Accounting History Special Interest Group (SIG2): Call for Papers and Research Proposals

The Accounting History Special Interest Group (AHSIG) is pleased to announce that the thirteenth Accounting History Symposium will be held on Saturday, 4 July 2020, immediately preceding the 2020 AFAANZ Annual Conference.

In consideration of the present COVID-19 emergency situation, the Symposium will take place in virtual format (details TBA) and it will be free of charge for both AHSIG members and non-members.

We are delighted to have this opportunity to uphold our annual Accounting History Symposium. In addition to the virtual presentations of research working papers, proposals, and papers in progress concerning studies of accounting’s past, a panel of scholars will be in (virtual) attendance, making presentations and/or providing feedback on the papers and presentations of other participants. We also hope to have a keynote speech by Christopher Napier; however, this will be confirmed at a later date due to the COVID-19 situation

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.

Individuals interested in making a presentation about a planned or existing project are kindly invited to submit a brief research proposal (of no more than three pages, single-spaced) of their chosen research topic, which contains the following information:

1.         Project (working) title

2.         Background to the study (or scenario for investigation)

3.         Main research objective to be stated in a single, concise sentence

4.         Concise statement of key research question(s)

5.       Research methodology

6.        Period selection

7.        Limitations of the study

8.       Expected (original) contribution of the study to the literature.

The due date for working papers, papers in progress, or outlines of research proposals for presentation and discussion at the Symposium is the C.o.B. Monday, 4 May 2020 and should be directed to Giulia Leoni of University of Genoa (

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 Robert W. Gibson Manuscript Award, 2019

It is a pleasure to advise that the members of the Accounting History Special Interest Group (AHSIG) of the Accounting and Finance Association of Australia and New Zealand (AFAANZ) and the editorial board of Accounting History have voted the article entitled "Governors and directors: Competing models of corporate governance" by Christopher Napier and Neeta Shah as the "Best manuscript"  for 2019.  More specifically, the award is presented to the author(s) of the article published during the year "which makes the most significant contribution to the accounting history literature".

Hearty congratulations on winning the 2019 Robert W. Gibson Manuscript Award along with the related recognition!

The 2019 Robert W. Gibson Manuscript Award is sponsored by the University of Western Australia. Their sponsorship support is much appreciated

Giulia Leoni and Maryam Safari

AHSIG Convenor and Deputy Convenor


Joining the Accounting History Special Interest Group (SIG2)

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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