"International and Global History: The Economic Dimension" - Graduate Conference at Harvard

International and Global History: The Economic Dimension


MARCH 10 & 11, 2016


Lower Level Conference Rm.

Center for European Studies at Harvard

Adolphus Busch Hall, 27 Kirkland Str., Cambridge MA 


Since its inception in 2001, the Harvard Graduate Student Conference on International History (Con-IH) has developed into an annual event, organized by graduate students in International and Global History at Harvard University.


Financial, economic and political-economy issues have played a fundamental role in world development and continue to do so. They involve multiple agents besides the nation state; they prompt refined policy analysis; and they challenge historians to turn to the broadest range of sources and demand interdisciplinary analysis. Con-IH 16 will discuss cutting-edge studies that take up the dimensions of economics in international, regional, and global historical study. The papers cover periods ranging from the seventeenth century to the present, and proceed outward from diverse regions across five continents.

Professor Patrick O’Brien, professor emeritus of economic history at the London School of Economics, will deliver the keynote address.






Thursday, March 10


1:30 - 3:30 p.m.: Panel 1: Labor and the State

• Betsy Beasley, Yale
“The Mechanics of Service: Houston Oilfield Services Companies Meet the Norwegian Welfare State in the North Sea, 1969-1979”
Comment by Shaun Nicholls, Harvard
• Adrienne Kates, Georgetown University
“Autonomous Mayas and International Capitalism in Mexico’s Chewing Gum Forests, 1901-1929”
Comment by Prof. John Womack, Harvard
• Tristan Oestermann, Humboldt University (Berlin)
“Empty Forests: New Perspectives on Rubber and Violence in Africa from the Labor History of Colonial German Cameroon, 1884-1914”
Comment by Dr. Holger Droessler, Harvard

3:45 - 5:45 p.m.:  Panel 2: Development

• Teresa Davis, Princeton
“The ‘American’ Development Model and Wilsonian Multilateralism: Pan-American Economic Ideas During World War I”
Comment by Prof. Erez Manela, Harvard
• Sam Klug, Harvard
“Value and Visibility: Ester Boserup and Changing Ideas of Gender in Development Discourse, 1957-1978”
Comment by Prof. Katherine Marino, Ohio State University
• Jared Ward, University of Akron
“From Bricks to Bullets: China and the Developing World, the Case of Guyana, 1972-1975”
Comment by Prof. Arunabh Ghosh, Harvard

6:00 - 7:15 p.m.: Keynote address 
Prof. Patrick O’Brien, London School of Economics



Friday, March 11


10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.:  Panel 3: Global Capital

• Kristen Alff, Stanford
“Levantine Joint-Stock Companies, Land, Law, and Global Capital”
Comment by Prof. Betty Anderson, Boston University
• Allegra Giovine, UPenn
“Making Money on the Steps of Buddha: Charting the Vernacular Economy in Colonial Burma, c. 1910-1930”
Comment by Prof. Sunil Amrith, Harvard
• Benjamin Hein, Stanford
“Emigration, German America, and the Idea of Deutsche Bank, 1848-1878”
Comment by Prof. Charles Maier, Harvard

1:00 - 3:00 p.m.: Panel 4: Economic World Orders

• Nicholas Mulder, Columbia
“Elaborating the Economic Weapon: Sanctions and the World Economy, 1919-1923”
Comment by Prof. Samuel Moyn, Harvard
• Christopher J. Consolino, Johns Hopkins
“The Power to Govern Gold and Silver: International Competition and the Case of the Gold and Silver Wire Drawers under James I, 1603-1625.”
Comment by Prof. Christine Desan, Harvard
• Ben Zdencanovic, Yale
“The Man with the Plan: William Beveridge, Transatlantic Postwar Planning and the Idea of an American Welfare State During World War II”
Comment by Prof. Fredrik Logevall, Harvard

3:30 - 5:00 p.m.:  Plenary
Prof. Sven Beckert, Harvard
Dr. Megan Black, Harvard
Prof. Charles Maier, Harvard
Prof. Prasannan Parthasarathi, Boston College
Generously funded by: the Center for African Studies, the Center for European Studies, the Center for History and Economics, the Center for Middle East Studies, the Charles Warren Center for Studies in American History, the Department of History, the South Asia Institute, the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, and the Weatherhead Initiative on Global History.