Events before 2009
Digital resources for historical research - 3
11 August 2008
The third in a series of meetings to discuss the opportunities, shortcomings, and future development of new digital resources. The meeting was set up in part to introduce the new steering group of the project on Digitization of History and took place in the Computer Laboratory.
Men and Citizens: Nature, Foundations and Challenges of Citizenship
14-15 July 2008
Christophe Salvat, research fellow at CNRS (GREQAM, Marseille) and visiting research fellow at the Centre and Robinson College, organised a workshop which took place on 14-15 July at Robinson College, Cambridge. The general theme of the workshop was citizenship, in homage to Judith Shklar and to echo the opposing but sometimes ambivalent relationship between cosmopolitan and patriotic traditions of citizenship. The aim of the workshop was to discuss a number of questions. How can we define the idea of citizenship? What are the main approaches to citizenship from Aristotle to Habermas? How can one justify citizenship, i.e. a voluntary compliance to a community's rules, from a rational point of view? How did past philosophers address the issues raised by citizenship, and how can these reflections, developed in a particular historical context, still be useful for us today? Can the ethical idea of citizenship be congruent with modern ideas of individuality and rationality? Amongst participants were Caitlin Anderson, Eugenio Biagini, Myles Burnyeat, Melissa Lane, Catherine Larrere, Katy Long, Emile Perreau-Saussine and Richard Whatmore. Click here for the programme.
Instruments of Empire: Science, Information, and French Colonization in the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries
9 June 2008
This workshop discussed the various means that were used to foster French colonial/imperial expansion and to maintain colonial possessions in the 17th and 18th centuries. It investigated “instruments of empire” in the broadest sense; this could include instruments such as forms of bureaucracy, government information networks, the sciences associated with navigation, cartographic practices, trade policies, or even human beings. Click here for the programme and the list of participants.
The Bhagavad Gita and Modern Indian Thought
6-7 June 2008
Shruti Kapila and Faisal Devji organised a workshop, supported by the Centre, which aimed to bring together an international group of major intellectual and social historians to discuss modern interpretations of the ‘Gita’ as a philosophical and ethical text both within South Asia and also on its ‘outward journey’ into western political debate. The workshop took place on 6-7 June in Corpus Christi College, Cambridge and a second meeting is scheduled to take place in early 2009 at the New School University, New York. The resulting volume, provisionally entitled Politics in Action: Gita and Indian Modernity, will interrogate the relationship between political thought, religion and modernity. Participants included Chris Bayly, Dipesh Chakrabarty, Sunil Khilnani, Aishwary Kumar, Rochona Majumdar, Uday Mehta, Polly O'Hanlon and Andrew Sartori. For further information, please contact Shruti Kapila at firstname.lastname@example.org. Click here for the programme/list of participants. The project's website can be found here.
L’internationalisation de l’histoire de France / The Internationalization of the history of France, 1750-2000
3 June 2008
A workshop, co-organised by the Centre d’histoire de Sciences Po and the Centre for History and Economics, was held in Paris at the Institut d’Etudes Politiques on 3 June 2008. The workshop examined the implications of recent trends in global, imperial and transnational history on the history of France. It highlighted the international dimension of three aspects of modern French history: the end of the Old Regime in the late 18th century; the ideological origins of the Second French Colonial Empire in the 19th century; and intellectual exchanges within the French postcolonial world since 1950. Participants included Robert Aldrich (Sydney), Susan Bayly (Cambridge), Christophe Charle (Paris I), Richard Drayton (Cambridge), Marcel Dorigny (Paris VIII), and Robert Tombs (Cambridge). For further information, contact David Todd (Cambridge), email@example.com or Pierre Singaravelou (Bordeaux III / IHMC), firstname.lastname@example.org. Click here for the programme and the list of participants.
Digitization of the Robert Hart Collection at Queen's University Belfast
29 April 2008
Deirdre Wildy (Senior Subject Librarian, Arts and Humanities, Queen’s University Belfast) and Jennifer Regan-Lefebvre (Visiting Research Fellow, 2007-08, Queen’s University Belfast) presented a seminar outlining their experience digitizing the Robert Hart Collection at Queen's University.
Enlightened Reform in Southern Europe and its Atlantic Colonies, c.1750-1830
12-14 December 2007
The workshop, organised by Gabriel Paquette, sought to broaden and reinvigorate the debate about the connections between enlightenment thought and government reform in Southern Europe and its overseas empires. The participants, drawn from universities in Britain, Latin America, Continental Europe, and North America compared and contrasted the varieties of enlightened reform in Italy, Portugal, France, Spain, Brazil, and Spanish America in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. Emphasis was placed on the exchanges of ideas about reform across states and empires, and between the Old World and the New. The workshop took place in the Centre for the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (CRASSH) and Trinity College.
