First call for Sessions (closes on June 30, 2019)


The 19th gathering of the World Economic History Congress will convene July 25 – 30, 2021 in Paris, France. 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 19th World Congress is the second to be hosted in France. We invite you to join us in Paris to discuss the many ‘Resources’ which are and used to be a stake in economies, societies, cultures and environment. Within the notion of resources, we consider natural and modified, renewable and non renewable, material, immaterial and energetic resources, as well as their discoveries, exhaustion, recycling, constraints and limits. We also include the part of labor involved in their exploitation, the institutional dynamics and the involvement of scientific, technical, financial and digital knowledge. Over times, the finding, supply and circulation of resources has been an incentive for construction of spaces, occupation of territories, imperialism and emerging of new patterns of development and organizations. The challenges of our modern world require a common reflection on the political economy of resources. While seeking proposals for sessions that explore aspects 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. We also 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. Given the diversity of our affiliated membership 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, sciences and technology studies, and other related fields.

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 Paris Congress will be organized on the same principles as the 18th World Economic History Congress in Boston in 2018. The 5-day Congress will have approximately 140 contributed sessions, with each day divided into four time blocks of 90 minutes each (two before lunch and two after lunch).

The first call for proposal closes on June 30, 2019. A dedicated website will soon open to receive the proposals. In the meantime feel free to contact us for any question. A second call for sessions will be issued after the first round decisions have been finalized in the winter of 2019.