At the Centre of Business, and Canada: 350 Years of the HBC and 150 Years of Prairie History

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Call for Papers
November 12, 2020 to November 13, 2020
Subject Fields: 
Canadian History / Studies, Business History / Studies, Environmental History / Studies, Economic History / Studies, Indigenous Studies

At the Centre of Business, and Canada:  350 Years of the HBC and 150 Years of Prairie History

2020 Canadian Business History Association/ l'association canadienne pour l'histoire des affaires (CBHA/ACHA)

Annual Conference: Call for Papers

November 12-13, 2020, University of Winnipeg

            At the centre of Canada’s business, economic and political evolution are two institutions that have shaped the Canadian experience, both its challenges and its changes.  Founded in 1670, and North America’s oldest existent firm, the HBC remains at the intersection of Canadian, Indigenous, business and social history.  Manitoba, Canada’s fifth province, emerged in 1870 at the fulcrum of a multitude of conflicts, including the HBC’s ongoing role in colonization, economic development and Confederation.  In addition, it was the centre of much of Prairie History prior to the creation of the Provinces of Alberta and Saskatchewan in 1905.  2020 provides an opportunity to commemorate and investigate the historical, central roles played by this eponymous firm and its pivotal province in Canadian, Indigenous and business history.  Conference events include potential walking tours of the Exchange District, visits to the Manitoba Museum, the HBC Archives and the Canadian Museum for Human Rights, among other planned activities.

            The CBHA invites proposals for individual papers and panels that explore matters related to the HBC and Manitoba from a range of perspectives and critical approaches.  Please submit proposals and any questions to the CBHA at by 30 May, 2020, including a 250-500 word abstract for each paper and panel submission. Please also provide a 1-2 page CV, including the institutional affiliation and contact information of the presenters. Proposals are particularly encouraged from graduate students and early career scholars.

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Canadian Business History Association/ l'association canadienne pour l'histoire des affaires (CBHA/ACHA)