Globalising Urban Histories: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Politics, Material Cultures and Ideologies in world cities
4-5 December 2007
This two-day event was organised by Leigh Denault, Emma Hunter and Eleanor Newbigin and held in Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (CRASSH) on 4-5 December 2007. The aim of the conference was to look at the city as a site through which global networks of exchange and cultural transmission can be explored.
Historicising the French Revolution
15-16 November 2007
A graduate conference, organised by graduates from the History Faculties of Oxford University and the University of Cambridge, took place at St John's College and New Hall, Cambridge on 15-16 November. By focusing on the interpretations and historiographies produced about and in response to it, the conference sought to examine in what ways the French Revolution constitutes a permanent engine for the development of History as a discipline. The confirmed speakers were Christian Amalvi, Keith Baker, Alan Forrester, Sudhir Hazareesingh, Stuart Jones, Lucy Riall, Gareth Stedman Jones, and Robert Tombs. Papers were presented by graduate students from various universities in the UK and the US.
Colloquium: Religion and the State in Pre-Modern Europe - Conversion
13-14 November 2007
A conference took place at the Open University, Tel Aviv, Israel on 13-14 November 2007. This was a follow-up to the Conversion meeting in Cambridge in 2006 and brought together a group of authors contributing towards a volume on the theme of Conversion. Participants included Jeremy Cohen, Ronnie Ellenblum, Oded Irshai, Ira Katznelson, Ora Limor, Miri Rubin, and Shulamith Shahar. Click here for the programme and the list of participants.
Conceptualising the political public
25-26 September 2007
Bernhard Fulda organised a workshop centred around the theme of "Conceptualising the political public". It took place at Gonville and Caius College on 25-26 September. The starting point for discussion was the revolution of thinking about the political public/political publics brought about by the invention of opinion polling, and was linked to to Bernhard Fulda's next research project, a comparative and transnational study of the history of political opinion polling in Western Europe and the USA between 1920 and 1980. A second meeting, at which more formal papers prepared in the light of the first discussion will be presented, is scheduled for autumn 2008. Participants included Anja Kruke, Laura Beers, Jon Lawrence, Adam Tooze, Kerstin Brückweh, Joel Isaac and Melissa Lane.
History and Sustainability
6-7 September 2007
A conference, organised by Paul Warde, was held on 6-7 September in the Centre for the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (CRASSH). It provided a number of perspectives on the contribution historians can make to contemporary debates about sustainability and examined the following themes: International developments in the teaching of environmental history; current directions and debates within environmental history; historical ideas of sustainability; the role of history in educating for sustainable development in higher and pre-university education. Contributors included Rupert Brakspear, Vinita Damodaran, Brigid Hains, Poul Holm, Melissa Lane, Stephen Mosley, Jose Augusto Padua, Libby Robin, Sverker Sörlin and Paul Warde.
1 August 2007
An informal meeting was held on French empires, in connection with the Exchanges of Economic and Political Ideas since 1760 project. Click for the programme and the list of participants.
Religion and the Political Imagination from 1500 to the Present
16-17 July 2007
A two-day meeting, organised by Ira Katznelson and Gareth Stedman Jones, was held in the Saltmarsh Rooms, King’s College as part of the Centre's programme on relations between church and state in comparative and historical perspective. The meeting examined secularisation and participants gave brief presentations of essays to be published in a volume. Participants included Karen Barkey, Callum Brown, Sudipta Kaviraj, Jytte Klausen and Hugh McLeod. Click for the programme. Click for the list of participants.
United Nations and international history
18 June 2007
A meeting of the United Nations and international history project at the Centre for History and Economics was held on June 18 at King's College, Cambridge. The meeting discussed archival and other resources for the history of the UN and other international institutions, and new initiatives in curricula for the history of the UN and of humanitarianism. Jens Boel, the Archivist of UNESCO talked about web-based resources for UN history. The meeting was held jointly with a meeting of the advisory committee, chaired by Chris Bayly, of the UN history project of the South Asia Initiative at Harvard University. Other participants included Sugata Bose, Patricia Clavin, Tim Harper, Emma Rothschild, Glenda Sluga and Jessica Reinisch. Click for the programme. Click for a list of participants.
