Rights and Sovereignties in Global History


Friday, March 16

Registration (3:00 P.m. to 3:45 p.m.)

Center for European Studies Foyer

Opening Remarks (3:50 P.m. to 4:00 p.m.)

Daniel Sargent (Harvard University)

Session 1: Science, Technology, and Sovereignty (4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.)

Chair: Rachel St. John (Harvard University)

Laura Biron (University of Cambridge, United Kingodm)

The 'Justice' of TRIPS: The Expansion of Intellectual Property in the Global Trading System

Commentary: Talha Syed (Harvard University)

Sandhya Polu (Harvard University)

National Sovereignty versus Epidemic Disease Control in the 19th Century

Commentary: Maneesha Lal (Binghamton University)

Jenifer Van Vleck (Yale University)

The Logic of the Air: Visions of Aviation and Empire, 1938-1945

Commentary: Bruce Mazlish (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)

Reception and Dinner (6:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.)

Harvard Faculty Club

(By invitation only)

Keynote Address: Walter Johnson (Harvard University)


Saturday, March 17

Continental Breakfast (8:00 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.)

Center for European Studies Foyer

Session 2: Sovereignty and Intervention (8:30 p.m. to 10:30 a.m.)

Chair: David Armitage (Harvard University)

Sana Aiyar (Harvard University)

Human Rights and Diaspora: International Means to National Justice

Commentary: Ajantha Subramanian (Harvard University)

James Stocker (Graduate Institute of International Studies, Geneva, Switzerland)

A Right to Humanitarian Intervention? The Syrian Intervention in Lebanon, 1975-6

Commentary: Daniel Sargent (Harvard University)

Vanessa Walker (University of Wisconsin - Madison)

Moral Necessities and Ideological Diversity: Rethinking Sovereignty in U.S.-Latin American Relations in a Human Rights Era

Commentary: Elizabeth Borgwardt (Washington University in St. Louis)

Coffee Break (10:30 a.m. to 10:45 p.m.)

Session 3: Citizenship and Statehood (10:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.)

Chair: Sven Beckert (Harvard University)

Karin-Irene Eiermann (Humboldt University, Berlin, Germany)

Spies in the Laundry: Citizenship, Rights, and the Fate of the Chinese in the Stalinist Terror (1936-1938)

Commentary: Terry Martin (Harvard University)

Ryan Irwin (Ohio State University)

Apartheid in the Cold War Era: A Transnational Perspective

Commentary: Thomas Borstelmann (University of Nebraska - Lincoln)

Nicole Phelps (University of Minnesota - Twin Cities)

International Migration, Citizenship, and Sovereignty: The United States Bureau of Immigration and the Erosion of Austro-Hungarian Legitimacy, 1900-1920

Commentary: Alison Frank (Harvard University)

Lunch (12:45 p.m. to 1:45 p.m.)

Session 4: Negotiating with Hegemony (1:45 p.m.to 3:15 p.m.

Chair: Ernest May (Harvard University)

Patryk Babiracki (Johns Hopkins University)

Polish Students, Communist Bureaucrats, and the Other Side of the Soviet Empire's Engagement with Poland, 1945-1960

Commentary: Igor Lukes (Boston University)

Jennifer Miller (University of Wisconsin - Madison)

We are not in Japan as Conquerors": Japanese Sovereignty, American Military Bases and the U.S.-Japan Alliance in the 1950s

Commentary: Andrew Gordon (Harvard University)

Coffee Break (3:15 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.)

Plenary Session (3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.)

Chair: Hue Tam Ho Tai (Harvard University)

Elizabeth Borgwardt (Washington University, St. Louis)

Bruce Mazlish (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)

Tim Borstelmann (University of Nebraska - Lincoln)

Closing Remarks (5:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.)

Akira Iriye (Harvard University)

Farewell Reception (6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.)

Hosted by Professor and Mrs. Akira Iriye

(By invitation only)