Call for Papers

i. Asia Pacific Economic Business History Conference 2019

Decline and Rise: Asia since the Industrial Revolution
California Institute of Technology
8-9 February 2019

Papers and proposals for sessions are invited for the joint APEBH 2019 and All-UC Group in Economic History conference. The organisers welcome proposals for contributions on the conference theme: “Decline and Rise: Asia since the Industrial Revolution” from any aspect in economic history. While submissions for papers or panels on the conference topic will be given preference, submissions to all topics in economic history are welcome.

Asia and the wider Asia-Pacific region has seen over the last three centuries a decline and rise of its economic fortunes. The Industrial Revolution in Europe is associated with a divergence in economic development and living standards between core countries in Europe and their Asian counterparts. The emergence of settler economies around the Pacific further highlighted these development trends. The latter half of the 20th century however saw a reversal of this dynamic with strong growth in emerging market economies and the advent of economic changes in communist economies. This decline and rise of Asia’s economic position in the world still is not fully understood and offers many potential lessons for our understanding of large, overarching economic trends.

The conference keynote, the Noel Butlin lecture, will be given by Philip Hoffman from the California Institute of Technology.

Researchers across a broad range of related disciplines, including business and social history, are warmly welcomed as. The conference organisers also would like to especially mention the possibility to submit conference papers for publication at the Australian Economic History Review with its focus on the wider Asia-Pacific Region.

Early Career researchers and especially graduate students are particularly encouraged to attend. Limited financial support may be available, so please note graduate student status with your submission

All abstracts, papers and  proposals for sessions should be emailed by
31 October
Florian Ploeckl ( and
Greg Clark (