The XVIth World Economic
History Congress


The South African Minister of Finance, Pravin Gordhan, has confirmed that he will be attending the congress and presenting the official welcome address.
The organising committee for the World Economic History Congress is pleased to present a bursary process with the goal of supporting deserving scholars in their attendance and participation of the congress.

Two alternatives are available, namely the ERSA grant for scholars residing in Africa and the Cortes Conde grant for scholars residing elsewhere in the world. The details of the grants can be found here and an application form can be downloaded here and sent along with the supporting documents to

Applications will be received until 16 April 2012.
Delegate registration for the 2012 congress is now open. Register online with a credit card or request an invoice, and book accommodation and transport at the same time. In order to secure your first choice of accommodation, we recommend registering right away.
Click here to review the registration packages and rates.
Click here to register.
Click here to ask a question.

Early Registration Discount - Expires 28 April 2012
Register now for WEHC 2012 and receive a discount on fees. Discounts are also available for full-time academics. Please note that the early registration discount expires on 28 April 2012.
Don’t forget that WEHC 2012 also includes a Call for Posters. This presents a great opportunity for researchers in the field to showcase work to an international audience. The deadline for submissions is 1 March 2012.
Click here for the Call for Posters guidelines.
Click here to submit a poster proposal.
A number of our session organisers have issued Calls for Papers for their sessions. Please click here to see these Calls. If you are a session organiser and would like the Programme Secretariat to publicise a Call for Papers for your session, send us an email here.

Click here to see a full list of accepted sessions.
Information for Session Organisaers
Session organisers will be required to submit the final session name, list of presenters, and order of presenters by 31 March 2012. The deadline for full abstracts and papers is 30 April 2012.
Please contact the Programme Secretariat here if you have any questions.
The WEHC 2012 Congress Secretariat is underway with building the WEHC 2012 Programme section, where you will be able to download accepted abstracts, read full papers and after the Congress, download Speaker PowerPoint Presentations. This Programme section will provide the perfect opportunity for delegates to download papers before and after the Congress, as well as plan their congress sessions around abstracts that appeal to their interests. You will be notified of this useful section of the website via email.
Many thanks to the generous sponsors of the WEHC 2012: National Treasury, Economic Research South African, University of Johannesburg Accountancy, Stellenbosch University and Van Schaik Publishers .

The WEHC 2012 Local Organising Committee’s invitation to South African and international companies and organisations to participate as sponsors is still extended, and if you would like further information, please download the sponsorship prospectus here.
WEHC 2012 has a presence on both Twitter and Facebook. Follow us and like our pages for frequent updates on session proposals and registration deadlines, and details of sponsorships. You will also find frequent Economic History-related links and interesting pointers related to the discipline and the congress. Twitter fans, if you post something related to the congress, please use the hash tag #wehc2012. 

WEHC 2012 Congress Secretariat

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


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Call for Posters deadline
1 March 2012


Applications for Bursaries close
16 April 2012


Early Registration Discount Expires
28 April 2012