10 June 2007
A reception to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Mohammed Iqbal’s graduation from Trinity College took place on Sunday 10 June. The occasion celebrated the life and work of Iqbal, the Indian poet, philosopher and politician, and national poet of Pakistan, and was organised in connection with the Centre’s project on the Foundations of Democracy. The reception was on the invitation of Martin Rees and Amartya Sen, who were also amongst the speakers on the occasion. Others speakers were Julie Stephens, Urdu Language Fellow at the American Institute of Indian Studies, and Professor Dushka Saiyid, Allama Iqbal Fellow at Wolfson College. Julie Stephens and Shafqat Hussain Shah, PhD Candidate in the Department of Material Science and Metallurgy, read from Iqbal's poems in Urdu and English translation.
Places as Scenes and Symbols: Revisiting the Longue Durée
8 June 2007
A one day workshop, organised by Catherine Merridale, took place at King’s College on Friday 8 June 2007. In this, the first of two meetings, the aims were to discuss ways of looking at monuments which have persisted over very long periods of time (this will involve exploring the kinds of monument or site that we wish to consider as a group) and also to investigate what new historical insights can be gained by adopting a 'long' approach to the study of iconic sites and buildings. A second meeting, at which more formal papers prepared in the light of the first discussion will be presented, is scheduled for 2008. Participants included Caroline Humphrey, Maurizio Isabella, Emma Rothschild, Ananya Kabir, Rana Mitter, Nicolai Ssorin-Chaikov and William St Clair. Click for the programme. Click for a list of participants.
Digital resources for historical research - 2
8 June 2007
The second in a series of meetings to discuss the opportunities, shortcomings, and future development of new digital resources was held at King’s College on 8 June 2007. These conversations have been initiated and encouraged through the Centre’s work in connection with the Cambridge-Harvard Mellon programme on exchanges of economic and political ideas.
Security and the Mind - 2
1 June 2007
An informal meeting on the subject of security and the mind took place at King’s College, Cambridge on Friday 1 June 2007. This meeting was organised in connection with two of the longest standing projects at the Centre, about the history of arms and disarmament, and about ideas of security. The object was to consider the new understanding of mind-brain and mind-body interactions, and the apparent new interest, on the part of national security and law enforcement agencies, in research on these interactions. Participants included Sunil Amrith, Nancy Cartwright, Ross Harrison, Olwen Hufton, Melissa Lane, David Palfrey, Martin Rees, Emma Rothschild, and Barbara Sahakian. For Professor Sahakian's presentation on her current research on neuroethical issues, please click here (9.85MB PPT file).
Citizenship and the Law in Historical Perspective
22 May 2007
There was a one-day workshop at King’s College organised by Caitlin Anderson on Citizenship and the Law in Historical Perspective. The meeting brought together historians of different periods and regional specialisations to consider citizenship as a legal and historical phenomenon. Participants in the meeting included Caitlin Anderson, John Cairns, David Feldman, Caroline Humfress, Tamar Herzog, William O’Reilly, and Emma Rothschild. Click for the programme. Click for a list of participants.
Digital resources for historical research - 1
8 May 2007
The first in a series of meetings to discuss the opportunities, shortcomings, and future development of new digital resources took place in Trinity Hall on 8 May 2007. The object of the meeting was to begin a conversation about the role of electronic archives in historical research, to identify important issues for future consideration (for example, new possibilities, technical limitations, cost and inequality of access, ease of use, concerns about future availability, access to resources in languages other than English), and to reflect on how we might think about these challenges as a scholarly community.
27 April 2007
An informal one-day meeting on Global Capitalism, organised by the Centre for History and Economics, took place in King's College on Friday 27 April 2007. In the first session, on Capitalism and Security, there were presentations by Emma Rothschild, Harold James, and Gareth Stedman Jones. The second session was on Asia and Globalization, with presentations by Chris Bayly and Claude Markovits. The final session was on Capitalism and Globalization, with presentations by Eric Hobsbawm and Amartya Sen. Other participants included the Provost, John Dunn, Istvan Hont, Michael Bordo and E.A.Wrigley. Click for the programme. Click for a list of participants. For further details, please see http://www-histecon.kings.cam.ac.uk/research/hex/index.htm
French Politics and Secularism
1 March 2007
Patrick Weil (CNRS, Paris) spoke on ‘Secularism in France’ after the headscarf law of 2004 and the riots of November 2005. The talk and the discussion was in English and was in the Winstanley Lecture Room, Trinity College, on Thursday 1 March 2007 at 5.30pm.
Patrick Weil is an influential voice in French politics, as well as a renowned expert on immigration, integration and nationality law. His reports on nationality and immigration, commissioned by Prime Minister Lionel Jospin in 1997, served as the basis for the overhaul of both legislations in France in 1998-2000. He also sat on the commission on secularism appointed by President Jacques Chirac in 2003 and was an influential advocate of the 2004 law that banned the wearing of ‘conspicuous religious symbols’ in schools and hospitals.
