The 3rd Meeting of the Scandinavian Society for Economic and Social History

University of Southern Denmark, Odense, 26-27 October 2022.

Hosting institution: Historical Economics and Development Group (HEDG,, Department of Economics, University of Southern Denmark on behalf of the Scandinavian Society for Economic and Social History and the Danish Society for Economic and Social History.

Keynote speaker: Prof. Kevin Hjortshøj O’Rourke, New York University – Abu Dhabi, CEPR, NBER

Prof. O’Rourke’s research lies at the intersection of economic history and international economics. He has published extensively on the history of globalization and deglobalization: his books include the prize-winning Globalization and History (co-authored with Jeffrey Williamson), and Power and Plenty: Trade, War and the World Economy in the Second Millennium (co-authored with Ronald Findlay). He was awarded an ERC Advanced Investigator in 2009 to study interwar trade and trade policy. His most recent book is Une Histoire Brève du Brexit (Odile Jacob, 2018), published in English as A Short History of Brexit: From Brentry to Backstop (Penguin, 2019).


Paul Sharp, University of Southern Denmark, president of the Scandinavian Society for Economic and Social History and chair of the Danish Society for Economic and Social History

Niklas Jensen-Eriksen, University of Helsinki, Chair of the Finnish Economic History Association

Eivind Thomassen, University of Oslo, Chair of the Norwegian Economic History Association

Erik Green, Lund University, Chair of the Swedish Economic History Association

Local Organizing committee: Paul Sharp, Christian Vedel

All sessions will be in English. Please note that although contributions on Nordic and Baltic economic, social and business history are particularly encouraged, all topics are welcome.

Paper proposals should include

  • the title of the paper,
  • contact details for the author/speaker
  • a 200-word paper abstract
  • An indication of whether you wish to be considered for the Scandinavian Economic History Review fast track (see below).

Paper proposals should be submitted online at no later than 4 September 2022. Notification of acceptance will be given by 12 September 2022, with a provisional program announced at the end of September. The conference fee will be 650 DKK (350 DKK for graduate students), and you will need to be a member of one of the Nordic societies to participate. Membership of the Danish Society for Economic and Social History costs 150 DKK. Lunches and refreshments will be provided, and there will be a conference dinner, all included in the price.

The Scandinavian Economic History Review is also offering the possibility for participants at the conference to submit their papers for fast-track consideration for publication. Please remember to note that you are submitting for the fast track when you apply for the conference. An initial screening will be made, based on the submitted abstract. If an abstract is accepted for the fast track, authors will be required to submit a full version of the paper through the SEHR online submission platform ( two weeks before the conference at the latest. The papers will be presented at separate “fast track sessions”, where an SEHR editor will be present and provide feedback on your work. The authors of the very best submissions will be invited to revise their papers based on these comments within three weeks, and the resubmissions will then be subject to the usual peer review process, with an initial decision made by the end of January 2023. Please note, that the fast track does not in any way preclude other papers from being submitted to the Review.

At the meeting, we will award the annual “Heckscher Prize” of €400 for the best article published in the Review in the previous year. This award is named after Scandinavia’s perhaps most famous economic historian, Eli Heckscher, an article by whom was posthumously published in the first issue of the Review.

Since 2015 the annual Danish Society for Economic and Social History (DFØSH, meeting has provided an arena for economic and social historians in Denmark and around the world. We are happy to extend the reach of the meeting through collaboration with the 2nd meeting of the Scandinavian Society for Economic and Social History.

The Scandinavian Society for Economic and Social History ( is an umbrella organization of the national Danish, Finnish, Norwegian and Swedish associations. It has published the Scandinavian Economic History Review (SEHR, since 1953. The journal publishes articles and reviews in the fields of economic, business and social history with a particular focus on the Nordic countries and the Baltic region. The journal also publishes contributions from closely related fields, such as demographic and labour history, as well as articles dealing with theoretical and methodological issues. The editors aim to reflect contemporary research, thinking and debate in these fields, within Scandinavia and throughout the world. Authors are therefore expected to place their work within the context of the wider international literature on economic, business and social history. The journal thus comprises a broad variety of aspects and approaches, ranging from macroeconomic history to business history, from quantitative to qualitative studies.