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Main Departmental seminar series

Main Departmental seminar series at the Department of Geography.

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# Thursday 8th May 2014, 4.30pm - Professor Peter Coates, University of Bristol
Fluvio-centric Currents of River History: From the Mersey to the Po
Venue: Small Lecture Theatre, Department of Geography, Downing Site

In many environmental histories, rivers feature primarily as victims of human abuse. This paper shifts the perspective, focusing on what rivers do to us rather than what we do to them. Rivers illustrate the limits of human authority as well as our transformative abilities, and their capacity to shape and inspire us is as strong as our ability to harness and pollute them. Environmental historian Peter Coates will examine the possibilities of a fluvio-centric version of liquid history. Rather than taking a view from the bridge, he considers the view from under the bridge.

# Thursday 15th May 2014, 4.30pm - Professor Donald MacKenzie, University of Edinburgh
Machines and Markets: The Island Matching Engine and the Inversion of Finance
Venue: Small Lecture Theatre, Department of Geography, Downing Site

This paper examines an important ‘slice’ of the history of today’s fully automated high-frequency trading: the emergence in the 1990s of Island, a new venue for the electronic trading of shares, and the development of its matching engine (a matching engine is the part of an exchange’s computer system that consummates trades). The paper will explore a number of analytical themes, including:
• Innovation as locally-situated bricolage, where the local situation included one of the sharpest ever conflicts within U.S. finance.
• Island’s matching engine as a machine that compressed time and (subjectively) expanded space.
• An actor-network theory ‘inversion’, in which the ‘micro’ became ‘macro’ and vice versa.
The paper will be a development of a joint article with Juan Pablo Pardo-Guerra, which is forthcoming in Economy and Society.

Seminars in Cultural and Historical Geography

All seminars begin at 1pm and take place in the Hardy Building, Room 101 (unless otherwise stated), Department of Geography. All welcome!

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The Cambridge Group for the History of Population and Social Structure - seminar series

Research seminar series run by the Cambridge Group for the History of Population and Social Structure.
The support of the Trevelyan Fund (Faculty of History) is gratefully acknowledged.

All seminars will take place at 1 pm in the History Faculty, Room 5. Sandwiches and fruit will be available from 12.45pm.

Convenors: Leigh Shaw-Taylor (lmws2@cam.ac.uk), Romola Davenport (rjd23@cam.ac.uk) and Alice Reid (alice.reid@geog.cam.ac.uk).

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# Monday 28th April 2014, 1.00pm - Dr Samantha Williams (Cambridge)
The maintenance of bastard children in London, 1770-1834
Venue: Seminar Room 5, Faculty of History

Abstract not available

# Monday 12th May 2014, 1.00pm - Dr Antonio Cámara (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona)
The implications of the relationship between height and mortality for historical demography. Evidence from contextual and individual approaches in 19th-Century Spain
Venue: Seminar Room 5, Faculty of History

Abstract not available

# Monday 9th June 2014, 1.00pm - Stefan Öberg (University of Gothenburg)
Long-term changes in sickness among young men in Sweden, 1851-1930: Evidence from military sources
Venue: Seminar Room 5, Faculty of History

Abstract not available

Cambridge Conservation Seminars

The series is intended to provide a research and social focus for university lecturers, research staff and postgraduate students interested in conservation research. The primary aim is to inform university colleagues of what research is going on in different departments and to bring in high quality outside speakers. Equally, members of conservation organisations are welcome to attend. A key element is the opportunity after each talk to socialise with colleagues from different departments and organisations.

Generously funded by the CCI Strategic Initiative Fund
http://www.conservation.cam.ac.uk/

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# Wednesday 14th May 2014, 5.00pm - Dr Andrew Knight; Imperial College London
rescheduled from end of 2013-14 series
RESCHEDULED - The Devil's in the Detail: Designing Instruments, Incentives and Institutions for Stewardship Initiatives on Private Land
Venue: Large Lecture Theatre, Department of Geography, Downing Site

Abstract not available

Environmental Systems and Processes - Department of Geography

Seminars within the Environmental Systems and Processes research group of the Department of Geography.

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Polar Physical Sciences

Quaternary Discussion Group (QDG)