Creole Indias: Questions, Methods, and Directions
11 December 2020
This online planning meeting was organised by Ananya Kabir, Ari Gautier and David Todd with the aim of exploring preliminary ideas around the concept of 'Creole Indias', or the application (and development of) theories of creolisation to analyse the cultural encounters generated by the multiple and overlapping presence of diverse European commercial, colonial, and imperial interests in peninsular India. It drew on Ananya Kabir's current research and her related collaboration with the author Ari Gautier on their co-founded le thinnai kreyol, a cultural platform run since May this year. A small group of invited participants joined, and a follow-up workshop is envisaged early next year.
Underground Asia: Global Revolutionaries and the Assault on Empire - Book Launch
29 October 2020
19:00 GMT (15:00 EDT / 20:00 CET)
A virtual book celebration for Underground Asia: Global Revolutionaries and the Assault on Empire, by Tim Harper.
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Gender Bias in India, and in China, Indonesia and Bangladesh
24–25 January 2020
This two-day workshop took place in Magdalene College and was organised in connection with the associated project coordinated by Amartya Sen. The aim of the workshop was to bring together people with expert insight in areas relevant to the book coming out of the project.
Supply Chains in Early Modern Europe
1 March 2019
Cripps Building, Magdalene College, Cambridge
War, Law and Crime. Legal histories of the second world war and its aftermath
25-26 May 2018
This two-day workshop, organised by Franziska Exeler and Lily Chang (UCL) as part of the Mellon programme on Exchanges of Economic, Legal and Political Ideas, took place in Magdalene College, Cambridge. It brought together historians who are interested in new approaches to legal histories of war. The focus was on the Second World War and its aftermath, examining the intersection of law and war and its post-war consequences.
Environmental Humanities and Climate Change: Understanding humans geologically and other life forms ethically
Libby Robin (Australian National University)
30 October 2017
Mike Hulme, Professor of Human Geography, Cambridge, provided comments.
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Urban History: Space, Place and Connections
9-10 June 2017
The workshop was organised by Franziska Exeler in collaboration with the Free University of Berlin and brought together historians who are pursuing new directions and questions in urban history. ‘City’ is understood here as a place where the local and the global converge. By viewing the city as a lens into a variety of political, social, economic and cultural issues, the workshop explored ruptures and continuities between colonial and post-colonial cities, migration, memory and the legacies of empire, and transfers of knowledge and experts.
The New Economic History of India
11-12 May 2017
The History Project hosted its fifth conference on 11-12 May 2017 at the University of Cambridge. The conference was concerned with the economic history of India, particularly in relation to exchanges across frontiers, the history of the law, and the history of economic thought.
Global history, digital collaboration, and the history of trafficking
24-25 February 2017
This workshop took place in Magdalene College and was the first event in a larger project supported by an AHRC Research Grant, the Centre for History and Economics, and the Research Laureate Programme in International History (Sydney). Principal Investigator Julia Laite (Birkbeck) and Co-Investigator Philippa Hetherington (SEESS, UCL) hosted a group of international scholars working on the history of trafficking, smuggling, and illicit migration in the modern period in order to discuss the challenges of writing a global history of trafficking and the possibilities for digital collaboration between researchers working on different time periods and geographies.
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The French Empire: comparisons, exchanges and collaborations
27 June 2016
The workshop brought together PhD candidates working on France and its empire from a comparative and connective perspective especially with Britain and its empire. These included students from France (Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne), Britain (Cambridge, Oxford, London) and the United States (Harvard). A major theme was the dynamics of emulation and collaboration between the French and British empires since the eighteenth century, from exchanges of ideas to institutional cooperation in the form of condominia in the late nineteenth century. Other themes included slavery in the French Empire, exchanges between France and India, and French colonial law.
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Networks in Trade and Macroeconomics
13–14 June 2016
This two-day event was organised in collaboration with Cambridge-INET by Benjamin Golub (Harvard), Matthew L. Elliott (Cambridge/Caltech) and Vasco M. Carvalho (Cambridge/INET). The workshop took place in Magdalene College, Cambridge and participants included Alireza Tahbaz-Salehi (Columbia Business School), Thomas Chaney (TSE), and David Rezza Baqaee (Harvard).
