History from Below:
Ordinary lives in historical and comparative perspective
Hobart, 15-17 February 2018.
Call for Papers
Papers and proposals for sessions are invited for the APEBH 2018 conference. The organisers welcome proposals for contributions on any topic in economic, social, and business history, including proposals for complete sessions on particular themes. A particular interest is in contributions to the main conference theme: “History from Below”.
Researchers across a broad range of disciplines are warmly welcomed. Early career researchers are encouraged to participate. The conference organisers are also particularly interested in attracting papers that examine topics in the context of the Asia-Pacific region and papers that provide an international comparative perspective, especially in relation to pre-contact and settler-economies such as Australia, New Zealand and the wider Pacific.
The digital revolution has resulted in unprecedented access to archival records. Much of this newly digitised information describes everyday events. To provide a by no means exhaustive list—notices placed in newspapers, birth, death and marriage registrations, the contents of wills, military enlistment papers, hospital and prison admission records and passenger lists—can now all be readily accessed without stepping across the threshold of an archive. Perhaps not surprisingly the increasing availability of digitised data has been accompanied by a renewed interest in what might be termed “history from below”. This includes work that explores the impact of events on life course and intergenerational outcomes, as well as other studies of geographical and social mobility. Increasing availability of data has also been used to examine adaptation to change through worker organisation or changes in consumption patterns. The digital revolution has also presented challenges. A lot of information does not necessarily equate to good data. New techniques for dealing with messy or fuzzy information or mining digital archives have also played a role in shaping the disciple.
Our theme could be approached from a number of perspectives, including those of the cliometrician, the economic historian, the economic theorist, the business and accounting historian, the applied economist, as well as the social historian, historical demographer, archaeologist, anthropologist and family historian. There is ample scope for new interpretations, new findings, as well as syntheses of existing work.
Current students, and recent PhDs (awarded since February 2016) who do not have institutional support and who present a paper at the Conference will receive free registration, and a free ticket to the Conference dinner.
Papers received before the deadline will be reviewed earlier.