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Economic and Social History Seminar

Seminar dr. James A. Robinson. Photographer: Bas van Hattum
ESH Seminar with James Robinson (1 September 2014)

The Economic and Social History research group of Utrecht University annually organises two series of seminars, one in spring and one in fall. Papers on a range of different topics related to economic and social history, from antiquity to recent times, are presented by scholars from within and outside the Netherlands.

Due to the ongoing pandemic, seminars will now follow an online format, though for most seminars we also organise a room where some of us can meet in person. While it is unfortunate that larger physical gatherings are not possible, the online format allows us to invite scholars from outside of Europe. Since this fall we have taken this opportunity to invite speakers from outside of Europe, some seminars will take place at the usual time i.e. 1200 CEST, and others will be scheduled at 1600 CEST to accommodate for the time difference. Updated information on this will be provided on the mailing list before each seminar. 

Mailing list

If you would like to join the mailing list or have any other queries, please email 2020-2021 organisers Faheem Rokadiya ( and Aditi Dixit (

Programme Fall 2020




3 Sept.

The Great Divergence Revisted

Kenneth Pomeranz

24 Sept.

Economic Reform and Intellectual Crisis in Eleventh-Century China

Christian de Pee

8 Oct.

Coping with Financial Fragility: The Case of the Dutch Great Depression

Oscar Gelderblom and Tim van der Valk

22 Oct.

Corvee Labor in Colonial Indonesia

Mark Hup

5 Nov.

Industrial, Regional, and Gender Divides in British Unemployment Between the Wars

Meredith Parker

19 Nov.

To be announced

Tirthankar Roy

3 Dec.

The Deep Roots of Inequality

Yuzuru Kumon

13 Dec.

Why immigrant doctors are (not) accepted - three psychological studies

Piet Groot


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