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Trauma, recovery and difficult histories in Southeast Asia
13–14 June 2016
Tim Harper and Iza Hussin organised a workshop on Trauma, recovery and difficult histories in Southeast Asia in connection with the project on The Transnational History of Health in Southeast Asia, 1914 - 2014. It focused on cities, memory and difficult histories in times of crisis, broadly construed: epidemic, conflict, natural disaster, and so on and bring together a network of scholars with diverse interests and expertise with a view to ongoing collaboration. The workshop took place in Magdalene College, Cambridge and participants included Marieke Bloembergen (Leiden), Franziska Exeler (Cambridge/Berlin), Tomas Larsson (Cambridge), Rachel Leow (Cambridge), Sumit Mandal (Malaysia), Pietro Masina (Naples/Clare Hall), Paulo Seixas (Lisbon), Silvia Vignato (Milan) and Kirsty Walker (Harvard).
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Law in Modern History: Social and Political Explorations
23 January 2016
This one-day workshop, part of the Mellon programme on Exchanges of Economic, Legal and Political Ideas, was organized by Catherine Evans and Franziska Exeler and took place in Magdalene College. The workshop brought together historians and lawyers who are particularly interested in the social and political dimensions of law, including the ways in which international, national and local actors received, appropriated, used or created law. The papers covered a wide range of disciplinary, methodological and geographic perspectives. The focus was on the modern period, from the eighteenth century to the present day.
The Economic Development of India
26-27 June 2015
An interdisciplinary workshop on the economic development of India was held in Cambridge on 26-27 June 2015. The workshop was organised in collaboration with the Cambridge-INET Institute and its aim ws to encourage discussion across economics, history and related disciplines. Speakers included Sunil Amrith (Harvard), Abhijit Banerjee (MIT), Joya Chatterji (Cambridge), Rohit De (Yale), Esther Duflo (MIT), Kaivan Munshi (Cambridge), Emma Rothschild (Harvard/Cambridge).
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France and its empire in the global economy, 1815-1939
10 June 2015
A one-day workshop organised by David Todd, Renaud Morieux, Emma Rothschild and Pierre Singaravélou took place on 10 June 2015 at Trinity Hall, as part of the programme on Cordial Exchanges: Britain and France in the World since 1700. The workshop explored the new global economic history of France and its empire in the nineteenth and early twentieth century, in a comparative and connective perspective with the economic history of Britain and its empire. The participants examined new quantitative, political and cultural approaches to France's formal empire, the financial aspects of France's global power and the impact of global economic expansion on the modern French state and society. Such perspectives will facilitate a reappraisal of the French dimension of nineteenth-century globalization and bring to light the ways in which it complemented as well as competed with the better known British – or Anglo-American – dimension.
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Empire and the Making of Personal Status
9 June 2014
This one-day workshop, organised by Natasha Pairaudeau, took place in Magdalene College as part of the project on Sites of Asian Interaction. The workshop brought together and compared perspectives on the shaping and deployment of 'indigenous personal status' within a wide range of imperial legal systems. Indigenous practices governing marriage, the family and inheritance were largely upheld under European empires, even as they were made into legal forms to be regulated through colonial courts. The meeting explored discrepancies and similarities across empires in how 'personal status' was defined and shaped, imperial rationale for the retention of such status or the imposition of new codes, and levels of indigenous agency in determining its preservation or change. The workshop considered further how migration, religion, and ethnic differences added complexity to questions of personal status, and how empire's legal legacies are embedded in the present.
Petitions and Political Culture in South Asia
4 - 5 June 2014
A two-day workshop took place in Magdalene College as part of the Exchanges of Economic, Legal and Political Ideas programme. It brought together scholars from different periods of South Asian history (early modern, colonial, and contemporary) who are often not in conversation with one another. It brought into focus the question of changing state structures and relationships with individuals and communities, as well as considering the methodological and theoretical challenges raised by petitions. We hoped that focusing on changing genres of petitioning across time could illuminate some of the critical issues in current South Asian historiography, including (but not limited to) questions of historical memory, the formation of publics, ideas of law and subject hood, and changing understandings of the role of the state.
