Recent Centre Events
Poverty and Climate: A Conversation
13 May 2013
Cripps Auditorium, Cripps Court, Magdalene College
Dr Gro Harlem Brundtland
Former Director General, World Health Organization and Former Prime Minister of Norway
Professor Emma Rothschild
Centre for History and Economics, Cambridge
Recovering Law in Asia
16 March 2013
A one-day workshop, organised by Rohit De and Fei-Hsien Wang in connection with the project on Exchanges of Economic, Legal and Political Ideas, took place in Trinity Hall, Cambridge, on 16 March 2013. The aim of the workshop was to explore the processes through which seemingly alien legal systems were adapted by Asian societies, and the new institutions and practices that emerged as its result. By focusing on a number of Asian societies, the meeting hoped to bring together disciplines and histories that are rarely in conversation with one another, to identify similar phenomena that happen in different regions and also uncover legal connections between Asian societies.
The Economic History of Poverty
29 - 30 November 2012
The first conference of the History Project, was held at MIT. The conference was concerned with poverty in historical perspective and examined the economic lives of the poor, in different periods and places.
New Approaches to Asian History. Connections, Inequalities and Transformation
23 November 2012
This one-day workshop was hosted by the Centre and organised in cooperation with the AHRC funded Inequality, Social Science and History Research Network at the University of Manchester. Five speakers presented on a range of topics and the round table meeting concluded with a general discussion. This was the second event of the Research Network in a series of seminars and workshops to take place between 2012 and 2014. The network is a collaboration between the Centre for Research on Socio-Cultural Change (CRESC) at Manchester and the Centre for History and Economics at Cambridge, and is directed by Pedro Ramos Pinto (Manchester), William O'Reilly (Cambridge) and Patrick Joyce (Manchester and EUI).
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Justice Stephen Breyer in Conversation
9 July & 11 July 2012
Stephen Breyer, Associate Justice of the US Supreme Court, visited the Centre in July. Two events were hosted to mark the occasion, the first on 9 July, with history Phd and JD students. The second event, co-hosted by the Centre for European Legal Studies (CELS), took place on 11 July in Trinity College. In conversation with Catherine Barnard and Emma Rothschild, Justice Breyer talked about the function of comparative law, originalism in the Supreme Court, and the role of public opinion in shaping the judges' views.
The transnational history of health in Southeast Asia, 1914-2014
30 June - 1 July 2012
A two-day workshop, organised in connection with the Southeast Asia project and hosted by the Indonesian partners at Universitas Gadjah Mada, took place in Yogyakarta. The meeting brought together the authors commissioned to contribute towards the volume to come out of the project. The main purpose of the meeting was to discuss the outline papers and features for the volume and to plan the 2013 summer school.
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Southeast Asia: India connections
8 June 2012
An informal rountable meeting took place in Magdalene College, Cambridge as part of the project on the Sites of Asian Interactions. The aim of the meeting was to discuss Indian and British archival materials, including collaboration with West Bengal state archives. Amongst the participants were Tansen Sen and Geoffrey Wade from the Nalanda-Sriwijaya Centre at the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies in Singapore.
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Rethinking Inequality in Historical Perspective
23 May 2012
This one-day workshop took place at the University of Manchester and brought together historians, social scientists and practitioners concerned with the study and understanding of inequality broadly understood. The aim was to map out a set of questions that will guide the members of our Research Network in investigating the production and reproduction of inequalities over time. The workshop was the inaugural event of the AHRC-funded Inequality, Social Science and History Research Network, which will hold a series of public seminars, workshop events and a conference between 2012 and 2014. The network is a collaboration between the Centre for Research on Socio-Cultural Change (CRESC) at Manchester and the Centre for History and Economics at Cambridge, and is directed by Pedro Ramos Pinto (Manchester), William O'Reilly (Cambridge) and Patrick Joyce (Manchester and EUI).
1848 as a Turning Point in the History of Political Thought
11-12 April 2012
A two-day conference took place in King's College as part of the programme on The Interaction between Political, Economic and Religious Ideas 1750-1950. The aim of the meeting was to discuss the new project strand which examines 1848 as a turning point in the history of political thought. This will be a major investigation reconsidering the significance of 1848 both in Europe and the wider world. The events of the Arab Spring remind us how uncertain patterns, developments and successes of revolutions might be. Not only will we examine the Revolutions of 1848 in a global setting, but we shall also be applying the new approaches to the history of political thought, which have been developed in Cambridge and elsewhere since the 1970s.
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His Majesty's Opponent: Subhas Chandra Bose and India's Struggle against Empire
31 May 2011
A panel discussion of Sugata Bose's new book on Subhas Chandra Bose. Panelists included Sugata Bose (Harvard), Sunil Amrith (Birkbeck, London) and Sumit Mandal ((Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin) and the discussion was chaired by Tim Harper (Magdalene College, Cambridge).
The transnational history of health in Southeast and South Asia, 1914-2014
14 May 2011
The initial planning meeting for a new programme in connection with the 100th anniversary of the China Medical Board took place in Magdalene College on Saturday 14 May 2011. The aim was to identify the core intellectual issues to be addressed in an eventual anniversary programme, to ensure substantive cooperation between the China and South East Asia/South Asia programmes, to involve participants from institutions in the region in the planning process, and to discuss papers to be commissioned for a first major conference, to be held in South East Asia in 2012.