Patrick Weil is a senior research fellow of the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique at the University of Paris I (Panthéon-Sorbonne) and a research fellow of the German Marshall Fund in the United States. He recently co-edited Migration controls in the North Atlantic World (New York & Oxford, 2003) and published Qu’est-ce qu’un Français? Histoire de la nationalité française depuis la Révolution (Paris, 2004). This event was organised by the Centre for History and Economics in connection with the Partnership and Security project, and by the Entente Cordiale – Trinity College French society.
Emma Rothschild spoke on 'The Internationalization of the History of France' in the Hexagonal Forum on Tuesday 6 February at 5.00pm. She talked about whether French history is "autistic," and also about her own current work on Saint-Domingue in the 1770s, Turgot's ideas about the slave trade, and the colonial/commercial origins of the French Revolution. The seminar meets in the Boys Smith Room, Fisher Building, St John's College. The Hegaxonal Forum is organised by Miranda Gill (MML and Jesus), Sarah Howard, (History and Christ's), David Todd (History and Trinity Hall), Sylvana Tomaselli (SPS and St John's), and Robert Tombs (History and St John's).
Security and the Mind - 1
26 January 2007
An informal conversation with Elaine Scarry, Walter M. Cabot Professor of Aesthetics and the General Theory of Value at Harvard University. Participants included Caitlin Anderson, Antony Hatzistavrou, Melissa Lane, William Nelson, David Palfrey, Emma Rothschild, William St Clair, and Gareth Stedman Jones. Professor Scarry recently published an article in the Boston Review about Rules of Engagement.
Graduate Workshop on the Political Economy of Empire
4 November 2006
Pernille Røge and Sophus Reinert organised a one-day graduate workshop which took place in King's College, Cambridge on 4 November 2006. Imperial studies is currently one of the most thriving subfields of the historical profession, integrating economic and political history with the history of science, of exploration, and of cultural encounters. The eighteenth century saw a conflux of these themes in the parallel formalisation and institutionalisation of political economy on the one hand, and the expansion of European dominion overseas on the other; political economy was in many ways the midwife of modern imperialism. The workshop explored the intellectual origins and theoretical manifestations of political economy as well as its actual implementation. For further details, see the workshop web site.
The Contract of Fallibility
18 October 2006
Saltmarsh Rooms, King’s College, Cambridge
Dr Efraim Podoksik (Hebrew University) delivered a paper concerning the fallibility of political leaders and its implications for political theory. Dr Podoksik was a student on the Cambridge PTIH MPhil and did his PhD here under David Runciman on Michael Oakeshott. The seminar was open to all members of the University and the presentation generated a lively discussion.
When Things Go Wrong in Public and Private Sector Relationships: A Meeting on Compensation
25 September 2006
Melissa Lane organised a meeting in King’s College, Cambridge on 25 September 2006. Compensation is an increasingly important area in the relation between both private and public sector bodies and clients/consumers and citizen. Indeed, as the two relationships evolve, the comparison between consumer and citizen becomes more relevant. Exploring changing conceptions and practices as to what states and private bodies owe citizens in compensation when things go wrong is an underexplored way of tracking changes in those relationships themselves. The meeting examined aspects of these relationships from legal, historical, and philosophical perspectives. Click for the programme. Click for a list of participants.
Bentham and Benthamism
28 July 2006
An informal meeting about Bentham and Benthamism, as part of the Cambridge-Harvard Mellon Program on Exchanges of Political and Economic Ideas since 1760, took place on Friday 28 July 2006 in King's College, Cambridge. There were remarks by Fred Rosen, Richard Tuck, Emma Rothschild and Chris Bayly, and amongst other participants were Yusuke Dan, Richard Drayton, John Dunn, Biancamaria Fontana, Ross Harrison, Istvan Hont, William O'Reilly, David Palfrey, and Robert Travers. Click for the programme. Click for a list of participants.
A New History of Ideas for India
25 July 2006
A one-day colloquium, organised by Chris Bayly and Shruti Kapila and following an earlier one at Tufts University in April 2005, took place in the Saltmarsh Rooms in King’s College on 25 July 2006. Papers were given by Michael Dodson, Andrew Sartori, Jon Wilson, Faisal Devji and Javed Majeed and were the focus of the conference. The papers appear in a special issue of the Modern Intellectual History journal (Vol. 4, Issue 1, April 2007). Click for the programme. Click for a list of participants.
Religion and the State V: Conversion
24-25 July 2006 organised by Ira Katznelson and Miri Rubin
Religion and the Political Imagination
25-26 July 2006 organised by Ira Katznelson and Gareth Stedman Jones
A three-day conference was held in King's College on 24-26 July 2006 as part of the Centre's programme on relations between church and state in comparative and historical perspective. The conference began with the fifth in a series of meetings on Religion and the State. The second part of the conference focused on, firstly, the historical relationship between religious sentiment and practice and, secondly, the processes of secularisation and the changing constitutional relationship between the church (and other religious institutions) and the state.
