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Research Inquiry

For a book project about the cultural history of imposters in America from the 1840s through the 1940s, I am seeking to locate archival materials related to business' encounters with imposters.  (I define imposters as people who temporarily or permanently fabricate their identities.)   For example, I am interested in industrial spies who sought to obtain trade secretes from other companies;  in people who faked being salesman or agents for a particular companies;  and private detectives who infiltrated unions in order to break them.    For this particular chapter, I'm concentrating on the y

CfP "Contextualizing Bankruptcy", Paris, March 2018

Call for Papers "Contextualizing Bankruptcy: Publicity, Space and Time (Europe, 17th to 19th c.)"


Date: March 19-20, 2018

Venue: Institut historique allemand, 8 rue du Parc-Royal, 75003 Paris, France

Organisation: Prof. Dr. Natacha Coquery (LARHRA, Lyon 2, IUF); Dr. Jürgen Finger (DHI Paris); Prof. Dr. Mark Sven Hengerer (LMU Munich)

Deadline: October 31, 2017