Thursday, September 3, 2009

Fiscal Sociology: The Workshop

We've previously noticed the appearance of The New Fiscal Sociology, a collection of essays. Now its editors announce a "call for participants" for a workshop on the subject to be held in conjunction with the Social Science History Association this November in Long Beach, California. Here it is:
In recent years, scholars from a variety of disciplines have embarked on an innovative wave of multidisciplinary research on the social and historical sources and consequences of taxation. We invite interested graduate students from history, law, and the social sciences to participate in a one-day workshop on this “new fiscal sociology.” Students will read and discuss classic and contemporary essays that trace fundamental connections between tax institutions and macro-historical phenomena – wars, racial boundaries, religious traditions, gender regimes, labor systems, and more. Workshop participants will also have the option to present and discuss their own dissertation or pre-dissertation research.

The workshop will be held on Wednesday, November 11 in Long Beach, California, in conjunction with the annual meetings of the Social Science History Association (SSHA), and interested students will have a chance to present their own work on Thursday, November 12 as part of the SSHA conference. Space is limited. Small housing and travel stipends will be provided for a limited number of applicants under a grant from the National Science Foundation. Applicants should submit a CV and a paragraph explaining their interest in this workshop, and (if applicable) a draft of a research paper that they would be willing to present at the SSHA. Preference will be given to students who also submit conference papers, but we encourage applications from all students interested in the workshop, including those at early stages of their graduate career. Submit materials via e-mail to Monica Prasad, Department of Sociology, Northwestern University (; Ajay Mehrotra, Maurer School of Law, Indiana University – Bloomington (; and Isaac Martin, Department of Sociology, University of California – San Diego (, no later than September 30, 2009.

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