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.
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