Accounting History Special Interest Group

The Accounting History Special Interest Group (AHSIG) aims to develop and support accounting history scholars in Australia, New Zealand and beyond who engage in historical accounting research and teaching and to attract new scholars to the field. The AHSIG promotes the analysis of ideas in accounting history, and on historiography for accounting. The AHSIG further encourages research which contributes to informing public policy setting and regulation, and which augments knowledge in other fields such as business, management, finance and economic history.

The AHSIG encourages scholars who have an interest in all aspects of accounting history and is concerned with advancing an understanding of the interaction of accounting and its socio-economic and political environments within historical contexts.

The Accounting History is an AFAANZ journal proudly supported by the AHSIG. The AHSIG seeks to develop the international profile and reputation of the journal.

The AHSIG also supports a series of activities, such as conferences, colloquia and symposia on accounting history to foster the development of the journal and of a community of accounting history researchers.

Among other events, the AHSIG supports:

  • the Accounting History International Conference - held biannually (information about the next 11AHIC are provided below)

  • the Accounting History Emerging Scholar Colloquium - held biannually and preceding the AHIC

  • the Accounting History Symposium - held annually and preceding the AFAANZ conference

The 17th Accounting History Symposium - Call for Research Proposals

Online: Saturday, July 2, 2022

Following the great success of the 15th and 16th Accounting History Symposia, held on July 3 and December 3, 2021, the Accounting History Special Interest Group (AHSIG) is pleased to announce that:

The Symposium will take place in virtual format (details TBA)

The event this year will include virtual presentations of research proposals relating to studies of accounting’s past, and a panel of scholars in (virtual) attendance, discussing and/or providing feedback on the presentations of the participants.  You can download the Call document HERE

16th Accounting History Symposium

The 16th Accounting History Symposium (16AHS) was held virtually on December 3, 2021; and again a great success. Please find the session videos below for viewing:

Accounting and soul-searching in the rise of the Spanish Early Modern State

Accounting for the ‘Stateless’: Biopolitics and Governmentality in colonial tea plantations in Sri Lanka

An Historical Perspective on Water and the Environment: Insights and Implications from Environmental Philosophy and the Construction of the Erie and Rideau Canals

Corporate accountability and ‘room to manoeuvre’ during the Third Reich

From monetary instability to accounting regulation: foreign narratives in French interwar asset revaluation regulation

Give it back to the field: Bridging accounting history research and industrial heritage

Saké, secrecy and survival: Accounting to lower political costs during the Tokugawa Shogunate

The Emergence of Accountancy as a Separate Academic Department at the University of Dundee


The Eleventh Accounting History International Conference

The eleventh Accounting History International Conference, has been postponed to 2022 and will be held at the School of Business and Law, University of Portsmouth, in the UK.

This event is supported by the Accounting History Special Interest Group of the Accounting and Finance Association of Australia and New Zealand (AFAANZ).

More details about the Conference, the Emerging Scholars Colloquium and the Conference Venue are available at the conference website, which is found at:

A special issue of the journal on the conference theme, as stated above, is scheduled to be published following the event




Joining the Accounting History Special Interest Group

To become a member of the Accounting History SIG you will first need to become a member of AFAANZ. The fee for AFAANZ membership is AU$170.50 including GST for applicants residing in Australia and AU$155 for applicants residing outside Australia. Note that membership is based on a calendar year.

The fee for the Accounting History SIG is AU$22 including GST for applicants residing in Australia and AU$20 for applicants residing outside Australia. Click on the purchase button to gain access to this SIG. You may also "Join this Group" further below to be keep up to date with the latest news and events.

If you wish to receive the Accounting History Journal, then the Accounting History SIG fee is AU$99 including GST for applicants residing in Australia and AU$90 for applicants residing outside Australia.

Information on our Accounting History Journal can be accessed at

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