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Workshops at the Annual Meeting

BHC members Mark Rose and Francesca Polese initiated the Workshops at the 2012 BHC meeting in Philadelphia. Funded by a nominal registration fee, which provides for light refreshments, the Workshops provide meeting attendees with information of interest outside the format of the general meeting. The Workshops generally take place in the afternoon preceding the first meeting sessions. Anna Spadavecchia replaced Francesca Polese as the co-director after the 2014 meeting.

2014 Meeting Workshops

Workshop I: Thursday 1:00-2:30 p.m.

"multilingual business history: past, present, and future"

Patrick Fridenson, Editor, Entreprises et Histoire, School for Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences (EHESS)
Andrew Popp, Incoming Editor, Enterprise & Society, University of Liverpool
Philip Scranton, Editor, Enterprise & Society, Rutgers University
Ray Stokes, former editor of the Zeitschrift für Unternehmensgeschichte/executive editor of Business History, University of Glasgow

This workshop considered issues of language in business history research and publishing and the challenges these issues present for both editors and authors, especially those for whom English is not their first language. Are English-language journals dominant in terms of prestige and, if so, what effect is this having on the development of the discipline? What challenges do young scholars without English as a first language face in getting published and read, and what strategies might they best adopt to overcome these as they seek to develop a career? What role do/should the journals have in shaping the language of business history? Note: Ray Stokes was unable to attend; Jan Otmar-Hesse, of Bielefeld University, took his place.

L-R: Andrew Popp, Philip Scranton, Jan Otmar-Hesse,
Patrick Fridenson

Workshop II: Thursday 3:00-4:30 p.m.

"the promise and perils of the euro"

Youssef Cassis, European University Institute
Jeffrey Fear, University of Glasgow
Mary O'Sullivan, University of Geneva
Karin Sagner-Kaiser, Banking and Financial Supervision, Deutsche Bundesbank

This workshop focused on the historical and contemporary relationship between currency (the Euro) and politics in Europe. Topics include experiences with earlier monetary coordination; Maastricht, the road to the Euro, and its early development; the ongoing Euro Crisis since 2009; and the political, banking, and supervisory options today.
Note: Mary O'Sullivan was unable to attend.

L-R: Jeff Fear, Karin Sagner-Kaiser, Youssef Cassis

2013 Meeting Workshops

Workshop I: Thursday 1:30-3:15 p.m.

"the financial crisis of 2008-13: a historical perspective"

This workshop examined some of the historical roots of the crises that have shaken the world economy over the past five years. Marc Levinson explored the history of attempts to make financial systems safer and more stable through regulation. Against that background, Stephen Mihm discussed the ongoing European financial crisis with emphasis on understanding why problems in relatively small economies pose a threat to the future of European integration.

Workshop II: Thursday, 3:30-5:00 p.m.

"business historians in the wild: finding a job beyond the economics/history department"

Jennifer Armiger, Educational Testing Service
Dalit Baranoff, ProQuest
Teresa da Silva Lopes, University of York Management School
Josh Lauer, Department of Communication, University of New Hampshire

Panelists shared with audience members their experiences in finding jobs inside and out of the university. What types of skills and ideas, they asked, should historians and economists bring to interviews outside the "classical" history and economics departments?

2012 Meeting Workshops

Publishing Workshops, Thursday, 1:00—4:00 p.m.
    Sponsored by the Stephen M. Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan


I. "how to publish in academic journals"

Walter Friedman, Harvard Business School, Business History Review
Philip Scranton, Rutgers University, Enterprise & Society

II. "how to convert a dissertation into a book"

Mansel Blackford, The Ohio State University
Vicki Howard, Hartwick College
Robert Lockhart, University of Pennsylvania Press