Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Crises and Consequences: A Call for Papers

The Hagley Library has issued the following call for papers for "Crisis and Consequence: A Conference at the Hagley Library, Wilmington, Delaware":
Economic crises have been the midwife to dramatic social change throughout American history. For a conference on May 14, 2010, the Center for the History of Business, Technology, and Society at the Hagley Museum and Library in Wilmington, Delaware invites proposals for imaginative essays that explore the long-term consequences of panics, depression, financial contractions, and other episodes in which the American economy dramatically declined. Papers should suggest significant relationship between such episodes and societal change, including (but not limited to) migration, religion, consumption patterns, technological change, and business practices. We welcome proposals based on new research, as well as unpublished synthetic essays drawing on extensive secondary literature. Papers drawing attention to the little-known or little-appreciated impacts of crises would be especially compelling. Proposals of approximately 500 words summarizing the paper’s argument and sources accompanied by a c.v. of no more than 2 pages are due by November 1, 2009. Travel funds will be available for those presenting papers. Please direct proposals or queries to Carol Lockman,, or 302-658-2400.