University of Wisconsin–Madison


Co-organized by Giuliana Chamedes (History) and Scott Gehlbach (Political Science), the History and Politics Workshop facilitates cooperation and exchange among political scientists and historians. Through a regular seminar series, we expose faculty and graduate students in the two disciplines to cutting-edge theoretical and empirical work. In the process, we work to develop a better understanding of how historians and political scientists think and how we can learn from one another. We also discuss barriers to intellectual trade and how these might be lowered. In our first three years, we have put political and intellectual historians in dialogue with specialists in political theory, political economy, comparative politics, and international relations.

The Brittingham Trust generously provides support for the History and Politics Workshop.

Schedule, 2018–19

October 18: Samuel Moyn (Yale University), “Re-Evaluating Rights: The Past, Present, and Future of an Idea,” 7:00 pm, Upper House (365 East Campus Mall), co-sponsored by the Upper House, the Department of History, and the Mosse Program.

October 19: Samuel Moyn (Yale University), “Christianity and Human Rights: The Past, Present, and Future of an Idea,” 12:00 pm, Upper House (365 East Campus Mall), co-sponsored by the Upper House, the Department of History, and the Mosse Program.

November 2: Borghesi-Mellon Workshop on “(Re)Imagining Empire,” co-sponsored by the Center for the Humanities.

December 7: Borghesi-Mellon Workshop on “(Re)Imagining Empire,” co-sponsored by the Center for the Humanities.

January 31: Saumitra Jha (Stanford University), “Valuing Peace: The Effects of Financial Market Exposure on Votes and Political Attitudes,” 12:00, 422 North Hall, co-sponsored by the Comparative Politics Colloquium and the Political Economy Colloquium.

February 28: Alexandra Cirone (Cornell University), “Choosing the Framers: Lotteries in Constituent Assemblies,” 12:00, 422 North Hall, co-sponsored by the Comparative Politics Colloquium and the Political Economy Colloquium.

March 7: Maya Jasanoff (Harvard University), “The Dawn Watch: Joseph Conrad in a Global World,” 4:00, 5233 Humanities.

March 28: Quinn Slobodian (Wellesley College), “Zoneism: Capitalism without Democracy as the Other End of History,” 4:00, 5233 Humanities.

April 18: Emily Sellars (Yale University), “When State Building Backfires: Elite Divisions and Collective Action in Rebellion,” 12:00, 422 North Hall, co-sponsored by the Comparative Politics Colloquium and the Political Economy Colloquium.

April 19: Borghesi-Mellon Workshop on “(Re)Imagining Empire,” co-sponsored by the Center for the Humanities.