HIST670 - TOPICS: TRANSREGIONA HIS: DEBATS & METHOD ECON HIS

Description: 
A few years after the subprime crisis erupted, interest for economic history made a sudden come back on the public scene. In this fraught context, however, there has been a vast diversity of debates about how to approach the economic past. This graduate seminar enters those debates by asking a set of simple questions: What is economic history? How has it been done? How is it done? And more importantly how could it be done? Despite renewed interest in the field, however, the seminar intends to convey the sense that the current disputes have much longer antecedents. Furthermore, the seminar seeks to explore, discuss, and experiment with original routes. To those ends, the seminar offers a panorama on the diversity of experiences in reading and writing economic history. It seeks to identify the contours of epistemologically or methodologically diverse approaches to the study of economic history and finds ten distinct modalities. Ten: not one more, not one less. Or maybe a couple more or less. We’ll see. We’ll argue. During each meeting, we focus on one modality of doing economic history. In the first part of the session (the seminar room), we’ll discuss the assigned readings, which revolve each time around the said modality, organizing the discussion in a contradictory way, under the authority of a “moderator” who runs this part of the session. The second half of the session (the workshop) is devoted to the presentation by one student of her or his research (past or present; achieved or considered; real or imagined) in the light of the modality under discussion. The student makes a half hour presentation: the topic, the evidence, and how to go about it in the light of the modality of the day.
Instructors: 

FLANDREAU, MARC

Day and Time: 
R 0130PM-0430PM
Room: 

STITELER HALL B30

Activity: 
SEM
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