First Call for Proposals (closes on May 30, 2016)

18th World Economic History Congress in Boston in 2018

The 18th gathering of the World Economic History Congress will convene July 29th – August 3rd 2018 in historic Boston and Cambridge, Massachusetts. The Executive Committee of the IEHA welcomes proposals from all members of the international economic history community, whatever their institutional affiliation or status, as well as from scholars in related disciplines.

The 18th World Congress is the second to be hosted in North America and marks the 50th anniversary of the previous occasion. We invite you to join us in Boston to consider the many ‘Waves of Globalization’ that have given rise to the varied and multi-directional connections that characterize the economic and social world we know today. While seeking proposals for sessions that explore facets of this broad theme, we also welcome submissions on the economic and social histories of all places and periods, on the exploration of varied sources and methods, and on the theory and the uses of economic history itself. Furthermore, we invite members to employ and analyze diverse strategies for representing the past.

The IEHA is a capacious organization, and we hope that our program will reflect this strength. To this end, we will consider any submission that advances the study, teaching, and public presentation of economic history in all of its facets. Given the diversity of our affiliated membership we encourage panel proposals that highlight scholarship emerging from economic history, business history, demographic history, environmental history, global and world history, social history, rural and urban history, gender studies, material culture, methodological approaches to historical research, history of economics and economic thought, and other related fields.

The 2018 Congress seeks to build on the work of previous Congresses that have addressed the specific themes of the “Roots of Development” and “Diversity in Development.” We also anticipate discussion of the ways that historical practice is changing as a result of the ongoing digital revolution. We are interested in what it means to practice economic history in the digital age, and what new technologies imply for how we do research, how we present our findings, and how we interact with a variety of current and potential audiences. We therefore welcome proposals that focus not only on cutting-edge “digital history,” but also on the broader implications of digital technologies for all historical practitioners.

Organizers will be given wide discretion to shape the format of sessions to promote interest and efficiency as appropriate for the topic, the methodologies employed, and the participants invited. The format of the scientific program of the Boston Congress will be organized on the same principles as past world congresses. The 5-day meeting will have approximately 100 contributed sessions, with each day divided into four time blocks of 90 minutes each (two before lunch and two after lunch). As in the past, it will be possible combine morning and afternoon sessions into larger coherent units.

The first call for sessions closes on May 30, 2016. A second call for sessions will be issued after the first round decisions have been finalized in the winter of 2016.