The EBHS 43rd Annual Conference, University of Jyväskylä, Finland, May 30-June 2, 2018

MAY 30-JUNE 2, 2018

The 43rd Economic and Business History Society (EBHS) Annual Conference will be held at the University of Jyväskylä, Finland. Our general theme is Early Modern Origins of Growth and Business. However, proposals for presentations on any aspect of ancient to recent economic, social or business history are welcome, as are proposals for whole panels. We welcome submissions from graduate students and non-academic affiliates.

The Jyväskylä Conference will also be held as the 16th Gustav Wasa Seminarium. Wasa ruled Sweden from 1523 to 1560 and initiated many social and political reforms that were vital to the formation of modern institutions in Sweden and in after 1809 separated autonomous Finland. We therefore wholeheartedly welcome panels and individual papers discussing economic and social development around the Nordic and Baltic Sea regions during the early modern period. The conference also teams up with the 35th Summer Seminar of Finnish Economists, organized by the JYU School of Business and Economics, so the conferees will have rich academic and social programs available.

The keynote speaker will be Deirdre N. McCloskey, Distinguished Professor of Economics, History, English, and Communication, University of Illinois at Chicago, and the plenary speaker Uskali Mäki, Academy Professor and Professor of Practical Philosophy, University of Helsinki. Both have astounding merits in combining economics, history, and philosophy in their work. Furthermore, their mutual dialogue in researching philosophy and methodology of economics extends to the 1980s.

The social program will include a dinner, a lake cruise and an optional museum visit to either Alvar Aalto Museum or the Finnish Airforce Museum.

Proposals should include an abstract of no more than 500 words and contact details. The deadline for submission of proposals is February 15, 2018. The Program Chair will send a notification of acceptance of abstracts by March 1, 2018. Online registration will be available soon after at Proposals may be submitted through the EBHS website at (by email to . If you have further questions about the meeting or organization please contact Program Chair Olli Turunen, , or EBHS 2018 President Jari Eloranta, . Local arrangements will be coordinated by Jari Ojala (University of Jyväskylä).

EBHS also operates a peer-reviewed open access journal, Essays in Economic and Business History, edited by Jason Taylor (Central Michigan University). Conference papers and non-conference papers alike may be submitted to Essays for consideration. We invite you to visit our website,, to see our editorial board and policies, as well as back issues.

We look forward to welcoming you to Jyväskylä!