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The conference invites researchers to submit research papers and ideas to two separate tracks of the conference – PhD Student Workshop and Conference Research Papers.

PhD Student Workshop

The conference will commence on Thursday, August 29th , with a 1-day workshop for PhD students working on Indian business or economic history or keen to explore this research interest in the near future. Students may belong to any disciplinary background. The workshop will provide feedback on the student’s research topics and ideas and have sessions conducted by leading scholars of the field.

To apply, students have to email, their CV, one-page synopsis of their ongoing research and a one-page statement of interest to attend the workshop, before April 30, 2019.

Students from within and outside India are encouraged to apply for the workshop. Women and students from historically marginalized communities are particularly encouraged to apply for the workshop. MPhil and Masters’ level students can also apply if they are able to demonstrate their keenness to work in the field, and the application would require an additional reference letter from their research supervisor.

Selected students will be notified about their applications by May 10, 2019, and are expected to participate in all three days of the conference proceedings. The workshop is fully-funded and covers three days of accommodation and food on the IIMA campus. It also covers the cost of travel to IIMA, not exceeding Rs. 10,000 per participant.

Conference Research Papers
The conference theme is broad with the following suggestive themes covering the Indian subcontinent in the 19th and 20th centuries,

  • The legacy of colonial and princely states on economic development
  • Regional variations in development in historical perspective
  • Urban histories
  • Sector wise histories: eg. Aviation, Media, Advertising, Finance, Real Estate, Coal, etc.
  • Firm level histories
  • Entrepreneurial histories
  • Management histories
  • Histories of business associations
  • Technology transfer and international collaborations

The conference also invites research spanning other time periods and topics.

A 500-1000 word abstract with title and participant’s affiliation, should be submitted to , before April 30. Selected speakers will be notified by May 10, 2019, and full research papers are expected to be submitted by August 1, 2019. For the selected speakers, two days of accommodation and food related expenses at IIMA will be borne by the conference organizers.