Call for Papers: “Foreign Confidence: International Investment in North America, 1700 to 1840”
An International Conference co-sponsored by the Program in Early American Economy and Society at the Library Company of Philadelphia and The Rothschild Archive, London

The twelfth annual conference of the Program in Early American Economy and Society at the LCP, co-sponsored with The Rothschild Archive in London, will be held October 11-12, 2012 in Philadelphia. In addition to invited conference guests, we solicit proposals for papers on the conference theme, which is intended to encompass the varied ways that foreign networks of individuals and institutions provided funds and credit to North Americans for commerce, internal development, philanthropy, banking, and other forms of transnational investment. New research that highlights the great reach of capital and credit from Europe into North America, and then out into many empires and world regions are especially welcome, as are proposals concerning, for example, the role of strategic international marriages, transnational secrecy and information sharing, the financial collaboration of families across imperial boundaries, and collaborative and competitive lending by individuals and early banks across national boundaries.  We also encourage proposals from scholars of banking practices pioneered by the Rothschilds, Baring Bros., Hope & Co., and other institutions that had an impact on early North American development.  Papers reflecting on the rich international archives that illuminate transnational investing relationships are also welcome.

Proposals of two to three pages, accompanied by a brief CV, should be submitted as a single PDF file no later than September 1, 2011 to Cathy Matson, PEAES director, at [email protected].  Notices of acceptance will be sent out by November 1, 2011, and all presenters will submit completed papers of 30 to 35 pages by September 10, 2012.  Papers will be pre-circulated to conference registrants.