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Call for Paper and Session Proposals ESSHC 2025 (Leiden, The Netherlands, 26 - 29 March 2025)

The 15th European Social Science History Conference 2025 will take place in Leiden, The Netherlands, 26 - 29 March 2025, organised by the IISH and the Leiden University.

Call for WEHC 2025 Session Proposals - Deadline Extended to 15 March 2024

Call for sessions for the World Economic History Congress, to be held in Lund, Sweden, from 28 July to 1 August 2025. The text of the call and theme appears below, along with instructions for submission. Please note that:


1. The deadline for submitting sessions has been extended to March 15th, 2024. Make sure have submitted your proposals by that date. Sessions should be submitted via the Congress website at

 2. Sessions proposals do not need to include complete lists of speakers at the time of submission. Proposals need to include a clear theme and and and indicative list of participants, but as in previous years the list of speakers can be finalised closer to the Congress.

 3. While there will only be ONE main call for sessions during this Congress owing to impact of the pandemic on planning, the Executive Committee may leave room on the schedule for late breaking sessions on topics of current relevance. This will be assessed by the EC in the 6-9 months leading up to the Congress.


The 20th World Economic History Congress will convene from 28 July – 1 August 2025 in Lund, Sweden. The theme for the Congress is "Equality and Sustainability Challenges", which highlights some of the central issues facing humanity today and also connects to a broad and diverse range of historical problems. To address both the challenges and to find insights from the historical record for that endeavour, a range of perspectives will be necessary.


The IEHA has a particularly strong desire to attract sessions related to this theme. However, submissions are welcome on the economic and social histories of all places and periods, and on the exploration of varied sources and methods, and on the theory and uses of economic history itself. We also invite members to employ and analyse diverse strategies for representing the past.


Sessions may be proposed by any member of the international economic history community, whatever their institutional affiliation or status, as well as by scholars in related disciplines. Given the diversity of our membership, we will consider any submission that advances the study, teaching and public presentation of economic history. We welcome panel proposals that highlight scholarship emerging from economic history, business history, financial history, demographic history, environmental history, global and world history, social history, urban and agrarian history, gender studies, material culture, methodological approaches to historical research, history of economics and economic thought, science and technology studies, and other related fields.


The programme of the Lund Congress will be organised on the same principles as previous Congresses. The 5-day Congress will have approximately 180 sessions, with each day divided into time blocks of 90 minutes each (two before lunch and two after lunch). As in the past, it will be possible to combine two sessions into larger coherent units.


The session proposals should contain:• Name, title, affiliation, and contact information of the session organiser• Possible co-organisers (optional)• Title of the session• Description of the session’s aim, contribution, and relevance (max 5,000 characters with blanks)• Potential researchers (and their affiliations) to invite to the session or those already secured


The call for sessions will close on March 15, 2024. Sessions should be submitted via the Congress website at Please note that unlike in past years, there will be ONLY ONE call for sessions. Decisions will be finalised in June 2024.


Session Proposal "Unearthing the Roots of Inequality: Exploring Land Property Dynamics (from Early Modern times and onwards)", World Economic History Congress (WEHC) 28 July-1 August 2025, Lund, Sweden

While inequality has played a pivotal role in shaping societies and economies worldwide, many authors have argued the importance of studying its historical evolution in order to have a deeper comprehension of its dynamics and determinants (Milanovic et al. 2011; Piketty 2013). Until recently in industrialized regions, and still today in many countries in the Global South, agriculture, and therefore land, was the main source of rents, income and wealth. This session seeks to delve into the intricate web of historical dynamics that influenced land property arrangements from Early Modern times and onwards. Our objective is to foster a comprehensive understanding of the manifold factors that contributed to the often-glaring disparities in land ownership during this transformative period. The proposed session aims to provide a nuanced exploration of the theme by employing a variety of methodologies and case studies, each offering unique insights into the complexities of land property inequality. We contend that the roots of modern land property arrangements can be traced back to this era, and understanding this historical context is essential for comprehending contemporary disparities.

CfP: "Rethinking the History of Global Capitalism", Center on Global Inequalities, Universidade Federal Fluminense (UFF), Rio de Janeiro, 13-15 March 2024

The conference we are organizing in Rio de Janeiro urges scholars to rethink capitalism’s history from the vantage point of this new historical moment and to consider what are the most promising theoretical formulations, methodological approaches, and historical framings to define capitalism, identify its drivers, shed light on its mechanisms, periodize its cycles, incorporate previously neglected spaces or processes, and offer a prognosis of its current reconfiguring. While traditional analyses of capitalism’s history were centered on Europe, the United States, or the North Atlantic, new strands of scholarship recognize that such a narrow lens fails to capture the complexity of the global economy and its history.

CfP: "New Researchers in Maritime History Conference 2024", British Commission for Maritime History (BCMH), University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, 22 - 23 March 2024

The British Commission for Maritime History (BCMH) invites contributions to its twenty-ninth conference for new researchers. This year it will be held at the University of Strathclyde in the heart of Glasgow, a city transformed through maritime trade and shipbuilding from the early modern period onwards. This is an ideal location to hold this annual conference and provides a unique opportunity for new scholars to present their work in a historic setting.

