Thursday 14 June 2012

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A. Bigelow

 Allison BIGELOW

Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture, College of William and Mary

Allison Bigelow is NEH/Institute Postdoctoral Fellow at the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture at the College of William & Mary. Her book project, Cultural Touchstones: Mining, Refining, and the Languages of Empire in the Early Americas, traces the overlaps and divergences in the mining and metallurgical technologies and vocabularies of Spanish and British America. This comparative study of mineralogical sciences and the languages of empire shows the similarities and differences between and among the largest indigenous and European empires of the Americas as they developed over the course of the colonial period.

By following the shared search for gold in the fifteenth century into different methods of silver metallurgy developed in the sixteenth century, and then tracing the very different epistemologies and practices associated with the base metals required for industrialization, namely copper exploitation in the early-seventeenth century extended Caribbean and ironworks in late-seventeenth century New England, the book shows how we can understand the movement of empire and ideas in the early Americas through language and materials.

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R. Doty

 Richard DOTY

National Numismatic Collection (NNC) of the Smithsonian Institution

National Numismatic Collection

Born Portland, Oregon, USA, 11 January 1942

A.B. (History), Portland State College, 1964

Ph.D. (Latin-American Studies), University of Southern California, 1968

Professional Career:
1) College Professor: Central College (Iowa), 1967-1970; York College, CUNY, 1970-1971; University of Guam, 1971-1973
Freeelanced 1973-1974
2) Numismatist: American Numismatic Society, 1974-1986, National Numismatic Collection (Smithsonian Institution), 1986-present.

One of the organizers of ICOMON (International Committee of Money and Bank Museums, part of ICOM), and its president for two consecutive terms, 1998-2001, 2001-2004.

Publications include 100 or so short radio scripts on numismatics, appearing on National Public Radio; two hundred or so articles in print, covering every aspect of numismatics from ancient times to the present; and eight books (sole author), plus four more that I edited or co-edited.

Awards, Millennial Medal, Royal Numismatic Society, 2000; Archer M. Huntington Medal, American Numismatic Society, 2012  


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D. Flynn

 Dennis FLYNN

University of the Pacific

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E. Kaske

 Elisabeth KASKE

Carnegie Mellon University

Elisabeth Kaske is associate professor of Chinese Studies at the Department of Modern Languages of Carnegie Mellon University. Her current book project Deploying Social Capital: The Political Economy of Office Selling in Nineteenth Century China explores how, after 1850, the Qing government used the sale of office and rank as a fiscal emergency tool to aid its recovery from a string of internal rebellions and external wars. Rather than discounting office selling simply as a corrupt and outdated practice, this research aims to show how conventional institutions adapt to changing circumstances under externally and internally induced social and political change.

The project traces institutional practices developed in office selling through various areas of government finance including inter-provincial finance, monetary policy, taxation, and government debt. It tries to pinpoint the exact moment and conditions when such institutions lose their functionalities (including those newly gained in the process of adaptation) and become anachronisms that harm rather than aid further development.

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