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The conference is free and open to the public.

Conference Schedule

Friday, February 24

1:15pm: Introduction
NAOMI LAMOREAUX (Yale University)

1:30 – 2:45pm Panel 1
Resources and State-Building I

Chair: SEVEN AGIR (Yale University)

JOE MANNING (Yale University)
Water, Irrigation and Their Connection to State Power in Egypt

Historical and Comparative Perspectives on Resource Management in Chinese Empires
Respondent: DANIEL HEADRICK (Roosevelt University)


3:15 – 4:30pm Panel 2
Resources and State-Building II

Chair: PETER PERDUE (Yale University)

ALAN MIKHAIL (Yale University)
Domestic Animals and Economic Transformation in Ottoman Egypt

Building in Stone: Clerical and Lay Political Struggle in the High Middle Ages
Respondent: KEN POMERANZ (UC Irvine)

5:00 pm Keynote Lecture

RICHARD WHITE (Stanford University)
Incommensurate Measures: Nature, History and Economics
Introduced and moderated by JOHN MACK FARAGHER (Yale University)

Saturday, February 25

8:15am Breakfast

9:00 – 10:35am Panel 3
Empire and Resources in the Ancient Mediterranean


Chair: FRANCESCA TRIVELLATO (Yale University)

R. BRUCE HITCHNER (Tufts University)
Too Many Men: Population, Resources, and the Origins of Roman Expansionism

JOHN HALDON (Princeton University)
Resources, Markets and the State: The Case of Byzantium
Respondent: PETER TOMLIN (MIT)


10:45 – 12:00pm Panel 4

Chair: K. (SHIVI) SIVARAMAKRISHNAN (Yale University)

LING ZHANG (Yale Agrarian Studies Fellow/Boston College)
From “Controlling Floods” to “Managing a River’’: The Chinese State and the Political History of the Yellow River

ARUPIYOTI SAIKIA (Yale Agrarian Studies Fellow/IIT Guwahati)
Jute or Flood: Exploring the Fate of Certain Schemes in the Brahmaputra River Valley
Respondent: RICHARD HORNBECK (Harvard university)

12:00 – 1:00pm Buffet Lunch

1:00 – 2:30pm Panel 5
Comparative Perspectives on Resources and Governance


Moderator: PAUL SABIN (Yale University)

NANCY LANGSTON (University of Wisconsin)
JOHN MCNEILL (Georgetown University)
TIMOTHY MITCHELL (Columbia University)