April 8, 2015
Lunch seminar: Some milestones in European 19th century political history
May 6, 2015
Lunch seminar: On the epistemology of studying history
June 3, 2015
Lunch seminar: Sara Kalm presents her STANCE project on the historical origins of migration control regulation
September 23, 2015
Lunch seminar: Johannes Lindvall presents a book proposal co-authored with Ben Ansell - Inward Conquest: The Revolution in the Art of Government that Shaped the Modern World. The book deals with political conflicts over the provision of education, health care and policing during the later half of the 19th century and the first half of the 20th. The seminar will focus on some preliminary results of early health care provision.
October 7, 2015
Lunch seminar: State Making on the Eurasian Steppe. Martin Hall presents ongoing work on state making on the Eurasian steppe. The basic argument of the paper presented is, at the moment, that Tilly’s dictum that ”war made states and states made war” is of little help when analyzing Eurasian historical international relations. Trade, and the preparation for trade, played a more significant role in nomad state making than did war, and the preparation for war.
October 21, 2015
Lunch seminar: Ted Svensson presents a paper on British indirect rule of Indian Princely States during the long 19th century. The paper specifically attends to the role of British Residents, notions of divided sovereignty and the British conception of a right to intervene in princely affairs.
November 4, 2015
Lunch seminar: A Critique of Cultural History. Erik Ringmar presents a paper which provides a first stab at a question of historiography: to what extent is is possible to recover the lived experiences of people of the past? And if it is possible, how should it be done? He argues that the discipline known as "cultural history" is not up to the task. In the paper he sketches a line of possible criticism, drawing inspiration from recent recent work by Charles Taylor and Herbert Dreyfus, which juxtaposes cultural history and a phenomenological understanding of lived experiences.
November 18, 2015
Lunch seminar: The Social Origins of Democratic Capitalism. Agustín Goenaga presents a paper on the social origins of democratic capitalism - popular incorporation, political order and redistribution. If 20th century states grew as the result of the demands of the popular classes for redistribution, what explains the expansion of the state in Latin America and yet the very low levels of taxation and social spending? Building on recent work on the political economy of social order, this paper challenges the conventional view that there is a direct causal relationship between the expansion of political voice, the strength of organized labor, the growth of the state, and long-term levels of taxation and social spending. Instead, it argues that differences in the organizational structure of civil society open or foreclose different strategies that rulers can use to maintain political order, which in turn entail different forms and degrees of state intervention in the distribution of wealth.
December 2, 2015
Lunch seminar: The Pathways of State Capacity Diffusion Alexander Von Hagen-Jamar presents a paper on state capacity diffusion. Many theories of state-making argue that the development of state capacity in one state contributes to the development in another, through competition or diffusion. We use statistical models to evaluate which, if any, relationships between states lead to this contagion of state capacity. We specify models within and across regions to test what conditions are necessary for these interdependencies to manifest.
December 16, 2015
Lunch seminar: Emergence of International Organisations Ellen Ravndal presents ongoing research on the emergence of the first international organisations in the 19th century. The paper argues that international organisations served to reinforce state sovereignty and facilitate the growth of the modern state in three ways: 1) by providing a way for states to solve common international problems; 2) by helping states solve domestic problems and provide services to their citizens; and 3) because intergovernmental organisations strengthen the position of the state as the primary actor in international politics.
April 6, 2016
Lunch seminar: Per Andersson is a PhD candidate at the Department of Political Science at Lund University. At the seminar, he will present his paper "Institutions and Left-Wing Tax Strategy: Britain and Sweden Compared". The paper is concerned with the impact of ideology on tax structure, focusing on left-wing parties and different strategies for redistribution. The argument is that the left is mainly concerned with redistribution – not progressive taxation per se – and when the left is in power, a range of policy tools are available to decrease inequality; taxation is only one of them. Andersson argues that the left only shifts taxes in a regressive direction in combination with progressive spending. This strategy is more common in proportional representation systems. Andersson provides descriptive macro-level evidence using a novel dataset on tax revenues covering 31 states from 1800 to 2012.
April 13, 2016
Lunch seminar: Bo Stråth is Professor emeritus and, until 2014, the Finnish Academy Distinguished Professor in Nordic, European and World History and Director of Research at the Department of World Cultures/Centre of Nordic Studies (CENS) at the University of Helsinki. His research has focused on philosophy of history and political, social and economic theory of modernity, from a conceptual history perspective with special attention to questions of what keeps societies together or divide them, and how community is constructed. The seminar will focus on Stråth's book Europe's Utopias of Peace, which explores attempts to create a lasting European peace in the aftermath of the Napoleonic wars and the two world wars. Read more: http://www.bostrath.com/publications/monographs/utopia/.
May 11, 2016
Lunch seminar: Ann Towns is Associate Professor in Political Science at the University of Gothenburg. Her research centers around questions of norms, power and resistance in international politics, generally with a focus on gender. She is currently conducting a large research project on gender norms in diplomacy, an inter-state institution that has long been dominated by men but where more women have entered within the past decade.
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Conference: States and Their Making: Comparative and International Perspectives.
