Call for Papers

*Call for Papers deadline has been extended to 19 December*

“Recovery and Rebuilding”
Call for Papers for the Asia-Pacific Economic and Business History (APEBH) Conference
UNSW Canberra (ADFA), Canberra, 12-14 February 2015.

Papers and proposals for sessions are invited for the 2015 APEBH conference. The conference will be held in conjunction with the inter-disciplinary centre for excellence at UNSW Canberra – the Australian Centre for the Study of Armed Conflict and Society (ACSACS).

The main conference theme is Recovery and Rebuilding but the organisers are open to proposals for contributions on other topics in economic, social, and business history, as well as to proposals for sessions on particular themes. Researchers across a broad range of disciplines are warmly welcomed. Early career researchers are encouraged to participate. The conference organisers are particularly interested in attracting papers that examine developments in countries and regions in the Asia-Pacific region and papers that provide an international comparative perspective.

Following the theme of Economic Consequences of War and Conflict at last year’s conference, the organisers are looking forward, to the recovery and rebuilding tasks that follow after war, natural disaster, and other calamities. Over the next few years we observe a series of anniversaries: 2015 marks 70 years since the end of World War II and the massive rebuilding required in Europe and Asia- and the first institutional outcomes from Bretton Woods in 1944; 170 tears ago, the Irish potato famine began, triggering both calamity in Ireland and migrations that influenced the population of several other nations; and it has been 20 years since the damage caused by the earthquake in Kobe Japan necessitated the rebuilding of billions of dollars of infrastructure, while other populations in Asia, Japan and New Zealand still recover from the more recent tsunamis and earthquakes.

There are many examples of how economies and populations respond to the external shocks of war and disaster and how they rebuild and recover. While smaller and localised shocks may be relatively easily overcome, larger and more destructive events, while followed by positive short-term stimulatory effects on the economy may also cause significant change to the speed and trajectory of economic development and growth.

Our theme could be approached from a number of perspectives, including those of the cliometrician, the economic historian, the economic theorist, the business historian, the applied economist, as well as the social historian. There is ample scope for new interpretations, new findings, comparative studies as well as syntheses of existing work.
Abstracts, proposals for sessions and papers for refereeing or posting on the conference website should be emailed to all members of the programme committee.

– A/Professor Jim McAloon,
– Professor Christopher Lloyd,
– A/Professor Lionel Frost,

Professor Tom Frame, the Director of ACSACS, is currently negotiating the publication of a book tentatively entitled, “Counting the Cost? The Economics of Disaster Relief and Humanitarian Assistance”. Authors who feel their work touches on the overlap of economics, militaries, and disaster or humanitarian relief and may be suitable for inclusion are encouraged to also send a copy of their paper to:

Professor Tom Frame, ACSACS, UNSW (Canberra),

Paper abstracts of one page may be submitted at any time up to the closing date of 19 December 2014. A decision on proposals will be made within a month of submission. Session proposals of one page may be submitted up to the same date, outlining the main objectives of the session and potential participants. You are not obliged to submit your full paper for refereeing. Complete versions of accepted papers should be sent to us by 3 February 2015 for posting on the conference website.

Some universities require staff attending conferences to have their papers refereed. If this is the case in your institution, please submit the full paper by the 19 December 2014 due date for the double blind refereeing process.

A conference paper prize will be awarded. A selection of papers (subject to the normal reviewing process and standards) may be published in Australian Economic History Review: An Asia-Pacific Journal of Economic, Business and Social History.
For more information: Miesje de Vogel – 0425 799 784 or