The English East India Company: Social Networks & Institutional Change

24/02/20176:00 pm-7:30 pm
Habib University

Date: Friday, February 24th
Time: 6:00-7.30 PM
Venue: Habib University

About the Speaker:

Emily Erikson conducts research in the fields of social networks, comparative historical sociology, organizations, theory, and economic sociology. Her focus is on the role of social networks in historical and cultural change. Her book, Between Monopoly and Free Trade: The English East India Company, (Princeton University Press, 2014) examines the impact of social networks on the fortunes of the English East India Company and by extension the relationship between Britain and Asia.

About the Talk:

Emily Erikson’s lecture provides an answer to the historical puzzle of why the English East India Company was such a singularly dynamic force in the expansion of trade between Europe and Asia. This puzzle is particularly compelling because it is nested within the larger historical questions of why Western Europe experienced a unique trajectory of rapid economic development and how the relationship between Europe and Asia came to shift so rapidly in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.

Professor Erikson’s talk will be accompanied by an exhibition, Imperial Connections, from 5pm to 8pm, illustrating the history of social networks and institutional change in South Asia. The exhibition has been curated by Communication & Design Class of 2018 student Arqam Khan, C&D faculty member Dr. Markus Heidingsfelder, and Social Development & Policy (SDP) faculty member & Director of IDRAC Center Dr. Hafeez Jamali.