Paper Development Seminar Series

WBHCEE Paper Development Seminar Series is a monthly one-hour event that aims at providing authors with peer-to-peer feedback on their manuscripts for potential submission to academic journals in the area of business and economic history. It will take place over Zoom on the last Thursday of each month from 3 to 4 PM (CET). The paper development seminar series welcomes Ph.D. students and established scholars.

WBHCEE Paper Development Seminar Series will focus on the business and economic history of Central Eastern Europe. However, case studies on other regions are welcome if they present a valuable comparative context and help us understand processes and historical phenomena in the CEE. We also welcome theoretical papers. Our disciplinary approach is inclusive: papers from the sister disciplines, such as business studies, historical demography, social history, management history, environmental studies, and heritage studies, will be considered. However, we might ask you to justify how business and economic historians' feedback can benefit from your paper.


  • Manuscripts submitted to the paper development seminar should be in progress (unsubmitted) but in an advanced state. We expect papers at the stage which allows the author to develop the text using the workshop discussion.

  • Papers submitted for the seminar should propose an original argument that is justified empirically. The meetings will aim to help the authors see how their arguments can be further developed and improved for publication.

  • The papers will be pre-circulated to seminar participants and commentators. The authors are expected to share their papers at least one week before the discussion.

  • The one-hour session will consist of 5 minutes pitch talk by the author to recap the paper’s main idea. Then the other participants share their feedback. Optionally, there might be one or more discussants assigned to the paper.

  • Authors, who received feedback on their texts, are expected to be present and comment on at least two other seminar meetings, but preferably at all of them.


  • To propose a paper for the seminar, please send an extended abstract (from 1,000 to 1,500 words) to Volodymyr Kulikov at, a two-paragraph bio, and indicate a month your draft can be circulated. In your abstract, please, elaborate on the main argument, applied methodology and methods, main findings, originality, and contribution to the field.

  • No later than one week before the scheduled discussion, please submit your paper (up to 12,000 words (including references). Please also include a 150-word abstract at the beginning of your paper. If you have a draft of your paper ready for submission, please skip the extended abstract stage.

  • We accept proposals for the spring 2023 series on a rolling basis.


  • Valentina Fava, Ca' Foscari University, Venice

  • Volodymyr Kulikov, The Ukrainian Catholic University

  • Tomasz Olejniczak, Kozminski University

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