Newcastle University Business School

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The debate between postmodernism and historiography: An accounting historian's manifesto

Date/Time: Wednesday 25 January 2017, 14:00-15:30

Venue: Room 4.23, Newcastle University Business School

Speaker: Thomas N Tyson,  St. John Fisher College, USA and David Oldroyd, Newcastle University Business School

Garry Carnegie recently concluded that ‘the key development in accounting historiography between 1983 and 2012 has been the advent of new accounting history’.

Thomas Tyson and David Oldroyd agree and believe that the debate in accounting reflects a greater debate between postmodern and traditional historians – one which questions both the nature of historiography and the historian’s role in society.

As a participant in this debate, Michael Gaffikin criticized traditionalists (in accounting) for failing to assess developments in the general history literature. This seminar responds to Gaffikin’s critique.

Initially describing the key issues in the debate between postmodern and traditional historians this seminar will review the current general history literature and then recount how the debate played out in three distinct episodes in accounting historiography in which the authors directly participated. Before concluding by assessing the current state of accounting historiography.

Research group: Business, Accounting and Management History