Call for papers: Economy, business and environment in history

June 7th, 2017

Economy, Business and Environment in History

REXSAC researcher Esa Ruuskanen, University of Oulu, Finland served as guest editor for this special issues of Scandinavian Economic History Review

Link to the journal’s call for papers

Short from the journal’s website:

The human relationship with the material world, animals and natural phenomena is often only a side-show of the narratives of economic and business history. Economic and business historians have been inclined to describe nature and its resources as valuable inputs into our economies or raw materials for the markets of the industrialized world. In addition, major events and turning points in economic history have usually been related to financial, monetary, political and technological changes and not so much to ecological transformations or hazards. These approaches have added to our knowledge, for instance, of international trade and globalization in the long term, but have also overshadowed intricate human–nature and human–animal relationships and their cultural, societal and ecological ramifications. Within that narrative, nature and non-human agents have often been regarded as the silent objects of human actions without considering how humans will end up the objects of their own action and how that affects their mindsets, patterns, practices and recollection of the past.

This Special Issue of the Scandinavian Economic History Review invites papers exploring the intersection of economy, business and the environment in any time or region. Among others,
possible topics to be addressed in this special issue include, but are not limited to:

  • The place of nature and non-human agents in the historiography and theory of economic and business history
  • Artificial environments created by extractive and manufacturing industries
  • Industrialized animals
  • Economic activities, environmental concern/environmental regulation and place
  • Industrial waste and its material flows and embodiment
  • Natural disasters and/or natural forces as game changers in business and industry
  • Historical memory and human-induced environmental transformations or industrial hazards
  • Contributions that bridge the gap between economic history, business history and environmental history are especially welcome. Contributions are welcome on any industry or country

For further information contact Esa Ruuskanen, University of Oulu, Finland.