Academy of Accounting Historians



Upcoming events

    • 13 Nov 2014
    • 15 Nov 2014
    • Florence, Italy

    IAAER hosts the World Congress every four years in conjunction with the World Congress of Accountants of IFAC. This congress is based on the joint collaboration between IAAER and the University of Florence. This time IFAC’s World Congress will be held in Rome on November 10-13, 2014, making it easy for those who wish to attend both of the World Congresses to arrange their schedules.

    The fact that the IAAER World Congress 2014 is held in Italy has a special meaning for accounting educators and researchers. Italy is known as the historical place for bookkeeping and accounting. In 1494, Luca Pacioli published in Italy Summa de Arithmetica Geometria Proportioni et Proportionalita, which is the first book of bookkeeping in the world. Professor A.C. Littleton evaluated him highly as the father of modern accounting. It should also be noted that Luca Pacioli had taught at the University of Florence.

    The year of 2014 is the 30th anniversary of IAAER. Since its establishment in 1984, IAAER has truly become a global academic accounting association. The IAAER World Congress 2014 will provide us with a good opportunity to review our developments during the past 30 years and discuss about the next steps that IAAER should take to further pursue its mission.

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    • 19 Aug 2015
    • 21 Aug 2015
    • Ballarat, Australia
    “Accounting’s history in diverse industries and other settings”


    Sponsored by: Faculty of Business, Federation University Australia (formerly the University of Ballarat) and Accounting History Special Interest Group of the Accounting and Finance Association of Australia and New Zealand.


    Papers will focus on studying accounting in the distinctive business and non-business contexts in which it is situated and may include, but is not limited to, historical studies of:

    • Accounting innovation within particular industries;
    • Industry specific accounting rules, standards and related regulations;
    • The role of accounting in enabling or inhibiting the growth of particular industries;
    • Transfers of accounting technology between industries;
    • Adaptations to accounting technology made within particular industries;
    • Industry specific textbooks and educational programs;
    • Unique accounting issues within particular industries;
    • Accounting in distinctive non-industrial settings, such as religious orders, hospitals, not-for-profit entities, and government and public sector institutions.

    An Emerging Scholars’ Colloquium will be held immediately prior to the conference.

    Inquiries may be directed to the Conference Convener, Brian West, Faculty of Business, Federation University Australia, at the following e-mail address:

    The historical Australian city of Ballarat is situated just over an hour by rail or road to the west of the state capital of Melbourne.  Ballarat was founded during the gold rush of the 1850s and is often identified as the birthplace of Australian democracy.  The city’s rich history – both literally and figuratively – is preserved in its historic buildings, streetscapes, tourist attractions and art gallery. 

    Further information about visiting Ballarat can be found at

    • 25 Jun 2016
    • 27 Jun 2016
    • Pescara, Italy
    More information to follow.
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