The Fourth European Congress on World and Global History
Following an excellent response to our earlier Call for Panels, with over 130 proposals submitted, we now cordially invite paper proposals on encounters, circulations, and conflicts in, or spanning, different parts of the world. We are interested in contributions that address the problematic opposition of centres and peripheries, still influential in historical research, and which discuss the meaning and relevance of relations, comparisons, transfers, and entanglements between states, peoples, communities, and individuals in a ‘long durée’-perspective.
Our intention is to transcend, in as multifaceted a manner as possible, the confines of national history writing. However, we specifically look forward to paper proposals that complement and fill slots in the existing panels while also expanding the intellectual range of the conference’s programme.
This is a last minute call for papers!
Weber revisited: Christianity and Entrepreneurship in the Global Economy
A session proposal for the
World Business History Conference, "State
of the art in World Business History - a first review",
Frankfurt am Main, Germany
March 16-17th, 2014
Max Weber¹s Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism has been one of the most influential and controversial interpretations of the
causes of economic growth since its publication over a century ago.
The thesis compares Catholic and Protestant denominations in early
modern Europe, and the role of Calvinist teachings on salvation on
increasing capital accumulation and effort. The details of the thesis
are much disputed, but the wider hypothesis that religious beliefs in
general, and some Christian beliefs specifically, aid the formation of
cognitive frameworks that have the indirect benefit of stimulating
entrepreneurship remains highly influential (Ashton 1948; Landes 1998; McCloskey 2010; Munro 2010). Empirical support for the wider thesis can be seen in the disproportionate influences of inter alia
non-conformists before and during the British Industrial Revolution,
Protestant Evangelicals in the US Gilded Age, Jewish entrepreneurs in the US and UK, among many others (Ashton 1948; Jeremy 1990; Godley 2001; Godley and Casson 2010; Baghdiantz et al 2005).
But the last half century has seen two historic transformations.
First, after remarkable growth in the world¹s Christian population,
the demographic centre of the global Christianity has shifted from the
Global North to the Global South. Within these regions, it is
Protestantism (and specifically Pentecostal and Charismatic
denominations) that has grown so quickly (Pew Research Center, 2011). At the same time, the integration of much of the so-called Global South into the global economy has had a dramatic effect on economic growth there, powered disproportionately by indigenous
entrepreneurship (Bruton, Ahlstrom and Obloj 2008). Among sociologists there is the beginnings of systematic research that seeks to explore the relationship between these two transformations in emerging economies a growing proportion of Christians among the population and increasing levels of indigenous entrepreneurship (e.g. Tong 2012 for China).
This proposed session seeks to invite up to five presentations from
business historians and other researchers (especially sociologists and others) focusing on the relationship between Christianity and
entrepreneurship in emerging economies (Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa and Latin America especially) in historical and comparative context. The session¹s aim is to encourage the empirical documentation of these recent trends and to compare them with the far better documented cases of Christian entrepreneurs in advanced economies in earlier periods.
Please send paper proposals by September 15th 2013 to session organiser, Professor Andrew Godley, Director, Henley Centre for Entrepreneurship, Henley Business School, University of Reading,
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