RESOURCES : the theme of WEHC 2021 in Paris


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.

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« La géode » seen through « Sygma antigravitationnel », a fountain sculpture by Manolis Maridakis. Entrance of City of Science and Industry, one of the sites of WEHC 2021 conference. Photo credits.