The unequal dead: catastrophe and the historical reproduction of inequality
7 March 2014
This one-day workshop, organised by Patrick Joyce and Pedro Ramos Pinto in connection with the AHRC Research Network on Inequality, Social Science & History, took place in Magdalene College. Continuing on the theme of exploring how contemporary inequalities are shaped by past events, experiences and institutions, this workshop explored how past want and suffering are unequally etched into societies.
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Law, Citizenship and Democracy
14 February 2014
The meeting, organised by Rohit De in Magdalene College, involved scholars working in the area of law, citizenship and democracy in India. Participants included Ornit Shani (Haifa), William Gould (Leeds), Eleanor Newbigin (SOAS), Shabnum Tejani (SOAS), Stephen Legg (Nottingham), Rochana Bajpai (SOAS), Taylor Sherman (LSE).
SEATIDE: Work and Mobility / Ideas and Mobility
5 October 2013
This informal workshop was organised around a visit from the collaborating group of researchers from Milan and held in the Centre at Magdalene College. The group from University of Milan-Bicocca, led by Professor Silvia Vignato, exchanged information with their Cambridge collaborators on their current research and field work.
Civil Rights Lawyers in American Legal Historiography
8 July 2013 5.30pm
Old Combination Room, Trinity College
Professor Kenneth Mack
Lawrence Biele Professor of Law at Harvard Law School and author of Representing the Race: The Creation of the Civil Rights Lawyer (Harvard Univesity Press, 2012). Comments by Professor Catherine Barnard and Professor Emma Rothschild. Talk co-hosted by the Centre for History and Economics and the Centre for European Legal Studies.
Exchanges of legal ideas and practices: Britain, France and their empires since 1700
8 July 2013
The workshop, organised by Renaud Morieux, Emma Rothschild, Pierre Singaravélou and David Todd and held in Cambridge, considered law as a field of practical as well as intellectual exchanges across national borders.
1848 as a Turning Point in the History of Political Thought
2-3 July 2013
A two-day conference took place in Robinson College as part of the programme on The Interaction between Political, Economic and Religious Ideas 1750-1950. This meeting continued our investigation into the significance of 1848 to political ideas both in Europe and the wider world. The aim was to develop and discuss papers presented at the first workshop in April 2012 and to plan the future volume.
History of Copyright and Intellectual Property
1pm - 4.30pm
Forum on Open Access
5pm – 7pm
1 July 2013
A discussion took place in The Parlour and Cripps Auditorium, Magdalene College on 1 July 2013 about the history of copyright and open access. Participants included Peter Baldwin (UCLA), Anne Jarvis (University Librarian, Cambridge), Ira Katznelson (Columbia/SSRC), Rachel Leow (Harvard), Peter Phillips (Chief Executive, Cambridge University Press), Emma Rothschild (Harvard/Cambridge) and Fei-Hsien Wang (Magdalene College, Cambridge).
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History, Consumption & Inequality
6 June 2013
This one-day workshop was hosted by the Centre and organised in collaboration with the AHRC funded Inequality, Social Science and History Research Network at the University of Manchester. The workshop aimed to explore the relationship between consumption as a form of human action and inequality as a consequence of human interaction (and a conditionant of such exchanges). It brought together historians and social scientists developing new questions and approaches in these themes.
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
The use of legal sources in the study of Asia's interactions
7 May 2013
An informal rountable meeting took place in the Centre at Magdalene College on 7 May 2013. The purpose was to share ideas about locating and using legal sources to construct transnational histories. It was convened by Natasha Pairaudeau and participants included Tim Harper, Iza Hussin, Tomas Larsson, Kirsty Walker and Fei-Hsien Wang. In a round-the-table conversation, participants discussed how they make use of legal sources in their research and in what ways their work engages with legal issues.
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.
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