Thursday, February 14, 2013

Comparative Historical Approaches to Fiscal Sociology

[We've previously noted the calls for this series of workshops, supported by a grant from the National Science Foundation, held in conjunction with the annual meeting of the Social Science History Association, and organized by a group of scholars in the field of fiscal sociology. The final workshop will be convered this fall.]

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.” In addition to brief lectures introducing students to the basics of taxation and the comparative history of taxation, the workshop will consist of discussion of classic and contemporary texts.

The workshop will be held on Wednesday, November 20th, in Chicago, IL in conjunction with the annual meetings of the Social Science History Association (SSHA). Interested students will also have a chance to present their own work on Thursday, November 21st, 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 no later than February 22, 2013 to each of the following:

Monica Prasad, Department of Sociology, Northwestern University (

Ajay Mehrotra, Maurer School of Law, Indiana University – Bloomington (

Isaac Martin, Department of Sociology, University of California – San Diego (