Accounting History Special Interest Group:

The 13th Accounting History Symposium

Saturday, 4 July 2020 Preliminary Program

8.45-9.15User virtual access
9.15–9.20Symposium welcome: Giulia Leoni and Maryam Safari, Symposium Convenors
9.20–9.25Introduction: Carolyn Fowler, Joint Editor, Accounting History
9.25–9.30Housekeeping: concurrent sections presentation
9.30–11.00Concurrent sessions 
11.00–11.30Morning tea/coffee
11.30–12.30Concurrent sessions
2.00–3.00Concurrent sessions
3.00–3.30Afternoon tea/coffee
3.30–4.30Concurrent sessions 
4:30–4:40Best presentation award announcement and close









We are confident that the 2020 virtual Symposium will gain at least the same level of support as past Symposia, and we are looking forward to your participation in the thirteenth Accounting History Symposium. Note that attendance and participation at the Symposium is not limited only to AHSIG members.

Following the success of this initiative in the past two years, also in 2020, the author(s) of the best presentation as judged by the panel will receive an award of $100.

We are looking forward to welcoming you to the thirteenth Accounting History Symposium.

Giulia Leoni and Maryam Safari

Symposium Convenors  


The 2019 Robert W. Gibson Manuscript Award 

It is a pleasure to advise that the Robert W. Gibson Manuscript Award is being awarded to:

Neeta Shah and Christopher Napier for their paper "Governors and directors: Competing models of corporate governance" which appeared in Accounting History 24(3) in August 2019.

Congratulations from all our members are extended to Neeta and Christopher for this high quality contribution to accounting history scholarship.

The award is presented to the author(s) of the article published during 2019 "which makes the most significant contribution to the accounting history literature". 

The 2019 Robert W. Gibson Manuscript Award is sponsored by the University of Western Australia. Their sponsorship support is much appreciated. Our thanks are also expressed to the AHSIG and editorial board members who submitted votes during the voting process.

We also wish to acknowledge that the two runners-up in the voting process were:

  • Thomas Tyson and David Oldroyd; for their paper “Accounting for slavery during the enlightenment: Contradictions and interpretations”’, which appeared in Accounting History 24(2) in May 2019.
  • Charles Richard Baker; for his paper “What can Thomas Jefferson's accounting records tell us about plantation management, slavery, and Enlightenment philosophy in colonial America? “which appeared in Accounting History 24(2) in May 2019.

Congratulations to Tom, David and Richard as well. Every paper in the 2019 journal issues received votes in this process, which we believe speaks well to the quality of the reviewers in the Journal as well as the authors.


The Eleventh Accounting History International Conference

The eleventh Accounting History International Conference, including the Accounting History International Emerging Scholars Colloquium will take place at the School of Business and Law, University of Portsmouth, in the UK, from 8th to 10th September, 2021.

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

While papers will be accepted across the full range of accounting history topics and methodological and theoretical perspectives, authors are encouraged to address topics and perspectives relevant to the conference theme:

How does accounting shape the past, present and future of society?

Papers written in English and complying with the Accounting History manuscript style guidelines should be submitted in Word format no later than 1 March 2021 to All papers will be subject to a double-blind refereeing process.

A detailed call for papers is available at this link

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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