CfP: Workshop "Oil, oligopolies, and state responses: a global and local history of oil markets, 1860s-1939", Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Trondheim, 19-20 February 2024

Oil was the most important commodity of the twentieth century. It fundamentally changed societies, markets, and the relationship between states and companies. Oil is a business with high fixed costs, encouraging companies to seek economies of scale and market domination. From the start of the modern industry in the 1860s, the international oil markets within a few decades came to be dominated by a few large vertically integrated global companies. The oil majors at times competed vigorously but mostly colluded in international cartels. This meant that a few large companies tightly controlled the market for the product that societies became increasingly dependent on. All over the world, states had to find a way to deal with the market power of the dominant oil companies. The question of whether and how the authorities should regulate the oil markets became a burning political issue that brought about a diverse array of national strategies.

Call for papers for the Young Scholars Initiative & Figuerola Institute "Economic History Workshop of Developing Regions", Carlos III University of Madrid, 16 February 2024

Young Scholars Initiative and Figuerola Institute invite you to the Economic History Workshop of Developing Regions at Carlos III University of Madrid (UC3M). There has been recent growth in the economic history literature on developing countries, backed by quantified evidence. However, this expansion lags significantly behind the well-established corpus of literature centered on the core European and North American contexts. Bridging this gap in the literature is crucial to comprehensively addressing the major questions in economic history. Indeed, we still lack comparable historical datasets of markets, land ownership, human capital, and tax records in developing regions due to limited access to primary sources and insufficient funding opportunities.

CfP: “Climate and Business/The Business Climate”, Canadian Business History Association, Banff, Alberta, 19-21 September 2024

We invite your participation in “Climate and Business/The Business Climate,” a conference sponsored by the Canadian Business History Association – l’association Canadienne pour l’histoire des affaires, to be held in Banff, Alberta, 19-21 September, 2024 at the Banff Centre. The planning committee welcomes proposals for papers and roundtables relating to business history within a Canadian or international context.  

« L’objet précieux : un fait social total ? », Colloque international issu d’une coopération EHESS-Cartier, Paris, 25-26.4.2024

L’objet précieux, et plus particulièrement le bijou, suscitent, au fil des siècles et des espaces, des réactions qui se réitèrent et se répondent, malgré la variation des contextes, des époques et des lieux. En effet, si la réprobation pour les notions de dissipation et de luxe – souvent ostentatoires – est récurrente depuis l’Antiquité déjà (Pline l’Ancien), l’action bénéfique de l’objet précieux est également revendiquée, sur la base de plusieurs raisons : esthétiques, symboliques, religieuses et économiques. L’objet précieux est à la fois un agalma resplendissant et digne d’admiration ; une offrande pour les dieux ou pour les morts, dont la valeur doit être proportionnelle à la dignité des destinataires ; un symbole de statut, de pouvoir, d’alliance et de fidélité, dans lequel des valeurs culturelles sont condensées ; un héritage social ou familial, à la fois véhicule et gage de la transmission et de la tradition ; un inspirateur de la création artistique et du développement des techniques ; enfin l’un des éléments d’échange privilégiés dans l'économie du don, voire un moteur de l’économie, comme il est souligné par plusieurs auteurs tout au long de la réflexion occidentale sur le luxe, de Bernard de Mandeville à Jean-Baptiste Say, à Werner Sombart et bien d’autres.

Call for Session Proposals: 20th World Economic History Congress "Equality and Sustainability Challenges", Lund (Sweden), 28.7-1.8.2025

The 20th World Economic History Congress will convene from 28 July to 1 August 2025 in Lund, Sweden. The theme for the Congress is Equality and Sustainability Challenges, which highlights some of the central issues facing humanity today and also connects to a broad and diverse range of historical problems. To address both the challenges and to find insights from the historical record for that endeavor, a range of perspectives will be necessary.

CfP: Sixth International Conference of the Mediterranean Maritime History Network (MMHN), Centre of Maritime History in the Institute for Mediterranean Studies/FORTH, Rethymnon, 27-31 May 2024

The Centre of Maritime History in the Institute for Mediterranean Studies in Rethymnon announces the Sixth International Conference of the Mediterranean Maritime History Network (MMHN), which will take place at the Institute for Mediterranean Studies in Rethymno from the 27th to the 31st of May 2024.

CfP: "Elsewhere. The Migration of Families in the Past from a Labour History and Family Economy Perspective (18th-19th Century)", 5th European Labour History Network Conference, Uppsala, Sweden, 11-13 June 2024

The ELHN Labour and Family Economy Working Group invites papers for the session:
Elsewhere. The Migration of Families in the Past from a Labour History and Family Economy Perspective (18th-19th Century)


  • Mario Grassi (Yale University & University of Padua) mariograssi992[at]
  • Céline Mutos-Xicola (University of Girona) celine.mutos[at]


  • Beatrice Zucca Micheletto (University of Padua)

Deadline to receive papers: 10 September 2023

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