To bring together scholars who explain historical phenomena using the methods of the social sciences

Economic History

Economic history studies from myriad angles the most elementary question of all: how mankind managed to unleash an unprecented growth of affluence, which has been a blessing for many, a hope for many more, and a challenge for future generations. We think that finding empirical data will help us understand these issues, and that applying methods and concepts from economic theory will help to observe causal relationships that deepen our understanding of the economic past.

Erdem Kabadayi
Koç University
Christiaan van Bochove
Radboud University
Tamas Vonyo
Bocconi University, Italy

Economic History Network Call for Papers


The European Social Science History Conference is one of the largest congresses for the historical sciences in the world. It brings together scholars who explain historical phenomena using the methods of the social sciences. It welcomes participants working on a wide range of topics and any historical period.

The Economic History Network invites proposals for papers as well as for sessions comprised of 4 related papers. We welcome proposals focusing on any aspect of the historical analysis of economic change using both quantitative and qualitative methods, on any region of Europe and the wider world. We especially look forward to receiving submissions from young scholars and using interdisciplinary approaches that push the boundaries of economic history.

Both paper and session proposals must be submitted through the ESSHC website by filling out the pre-registration form, under ‘registration’ in the top right corner.

To include your paper or session in our network, please select Economic History from the list of networks. If you wish to see all networks, please follow this link.


To propose a paper, submit a working title and an abstract of up to 500 words. To propose a session, submit the title and abstract for the session and the list of participants. We ask you to suggest a chair and discussant for your session, who may be the same person. All paper and session proposals must be submitted by 15 April 2019 at the latest.


The ESSHC is not a platform for thematic workshops with many sessions, but we do accept proposals with maximum two subsequent sessions. If you submit a double-session proposal, depending on how competitive the call is the network chairs may decide to offer only one session to the session organizers. In principle, we do not welcome panel discussions or roundtables. We invite only sessions that present and discuss novel research.  


Chairs of the Economic History Network:


Christiaan van Bochove (Radboud University), correspondent (

M. Erdem Kabadayi (Koc University)

Tamás Vonyó (Bocconi University)