The Eleventh Accounting History International Conference (11AHIC)

Portsmouth Harbour with Spinnaker tower

  • 07 September 2022, 08:00 - 09 September 2022, 19:00
  • The School of Business and Law, The School of Business and Law, University of Portsmouth, Portland Street, Portsmouth, PO1 3AH, United Kingdom
  • Varies

How does accounting shape the past, present and future of society?

The Accounting History Journal and the University of Portsmouth announce a major conference; the eleventh edition of the Accounting History International Conference (11AHIC).

The conference is supported by the Accounting History Special Interest Group of the Accounting and Finance Association of Australia and New Zealand and brings together accounting history researchers from all over the world.

Updated call for papers

The call for papers has been updated due to the postponement of the 11th Accounting History International Conference which will now be held in 2022. Please continue to hold 9 September 2021 from 09:00-11:00 BST for an engaging AHVS Accounting History Virtual Seminar. 

Download the call for papers from SAGE.

Whilst papers will be accepted across the full range of accounting history topics and methodological and theoretical perspectives, authors are encouraged to address topics and perspectives relevant to the conference theme: How does accounting shape the past, present and future of society?

This involves studying accounting in various contexts, such as business, social and public sector organisations, including charitable bodies, mutual societies, professional and academic bodies and family businesses. Investigations may include, but are not limited to, studies which:

  • Examine key conceptions of accounting, such as accounting as technical, social and moral practice in historical contexts;
  • Explore accounting’s past to contribute to the capacity to critique or potentially reform contemporary accounting practice, thought and regulation.
  • Investigate accounting’s use in historical settings as an instrument to maintain or enhance relationships of power and control in organisations of any type and within
  • Investigate the nature, roles, uses and impacts of accounting from the perspective of accounting as a key change agent. Accounting as an agent with both enabling and
    disabling forms of behaviour, shapes the cultures of organisations with implications for organisational and social functioning and development.

Inquiries may be directed to the Conference Convener, Karen McBride, Accounting and Financial Management, School of Business and Law, University of Portsmouth, via email:

Important dates:

  • 1 November 2021 Submission opening
  • 1 December 2021 Registration opening
  • 18 March 2022 Submission deadline
  • 31 May 2022 Emerging Scholar's Colloquium submission deadline
  • 22 July 202  Early bird registration ends
  • 7 September 2022 Emerging Scholars' Colloquium
  • 7-9 September 2022 Conference


Registration will be through the University of Portsmouth’s online store. This will go live once the abstract submission timeline is known on 1st December 2021.

  • Early bird until 22 July 2021

Conference fees*:

  • Early bird Registration fee (deadline: 22 July 2021): £530
  • Late Registration fee (after 22 July 2021): £630

Emerging Scholars’s Colloquium and Conference fees*:

  • Early bird Registration fee (deadline: 22 July 2021): £530
  • Late Registration fee (after 22 July 2021): £630
  • Accompanying person gala dinner: £120

* Includes: Registration fee, lunches, welcome reception, gala dinner, beverages and snacks during the coffee breaks, value added tax.

Submission and review of papers:

Papers written in the English language and complying with the Accounting History manuscript style guidelines should be submitted in Word format no later than 1 March 2021 to All papers will be subject to a doubleblind refereeing process. A special issue of the journal on the conference theme, as stated above, is scheduled to be published following the event.


The programme will be released once submissions have been received.

The Accounting History International Emerging Scholars’  Colloquium 

Now to be held online as an engaging virtual event

8 September 2021 09:00-11:00 BST (18:00-20:00 AEST, 20:00-22:00 NZ DST) 

This international forum is designed for emerging scholars of all ages and career stages,  including doctoral degree students, new faculty and other emerging accounting researchers  who have an interest in accounting history, and who seek to obtain feedback from senior  faculty members on their historical accounting research projects in an intellectually stimulating  environment.

The Accounting History International Emerging Scholars’ Colloquium (AHIESC) will be held  as a virtual event on 8 September 2021, enabling up to six emerging scholars in accounting  history to present their research proposals.

