyman (chair) -
Katina Manko -
Uwe Spiekermann -
Benjamin Waterhouse -

About the Kerr Prize

The K. Austin Kerr Prize is awarded for the best first paper delivered at the annual meeting of the Business History Conference by a new scholar (doctoral student or those within three years of receiving their Ph.D.). It honors K. Austin Kerr, professor of history at the Ohio State University since 1965 and president of the Business History Conference during 1992-1993. Author of many books and articles in business history, and a founder of H-Business, Professor Kerr has always encouraged excellence in scholarship and in professional and classroom presentations.

Criteria for awarding the prize include scholarly excellence; innovation in subject, method, or findings; and effectiveness of presentation. Presentations at the "dissertation in progress" and Krooss Dissertation Prize sessions are not eligible for the Kerr Prize. Persons presenting in 2014 who have also presented in those session categories at previous BHC annual meetings are eligible for the Kerr Prize as long as they are graduate students or within three years of receiving their Ph.D.

The Kerr Prize Committee will evaluate the papers in advance and the presentations during the annual meeting, with the Committee meeting prior to the awards ceremony to make a decision that will be announced by the Committee chair at the ceremony.