Programs, Events, and News from the Joint Center for History and Economics
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Fall 2019 | No. 22

Welcome to the quarterly email update from the Joint Center for History and Economics. These short messages cover the events, programs, and news from Harvard, Cambridge, and Paris, 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] 


JOINT: The Joint Center for History and Economics is delighted to announce CHEP or the Centre for History and Economics in Paris, a new project with Sciences Po: CHE in Paris – Histories of Economic Life. The goal of CHEP is encourage cooperation among academics and graduate students conducting innovative historical research on all aspects of economic life. Such research happens in departments of economics, law, political science, and sociology, as well as history, and CHEP activities seek to encourage exchanges across disciplines.CHEP is based in Sciences Po and will help its graduate students to widen and nurture their international connexions. It will add to the opportunities of mutual visits between the faculties of Sciences Po, Harvard, Cambridge, and the Freie Universität Berlin. It is already supported by the Center for History at Sciences Po (CHSP) and the Center for the Sociology of Organizations (CSO).

CAMBRIDGE: The Centre mourns the loss of William Brown, Professor Emeritus of Industrial Relations, scholar and practitioner of conciliation, and the Chair of the Centre's Executive Committee. We will miss him greatly. 

PARIS: Check out "Que faire en histoire économique en région parisienne ? / Economic history in and around Paris: a few things that you could do", a list compiled by Anna Egea and Claire Lemercier of some of the main research-oriented events in economic history that will take place in the Paris region. 

CAMBRIDGE: Applications for Mellon Prize Research Grants are due December 1, 2019.

Notices on Center Seminars: 

CAMBRIDGE: The History and Economics Seminar will meet during Michaelmas term in 2019. Details on each event are provided below. The Centre is also taking part in the Core Seminar in Economic and Social History, details of which are also provided below. 

HARVARD: The History and Economics Seminar will meet four times during the Fall Term. Details on each event are provided below. 

HARVARD: The Center for History and Economics Graduate Seminar will meet on Thursdays from 4:15pm to 5:45pm in CGIS S-422. 

Upcoming Events: 

CAMBRIDGE Core Seminar in Economic and Social History
Thursday, October 24, 5:00pm
Old Library, Darwin College
Tracy Dennison (Caltech)
The Political Economy of Serfdom: State Capacity and Institutional Change in Prussia and Russia

CAMBRIDGE Legal Histories Beyond the State
Wednesday, October 30, 2019, 5:15pm
Lauterpacht Centre for International Law
Annabel Brett (University of Cambridge)

HARVARD: History and Economics Seminar
Wednesday, October 30, 2019, 4:30pm
Bowie Vernon Room, CGIS-K262, 1737 Cambridge Street
Fei Hsien Wang, Indiana University, Bloomington
Pirates and Publishers: A Social History of Copyright in Modern China

CAMBRIDGE The History and Economics Seminar
Tuesday, November 12, 2019, 5:00pm
Lecture Theatre, Trinity Hall
Mark Stoll (Texas Tech University / Rachel Carson Center)
The Religious Roots of Environmentalist Thought and Activism in Europe and America

HARVARD: History and Economics Seminar
Wednesday, November 13, 2019, 6:00pm
Tsai Auditorium, CGIS S010, 1730 Cambridge Street
Abhijit Banerjee, Ford Foundation International Professor of Economics, MIT
Esther Duflo, Professor of Poverty Alleviation and Development Economics, MIT
Good Economics for Bad Times

 Core Seminar in Economic and Social History
Thursday, November 14, 5:00pm
Old Library, Darwin College
Guido Alfani (Bocconi University) and Matteo Di Tullio (University of Pavia)

Roundtable on The Lion’s Share: Inequality and the Rise of the Fiscal State in Preindustrial Europe (2019)
Commentators: Craig Muldrew, Sheilagh Ogilvie, Pedro Ramos Pinto

CAMBRIDGE The History and Economics Seminar
Tuesday, December 3, 2019, 5:00pm
Leslie Stephen Room, Trinity Hall
Jennifer Keating (University College Dublin)
Prospecting and Bioprospecting on Russia's Central Asian Cotton Frontier, 1880s-1916

HARVARD: History and Economics Seminar

Wednesday, December 4, 2019, 4:30pm
CGIS S030, 1737 Cambridge Street
Joshua Specht, Monash University
Red Meat Republic A Hoof-to-Table History of How Beef Changed America


New Center Books:
Petitioning and Political Cultures in South Asia, a collection of essays arising from Cambridge Centre workshop and edited by Rohit De and Robert Travers, was published in a special issue of Modern Asian History, January 2019, Volume 53.

Forum: The Environmental History of Energy Transitions, a collection of articles arising from three Harvard workshops and edited by Ian Miller and Paul Warde, was published in Environmental History, Volume 24, Issue 3, in July 2019.

The eight History and Economics prize students at the Cambridge Centre in 2019-20 are Matilde Bettencourt Cruz, Lucie Davidson, Max Long, Mary Ononokpono, Blaise Sadler, Zijing Shen, Wonik Son, Ridhi Tukral.

Steven G. Medema, Research Professor of Economics at the Economics Department at Duke, will be visiting at St Edmund’s College and the Cambridge Centre in Michaelmas 2019.

Harvard Center associate Nikolas Bowie won the Delancey K. Jay Prize at Harvard for the best essay on any subject relating to the history or development of constitutional government and free institutions.

Sunaina Danziger and Jules Qiu, Undergraduate Research Associates at the Harvard Center, have been awarded Hoopes Prizes for their senior theses.

Padraic X. Scanlon, Prize Fellow in Economics, History and Politics at the Harvard Center in 2013, has been appointed Associate Professor in Labour, Globalisation and Humanities in the Centre for Industrial Relations and Human Resources and the Centre for Diaspora and transnational Studies at the University of Toronto.

Rohit De, Mellon Research Fellow at the Cambridge Centre in 2012 - 2014 has been awarded the J. Willard Hurst Prize for the Best Work in Sociolegal Legal History. 

Sabine Schneider, Cambridge Centre student in 2013-14, has been appointed Rank-Manning JRF in history at New College, Oxford.

Check out the Invisible Histories Essay of the Month here

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