Workshop Call for Papers

By | January 15, 2010

‘Commerce and Illegality, 1500-2000’

21 April 2010

University of Wolverhampton, UK

The Centre for the History of Retailing and Distribution invites participants to a workshop devoted to a discussion of illicit and illegal commercial practices, from 1500 to the present.

Proposals are invited covering any form of dodgy dealing and any geographical location.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • The trade in stolen goods
  • Fraud, misrepresentation, unethical and sharp practices
  • Commerce and the legal system
  • Black markets and unlicensed dealing
  • Kleptomania, retail theft and shoplifting
  • Consumer and retailer protection organisations

Please e-mail proposals (including title and c. 200 words abstract) to the address below by 5 February 2010.

For further information and to submit proposals, please contact :

Laura Ugolini


Workshop web-page:

CHORD web-page:

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