The XVIth World Economic
History Congress


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South Africa: Hosts of the 2010 FIFA World Cup
South Africa, the host country for the World Economic History Congress in 2012, is currently hosting the world’s biggest sporting event – the 2010 FIFA World Cup. With the eyes of the world focussed on South Africa, the 2010 FIFA World Cup has been a catalyst for many infrastructural improvements, and the South African government has invested more than ZAR 9 billion to upgrade the national road system, implement new public transit systems, upgrade airports and build 5 new world-class stadiums.

South Africa is also hosting the huge influx of international visitors who are here to support their national sides, and who are experiencing the beauty of the country, its cultural diversity and the warmth of the South African people.

From the 2012 WEHC Congress Secretariat, we hope you enjoy the 2010 FIFA World Cup, and hope to see you here in South Africa in 2012!

WEHC 2012 Call for Sessions
Deadline: 1 September 2010
Please note that the First Call for Session proposals for the World Economic History Congress closes on 1 September 2010. More information is available here.

New journal: Excited about Economic History of Developing Regions
The first issue of Economic History of Developing Regions (volume 25), the rebranded journal of the Economic History Society of Southern Africa, will be published in June 2010. Editor Stefan Schirmer is excited about the upcoming issue: "We have managed to attract quality contributions from a wide variety of fields, such as history, cliometrics, economic theory and political science. It shows that economic history is a truly interdisciplinary science. The interest shown for this edition reflects our confidence that a journal that caters for the economic history of the developing world is in high demand."

The first issue includes contributions from Daron Acemoglu, James Robinson, Gareth Austin and other esteemed international authors. Acemoglu and Robinson ask "Why is Africa Poor?" and their answers provide for thought-provoking scholarship. Austin reflects on late industrialisation, the idea that industrialisation in one part of the world influenced industrialisation elsewhere, while Indonesian inequality and the South African business cycle are also investigated. The new editorial team of EHDR also contribute with a review article on the state and scope of the economic history of developing regions.

The journal is distributed internationally by Taylor & Francis. For more information, please contact Inês Ferreira at or Johan Fourie at

Business History Conference in Adelaide
7-9 July 2010, Adelaide, Australia
The Centre for Regulation and Market Analysis (CRMA) invites you to Adelaide, Australia to attend its inaugural Business History Conference from 7-9 July 2010. The conference is a forum to showcase the latest in business history research from distinguished scholars currently studying the field. For more information, please click here.

ERSA/FRESH Conference
24-26 November 2010, Stellenbosch, South Africa
Abstract Submission Deadline: Friday, 30 July

In preparation for the World Economic History Congress, an ERSA/FRESH Conference is scheduled to be held at STIAS, Stellenbosch, South Africa, 24-26 November 2010. As the sixth ERSA Economic History event, the ERSA/FRESH Conference is part of a broader initiative to encourage new research on African topics, as well as other developing regions. In line with this, and in support of the Society's journal, Economic History of Developing Regions, the topic for this workshop relates to what and how developing regions can learn from history. Papers are welcomed from all disciplines within economic history, using different approaches and methodologies, on comparative or region/country-specific cases.

The organisers offer lunch and other refreshments on the days of the meeting, as well as accommodation to all participants who present a paper. An evening dinner event is also sponsored by the host. Travel to Stellenbosch must be covered by the participants themselves.

Abstract submissions are due Friday, 30 July 2010. The conference organisers request an abstract of not shorter than 500 words. All submissions will be evaluated and authors will be informed of acceptance by the end of August at the latest. Full papers should be sent to the conference organisers on or before 12 November 2010. Participants will be expected to present their work in twenty minutes, followed by ten-minutes of discussion. There will be no parallel sessions. Jan Luiten van Zanden, president of the International Economic History Association, will deliver the final keynote address.

Please download the Call for Papers

WEHC 2012 Congress Secretariat

African Agenda
Tel: +27 (0)21 683 2934
Fax: +27 (0)21 683 0816


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First Call for Session Proposals click here


Congress Opening
9 July 2012