CFP: ‘Retail Work – Historical Perspectives’

19 02 2014

2014 CHORD conference and call for papers

‘Retail Work – Historical Perspectives’

11 September 2014

University of Wolverhampton, UK

The Centre for the History of Retailing and Distribution (CHORD) invites proposals for papers that explore the work of retailing and /or distribution. All forms of work (paid and unpaid) in the retailing and distributive trades are of interest, from small shopkeepers, shop assistants, pedlers and market sellers, to large-scale entrepreneurs, wholesalers and distributors. We welcome all disciplinary perspectives and there are no limitations in terms of the historical period or geographical area covered.

Possible topics might include but are not limited to:

§ Workplace strife and strikes

§ Retail management, entrepreneurship and business practices

§ Workplace rituals and traditions

§ Marketing and salesmanship

§ Trade unions, trade associations and associational life

§ Representations of retail work and work-based identities

§ Training, skill, apprenticeships and guilds

§ Gender divisions of labour, respectability and status

§ Technologies, innovations and spatial strategies

To submit a proposal, please send title and abstract of c.300 to 400 words to Karin Dannehl at by 9 May 2014.

We welcome proposals for individual papers and for sessions (normally three papers: please include the title of the session with the abstracts).

The conference will be held at the University of Wolverhampton, Wolverhampton Campus.

For further information, please e-mail: Dr Karin Dannehl at or Dr Laura Ugolini at

Or see the conference web-page.



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