Lunch seminar: Jacob Gerner Hariri, an associate professor at the Department of Political Science at University of Copenhagen, gave a talk and presented research on the topic "Castles, Guns, and Empire".
Lunch seminar: Guilherme Marques Pedro, a PhD researcher in Philosophy of Law at the Department of Philosophy at Uppsala University, gave a talk on the topic: "The Westphalian paradox: the natural right to rule vs. the natural right to leave your ruler".
Lunch seminar: Peter Haldén, an Associate Professor in Political Science with a specialty in Security and Strategy at the Department of Security, Strategy and Leadership at the Swedish Defence University, gave a talk on the topic: "Beyond teleology and endogeneity: external and archaic traits in nineteenth century state-building"
Lunch seminar: Alejandro Quiroz Flores, a Senior Lecturer at the Department of Government at University of Essex, gave a talk on the topic: "Prediction of Ministerial Change using Machine Learning: An Application to Foreign Ministers".
Lunch seminar: Discussion on the topic: "Bridging methodological divides". The discussion was based on the following literature:
Lunch seminar: Mikael Sandberg, Professor in Political Science at Halmstad University, gave a talk on: ’Political Institutions and Regimes since 1600: The New Historical Data Set ’MaxRang’’
Lunch seminar: Jens Andersson, doctoral student at the Department of Economic History at Lund University, gave a talk on the topic: ’Long term dynamics of the state in Francophone West Africa’
Lunch seminar: "On methods II". The discussion was be based on the following literature:
Lunch seminar: Anatoly Reshetnikov, visiting PhD Candidate at the Department of Political Science at Lund University, gave a talk on: "An under-civilized civilizer: Russian response to the emergence of great power management in XIX-century Europe".
Lunch seminar: Jennifer Mitzen, visiting Research Fellow at the Department of Political Science at Lund University, gave a talk on the topic: "Ontological Security and Foreign Policy".
Lunch seminar: Lars Bo Kaspersen (Professor at the Department of Political Science at University of Copenhagen), and Jeppe Strandsbjerg (Associate Professor in the Department of Business and Politics at Copenhagen Business School) presented their book "Does War Make States: Investigations of Charles Tilly's Historical Sociology".
Lunch seminar: Björn Badersten, Senior Lecturer, Research Fellow and Deputy Head of Department at the Department of Political Science at Lund University, gave a talk on: ’’Folkhem' on holiday – ethics, aestethics and politics within the Swedish Tourist Association, 1885-2015’.
Lunch seminar: Marina Nistotskaya, Research Fellow at the Quality of Government Institute and the Department of Political Science at Goteborg University, gave a talk on the topic "Mapping the State: Measuring the Informational Foundations of Infrastructural State Capacity through Cadastral Records."
Lunch seminar: Amanda Cheney, Post Doc at the Department of Political Science at Lund University, gave a talk on the topic: "The Mechanics of International Order Transformation Between the Sinosphere and Westphalia."
Lunch seminar: Umut Özkimirli, Professor of Political Science at the Center for Middle Eastern Studies, Lund University, gave a talk on "Nationalism and the State."
Lunch seminar: Axel Hadenius, Professor Emeritus at Uppsala University, and Hanna Bäck, Professor at the Department of Political Science at Lund University, presented their paper "“The institutional foundations of wellbeing: Historical roots and current patterns."
Lunch seminar: Oriol Sabaté Domingo, Post Doc at the Department of Political Science, gave a talk on the topic: "Military spending as a coup-proofing strategy: opening the ‘black box’ in the Spanish case (1850-1915)."
Lunch seminar: Markus Gunneflo, Lecturer at the Department of Law here at Lund University, presented his paper titled: "'But We Have a State': Legal Fetishism, International Law and the Confrontation of Settler Colonial and Anti-Colonial Legalities in Palestine"
Lunch seminar: Charles Butcher, Associate Professor at the Department of Sociology and Political Science at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim, gave a talk on the topic: “On War, Interaction Capacity and the Structures of State Systems”
Lunch seminar: Mikołaj Malinowski, Postdoctoral fellow at the Department of Economic History at Lund University, gave a talk on the topic: “Economic consequences of anarchy; Legal state capacity and market integration in early modern Poland”
Lunch seminar: Benjamin Hopkins, an Associate Professor of History and International Affairs at Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University, Washington DC, gave a talk on the topic: “Edges of Empire: Frontier governmentality and the making of the modern world order”
Lunch seminar: Astrid Hedin, Senior Lecturer at the Department of Political Science at Lund University, presented her paper: “Illiberal Deliberation - communist regime travel controls against communicative action in everyday world politics”
Lunch seminar: Lauren Benton, Professor of History and Law at Vanderbilt University, Nashville, gave a talk on the topic: “Empires as Systems of States: Regional Legal Regimes in Britain's Nineteenth-Century Global Order”
Lunch seminar: Sheri Berman, Professor in Political Science at Barnard College, Columbia University, New York, gave a talk on the topic: “The decline of democratic institutions/populism in Europe and the US”
Lunch seminar: Martin Bayly, British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow in the International Relations Department at London School of Economics and Political Science, gave a talk on the topic: “Afghanistan as a Frontier State: Colonial Knowledge and the Construction of the Idea of the Afghan Polity in the Nineteenth Century”
Lunch seminar: Peter Starke, Professor at the Danish Center for Welfare Studies at the University of Southern Denmark, presented the book “Warfare and Welfare: Military Conflict and Welfare State Development in Western Countries” (co-edited with Herbert Obinger and Klaus Petersen).
