◦ The 2016 Infosys Prize in Humanities was awarded to Sunil Amrith on January 7, 2017, in Bangalore – see here and here, and the 2016 Infosys Prize in Social Sciences was awarded to Kaivan Munshi – see here and here.
◦ Alexia Yates ws awarded the Wallace K. Ferguson prize for her book Selling Paris: Property and Commercial Culture in the Fin-de-siècle Capital.
◦ The Joint Centre for History and Economics mourns the death on January 1, 2017 of Sir Tony Atkinson, great economist, founding member of the Centre’s Executive Committee, frequent visitor, with Judith Atkinson, to the Harvard Center, and the inspiration of so much extraordinary scholarship on inequality, poverty and public economics.
◦ Professor Sunil Amrith has been appointed as a Director of the Harvard Center. Professor Amrith is Mehra Family Professor of South Asian Studies and Professor of History at Harvard. He was a Prize Research Student at the Cambridge Centre in 2001-2002, and has been associated with the Centre ever since, both at Cambridge and at Harvard. His most recent book is Crossing the Bay of Bengal: The Furies of Nature and the Fortunes of Migrants, and he is now writing a history of water and environmental change in South Asia. We welcome him most warmly.
◦ Sir Christopher Bayly (1945-2015) was a friend of and inspiration to the Centre for History and Economics, from the Centre's earliest days. He was a frequent participant in the Centre's work, starting in 1994 -- on subjects from India to Benthamism to capitalism -- and a member of the Centre's Executive Committee, starting in 2002. His amazing depth and breadth of scholarship, his generosity and his friendship will be greatly missed.
◦ Paul Warde, Professor of Environmental History at the University of East Anglia and Associate Research Fellow at the Centre and coordinator of the project on Ecology, Economy and Society, has been appointed Lecturer in Environmental History at Cambridge, starting in January 2015.
◦ Alexia Yates, Economics, History and Politics Research Fellow at Harvard in 2011-2014, will be an Associate Research Fellow at the Cambridge Centre while a Mellon Newton interdisciplinary Research Fellow at CRASSH in 2014-2016.
◦ Religious Conversion. History, Experience and Meaning, edited by Ira Katznelson and Miri Rubin, has been published by Ashgate.
◦ Iza Hussin, Research Associate at the Centre and previously in the History Department at the University of Chicago, has been appointed Lecturer in Asian Politics at the Department of Politics and International Studies at Cambridge starting in 2014.
◦ In July 2014, Dr. Poornima Paidipaty took up her position as Philomathia Research Associate in connection with the History Faculty based Centre project on The Measurement of Inequality in Historical Perspective and the Inequality network.
◦ Histories of Health in Southeast Asia and Sites of Asian Interaction, edited by Tim Harper and Sunil Amrith have been released. Professor Adrian Vickers, University of Sydney, will be a visitor at the Centre in Michaelmas term 2014 while on a Visiting Fellowship at Magdalene College. He works on the cultural history of Southeast Asia and is visiting in connection with the Centre project on Sites of Asian Interaction.
◦ Renaud Morieux, Associate Research Fellow at the Centre, was awarded a 2014 Philip Leverhulme Prize for "early career researchers whose work has already attracted international recognition and whose future career is exceptionally promising."
◦ Tyler Goodspeed, Research Associate of the Harvard Center and Prize Research Student at the Cambridge Centre, 2008-2009, was awarded the 2014 Alexander Gerschenkron Prize of the Economic History Association "for the best dissertation in the economic history of an area outside of the United States or Canada."
◦ Catherine Merridale, Research Associate of the Centre, has won the 2014 Wolfson History Prize for Red Fortress: The Secret Heart of Russia's History, which earlier this year was also awarded the 2014 Pushkin House Russian Book Prize.
◦ Paul Warde, Joint Centre Associate Research Fellow, and his collaborator Astrid Kander, Lund University, have been awarded a major grant by the Swedish Research Council for a new research project on historical energy and trade flows. The project will be undertaken over the period 2014-17. The Centre has launched a new website in connection with the Energy History Project.
◦ The Joint Centre has launched a new website on history and the law in connection with the Exchanges project. The website is coordinated by Rohit De and Fei-Hsien Wang, Mellon Postdoctoral Research Fellows at the Centre for History and Economics in Cambridge.
