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Call for participants, globalization in a historical perspective, 2006
The Social Science History Association, 29th Annual Meeting,
November 18-21, 2005.

Dear Colleagues,

I am putting together a panel proposal for the 2006 SSHA annual
meeting to be held on November 18-21, 2005.  This panel will examine the
theme of globalization in a historical perspective.

Papers that look at the application of social network analysis to historical
studies are especially welcome. Commentators and discussants are also
welcome.

My work draws from the findings of the field of social networks. This
historical study examines the networks of associates involved with specific
cases of capital expansion to China and Japan. To that end, I created a
database of the men involved with finance and diplomacy to East Asia during
the interwar period. Initially around 1400 people, the network was narrowed
down to 168 and organized according to specific criteria. By placing the
quantitative data in the context of historical cases on loans, the study
demonstrates how racism organized the networks of those committed to the
expansion of US influence and capital abroad. This racism, however, also
contradicted capitalist and national goals leading to particularly
interesting historical configurations. The focus of the paper will be on
J.P. Morgan & Co. and its partners, in particular, Thomas W. Lamont.

The deadline for final submission to SSHA is within the next few days. My
apologies for the late posting. If you are interested in joining such a
panel, please contact me off list: [log in to unmask]

Thanks very much,

Susie Lee
Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity
Columbia University



Conference announcement:

The Social Science History Association will hold its 29th Annual Meeting,
November 18-21, 2004.

The SSHA is the leading interdisciplinary association for historical
research in the US; its members share a common concern for interdisciplinary
approaches to historical problems. The organization's long-standing interest
in methodology also makes SSHA meetings exciting places to explore new
solutions to historical problems. We encourage the participation of graduate
students and recent PhDs as well as more-established scholars, from a wide
range of disciplines and departments.

The U/Dystopic lyrics by David Byrne, excerpted above, express a widespread
ambivalence about the seemingly irreversible historical transformations – of
social relations, the environment, and the human psyche – associated with
market modernity. The transformations that markets produce have been a major
site of historical and social-scientific analysis.

For the 2004 SSHA meeting we are particularly soliciting papers and panels
that focus on histories of the market in the broadest sense. These may
include, but are not limited to,

histories of literal markets in city squares, financial districts, or
shopping malls;
histories of more abstract market (and anti-market) forces whereby prices
are set and fates are sealed;
histories of the commodification of land, and of human labor – free and
slave;
histories of localized and global labor markets and of the people who
migrate in response to their opening up and closing down;
histories of “marketplaces of ideas,” commercial and non-commercial media,
and other sites of intellectual exchange;
histories of market mentalities and behaviors, consumer identities, market
selves;
histories of market politics and market policies ranging from early
constructions of “free market” ideologies and practices to recent versions
of neoliberalism and the protests and criticisms they have engendered.
Of course, we also welcome the usual broad range of papers and sessions on
topics proposed by participants and networks.
The SSHA program is developed through networks of people interested in
particular topics or approaches to interdisciplinary history. Paper and
session proposals should be submitted to the appropriate SSHA network(s).
Current networks, their representatives, and contact information are listed
below. If you are not certain about which network to send your proposal to,
ask the representatives of the network closest to your interests, or ask the
program co-chairs

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