16 June 2006
A small roundtable meeting, organised by Sunil Amrith, took place in Trinity College on 16 June 2006. The meeting discussed issues on the theme of the United Nations and international history; it was also concerned with a special journal issue arising from an earlier meeting in Sydney. Anticipated participants included Ike Achebe, Chris Bayly, Patricia Clavin, Emma Rothschild, Glenda Sluga and Laura Wong. Click for the programme. Click for a list of participants.
Bentham in the World
5 June 2006
A one-day workshop, organised by Caitlin Anderson, took place at the Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies at Harvard University on 5 June 2006. The workshop looked at the ideas and influence of Jeremy Bentham across the world. David Armitage, Chris Bayly and David Todd gave papers and other participants included Karuna Mantena, Uday Mehta, Jennifer Pitts, Emma Rothschild and Richard Tuck. Attendance and participation in the discussion was open to the academic community. Click for the programme. Click for a list of participants.
Energy, Economic Growth and Pollution. European pasts and futures, c.1800-2006
12 May 2006
A one-day conference, organised by Paul Warde, took place in Pembroke College on 12 May. The energy, economic growth and pollution (EGP) network has been undertaking a series of meetings and co-ordinated research since 2003. The prime goal of the network’s research since 2003 has been to illuminate the role of energy in long-term economic growth, and the environmental consequences of this role. The aim of the meeting was to facilitate discussion of papers produced by the EGP network and to develop a dialogue on a wide number of themes relating energy consumption, economic and environmental change. Participants included Francesca Antolín, Silvana Bartoletto, Kerstin Enflo, Astrid Kander, Lennart Schön and Tony Wrigley. Click for the programme.
Religious Thought, Political Practice (1200-1600)
20-21 April 2006
A two-day conference, organised by Chris Fletcher and Ros Oates and supported by the Centre, took place in Pembroke College on 20-21 April 2006. This event focussed on the interface between religious ideas and political practice. Contributors included John Arnold, Peter Biller, Mishtooni Bose, James Clark, Elizabeth Evenden, Natalie Mears, Michael Questier and John Watts.
Exchanges of Ideas
27 March 2006
A roundtable meeting in connection with the research project on Antiquarianism and International Exchange and the more recent research programme on Exchanges of Economic and Political Ideas since 1760 was held in the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities in Edinburgh on 27 March 2006. The meeting was organised by Susan Manning and Emma Rothschild. Click for a list of participants.
The Uses of Environmental History: Cross Disciplinary Conversations
13-14 January 2006
This two-day conference, organised by Sverker Sörlin and Paul Warde, took place in the Department of Geography, CRASSH and St Catharine’s College on 13-14 January 2006. The conference aims were to provide some space to reflect on the achievements, diversity, and direction of environmental history, especially in its varied national, international and continental contexts. Further details about the conference are available: MS Word | PDF | Conference web site
International Exchanges of Ideas about Taxation since 1750
16-18 September 2005
The conference, organised by Florian Schui and Holger Nehring, took place in the Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (CRASSH). It explored the transfer of ideas about taxation from the mid-eighteenth century to the beginning of the 1950s, a period of fundamental change in the ways states organised their finances. For further information about the project, click here.
Religion and the State IV: The City
25-26 July 2005 - organised by Ira Katznelson and Miri Rubin
Religion and the Political Imagination
26-27 July 2005 - organised by Ira Katznelson and Gareth Stedman Jones
A three-day conference was held in King's College on 25-27 July 2005 as part of the Centre's programme on relations between church and state in comparative and historical perspective. The conference began with the fourth in a series of meetings on Religion and the State. The discussion focussed on 'The City' and examined questions around coexistence and toleration in urban spaces. Click for the programme. Click for a list of participants.
The second part of the conference focussed on, firstly, the historical relationship between religious sentiment and practice and, secondly, the processes of secularisation and the changing constitutional relationship between the church (and other religious institutions) and the state. Click for the programme. Click for a list of participants.
Death, Dumping, and Domestic Courts: Private Enforcement of International Norms
6 July 2005
Melissa Lane organised a small lunchtime seminar which took place in Gibbs F3, King's College. Professor Jeff Dunoff from Temple University Beasley School of Law, and currently a visiting scholar at the Lauterpacht Centre for International Law, introduced his paper on the enforcement of WTO norms in domestic courts and its implications for the relationship between public and private actors. General discussion followed.
