Appel à communications Accounting History Review Annual Conference / Paris, 8-9 septembre 2020

Quantification in Accounting History

Accounting History Review Annual Conference

Université Paris-Dauphine

8-9 September 2020

Announcement of Conference and Initial Call for Papers

The question of quantification and that of accounting quantification span the social sciences and humanities in terms of a possible double reading: on the one side, account- ing quantification might serve as the source material to measure an underlying economic reality; on the other side, it is the result of social, economic, cultural and professional and political processes that affect the numbers produced thereby. This double understanding of accounting is grounded firmly in the agenda of Accounting History Review whose aim is not simply to shed light on the history of accounting but importantly to investigate the role of accounting in history (“we must recall that the mission of AHR is to examine accountingin history and not narrowly ‘accounting history’”, McWatters 2017, 221).

The AHR 2020 Conference will be held at Université Paris-Dauphine, Place du Maréchal de Lattre de Tassigny, Paris, France from lunchtime on Tuesday, 8 September 2020 to late afternoon on Wednesday, 9 September 2020. Beyond a mere conference venue, the city of Paris offers all of the amenities, cultural and culinary attractions associated with its status as a major European capital.

Theoretical, empirical and review papers are welcomed in all areas of accounting history. We encourage studies that move beyond disciplinary boundaries and engage with historians in other research areas. The conference provides delegates with the opportunity of presenting and discussing, in an informal setting, papers ranging from early working drafts to fully developed manuscripts. The conference format will include approximately 40 minutes for presentation and discussion in order to provide worthwhile feed- back for presenters.

The conference organisers encourage submissions at an early stage of development and by emerging scholars.

Many manuscripts presented at our annual gathering have subsequently appeared in print in Accounting History Review or in another of the full range of international, refereed academic accounting, business and economic history journals.

Those wishing to offer papers to be considered for presentation at the conference should submit an extended abstract of their paper (not exceeding one page) by 15 February 2020 to the conference website:

Following the refereeing process, applicants will be advised of the conference organisers’ decision by 31 March 2020. Full papers will be required by 15 August 2020 to be included in the conference programme.

Full conference and accommodation details will be forthcoming.

In the interim, inquiries should be addressed to:

  • Cheryl S. McWatters, AHR Editor (, or
  • Pierre Labardin, Conference Convenor and Associate Professor of Accounting, Université Paris-Dauphine (

Organising team:

  • Antoine Fabre,
  • Karine Fabre,
  • Céline Michaïlesco,

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