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The BHC Doctoral Colloquium in Business History will be held once again in conjunction with the 2019 BHC annual meeting. This prestigious workshop, funded by Cambridge University Press, will take place in Cartagena de Indias, Colombia on Wednesday March 13th and  ThursdayMarch 14th, 2019. Typically limited to ten students, the colloquium is open to doctoral candidates who are pursuing dissertation research within the broad field of business history, from any relevant discipline (e.g., from economic sociology, political science, cultural anthropology, or management, as well as history).  Most participants are in year 3 or 4 or their degree program, though in some instances applicants at a later stage make a compelling case that their thesis research had evolved in ways that led them to see the advantages of an intensive engagement with business history.


Topics (see link for past examples) may range from the early modern era to the present, and explore societies across the globe.  Participants work intensively with a distinguished group of BHC-affiliated scholars (including the incoming BHC president), discussing dissertation proposals, relevant literatures and research strategies, and career trajectories. 


Applications are due by 15 November 2018 via email to and should include: a statement of interest; CV; preliminary or final dissertation prospectus (10-15 pages); and a letter of support from your dissertation supervisor (or prospective supervisor).  All participants receive a stipend that partially defrays travel costs to the annual meeting.  Applicants will receive notification of the selection committee’s decisions by the end of 2018.


This year’s faculty participants are:


Edward Balleisen (Director), Professor of History and Public Policy, Duke University

              American Business, Legal, and Policy History

Ann Carlos, Professor of Economics, University of Colorado-Boulder

              Early Modern Empires/Trade in North America

Paloma Fernandez-Perez, Professor of Economic and Business History, University of Barcelona Business School

              Spanish and Latin American Business History

Takafumi Kurosawa, Professor of Economic Policy, Kyoto University

              European and Japanese Business History

Kenda Mutongi, Professor of History, Williams College

              African Business History


Questions about the colloquium should be sent to its director, Duke Professor of History Edward Balleisen,