Exchanges of Ideas: 19th Century Political Thought
4 July 2005
An informal meeting in connection with the new research programme on Exchanges of Economic and Political Ideas since 1760 took place in King's College on 4 July and was concerned with extra-European and inter-disciplinary aspects of 19th century political thought. Chris Bayly, Daniel Pick and Emma Rothschild introduced briefly their draft chapters in the Nineteenth Century Cambridge History of Political Thought, currently being edited by Gareth Stedman Jones and Greg Claeys. There was also an opportunity to discuss plans for the new programme, which began this year and will continue until 2009.
24 June 2005
A one-day meeting, organised by Sunil Amrith and Holger Nehring, took place in the Saltmarsh Rooms, King's College, Cambridge on 24 June 2005. The meeting was part of a series of meetings on UN history, and took place close to the 60th anniversary of the signing of the UN Charter in San Francisco on 26 June 1945. Participants included Paul Kennedy from Yale University and St John's College, and Jens Boel, Chief Archivist of UNESCO. Jens Boel talked about the UNESCO History Project which is underway in connection with the 60th anniversary of UNESCO, and Paul Kennedy talked about his forthcoming book on the history of the UN.
Reflecting on Partnerships: public-private partnerships, the World Bank, and the oil & gas industry
15 June 2005
Melissa Lane organised a roundtable meeting which took place on 15 June in King's College. Calliope Webber of the World Bank (on secondment to BP) was among participants. The aim was both to learn about her work in this area and to reflect on the challenges and achievements of such partnerships more generally in light of current political theory.
Tasks and Themes in the Study of Late Medieval and Early Modern Religion
3 June 2005
A one-day workshop took place in the Wordsworth Room, St John's College on 3 June 2005. This was the fourth in a series of meetings on the Study of Late Medieval and Early Modern Religion and as in previous years involved a range of participants including graduate students. The organisers were Miri Rubin and Ulinka Rublack.
Taxonomies, Translations, Exchanges: Race, 1760-1980
21 May 2005
William O'Reilly and Daniel Matlin organised a one-day workshop which took place in King's College on Saturday 21 May 2005. The discussion focussed on the concept and application of race and examined questions of negotiation, coexistence and toleration in Europe, the Atlantic World, Africa and Asia. This was the first in a series of workshops and conferences exploring various historical aspects of race. Click for the programme.
Uses of Environmental History
14 May 2005
This one-day colloquium, organised by Sverker Sörlin and Paul Warde, took place in Pembroke College and aimed to bring a wide range of reflection and current scholarly practice together in six papers. The subjects ranged from the historiography of the environment and the implicit values pertaining to various environmental history practices, to the issue of interdisciplinarity and the practice of research by young academics in the field. The participants included Peter Burke, Gerry Kearns and Chris Smout. This was the second in a series of meetings organised by the project on 'Uses of environmental history', which aims to examine the development and potential of the discipline. A web site for the Uses of Environmental History project is available .
Atlantic Legalities, 1500-1825
16 April 2005
A workshop of the Atlantic History Seminar, organised by Caitlin Anderson in collaboration with the Centre for History and Economics, took place at Harvard University on 16 April 2005. The workshop concentrated on the roles of law in Atlantic history. Attendance and participation in the discussion was open to the academic community. Historians at the beginning of their career were especially encouraged to attend.
Religion and the Political Imagination
19 February 2005
A half-day planning meeting took place on 19 February in King's College. Ira Katznelson and Gareth Stedman Jones, the project investigators, were joined by other associated members of the project, amongst them Christopher Bayly, Christopher Clark and Jon Parry, to discuss the project's aims, including plans for a larger meeting in July 2005.
Soldiers: Culture and Combat Motivation
5-6 February 2005
Catherine Merridale organised a workshop which took place in the Saltmarsh Rooms, King's College in Cambridge on 5-6 February. This was the second of two workshops on the topic of why soldiers fight. The first meeting was held in Cambridge in September 2004 and was attended by a wide group of academics and practitioners from Europe and the United States, and produced a lively discussion ranging across disciplines and also across several centuries of time. The second meeting pursued the earlier debate. The two workshops produced a coherent set of papers to be published in January 2006 by the Journal of Contemporary History. Amongst participants were Jocelyn Alexander, Tarak Barkawi, Christopher Dandeker, Edgar Jones, Josie McLellan, Ian Palmer, Tony Robben, Hew Strachan and Simon Wessely. Click for the programme. Click for a list of participants.
