Past seminars


29 April 2024
Diana Kim (Georgetown)
The Poet and the Partisan: On the Many Meanings of the State in Wartime Korea (1950-1953)
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10 April 2024
M'hamed Oualdi (Sciences Po)
Freeing the last Muslim slaves in Europe: Moroccan Sultan Muhammad Ibn Abdallah’s social and economic policy from the 1750s to the late 1780s
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3 April 2024
Richard Hornbeck (University of Chicago)
One Giant Leap: Emancipation and Aggregate Economic Gains
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29 November 2023
Angus Burgin (Johns Hopkins)
The Information Superhighway, the Electronic Frontier, and the Political Economy of the Early Internet
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8 November 2023
Julia Cagé (Sciences Po)
A History of Political Conflict: Elections and Social Inequalities in France, 1789-2022
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18 October 2023
Rana Mitter (Harvard University)
Money, morale and mayhem: economic and emotional landscapes in Civil War era China, 1946-9
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26 April 2023
Brandon Terry (Harvard)
Malcolm X and the Rhetoric of Black Populism
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8 March 2023
Shane Bobrycki (Vienna)
Economic Welfare and Demographic Decline: The Case of the Early Middle Ages
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8 February 2023
Namrata Kala (MIT / Sloan)
Money (Not) to Burn: Payments for Ecosystem Services to Reduce Crop Residue Burning
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16 March 2022
Debjani Bhattacharyya (University of Zürich)
Between Opacity and Precision: Underwriting Weather in the British Empire
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16 February 2022
Fei-Hsien Wang (Indiana University, Bloomington)
Bicycle Thieves, Peanut Tenants, and a Disputed Temple: Reconfiguring Value and Economic Life in Post-World War II China (1945-1949)
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12 January 2022
Diana Kim (IAS/Georgetown University)
Colonial States and their Legacies across Southeast Asia: Through the Lens of Japan's Wartime Empire
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17 November 2021
Nikolas Bowie (Harvard)
The Judicial Counterrevolution to Reconstruction
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13 October 2021
Vanessa Ogle (UC Berkeley)
Histories of Capitalism: the View from Offshore
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15 September 2021
Nicolas Barreyre (EHESS) and Claire Lemercier (Sciences Po)
The Unexceptional State: Rethinking the State in the Nineteenth Century (France, United States)
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14 July 2021
Arunabh Ghosh (Harvard University)
The Significance of Small Things: Towards a History of Dam Building in the Twentieth Century
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16 June 2021
Discretionary Power in the Hands of an Authoritarian State: Denaturalizations under the Vichy Regime, 1940-1944
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12 May 2021
Jonathan Levy (University of Chicago)
Does Capital Flow?
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17 February 2021
Francesca Trivellato (IAS, Princeton)
The Vagrancy of Economic Invisibility
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27 January 2021
Paul Warde (Cambridge)
Strategy and Tactics in the Environmental Revolution
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18 November 2020
Sunil Amrith (Yale)
The Air as an Archive
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14 October 2020
Esther Duflo (MIT / Paris School of Economics)
Every child counts: what children know, what they don’t know and what can be done about it


23 September 2020
Surabhi Ranganathan (Cambridge)
Unmaking the Ocean
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15 July 2020
Rohit De (CHE-Cambridge/Yale)
States of Emergency


17 June 2020
Paul-André Rosental (CHE-P/Sciences Po)
The First Thirty Days: The Covid Crisis and Public Health Policies
PAPER: The First Thirty Days: Comparative Lessons from the Covid Pandemic »


20 May 2020
Emma Rothschild (CHE-Harvard/Cambridge)
History and Distance: a Cholera Epidemic in 1855
PAPER: History and distance and cholera »