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, the workshop explored how past want and suffering are unequally etched into societies.

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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 explored 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.
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Rising Powers / Inequalities: China and India
A Round Table Discussion
22 May 2013
Samuel Alexander Building A202

AHRC Research Network on Inequality, Social Science and History
and the Brooks World Poverty Institute, University of Manchester

Despite their differences, India and China's transition to the status of middle-income countries sees them facing an identical challenge: coping with significant increases in levels of income inequality. This roundtable explored the dynamics of inequality in both countries in interdisciplinary perspective, with a particular focus on asking how do the distinct (but related) historical trajectories of China and India have contributed to shaping contemporary inequalities in both, and their implications for the future.

Round-table speakers:

Prof. Vivienne Shue, Emeritus Professor of Contemporary China Studies and Fellow of St. Antony's College

Prof. Kunal Sen, Professor of Development Economics and Policy, IDPM and BWPI, Manchester

Dr. Eleanor Newbigin, Lecturer in the History of Modern South Asia, School of Oriental and African Studies

Dr. Pierre Fuller, Lecturer in East Asian History, Manchester

Moderation: Dr. Pedro Ramos Pinto, Lecturer in International History, Manchester

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Hunger and Human Capital in England before the Industrial Revolution
Cormac Ó Gráda (University College, Dublin)
26 February 2013
Centre for History and Economcis
Magdalene College, Cambridge


New Approaches to Asian History.
Connections, Inequalities and Transformation

The Parlour, Magdalene College, Cambridge
23 November 2012

This one-day workshop was hosted by the Centre for History and Economics. Five speakers presented on a range of topics and the round table meeting concluded with a general discussion. This is the second event of the Research Network in a series of seminars and workshops to take place between 2012 and 2014.
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Rethinking Inequality in Historical Perspective
A one-day workshop at the University of Manchester
Wednesday, 23rd May 2012
Humanities Bridgeford Building, Room 1.69/70

This one-day workshop brought together historians, social scientists and practitioners concerned with the study and understanding of inequality broadly understood. The workshop was structured around four key questions guiding a small number of short, cutting-edge papers and an open-ended discussion:

How have interactions between states, markets and society shaped inequalities in historical perspective? How do these account for present inequalities but, more importantly, what do they tell us about how inequality is created and sustained?

How are attitudes towards acceptable and unacceptable inequality created, reproduced and transformed over time?

How does materiality engage in the production and transformation of inequalities, for instance through commodities, space and technology, as well as the body itself?

How should we think in long-term perspective about the production of inequality beyond the boundaries of the nation-state, both internationally, between states, and transnationally, as inequalities between individuals and groups across nations?

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Inequality: a historical approach
Francisco Bethencourt
C.R. Boxer Professor of History, King’s College London
10th May 2010
University of Manchester, Samuel Alexander Building

Francisco Bethencourt is a leading authority on the history of relations between Europe and the World and of the Portuguese-speaking world in particular. Recently he published The Inquisition: A Global History, 1478-1834 (Cambridge University Press 2009), and co-edited Portuguese Oceanic Expansion 1400-1800 (Cambridge University Press, 2007)