Call for papers

APEBH 2013: Seoul National University, Seoul, South Korea,  14-16 February 2013

Asia-Pacific Economic and Business History Conference

Due date for paper proposals extended to Monday 17 December 2012

Organised by the Korean Economic History Society, in cooperation with the Institute of Economic Research (Seoul National University) and the Economic History Society of Australia and New Zealand

Theme: Markets, institutions and people in economic crisis and recovery

Call for Papers

Papers and proposals for sessions are invited for the APEBH 2013 conference. The main conference theme is ‘Markets, institutions and people in economic crisis and recovery’ but the organisers are open to proposals for contributions on other topics in economic, social, and business history, as well as to proposals for sessions on particular themes. Researchers across a broad range of disciplines are warmly welcomed. Early career researchers are encouraged to participate. The conference organisers are particularly interested in attracting papers that examine developments in countries and regions in the Asia-Pacific region and papers that provide an international comparative perspective. 

During the recent Global Financial Crisis, various commentators heralded the end of globalisation. A few noted that the world economy as a whole, and also different economic regions had overcome major economic crises before. The global crisis of the 1930s and the Asian financial crisis of the 1990s were given as examples. Rogoff and Reinhart in This Time Is Different: Eight Centuries of Financial Folly (2009) explained that throughout history rich and poor countries alike have been lending, borrowing, crashing and recovering their way through an extraordinary range of financial crises throughout history.

Are there indeed limits to how mankind learns from history? How did crises unfold in the past? What roles did product and factor markets play in how crises unfolded? What role did institutions play? How were recoveries from crises achieved? What was the human impact of crises? What are the lessons from comparative approaches to analysing crises across time and across countries? What lessons can be drawn from comparative historical perspectives for current and future crises?

Our theme could be approached from a number of perspectives, including those of the cliometrician, the economic historian, the economic theorist, the business historian, the applied economist, as well as the social historian. There is ample scope for new interpretations, new findings, as well as syntheses of existing work.


Professor Chulhee Lee, Seoul National University,

Dr Duol Kim, Korea Development Institute,

A/Professor Lionel Frost, Monash University,

Dr Keir Reeves, Monash University,

Paper abstracts of one page may be submitted at any time up to the closing date of 17 December 2012. A decision on proposals will be made within a month of submission. Session proposals of one page may be submitted up to the same date, outlining the main objectives of the session and potential participants. You are not obliged to submit your full paper for refereeing. Complete versions of accepted papers should be sent to us by 4 February 2013 for posting on the conference website.

Some universities require staff attending conferences to have their papers refereed. If this is the case in your institution, please submit the full paper by the 17 December 2012 due date for the double blind refereeing process.

A conference paper prize will be awarded. A selection of papers (subject to the normal reviewing process and standards) may be published in Australian Economic History Review: An Asia-Pacific Journal of Economic, Business and Social History (see:

Some support will be made available to graduate students and possibly Early Career Researchers wishing to participate in the conference.

For further details see the Society’s latest newsletter here.

The web page of the Economic History Society of Australia and New Zealand is:

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