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CFP: CHORD Conference and Call for Papers: 'Retailing and Distribution in the Seventeenth Century'

Submission deadline: April 27, 2017

Conference date(s):
September 7, 2017

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Conference Venue:

University of Wolverhampton
Wolverhampton, United Kingdom

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The Centre for the History of Retailing and Distribution ­invites submissions for a conference that explores retailing and distribution in the seventeenth century.

Papers focusing on any geographical area or topic are welcome. We invite both experienced and new speakers, including speakers without an institutional affiliation. Potential speakers are welcome to discuss their ideas with the organiser before submission (please see details below). Some of the themes that  might be considered include (but are not limited to):

§ Craft, manufacture and retailing

§ New commodities and old

§ Religion, charity and commerce

§ Markets, shops and shopping

§ Transport and distribution networks

§ Regulation, guilds and trade organisations

§ Chapmen, pedlars and hucksters

§ Advertising, reputation and print cultures

§ Commerce, war, disease and famine

§ Fashion, leisure and shopping

Individual papers are usually 20 minutes in length, followed by 10 minutes for questions and discussion. We also welcome shorter, 10 minute ‘work in progress’ presentations, also followed by 10 minutes for discussion.

To submit a proposal, please send title and abstract of c.300 to 400 words, specifying whether you are proposing a 10 or a 20 minute presentation to Laura Ugolini, at by 27 April 2017.

If you are unsure whether to submit a proposal or would like to discuss your ideas, please e-mail Laura Ugolini at

The conference will be held on Wolverhampton City Campus, University of Wolverhampton, a short walk from Wolverhampton’s bus and train stations.

For further information, please e-mail Laura Ugolini at: or see

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