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

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

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

The Eleventh Accounting History International Conference


The Accounting History joint editors, the conference convenor and co-chairs of the technical committee of the 11th Accounting History International Conference (11AHIC) held in Portsmouth from 7th to 9th September 2022 wish to thank the AFAANZ Accounting History Special Interest Group of (AHSIG) and AFAANZ members for their support to this engaging face-to-face event. It was great that the AHSIG convenor and a few of its members could attend the conference in Portsmouth.


Seven contributions were presented at the Accounting History Emerging Scholars’ Colloquium held before the Conference. Two of the participants were from Australia and their attendance was possible due to the generous financial support provided by the AHSIG.


At the conference, 37 full papers from 15 national affiliations were presented through 15 conference streams. The conference had a plethora of highlights, including two highly engaging keynotes on industrial heritage (from Professor Luca Zan) and on Henry Benson, a well-known accounting professional in the African continent (by Professor Grietjie Verhoef). The conference program was completed by an informative panel on “What makes a Special Issue special” and  a presentation by Dr Garry Scarlett of Portsmouth University on the historical information embedded in the animal and human remains of the Mary Rose warship.


The historical locations chosen by the convenor to best represent the glory of Portsmouth (the Warrior, the Mary Rose Museum and the Boathouse) provided a unique landscape to the social and networking moments of the conference.


The passing of Queen Elizabeth II, which occurred during the conference, gave a special historical imprint to this Portsmouth event.

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Giulia Leoni and Maryam Safari

AHSIG Convenor and Deputy Convenor

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





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.

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