A panel of experienced accounting history scholars, including at least one Editor of  Accounting History, will comment on the formal presentations made by each participant and  offer constructive advice and encouragement to all presenters. An award of a free 11AHIC  Conference registration will be made to the best proposal which is worked up to a full paper  and subsequently accepted for the 11AHIC 2022. This award is sponsored by the AFAANZ  Accounting History SIG.

Individuals who wish to express an interest in attending the AHIESC are requested to  forward their research proposals, brief biographical details and a CV to Carolyn Fowler no  later than 1 March 2021 at the following address:

Research proposals of no more than six pages (double-spaced) should contain 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
  9. List of no more than 12 key references relating to the proposed study

Formal invitations to attend the Colloquium will be issued on receipt and review of research  proposals. Further details about Accounting History may be found at the SAGE Journals website site.

Accounting History Virtual Seminar

To be held online (via Zoom)

9 September 2021: 09:00-11:00 BST (AEST 18:00-20:00 and NZ DST 20:00-22:00) 

Hosted by the Editors of Accounting History and  Supported by: Accounting History Special Interest Group of the  Accounting and Finance Association of Australia and New Zealand.

Join us for an engaging virtual seminar for Accounting History supporters!

The programme includes:

Curated conversation with the winner of the Robert Gibson Award 2020  (yet to be announced).

  • Curator: Stephen Walker, Professor of Accounting, University of Edinburgh

Panel: Innovation in accounting historiography - where to from here? Panellists:

  • Carolyn Cordery, Professor of Charity Accounting and Accountability, Aston University
  • Delfina Gomes, Associate Professor, University of Minho
  • Giulia Leoni, Senior Lecturer, University of Genoa
  • Karen McBride, Reader, University of Portsmouth
  • Christopher Napier, Professor of Accounting, Royal Holloway University of London. 

Research paper: Accounting for natural disasters in historical perspective - A literature  review and research agenda

  • Massimo Sargiacomo, Professor of Accounting and Public Sector Management,  University of Chieti-Pescara

Registration for this event will be available in the new year. We look forward to seeing you at this engaging virtual seminar.



The University has good links with Visit Portsmouth, the local tourist information centre, which can provide assistance in securing good accommodation rates for conference attendees.

As well as smaller hotels and B&Bs, we have a number of larger hotels including:

  • The Holiday Inn Express (Gunwharf Quays) 130 rooms
  • The Holiday Inn (Pembroke Road) 166 rooms.
  • The Queens Hotel (Clarence Parade) 115 rooms
  • The Ibis (City Centre) 120 rooms [60 triples, 54 doubles, 6 twins]

All these are located 15 minutes (or less) walk from the proposed Conference venues.

Please note, these hotel prices are indicative based on current and projected prices. Actual costs may vary.

Campus Accommodation

We can also offer some limited Campus accommodation at the following rates as of summer 2019- this rate will vary in Sep 2021:

  • Single en-suite with breakfast - @ £55 per person per night

Any available student accommodation will be booked through the online store at the time of registering for the conference.

For more information email


Portsmouth has one of the greatest maritime heritages in the world. The University is located close to the Historic Dockyard, including the world-famous ships Mary Rose, HMS Victory, and HMS Warrior 1860, modern day naval battleships, and the National Museum of the Royal Navy.

There is a strong literary heritage in Portsmouth, being the birthplace of both the world-famous author Charles Dickens and the fictional detective Sherlock Holmes. Both are commemorated in the Charles Dickens Birthplace Museum and the ‘Study in Sherlock’ exhibition at the Portsmouth Museum respectively. Portsmouth is home to several castles and forts, including Southsea Castle, the Round Tower, and the Square Tower.

The more modern Spinnaker Tower at Gun Wharf is stunning. Standing at 170m in height, the tower is taller than the London Eye, Big Ben, and the Blackpool Tower. It offers wonderful views over Portsmouth and the English Channel. Portsmouth also has two cathedrals and many churches, including the Garrison Church which was bombed in World War Two.

Read more about Portsmouth and our historic dockyard.

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