◦ Barbara Ravelhofer, Research Associate at the Centre and Reader in the Department of English at Durham University, has been appointed Professor in English Literature at Durham from autumn 2013. She participated in a recent successful bid for a 5-year grant from the AHRC. Professor John McKinnell is the PI and Barbara the co-investigator. They work with the Institute for Medieval and Early Modern Studies Durham, the Cathedral and Durham's World Heritage Site, and the project's aim is to find, catalogue and edit all records pertaining to music, spectacle, ceremony, dance and theatre in England's North-East from about the ninth century to 1642.
◦ Pedro Ramos Pinto, research associate of the Centre in connection with the Inequality, Social Science and History Research Network at Manchester and Cambridge, has been appointed Lecturer in International Economic History at the University of Cambridge, starting autumn 2013.
◦ Rachel Leow, Prize Fellow in Economics, History and Politics at the Harvard Center, and a research associate of the Centre in connection with the project on Transnational History of Health in Southeast Asia, has been appointed Lecturer in East Asian History at the University of Cambridge, starting 2013.
◦ Robert Watson, research associate of the Centre in connection with the Digitization of History project, has been appointed Lecturer in Computer Science at the University of Cambridge, starting autumn 2013.
◦ Emile Chabal, Centre student in 2006-2007, has been appointed Chancellor's Fellow in History at the University of Edinburgh. The 5 year research post will progress to a full lectureship after 3 years.
◦ Katy Long, Centre student in 2007-2008, has been appointed a Lecturer in International Development at the University of Edinburgh, starting autumn 2013.
◦ Hanna Weibye, Centre student in 2008-2009, has been elected to a junior research fellowship in history at King's College, starting autumn 2013.
◦ Rachel G. Hoffman, Centre student in 2009-2010, has been elected to an ordinary fellowship at King's College, starting summer 2013. She is also a research fellow on the Leverhulme funded project on Conspiracy & Democracy at CRASSH.
◦ Akhila Yechury, Centre student in 2009-2010, has been appointed Lecturer in Modern History at the University of St Andrews, starting autumn 2013.
◦ Jagjeet Lally, Centre student in 2010-2011, has been elected to a junior research fellowship at Darwin College, starting autumn 2013.
◦ Ananya Kabir, Research Associate at the Centre and Professor of Humanities at the University of Leeds, has been appointed Professor of English Literature at King's College London from April 2013. She was recently awarded a European Research Council Advanced Grant to lead the interdisciplinary project, 'Modern Moves: Kinetic Transnationalism and Afro-Diasporic Rhythm Cultures' (2013-2018). This will probe the relationship between transnationalism, kinesis and textuality in order to conceptualise a history of modernity and pleasure through the phantasm of 'Africa'.
◦ The Centre for History and Economics is pleased to announce its partnership in 'SEATIDE - Integration in Southeast Asia: Trajectories of Inclusion, Dynamics of Exclusion', an EU project, coordinated by L'Ecole française d'Extrême-Orient (EFEO), Paris, and funded under the European Commission's 7th Framework Programme. The project was conceived by a group of five European and four Southeast Asian institutions, and launched at the Chiang Mai EFEO Centre and at Chiang Mai University on 1-2 February 2013. During the three years of the project, Tim Harper will lead a research stream which will analyse the knowledge networks and interaction sites that connect and constitute this diverse region, and its links with the wider world.
◦ The website for The Inner Life of Empires: An Eighteenth-Century History is available at www.innerlifeofempires.org
◦ David Todd, Associate Research Fellow of the Centre and coordinator of the Cordial Exchanges programme, has been awarded a Philip Leverhulme Prize for outstanding scholars, for his work on the global history of ideas. Dr Todd is Lecturer in World History at King's College London, and was Mellon Research Fellow at the Centre and a Fellow of Trinity Hall in 2007-2009.
◦ The United Nations History Project website, developed at the Joint Center for History and Economics and the Harvard Asia Center with the support of the United Nations Foundation, can be found at unhistoryproject.org.
◦ The Joint Centre for History and Economics is pleased to announce the History Project, a programme supported by the Institute for New Economic Thinking with the object of encouraging historical studies of the economy and economic life. The first conference in the programme, on the Economic History of Poverty, will be held at MIT in November 2012.
◦ Sunil Amrith, Birkbeck, University of London, a Prize Research Student at the Centre in 2001-2002, and an Associate Research Fellow of the Centre since 2006, has been awarded a European Research Council grant for "the very best creative researchers of any nationality and age." His new project, Coastal Frontiers: Water, Power, and the Boundaries of South Asia, will be undertaken from 2012 to 2017.
