Workshop and Call for Papers – Retailing, Distribution and the Family: Historical Approaches

Tuesday 24 May 2016

University of Wolverhampton

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Call for Papers

The Centre for the History of Retailing and Distribution invites submissions for a workshop that explores the role of the family in retailing and distribution.

Papers focusing on any historical period or geographical area are welcome. We invite both experienced and new speakers, including speakers without an institutional affiliation. Potential speakers are welcome to discuss their ideas with the organiser before submission (please see details below). Some of the themes that  might be considered include (but are not limited to):

  • Family businesses and enterprises.
  • Selling to the family.The family in retail advertising and marketing.
  • Retailing, distribution, households and extended families.
  • The family in distribution networks and channels.
  • Retailing, distribution and family labour.
  • Inheritance, legacy and generational change.
  • Fictional and factual representations of the family in retailing and distribution.

To submit a proposal:

Individual papers are usually 20 minutes in length, followed by 10 minutes for questions and discussion. We also welcome shorter, 10 minute ‘work in progress’ presentations.

Please send title and abstract of c.300 to 400 words, specifying whether you are proposing a 10 or a 20 minute presentation to Laura Ugolini, at by 4 March 2016.

If you are unsure whether to submit a proposal or would like to discuss your ideas, please e-mail Laura Ugolini at


The workshop will be held on Wolverhampton City Campus, University of Wolverhampton, a short walk from Wolverhampton’s bus and train stations.

For maps and directions see:

For further information, please e-mail Laura Ugolini at:

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