Programs, Events, and News from the Joint Center for History and Economics
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Winter 2018 | No. 17

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 Joint Center for History and Economics is pleased to welcome Nikolas Bowie, Graduate Research Associate of the Harvard Center since 2010 and Mellon Visiting Researcher at the Cambridge Centre, as Assistant Professor of Law at Harvard Law School.

CAMBRIDGEApplications will be invited in spring 2018 for Prize Research Grants awarded by the Centre. The application form will be available online in April and the submission deadline will be June/July 2018. 

CAMBRIDGEScholarly Exchange with the Center for Global History at Free University Berlin
Cambridge Centre and the Center for Global History at Free University Berlin are initiating a scholarly exchange between the two centres, to run until 2020. Doctoral students, post-docs, and senior researchers who are affiliated with one of the two centres and who wish to spend time at the other centre will, for the duration of their stay, be granted the status of research visitor (Cambridge) or visiting scholar (FU Berlin). For more information, please contact the Centre's Inga Huld Markan or Sebastian Gottschalk, Center for Global History, Free University Berlin.

HARVARD:  The Center is pleased to announce a new website associated with the Visualizing Historical Networks Project, Building Suburban Power by Paige Glotzer.

HARVARD:  The Center is pleased to welcome five new undergraduate research associates: Justin Curtis, Sunaina Danziger, Wonik Son, Elizabeth Wiener, and Darwin Yang. These students will also take part in the undergraduate prize student workshop, run this semester by Chenzi Xu and Aaron Bekemeyer. 


Upcoming Events: 

HARVARD: History and Economics Seminar
February 7, 2018 4:00pm
Lower Library, Robinson Hall
Heidi Tworek (University of British Columbia)
Communicable Disease: The League of Nations and the Creation of World Epidemiological Intelligence
(Co-sponsored with HIGHS

CAMBRIDGEGraduate Workshop
February 7, 2018, 12pm
Centre for History and Economics, Half Moon Yard
Emiliano Travieso (King's)
Esclavos, gauchos and labradores: rural labour in late-colonial Río de la Plata
CAMBRIDGEGraduate Workshop
February 14, 2018, 12pm
Centre for History and Economics, Half Moon Yard
Sophie Wilkowske (King's)
Childhood in early modern political economy
CAMBRIDGEHistory and Economics Seminar
February 20, 2018, 5pm
Lecture Theatre, Trinity Hall, 5pm
Ornit Shani (Haifa University)
How India became democratic: Comparative Perspectives
Jointly with the American and World History Seminars
Panel discussion led by Gary Gerstle and Tim Harper

HARVARD: Graduate Workshop
February 20 2018
Josh Ehrlich
Knowledge and the East India Company State, 1785-98
For more information, contact Salmaan Mirza
CAMBRIDGEGraduate Workshop
February 21, 2018, 12pm
Centre for History and Economics, Half Moon Yard
Nathaniel Bernstein (Magdalene)
Immigration in late nineteenth century British economic thought
CAMBRIDGEGraduate Workshop
February 28, 2018, 12pm
Centre for History and Economics, Half Moon Yard
Auriane Terki-Mignot (King's)
Recovering evidence of women's work during industrialization: case studies from Westmorland and Normandy
CAMBRIDGEGraduate Workshop
March 6, 2018, 12pm
Centre for History and Economics, Half Moon Yard
Emma Prevignano (Corpus Christi)
International cooperation in the creation of the metric system (France, 1790-year 7)
CAMBRIDGEGraduate Workshop
March 14, 2018, 12pm
Centre for History and Economics, Half Moon Yard
Ying Dai (Murray Edwards)
Occupational Categories of the Lower Yangzi River Region, 1736-2010

HARVARD: Graduate Workshop
March 6 2018
Rachel Steely
Oiling the Extractive Machine: The Rise of Soy as a Tool of Imperialism in East Asia 
For more information, contact Salmaan Mirza

HARVARD: History and Economics Seminar

March 28, 2018 4:00pm
Lower Library of Robinson Hall
Glenda Sluga (Sydney)
Women, Men and the Origins of International Society, 1812-1822
(Co-sponsored with HIGHS)

HARVARD: History and Economics Seminar
April 18, 2018 4:15pm
David Todd (King's College London)
Velvet imperialism: French commodities, culture, and informal rule in the nineteenth century
Belfer Case Study Room, CGIS-S020, 1730 Cambridge Street
Professor Ananya Kabir, Research Associate of the Cambridge Centre and Research Fellow 2001-2003 has won the 2017 Infosys Prize in Humanities.

Paul Warde, Associate Research Fellow at the Cambridge Centre, has taken over the editorship jointly with Libby Robin, professor at Fenner School of Environment and Society at ANU, of the Routledge Environmental Humanities series.

Cambridge Centre research associate Padraic X. Scanlon's new book, Freedom's Debtors, was released last October by Yale University Press.  

Stephanie Mawson Cambridge Centre student in 2014-15 has won the 2017 Alexander Prize.

Educated, A Memoir (Penguin), by Tara Westover, a former Cambridge Centre student, has recently been published.

Johan Mathew, Cambridge Centre Research Visitor 2013-14, has been awarded a 2017 Middle East Political Economy Book Prize and a 2017 Ralph Gomory Prize awarded by the Business History Conference for his book Margins of the Market: Trafficking and Capitalism across the Arabian Sea (University of California Press, 2016).

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

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