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Seminars

Seminars

The group runs a range of seminars.

The Cambridge Group for the History of Population and Social Structure - seminar series

Research seminar series run by the Cambridge Group for the History of Population and Social Structure.

Seminars will take place in person in the Faculty of History and on Zoom at 1.15pm. Sandwiches and fruit will be available from 1.00pm.

The support of the Trevelyan Fund (Faculty of History) is gratefully acknowledged.

Convenors: Romola Davenport (rjd23@cam.ac.uk), Alice Reid (alice.reid@geog.cam.ac.uk), Hannaliis Jaadla (hj309@cam.ac.uk) and Leigh Shaw-Taylor (lmws2@cam.ac.uk).

There are no forthcoming seminars at present. Please check back here later.

You may wish to view the archive of previous seminars.

Graduate Workshop in Economic and Social History

The Workshop meets alternate Mondays, 1pm.

Convened by Jerome Gasson (jttg2), Yasser Alvi (ya326), and Emily Chung (evc28)

To join the mailing list, please complete the Google Form:
https://forms.gle/RcAx1t4WWY1yL2RA9

Twitter: @EconomicandSoc2

View the archive of previous seminars.

# Monday 11th March 2024, 1.00pm - Jan Altaner (Cambridge)
Sex and the City Centre: Prostitution, Urban Planning, and Sociological Research in 1960s Lebanon
Venue: Room 9, Faculty of History

Abstract not available

Core Seminar in Economic and Social History

Seminars take place on Thursdays at 5:15 pm in Room 5 of the History Faculty. All are welcome, either in person or online.

The Core seminar combines multiple seminars: Medieval Economic and Social History; Early Modern Economic and
Social History; Modern Economic and Social History and Policy; African Economic History; Global Economic History;
Quantitative History; Financial History; the Centre for History and Economics; and the Cambridge Group for the
History of Population and Social Structure. Their specialist seminar programmes do not run in Michaelmas term, but
each meets separately again in the Lent and (sometimes) Easter terms.

Seminar convenor: Amy Erickson (ale25@cam.ac.uk)

Economic and Social History at Cambridge: www.econsoc.hist.cam.ac.uk

There are no forthcoming seminars at present. Please check back here later.

You may wish to view the archive of previous seminars.

Quantitative History Seminar

Supported by the Centre for History and Economics and the Trevelyan Fund (Faculty of History).

The seminar meets on Wednesdays at 1.15pm in the Faculty of History and on Zoom.
Sandwiches and fruit will be available from 1.00pm.

Convenors: Aleksandra Dul (amd217@cam.ac.uk), Alexis Litvine (adl38), Leigh Shaw-Taylor (lmws2@cam.ac.uk)

View the archive of previous seminars.

# Wednesday 6th March 2024, 1.15pm - Amanda Gregg (Middlebury College), co-authored with Amy Dayton (Strider Technologies) and Steven Nafziger (Williams College)
Shareholder Democracy under Autocracy: Voting Rights and Corporate Performance in Imperial Russia
Venue: Board Room (Faculty of History) and on Zoom

This paper investigates how the rules that corporations wrote for themselves related to their financing and performance in an environment characterized by poor investor protections, Imperial Russia. We present new data on detailed governance provisions from Imperial Russian corporate charters, which we connect to a comprehensive panel database of corporate balance sheets from 1899 to 1914. We document how variation in votes per share and other shareholder rights provisions were related to corporate choices of using debt vs. equity and whether these governance provisions correlated systematically with performance measures on the balance sheet and in terms of the market-to-book ratio. This investigation reveals the tradeoffs weighed by Imperial Russian corporations and demonstrates the surprising flexibility that Russian corporations enjoyed, conditional on obtaining a corporate charter.

The seminar meets Wednesdays at 1:15 pm in the History Faculty and online on Zoom
https://zoom.us/j/96176307098?pwd=aHNlWEZ4SHd1a0MrVkpUQ05aZVFuUT09

Additional seminars of interest to Campop members

Additional seminars of interest to Campop members.

View the archive of previous seminars.

# Thursday 7th March 2024, 5.00pm - Juan Rivas Moreno, London School of Economics
Faith and Finance in the Early Modern World: The capital market of Manila and the financing of the Pacific Trade, 1668-1820
Venue: History Faculty Room 11

This paper reviews the role of endowment funds and religious associations in structuring the financing of the Pacific trade between Asia and Spanish America during the long eighteenth century. The city of Manila, the centre of this trade, evolved a model of trade finance different from the joint-stock East India companies or private networks and cultural coalitions, yet equally capable of solving the challenges of long-distance trade during the age of the first wave of globalization.