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Summer School: Beyond Businesses: Agency, Political Economy & Investors, c.1850–1970, 20–22 September 2017, University of Tübingen, Germany

Publish Date: Apr 13, 2017

Deadline: May 01, 2017

Beyond Businesses: Agency, Political Economy & Investors, c.1850–1970, a Summer School for doctoral students at the University of Tübingen, 20–22 September 2017

The University of Tübingen (Germany) as part of its Institutional Strategy (ZUK 63) has made available funding for an intensive three-day event aimed at PhD students in business or economic history or affiliated fields working on any topic which overlaps with the theme of the school (for more details, see "further notes for applicants", below). Students will be hosted in the historic town of Tübingen, and will present, debate and discuss their work-in-progress with leading international scholars within a world-class university. 

The school aims to provide doctoral students with an overview of relevant research and of innovative tools and methodologies in the field of enquiry. It is organised jointly by the Seminar für Neuere Geschichte (Tübingen) and the Centre for Business History in Scotland (University of Glasgow).

The school will take the form of presentations from students (c.25 minutes) and workshops hosted by established experts in the field. The aims of the school are: 

  1. to deepen students' understanding of current themes in historical research (and how this can inform their own work).
  2. to enhance research skills through masterclasses on methods for researching and writing history.
  3. to explore the main theoretical underpinnings particular to business and economic history.
  4. to provide a welcoming and convivial environment in which to discuss their research with leading scholars and peers.

Students will benefit from the experience of academics from Tübingen and beyond. Our keynote speaker will be Professor Phil Scranton, of Rutgers University (USA), a world-renowned scholar who has produced numerous books and articles on many different aspects of modern business and technology. Other confirmed participants include Professor Patrick Fridenson (EHESS, France), Professor Ewald Frie (Tübingen), Dr Daniel Menning (Tübingen), and Dr Christopher Miller (Glasgow).

Funding will cover flights and/or trains (up to an agreed limit), accommodation, lunches, and the conference meal for up to ten students. A further ten will be eligible to receive part-funding. There may also be limited space left-over for those wishing to self-fund (or have received funding from their own institution).

Those interested in attending the summer school should send the documents listed below by e-mail to the organisers Dr Daniel Menning (Daniel.Menning[at] and Dr Christopher Miller(Christopher.Miller[at] The deadline for applications is 1 May 2017. A maximum of 20 funded applicants will be selected and notified shortly afterwards. 

    1. a brief CV (max two pages)
    2. a summary of their PhD (max two pages)
    3. a title/abstract for their desired presentation topic (max one page). This should incorporate one or more major themes of the student's PhD
    4. desirable) an example of work in progress, e.g. a draft chapter, article, working paper (preferably in English, German or French &endash; though all presentations and discussions will be in English) 

As a guide, applicants should refer to the overview of the school's scope and aims. Students working on topics similar to those listed there are encouraged to speak to Daniel Menning and/or Christopher Miller in the first instance.

For more information please click "Further Official Information" below.


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