Uses of Environmental History
4 February 2005
Paul Warde and Sverker Sörlin organised a roundtable meeting on the uses of environmental history. The meeting took place in the Wine Room, King's College on Friday 4 February, and the aim was to present ideas and promote discussion, especially of the cross-disciplinary 'uses' to which environmental history has been put, its current strengths and weaknesses. A short background paper by Sverker and Paul was presented at the meeting, followed by an open discussion. A series of small meetings are envisaged over 2005, culminating in a larger conference in 2006.
International exchange of ideas about taxation, c. 1750-1914
18 October 2004
A half day workshop was held in the Saltmarsh Rooms, King’s College on 18 October 2004. The meeting was organised by Florian Schui and examined aspects of the international exchanges of ideas about taxation. The aim was to set up a network of scholars who work on the subject. The discussion focused on developing a conceptual framework for this network which will consist of individual historical case studies about exchanges of ideas about taxation. The discussion concentrated on exchanges within the British Empire and exchanges involving Germany and the German states. For both geographical concentrations Atlantic exchanges emerged as crucial. A follow-up conference is anticipated. Among the participants were Martin Daunton, Gareth Stedman Jones, John Tiley, William O’Reilly, and Holger Nehring. Click for the programme. Click for a list of participants. Click for further information.
Soldiers: Culture and Combat Motivation
4-5 September 2004
Catherine Merridale organised a two-day workshop in the Saltmarsh Rooms, King's Collge in Cambridge. The overall topic was the question of combat motivation: why do soldiers fight? The issue of motivation appears to divide into two parts. The first is the stories that the soldiers are told: motivation in training; political/religious/ideological education; instructions on the field; propaganda and narrative after the war. The second consists of the stories they tell themselves, each other, and outsiders. These will change over time, so it is important to compare their accounts from before combat, their letters and diaries during the fighting, and their memoirs, tales, and oral history. Amongst participants were Tarak Barkawi, Drew Gilpin Faust, Edgar Jones, Josie McLellan, Ian Palmer, Charles Rosenberg and Simon Wessely. Click for the programme. Click for a list of participants.
Friedrich von Hayek and The Road to Serfdom: 1944-2004
21-22 June 2004
A two-day meeting was held in King's College on 21-22 June 2004 in connection with the sixtieth anniversary of the publication of Hayek's Road to Serfdom. The meeting, organised by Melissa Lane and Sylvia Nasar, considered the reception and influence of The Road to Serfdom in the sixty years since its publication. Participants included Bruce Caldwell, Peter Clarke, Meghnad Desai, Harold James and Amartya Sen. Click for the programme. Click for a list of participants.
HIV/AIDS and the Black Death
24 May 2004
Melissa Lane organised a half-day workshop in the Saltmarsh Rooms, King's College in Cambridge. The workshop considered the extent to which parallels can be drawn beween the social, political, and epidemiological impact of HIV/AIDS and of the Black Death. By bringing together historians of medieval and early modern Europe with specialists in the social and epidemiological aspects of HIV/AIDS and with experts in African history, we hoped to provoke a more sophisticated discussion of this comparison which is so often casually invoked. Participants included Lincoln Chen, Véronique Mottier, Miri Rubin, Richard Smith, Megan Vaughan and Alex de Waal. Click for the programme. Click for a list of participants.
31 October 2003
A one-day meeting was held at Trinity College. The meeting examined some key issues surrounding the organization and use of UN archives, and the possible contribution of some universities. Click for the programme. Click for a list of participants.
Energy, Economic Growth and Pollution
24-26 October 2003
Paul Warde organised a three-day conference held in the Saltmarsh Rooms, King's College in Cambridge. The meeting generated a comparative study of energy uses in all sectors of the economy from the period of the 'first industrial revolution' (from ca. the late 18th century onwards) to the present day, with an accompanying analysis of the development of GDP and pollution in the UK, Germany, the Netherlands, Sweden, Italy and Spain. Click for the programme. Click for a list of participants.
Press and Political Public, 1830-1930
24 October 2003
A one-day workshop, supported by the Centre and organised by Bernhard Fulda, took place on 24 October 2003 in the German Historical Institute in London. The meeting explored the relationship between politics, media and public in this period in greater detail. The focus was on press and politics in Britain and Germany, which served as a starting point for discussion, as well as preparation for a two-day conference in 2004. Click for the programme. Click for a list of participants.
Rights, Dignity and Inequality
21-22 October 2003
A two-day workshop was held at Trinity College, Cambridge on 21-22 October 2003. The meeting was organised by Melissa Lane and its aim was to examine the relationship between global health and several key ethical concepts - human rights, dignity, social justice and inequality. historians, and focused on Asia. Click for the programme. Click for a list of participants.
20 October 2003
A one-day meeting, organised by Melissa Lane, was held in Trinity College on 20 October 2003. The meeting initiated discussion on a new research programme on migration, undertaken in collaboration with the Institute for Future Studies, Stockholm, Centre for the Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences in Cambridge, and the Global Equity Initiative, Harvard University. Click for the programme. Click for a list of participants.
