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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.


Josh Ivinson (
Emiliano Travieso (


Easter Term 2018

There will be no workshop meetings in Easter Term


Termcard - LentTerm 2018

22 January
Harm Zwarts (Wageningen University, the Netherlands) The Dutch food industry and agricultural innovation, c. 1890-1950

29 January
Alain Naef (University of Cambridge) The Britain and Bretton Woods – sterling and international monetary stability during the early reign of the dollar

5 February
Raffaele Danna (University of Cambridge) The diffusion of Hindu-Arabic numerals, practical mathematics, and economic practices : XIII-XVI centuries

12 February
Christopher Whittle (University of Cambridge) 17th century trade tokens and issuers: A challenge to the old order of the English monetary system

19 February
Anna Cusack (Birkbeck, University of London) Cheating the Hangman? Suicide in early modern London prisons

26 February
Louise Moschetta (University of Cambridge) Bits, shillings, and silver dollars: A material history of Indian indentured labour in British Guiana, 1870-1917

5 March
MPhil Presentations (12:30pm to 2pm)

Katie Piner: Patronage and Authorship: changes in funding for England's 17th and 18th century writers
Jens Amborg: Livestock breeding and the conception of animals in eighteenth-century Britain
Matthew Ryan: Coal, Convicts and Capitalism: A world-ecological history of coal mining in the Hunter Valley, 1797-1860
Auriane Terki-Mignot: Industrialization and Women's Work: case studies of patterns of female employment in the Seine-Maritime and Eure-et-Loir, 1792-1901'

12 March
MPhil Presentations (12:30pm to 2pm)

Emelyn Rude: Are Sardines Food? Conflicts over Fisheries in 1920s California
Lukasz Krebel: British monetary policy, inflation and the European Exchange Rate Mechanism, 1981-1992.
Eduardo Romero: Neoliberalism versus labour: a comparison between the Reagan and Thatcher administrations
Danny Murty: British Busineses during the Biafra Secession