Lunch seminar: Arjun Chowdrhury, Associate Professor at the University of British Columbia, presented his book "The Myth of International Order: Why weak states persist and alternatives to the state fade away"
Lunch seminar: Gezim Visoka, Assistant Professor of Peace and Conflict Studies at Dublin City University, presented his book "Acting Like a State: Kosovo and the Everyday Making of Statehood"
Higher Research Seminar: Gurminder Bhambra, Professor of Postcolonial and Decolonial Studies in the School of Global Studies, University of Sussex - gave a talk on the topic: "In the beginning all the world was America: Dispossession, Justice, and Social Science"
Lunch seminar: Laust Schouenborg, Assistant Professor at Roskilde University, presented his book: "International Institutions in World History: Divorcing International Relations Theory from the State and Stage Models"
Lunch seminar: Mats Hallenberg, Joakim Scherp and Magnus Linnarsson, Department of History, Stockholm University - presented their project "Shifting Regimes: Representation, Administrative Reform and Institutional Change in Early Modern Sweden"
Higher Research Seminar: Wenkai He, Associate Professor at the Hong Kong Univeristy of Science and Technology gave a talk on the topic: "Legitimating State Power and Social Policies in the Early Modern Era: England, Japan, and China"
Lunch seminar: Victoria Tib-bor Hui, Associate professor at the University of Notre Dame gave a talk on the topic "'China' made in war"
Lunch seminar: Peter Fibiger Bang, Associate Professor at the SAXO-Institute at Copenhagen University, gave a talk on the topic: "Populism, Pax and Empire – the state-formation of dynamic republics and stable unity"
Lunch seminar: Erik Bengtsson , Associate Senior Lecturer at the Department of Economic History at Lund University, gave a talk on the topic: "Reconsidering the Role of Farmer Politics in Swedish Democratization".
Lunch seminar: "Can STANCE learn from (radical) others?". The discussion was be based on the following literature:
Higher Research Seminar: Kristine Eck, Associate Professor at the Department of Peace and Conflict Research at Uppsala University, gave a talk on the topic: "Freedom of Information in European Democracies".
Lunch seminar: Ann Towns, Professor at the Department of Political Science at University of Gothenburg, presented a book idea on the topic: "Theorizing Gender and International Hierarchies in Diplomacy"
Lunch seminar: Melissa Lee, Assistant Professor of Politics and International Affairs at Princeton University, gave a talk on the topic: "Crippling Leviathan: How Foreign Subversion Weakens the State"
Lunch seminar: Didac Queralt, Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at Yale University, gave a talk on the topic: "Expected Return for Taxation: Do Elites Diﬀer from Nonelites?"
Higher Research Seminar: Andrej Kokkonen and Anders Sundell, Senior Lecturers at the University of Gothenburg, presented their paper “Blood is Thicker than Water: Family Size and Leader Deposition”.
Higher Research Seminar: Amel Ahmed, Associate Professor of Political Science at University of Massachusetts Amherst, gave a talk on the topic: "Conflict and Cooperation in the German Reichstag: Legislative Coalitions and Regime Stability, 1870-1939"
Lunch seminar: Peo Hansen, Professor at the Department of Social and Welfare Studies at Linköping University, gave a talk on the topic: "Eurafrica Incognita: The Colonial Origins of the European Union"
Lunch seminar: Jorg Kustermans, tenure track docent in International Politics at the University of Antwerp, Belgium, gave a talk on the topic: "Peace and the problem of violence"
Lunch seminar: Matias López, visiting fellow at the Department of Political Science at Lund University, gave a talk on the topic: "Unexpected expropriators: how conservative elites became supportive of agrarian reform in Brazil"
Higher Research Seminar: Bo Rothstein, Professor in Political Science at the University of Gothenburg gave a talk on the topic: "Populism, Quality of Government and Epistemic Democracy".
Lunch seminar: Peter Haldén, Associate Professor at the Swedish Defense University, gave a talk on the topic: "Cycles of uncertainty: Regimes and ideas of (un) predictability in international politics c.1494-2019"
Higher Research Seminar: Magnus Bergli Rasmussen, Postdoctoral Fellow at the Department of Political Science at the University of Oslo, gave a talk on the topic: “Reforming to Survive: The Bolshevik Origins of Social Policy”
Lunch seminar: Christofer Berglund, Assistant Professor of Political Science at Malmö University, presented his new project on "Military manpower policies towards distrusted citizens in multiethnic states"
Lunch seminar: Sven-Eric Liedman, Professor Emeritus in History of Ideas at the University of Gothenburg, presented his book on Karl Marx with a talk on the topic: "Marx, the workers' movement, and the state"