◦ Gabriel Paquette, Assistant Professor of History at Johns Hopkins University, and Prize Research Student at the Centre in 2001-2002, has been selected for the 4th Balzan-Skinner Fellowship and will spend Lent 2013 in Cambridge.
◦ Pernille Røge, a College Lecturer in History and Research Fellow at Corpus Christi College, and a Mellon Prize Research Student at the Centre in 2006-2007 and Director of Studies at the Centre since 2010, has been appointed Assistant Professor of History at the University of Pittsburgh from autumn 2012.
◦ Daniel Matlin, a Leverhulme Early Career Fellow in History at Queen Mary since 2010, and a Prize Research Student at the Centre in 2003-2004 and later Director of Studies in 2009-2010, has been appointed Lecturer in the History of the United States since 1865 at King's College London from autumn 2012.
◦ Emile Chabal, Prize Research Student at the Centre in 2006-07, and Robert Watson, affiliated Centre student in 2007-09 in connection with the Digitization of History project, on being elected to Junior Research Fellowships at St John's College, Cambridge.
◦ Tracy Dennison, Research Fellow at the Centre and Robinson College in 2004-06 and Professor of History at Caltech since 2006, was awarded the first mognograph prize at the recent Economic History Society Conference for the book deriving from her Cambridge PhD thesis, The institutional framework of Russian serfdom (CUP, 2011).
◦ The Centre for History and Economics is delighted to congratulate Amartya Sen on the award of the National Humanities Medal for 2011. Further details can be found here http://www.neh.gov/news/ and http://www.whitehouse.gov/.
◦ Felix Waldmann, Gonville & Caius College, and a Prize Research Student at the Centre in 2010-2011, has been awarded the Quentin Skinner award in History for his MPhil in Political Thought and Intellectual History.
◦ David Motadel, Gonville & Caius College, and a Prize Research Student at the Centre in 2007-2008, has been awarded the Prize of the German Historical Institute in London for an outstanding PhD thesis on German history. David was recently also awarded the 2011 Prize of the British International History Group for his PhD thesis.
◦ Stephen Thompson, a Centre prize student in 2005-2006 and director of studies in 2010-2011, has been elected JH Plumb Fellow in History at Christ's College, Cambridge from Michaelmas 2011. His PhD dissertation was recently awarded the Ellen McArthur Prize in Economic History.
◦ Gabriel Paquette, Research Associate at the Centre and Assistant Professor of History at The Johns Hopkins University, edited and introduced (with Matthew Brown) a special issue of European History Quarterly, 'Europe and Latin America in the 1820s', which was published in July 2011. The introduction followed on from the Centre supported project Re-thinking the 1820s: Europe, Latin America, and the Persistence of Mutual Influence in a Decade of Transformation.
◦ Ananya Kabir, a longstanding research associate at the Centre, has been appointed Professor of Humanities at the University of Leeds.
◦ William Nelson, Mellon Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Centre in 2006-2008, has been appointed Assistant Professor of Modern European History at the University of Toronto from Autumn 2011.
◦ Ananya Kabir, Research Associate at the Centre and Senior Lecturer in Commonwealth and Postcolonial Literatures at the University of Leeds, has been awarded a British Academy/Leverhulme Trust Senior Research Fellowship to complete her book Partition's Post-Amnesias: 1947, 1971 and Modern South Asia. The book will be an exploration of post-Partition interplays of memory and forgetting in modern South Asia, including extended consideration of Dr Kabir's own family history and family archives.
◦ Pedro Ramos-Pinto, Research Associate at the Centre since 2007, has been appointed Lecturer in International History at the University of Manchester from Autumn 2011.
◦ The Centre for History and Economics has been based, since October 1 2010, at Magdalene College and King's College. Our new offices are at 2, Adams Road, Cambridge and in Magdalene College (from December). The telephone numbers and email addresses are unchanged.
◦ Emma Rothschild will be Honorary Professor of History and Economics at the University of Cambridge from October 1 2010, and a Fellow of Magdalene College, Cambridge.
◦ Gareth Stedman Jones will be Professor of the History of Ideas at Queen Mary, University of London from October 1 2010, and a Life Fellow of King's College, Cambridge.
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