Special Issue Call for Papers: The Economic and Business History of Black Americans

Posted on: April 9th, 2021 by EBHS No Comments
Essays in Economic and Business History


Special Issue of Essays in Economic & Business History (EEBH)

Special Issue Guest Editors: Gary Hoover+ (Tulane University) and Matthew Mitchell‡ (University of the

EEBH Editors: Mark Billings (University of Exeter) and Dan Giedeman (Grand Valley State University)

EEBH, the journal of the Economic and Business History Society (EBHS), will be publishing a special issue on the economic and business history of Black Americans. This subject remains significantly understudied despite its importance in United States history. The primary goal of the special issue is therefore to encourage and bring greater awareness to research concerning Black American economic and business history. It is hoped that the special issue will stimulate continued research in these areas. We invite paper proposals on all aspects related to this subject. The following potential themes are suggested to indicate the breadth of possible topics, but we do not expect proposals to be limited to these:

  • Black American entrepreneurs/entrepreneurship/innovation/business networks
  • Black-owned businesses/businesses serving Black communities
  • Black Americans in business leadership/management/the professions/economic policy-making
  • Economic, occupational and social inequality/mobility
  • African American slavery
  • Economic effects of/responses to Jim Crow, redlining, discriminatory labor practices, or other forms of economic or financial discrimination
  • The Great Migration

Please submit paper proposal abstracts of no more than 500 words by July 15, 2021 to Dan Giedeman (). Abstracts should include the corresponding author’s email and affiliation. Please put “EEBH Special Issue” in the subject heading of your submission email. Please indicate in your submission the primary discipline with which your paper is associated (e.g. economics, history, etc.), and the expected topic, argument, methodology, sources, and contribution. Abstracts will be assessed by the special issue guest editors along with the editors of EEBH. Authors will be notified by September 1, 2021 regarding the acceptance or rejection of their abstract. Authors of accepted abstracts will be invited to submit full papers no later than March 1, 2022. Please note that the acceptance of an abstract does not necessarily imply the acceptance of the full paper for the special issue. All full paper submissions will go through the standard double-blind review process for papers submitted to EEBH. If you have any questions, please contact Gary Hoover (), Matthew Mitchell (), or Dan Giedeman ().

Important Dates and Timetable
01 April 2021: Initial Call for Papers
15 July 2021: Deadline for receipt of proposals
01 September 2021: Papers are commissioned
01 March 2022: Deadline for receipt of first draft manuscripts and sent to first round external refereeing
30 April 2022: Distribution of referees’ and editorial reports
May 2022: Optional one-day workshop (in-person and virtual) in conjunction with EBHS Conference
01 September 2022: Deadline for submission of second draft manuscripts
15 November 2022: Distribution of referees’ and editorial reports
31 January 2023: Deadline for submission of final revised manuscripts
Mid-2023: Publication of special issue

Author Guidance Notes
1. Articles should be based upon original research and/or innovative analysis.
2. The main findings of the research and analysis should not have been published elsewhere.
3. Authors are encouraged to attend the May 2022 workshop if possible. The editorial team will provide
advice and direction to authors. The editors also view the workshop as a way to create greater cohesion
across papers and to provide networking opportunities for participants.

+ Dr. Gary Hoover is the Executive Director of the Murphy Institute at Tulane University and the Co-Chair of the American Economic Association’s Committee on the Status of Minority Groups in the Economics Profession.

‡ Dr. Matthew Mitchell is an Associate Professor of History at the University of the South. His most recent book, The Prince of Slavers: Humphry Morice and the Transformation of Britain’s Transatlantic Slave Trade, 1698-1732, was published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2020.

Now in its 39th year of publication, EEBH is a double-blind, peer-reviewed journal published by the EBHS. EEBH has a rank of “2” on the Chartered Association of Business Schools’ Academic Journal Guide and a rank of “B” on the Australian Business Deans Council (ABDC) Journal Quality List. The journal is supported by the EBHS and Grand Valley State University. It is completely open-access and requires no fees of any kind from authors or readers. EEBH can be found online here:

Porto Rescheduled for 2023, Welcome to EBHS 2021 Virtual Conference

Posted on: January 6th, 2021 by EBHS No Comments
46th EBHS Conference

Dear colleagues, participants and the EBHS community,

As you know, we originally had planned to hold the 46th EBHS Annual Conference in Porto, Portugal in May 2021. However, after heavily weighing all the continued uncertainties regarding the pandemic, (i.e., the timing of vaccination roll-outs around the world, new strands of the coronavirus, etc.), the EBHS board recently has decided to convert the 2021 annual conference into a virtual conference and reschedule Porto to be our venue for 2023.

Our 2021 Virtual Conference will be held from May 18 to May 21. The conference will offer keynotes for each of the conference days. To avoid Zoom fatigue, the schedule for concurrent sessions will be lighter than usual and the event will be spread over four days. Proposals already submitted for both the cancelled Atlanta 2020 and the moved Porto 2021 will be automatically considered. If you have not already submitted a proposal, you can submit an individual paper proposal or a panel for the virtual conference both online (ebhsoc.org) and by email (). The EBHS will soon provide further information about the new conference format and the official CfP.

The organizing committee is sympathetic to the problems that our change of plans may cause. Yet, the safety and welfare of all our attendees and the broader community is, and always will be, paramount in our decision-making. We are confident that Porto will be a great place to come in 2023, but the timing was just not right for this year.

The organizing committee for the 2021 Virtual Conference is committed to organizing a welcoming, productive and stimulating event, marked by the collegiality, fruitful exchange of ideas, and innovative thinking that has been a hallmark of EBHS conferences in the past.

All the best and a Happy New Year!

Rodrigo Dominguez

EBHS President-elect

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 .