HEDG ANNUAL REPORT, 2001-2
We have had a reasonably good year. Our membership experienced some real increase given the normal turnover rate. Under the joint management of our absentee voluntary IT manager Dr. Mar Rubio and HEDG secretary Dr. Kent Deng, our web-site (via www. jiscmail.ac.uk) had its normal exposure to the public. Our financial position under the management of our Treasurer Dr. Janet Hunter was healthy (still in the black in our current account).
We have maintained our two academic forums: the LSE weekly seminar on comparative economic history of Africa, Asia and Latin America (with the help of STICERD) and our annual workshop. The seminars attracted an increased number of research students, not only in history but also in other academic disciplines. So, the effort to reach out for a larger audience did pay off. The quality of papers presented at the seminars was very high. Guest speakers were invited from overseas. During the Lent Term, on the theme of ‘Economic Imperialism Re-visited’, two professors from Osaka University presented their individual works, which was unprecedented.
This year’s annual workshop, held on 7th May at LSE, was a success after two months’ plan and advertisement. Efforts were made to inform research students. In all, there were nine papers submitted which covered a wide range of issues regarding history and economic development in the Third World with the breakdown of Africa (x 2), Asia (x 4), Latin America (x 1) and the whole Third World (x 2). The workshop began with a paper by Professor Patrick O’Brien on world trade and its real impact on the world economy and reached its climax with a paper by Professor/Lord Meghnad Desai on globalisation and growth in the Third World.
At the annual general meeting on 7th May, Professor William Gervase Clarence-Smith (SOAS) was re-elected by popular acclaim as the Chairman of the group for another year. Dr. Janet Hunter (LSE) stayed on as the Treasurer and Dr. Kent Deng (LSE), the Secretary. This will maintain the stability of the group for 2002-3.
At the meeting suggestions were made in the following areas. First, HEDG should be more active in liaison with some other societies outside the UK. The European Association of Evolutionary Political Economy wished to link web-sites (eaepe.tuwien.ac.at) and run a joint project with HEDG for workshops and conferences. This will be pursued in due course. Second, a suggestion was made to seek possible funding from bodies such as the British Academy and Economic History Association for residential conferences. Third, a suggestion was also made that under the current circumstances, the minimalist approach in terms of registration and fees should be maintained.