CHESS-EHESS Conference 2015

Yale’s Center for Historical Enquiry and the Social Sciences (Yale CHESS) & l’École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (EHESS) present

2015 Annual Conference: States and Capitalism: Past, Present, and Future

2-3 October 2015   |   Yale University  |  Luce Hall, 34 Hillhouse Ave. Room 203



9:00-10:00am: Plenary Session I:

Chair: Alejandra Dubcovsky (Yale)

Bruce Carruthers (Northwestern): “Of Rules, Rule, and Revenue: rethinking states and capitalism”


10:30-12:00pmGraduate Student Panel I:

Chair: Isaac Nakhimovsky (Yale)

Discussant: Laurent Berger (EHESS)

  • Bruno Pepe Russo (EHESS): “State, Mining Capital and Citizenship in Zambian Copperbelt: Figures of an African Modernization Case Study”
  • Wei Luo (Yale): “Principles of Conflict: a case study of families, networks, and industrialization in republican Shanghai, 1910s-1940s”
  • Flore Pavy (EHESS): “Dual currency system and process of unification. An ethnography of monetary practices in a Caribbean island”


2:00-3:00pmPlenary Session II:  

Chair: Emily Erikson (Yale)

Christine Desan (Harvard Law): “The 18th Century Innovation That Constituted Capitalism:  New Money and its Epochal Aftermath”


3:30-5:00pmProspectus Workshop for Early-Stage Graduate Students

Chair: Rohit De (Yale)

  • Catherine Tourangeau (Yale): “An Ocean of Joiners: Voluntary Associations in the British Atlantic, 1730-180
  •  Tommaso Bardelli (Yale): “Governing the margins: state control in advanced capitalism
  • Ece Zerman (EHESS): “Domestic interiors as an autobiographical source: The late Ottoman Empire and early Republic of Turkey”
  • Romain Le Cour Grandmaison (EHESS): “Criminal organizations in Michoacan, Mexico:  the birth of cartels and the evolution of reciprocity in political-criminal intermediation since the 1980s”


9:00-10:30am: Graduate Student Panel II:

Chair: Nicholas Wilson (Stony Brook)

Discussant: Jérôme Bourdieu (EHESS)

  • Sébastien Malaprade (EHESS): “Rethinking political and economical structures in the 17th century Spanish monarchy through an individual case”
  • Amy Watson (Yale): “The Malt Tax Crisis of 1725: Partisanship, Political Economy, and Patriotism in Post-Union Scotland”
  • Jonathan Endelman (Yale) : TBD


11:00-12:00: Plenary Session III:

Chair: Julia Stephens (Yale)

Parthasarathi (Boston College): “Money and Ritual in Eighteenth-Century South India”


2:00-3:30pm: Graduate Student Panel III

Chair: Justin duRivage (Yale)

Discussant: Jean-Louis Fabiani (EHESS)

  • Victor Amoureux (EHESS): “Public debt and inequalities. Explorations from the British case in the 19th century”
  • Ben Zdencanovic (Yale): “The Politics of Comparison: The National Association of Real Estate Boards, Western European Social Housing, and the Shaping of the 1949 Housing Act”
  • Graedon Zorzi (Yale): “Democracy versus Capitalism? A Tocquevillian Defense of Commerce”


4:00-5:00 pm: Wrap-Up Session

EHESS Co-Chairs: Katia Beguin, Didier Georgakakis

Yale Co-Chairs: Julia Adams, Steven Pincus


With thanks to the European Studies Council of the MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies and the Edward J. and Dorothy Clarke Kempf fund.