The Eleventh Accounting History International Conference (11AHIC)

University of Portsmouth
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  • 08 September 2021, 08:00 10 September 2021, 19:00
  • The School of Business and Law, The School of Business and Law, University of Portsmouth, Portland Street, Portsmouth, PO1 3AH, United Kingdom
  • FREE

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).

Call for papers

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 societies.
  • 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 December 2020 Registration opening
  • 19 March 2021 Submission deadline
  • 31 May 2021 Emerging Scholar's Colloquium submission deadline
  • 23 July 2021 Early bird registration ends
  • 8 September 2021 Emerging Scholars' Colloquium
  • 8-10 September 2021 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 2020.

  • Early bird until 23 July 2021

Conference fees*:

  • Late Registration fee (after 23 July 2021): £630

Emerging Scholars’s Colloquium and Conference fees*:

  • Early bird Registration fee (deadline: 23 July 2021): £530
  • Late Registration fee (after 23 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.


Call for Research proposals

Portsmouth, England, 8 September 2021

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 part of the eleventh Accounting History International Conference (11AHIC) being held in Portsmouth, England during 8-10 September 2021. The AHIESC will be conducted during the first day of the 11AHIC, prior to registration and the opening sessions and welcome reception, enabling the participating emerging scholars to present their research proposals.

A panel of experienced accounting history scholars will comment on the formal presentations made by each participant and offer constructive advice and encouragement to all presenters.


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.

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