EBHS Statement on Anti-Racism and Diversity

Posted on: August 5th, 2020 by ollit 1 Comment

The Trustees of the Economic and Business History Society recognize that black lives matter and affirm our commitment to mutual respect and social justice for all.

The worldwide protests sparked by the senseless killing of George Floyd, an unarmed black man, by members of the Minneapolis police department have made this a historic moment and a time for reflection. As historians, we are well aware that equality has been the exception rather than the rule in modern societies. For most of American history, African Americans were treated as if their lives mattered little. Despite legal and political progress, the legacies of slavery, segregation, discrimination, and institutionalized racism remain powerful, in the United States and elsewhere.

Beyond condemning these killings and advocating for reform, what can we do to help eliminate systemic racism and promote equality of opportunity? Although we have much to offer as historians, we also have much to learn. This is an opportunity for us to broaden our teaching and research horizons.

As an organization, we recognize that our own track record in terms of racial diversity leaves much to be desired. We pride ourselves on our inclusion of different fields and methods, our geographic and political diversity, and our collegiality, but we still have much to do to diversify our organization. Our journal and our annual conference have always welcomed submissions of papers on racial inequality, but we can do more to actively solicit such papers going forward.

Real action requires work, resources, and willpower. The EBHS commits itself to realizing the ideals of equality and justice for all. We are in the process of developing an actionable plan for how our organization’s membership, programming, and publications can be as inclusive and diverse as the world we study. We welcome input from the general public. We commit to announcing the actions we plan to implement by August 15, 2020.

You can approach us on social media or email comments and suggestions to .

Call for Papers: 46th Annual Conference of the Economic and Business History Society, Porto, Portugal, May 19th-22nd, 2021

Posted on: May 18th, 2020 by ollit No Comments
EBHS Porto 2021 (photo by Rodrigo Dominguez)

The 46th Economic and Business History Society (EBHS) Annual Conference will be held in Porto, Portugal, at the Sheraton Porto Hotel & Spa. We invite contributions which embrace the range and temporal scope of economic and business history and its connections to other modes of historical investigation. Individual proposals for presentations on any aspect of economic, business, or financial history are welcome, as are proposals for whole panels. We also encourage submissions from graduate students and non-academic affiliates.

Porto is a city full of history and culture, great gastronomy, and its eponymous connection to port wine and the Douro Valley. Echoes of the city’s past can be seen in the Porto Cathedral and the 14th century Fernandine Medieval Wall. Porto is also home to two-time Champions League winners FC Porto, the Serralves Museum of Modern Art and House and the Lello Bookshop.

Our opening keynote will be made by Professor Pablo Martín-Aceña of the University of Alcalá de Henares in Spain, and our Friday night banquet keynote will be provided by Professor Jaime Reis, of the Institute of Social Sciences at the University of Lisbon in Portugal.

The Conference will be headquartered at the Sheraton Porto Hotel & Spa, located in central Porto and easily accessible via car or the Metro do Porto. The nearest airport to Porto is Francisco Sá Carneiro International Airport, offering connections across Europe, and along with Humberto Delgado International Airport in Lisbon providing a range of flights to North America.

Proposals should include an abstract of no more than 500 words and contact details. The deadline for submission of proposals is January 17th, 2021. The Program Chair will send a notification of acceptance of abstracts by February 14th, 2021. Online registration will be available soon after at www.ebhsoc.org. Proposals may be submitted through the EBHS website or by email to the Program Chair and/or the President.

All papers and panels accepted for the cancelled 2020 EBHS Annual Conference in Atlanta are automatically accepted for this conference, and the Program Chair will contact individual presenters about arrangements or updates to their papers soon.

If you have further questions about the meeting or organization please contact Program Chair Chris Corker () or EBHS 2021 President Rodrigo Dominguez ().

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EBHS 2020 Atlanta Cancelled

Posted on: March 16th, 2020 by ollit No Comments

Dear EBHS participants and guests,

I am writing to inform you that, with regret, the Board of Trustees of the Economic and Business History Society (EBHS) have decided to cancel the EBHS annual conference in Atlanta that was scheduled to be held 28-30 May 2020.

The pandemic Coronavirus Covid19 has led to significant restrictions on international travel and has serious potential health implications for conference attendees and, indeed, for society more widely. Under these circumstances, holding the annual conference is, as we are sure you can imagine, completely impractical. We apologise for the inconvenience that this may cause.

If you have already registered and paid for the Atlanta conference via the EBHS website, we will be working over the next few days to refund registration fees.

The EBHS conference in 2021 is going to be held in Porto, Portugal. We have arranged with the incoming President and Program Chair for Porto 2021 that your accepted paper for this year’s conference has been automatically accepted for Porto 2021. There will, of course, be scope for submitting additional or alternative papers in the normal way when the CFP opens later this year.

If you have any queries or questions in relation to this, please email the President of the EBHS at:

We are very disappointed that we have had to cancel this year’s conference, but we hope to see you at EBHS Porto in 2021.

With best wishes,

Simon Mollan (President) and Craig McMahon (Program Chair)
16 March 2020