This letter is to inform
you about the work of the International Economic History Association
since the last newsletter was issued in November 2009, and to draw
your attention to upcoming events and deadlines.
The main future event
is, of course, the 2012 Stellenbosch world congress (July 9-13).
The local organizing committee in South Africa as well as the IEHA
office is currently very busy with the preparations of this event.
The first call for sessions closed during September 2010 and yielded
unprecedented 114 session proposals. Some 1200 paper presentations
were suggested in those proposals, covering roughly 1000 participants!
This indicates that the Stellenbosch congress will be one of the
largest events in the history of our discipline. 59 of these sessions
have been accepted by the executive committee of the IEHA, and 24
received a 'revise and resubmit' for the second round.
At their meeting in Stellenbosch
from 22-23 November 2010, the members of the Executive Committee
had the chance to see for themselves that preparations for the XVIth
World Economic History Congress (9-13 July 2012) are in full swing.
The EC was impressed by the progress made by the Local Organizing
Committee in preparing the WEHC 2012. A full site inspection was
conducted and a letter of agreement was signed between the local
organizers and the IEHA. Moreover, all of the visitors of Stellenbosch
had a feeling of safety, just as in any other city in which the
IEHA has held congresses before.
The second call for session proposals for WEHC 2012 is now open.
Please visit http://www.wehc2012.org
for more information. The sessions accepted in the first round will
be available on this homepage soon. Please note that the EC decided
to limit paper presentations to three per each WEHC participant,
i.e. each participant should not show up as (co-)author on more
than three presented papers. Given the large number of session proposals,
the EC also aimed at broadening the base of corresponding session
organizers. Therefore, some session organizers who had proposed
two sessions were asked to hand over the post of corresponding organizer
to another colleague.
The poster session and
the dissertation competition of the WEHC 2009 were a success and
attracted especially young scholars, which is why these innovations
will be repeated again at the WEHC 2012. The calls for the dissertation
competition and the poster session will be issued in January 2011.
Since the last General
Assembly and Executive Committee meetings in Utrecht (August 2009),
the IEHA office was also occupied with the review of the XVth World
Congress, i.e. with the preparation of the Utrecht meetings minutes,
and the preparation of the Executive Committee meeting in November
2010 in Stellenbosch. I thank Valeria Prayon and Julia Muschallik
for their excellent work for the IEHA office.
Additionally, in March
2010, I initiated a survey on the situation of 'Economic History'
worldwide and we sent out a questionnaire to about 1100 economic
historians and scholars in related fields. The feedback was remarkable:
the IEHA office received almost 250 responses. The preliminary results
of this survey were presented at the Executive Committee meeting
in Stellenbosch. A detailed report will be published online on the
IEHA homepage within the next weeks.
In September 2010, Maxine
Berg did extensive research at the IEHA archive in Tuebingen in
order to get information for her book on the history of the association.
The IEHA is looking forward to her research results.
Call for candidates
of the EC: The IEHA invites all of its member organizations
to nominate candidates for the Executive Committee: In July 2012,
at least six seats on the Executive Committee will become vacant
for the years 2012-2015 (plus a potential second term). In addition,
the position of the Secretary General will become vacant. Each member
organization may recommend one individual for nomination to any
open seat. The candidates do not necessarily need to be a member
of the organization or come from the organization's home country.
Nominations should be sent to the IEHA
Office before July 31st, 2011. Please include relevant information
on the person you wish to nominate. This should include their current
position, a list of publications, and information about governing
positions held within their university or other institutions. The
Executive Committee will then endorse one or more of the nominees
per vacant position for election by the General Assembly during
its meeting in July 2012. When making its recommendations, the EC
will take into account the suitability of the nominees and will
attempt to ensure that the Executive Committee will reflect the
diversity of scholars of all member societies and of economic history
in its broadest sense. For more information on the Executive Committee
and its current composition please consult the IEHA office or the
IEHA website (http://www.uni-tuebingen.de/ieha).
Additionally, the Executive
Committee invites bids for potential venues for the World Congress
in 2015. The call for host cities will be distributed in January
2011. The same deadline and procedure apply as for the EC nominations.
I wish you all a happy
and successful new year!
With kind regards, also
from the IEHA office manager, Valeria Prayon,