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Economic and Social History

Graduate Workshop

The Economic and Social History Workshop is a weekly forum that discusses all aspects of economic and social history covering a broad chronological and geographical remit. 

We meet on Mondays in Room 5 of the Faculty of History from 12.30 to 1.30pm. Sessions are weekly in Michaelmas Term and fortnightly in Lent Term.

Papers normally last around 30 minutes, and are followed by 20 minutes of constructive feedback and discussion. The workshop aims to provide a casual and constructive atmosphere to present either finished papers or ‘works in progress’, and a free sandwich lunch is provided for attendees

If you are interested in presenting a paper this academic year, please email the convenors with a paper title and a short abstract. Submissions are welcome from both Mphil and PhD students at any stage of their study. And if you have any further questions, please don't hesitate to get in touch.


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Termcard - Michaelmas Term 2017

09 October
Alex Wakelam (University of Cambridge) Confinement as informal contract enforcement – an economic analysis of debt imprisonment 1740-1815

16 October
Jacopo Sartori (University of Cambridge) The uncertain origins of central banking

23 October
Jonah Miller (King’s College London) The patriarchal republic: local officeholding in early modern England

30 October
Kayt Button (University of Cambridge) The Central Electricity Board - Accidental Conservationists?

06 November
Callum Easton (University of Cambridge) Crime, Punishment, and Body Snatching: Contested Memories of the 1797 Naval Mutinies

13 November
Damilola Adebayo (University of Cambridge) Between Economic Pragmatism and the 'Civilising Mission': Making a Case for the Domestic Electrification of Southern Nigeria, 1930 to 1960

20 November
Sabine Schneider (University of Cambridge) Imperial Germany, Pax Britannica, and the Political Economy of the Gold Standard, 1871-1914

27 November
Sara Caputo (University of Cambridge) Building a Demographic Profile of Foreign