Programs, Events, and News from the Joint Center for History and Economics
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Fall 2018 | No. 19

Welcome to the quarterly email update from the Joint Center for History and Economics. These short messages cover the events, programs, and news from both Harvard and Cambridge, allowing our geographically far-flung community to stay better informed and better connected. Center members and affiliates who wish to share content for this newsletter should email it to kumekawa [at] 


HARVARD:  The Center for History and Economics Graduate Workshop will be held this year on Thursdays from 4:15pm to 5:45pm. For more information, contact co-conveners Ian Kumekawa or Salmaan Mirza

HARVARD:  The UN History Project has launched a new section, Images of Disability, created by Wonik Son (Harvard College '19).


Upcoming Events: 

CAMBRIDGECore Seminar in Economic and Social History
The seminars are held on Thursdays in Trinity Hall this term. See here for this year's program. 

HARVARD:  Graduate Workshop
Thursday, October 4, 2018, 4:15-5:45pm, CGIS S-422,
John Gee
Building an Ethnographic Ethos: Sympathy and Detachment in Indigenist Fieldwork

HARVARD:  Graduate Workshop
Thursday, October 25, 2018, 4:15-5:45pm, CGIS S-422,
Sonia Tycko
“The Question of Consent in English Colonial Indentured Servant Recruitment, 1640 –1700”   

HARVARD:  Graduate Workshop
Thursday, November 1, 2018, 4:15-5:45pm, CGIS S-422,
Aden Knaap
The Reign of Law: International Courts and the Judicial Organization of the World, 1899-1946

HARVARD:  Graduate Workshop
Thursday November 15, 2018, 4:15-5:45pm, CGIS S-422,
Hardeep Dhillon
Compensation in the Era of Empire: Revisiting the Punjab Disturbances of 1919

CAMBRIDGEModern France and the History of Capitalism
December 17, 2018.
This Centre-supported workshop is coordinated by Centre Associate Alexia Yates (University of Manchester).


Yannick Bauer and Wonik Son were the two first participants in the Center's Scholarly Exchange program, which offers graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, and senior researchers the opportunity to spend time at either of the Joint Centres at Cambridge and Harvard or at the Center for Global History at Free University Berlin. Alexia Yates will visit at FU Berlin in the Spring. 

Sunil Amrith (Harvard University) and Melissa Lane (Princeton University) have been appointed to the Executive Committee of the Cambridge Centre.

New Center Book:

The Cambridge Centre's Rachel Leow's has won the 2018 Harry J. Benda Prize in Southeast Asian Studies for her book Taming Babel: Language in the Making of Malaysia 

A Sea of Debt: Law and Economic Life in the Western Indian Ocean
by past Harvard Center fellow Fahad Bishara has won the Bentley Book Prize from the World History Association. 

Past Harvard Center fellow Padraic X. Scanlan has won the Wallace K. Ferguson Prize from the Canadian Historical Association for his book Freedom's Debtors: British Antislavery in Sierra Leone in the Age of Revolution.  

Michael SugarmanCambridge Centre student in 2015-16 has been awarded a three-year Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship at the University of Bristol, starting autumn 2018.

Sveinn Jóhannesson, Cambridge Centre student in 2015-16 joined the Institute of Historical Research as Past & Present Postdoctoral Research Fellow in 2017.

The eight History and Economics prize students at the Cambridge Centre in 2018-19 are Maddalena Alvi, Chloe Bash, Rebecca Claire Brooks, Olivier Higgins, Charlotte Johann, Juhaie Hannah Lee, Yong Jun Tan, Hester Cecilia van Hensbergen.

Check out the Cambridge Centre's new Coin of the Month.

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