The Forms of Political Representation
25 September 2003
A meeting on The Forms of Political Representation, organised by Melissa Lane and David Runciman, was held on 25 September 2003 in King’s College, Cambridge. The aim of the meeting was to focus on political representation while bracketing (for purposes of discussion) the question of democracy, and to see what could be learned about political representation by considering ideas of representation in art, theology, and law. Papers were presented by David Runciman (Faculty of Social and Political Sciences, Cambridge) on Political Representation, with a commentary by Ross Harrison; by Frank Ankersmit (History, Groningen) on Aesthetic Representation, with a commentary by Melissa Lane; by Monica Brito-Vieira (History, Cambridge) on Representation in Theology: Hobbes, with a commentary by Ben Quash (Divinity, Cambridge); and by Janet McLean (Faculty of Law, Auckland) on Representation in Law, with a commentary by David Howarth (Law, Cambridge). Other participants included John Dunn (Social and Political Sciences, Cambridge); David Hugh-Jones (Government, Essex); Istvan Hont (History, Cambridge); Duncan Kelly (Politics, Sheffield); Ruth Scurr (Social and Political Sciences, Cambridge); Michael Sonenscher (History, Cambridge); Janet Soskice (Divinity, Cambridge); and Wim Weymans (Centre for Ethics, Social and Political Policy, Leuven). Click for the programme. Click for a list of participants.
Commonlands in North Western Europe
20-21 September 2003
A two-day colloquium was held in Pembroke College on 20-21 September 2003, organised by Paul Warde. The meeting involved papers and comparative discussions among scholars from England, Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium and France. It focussed on the relationships between common land, poor relief and social exclusion; the history of the commons in the very long term (from late medieval times until the 19th century); and the systematic analysis of data pertaining to commons management. Click for the programme. Click for a list of participants.
Exporting Identities 1750-1830: Antiquarianism and International Exchange
11-12 September 2003
Ananya Kabir and Caitriona O'Dochartaigh organised a two-day meeting that took place on 11-12 September 2003 in the Saltmarsh Room, King's College. The meeting explored the interplay of local and global within antiquarian scholarship. Click for the programme. Click for a list of participants.
Religion and the State III: Community and Identity
23-24 July 2003
A two-day meeting was held in the Saltmarsh Room, King’s College on 23-24 July 2003. The meeting, organised by Miri Rubin and Ira Katznelson, considered how ideas have been mediated by a wide range of expressive forms, from catechisms to royal entries, from the language of polemic to judicial process. Modes of dissemination and identification were examined through the materials that were used and developed over a period which saw the invention of print and the engaged use of image in public polemic and private education. Click for the programme. Click for a list of participants.
The New Philanthropy and its significance for National and International Institutions: The Case of Education
2-3 May 2003
A two-day meeting was held on 2-3 May 2003 in the Saltmarsh Room, King's College. The colloquium, which was organised by Melissa Lane, explored some of the political and moral issues associated with the growth of global philanthropic initiatives for education in developing countries. Click for the programme. Click for a list of participants.
Tasks and Themes in the Study of Late Medieval and Early Modern Religion
1 April 2003
A one-day meeting took place in Wordsworth Room, St John's College on 1 April 2003. It was organised by Miri Rubin and Ulinka Rublack. The aim of the day was to report on new and interesting work on European religious cultures in the late medieval and early modern period in a relaxed but informed atmosphere. Click for the programme. Click for a list of participants.
Democracy and Security
8 January 2003
A one-day meeting was held on Wednesday 8 January 2003 in the Saltmarsh Room, King's College. The organisers were Melissa Lane and Richard Tuck. The main themes for consideration were 'democracy and terrorism' and 'security, compensation and the purposes of the state'. Click for the programme. Click for a list of participants.
6 December 2002
A one-day meeting took place on Friday 6 December 2002 in Trinity College Master's Lodge. The meeting was organised by Sunil Amrith and was called to look at the current state of the UN's archives. Follow-up meetings are expected to take place and a web site has been established by the Centre for researchers intending to work with UN archives. Click for a list of participants.
Energy, Environment and Health
18 November 2002
An informal meeting was held on Monday 18 November 2002 in the Saltmarsh Room, King's College on issues concerning energy, environment and health. Click for a list of participants.
Violence, History and the State: Gujarat 2002
6 August 2002
A one-day meeting was held at King's College, Cambridge, on 'Violence, History and the State: Gujarat 2002'. The meeting was organised by Ananya Kabir. Click for the programme. Click for a list of participants.