Dr. James Stafford - Post-Doctoral Researcher


James Stafford

Post-doctoral project:
Commercial Treaties Between "Political Economy" and "International Law", 1750-1950


 

Biography
since 10/2017 Postdoctoral Researcher in the Research Training Group "World Politics", Bielefeld University
since 10/2015 Co-editor, Renewal: A Journal of Social Democracy, www.renewal.org.uk.
10/2016 - 10/2017 Stipendiary Lecturer in Modern History, St. Hugh's College, Oxford University, UK
10/2012 - 10/2016 Ph.D. History, Emmanuel College, Cambridge University, UK. Dissertation title: 'Political Economy and the Reform of Empire in Ireland, 1778-1845'
10/2011 - 07/2012 M.Phil. Political Thought and Intellectual History, Emmanuel College, Cambridge University, UK
06/2010 - 10/2012 Parliamentary Assistant to Gregg McClymont MP, Scottish Labour, Shadow Minister for Pensions
10/2007 - 06/2010 B.A. Modern History, St. Hugh's College, Oxford University, UK
Abstract

I am conducting a major (5-year) research project focusing on the role of commercial treaties in the construction, organisation and reproduction of a world-political economy from c. 1750-1950. The aim is to produce a general history of the 'commercial treaty' as a crucial component within an emergent 'world politics'.

My particular approach combines intellectual, legal, economic and international history. I examine the classification, number, distribution and content of commercial treaties, as registers of interaction between the European balance of power, European colonial empires, and the world economy. I aim to reconstruct how a nexus of political and economic relationships between states and peoples (including relationships of subordination and hierarchy) were formalised through the institution of treaties. These, in turn, both reflected and shaped emergent conceptions of a 'world economy/market' and 'international law'.

Publications
  • Stafford, J. (2018). The Scottish Enlightenment and the British-Irish Union of 1801. In: Lloyd-Jones, N. and Scull, M., eds., Four Nations Approaches to Modern 'British' History: A (Dis)United Kingdom?, 1st ed. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Stafford, J., Sutcliffe-Braithwaite, F. (2018). 'Work, Autonomy and Community', Renewal: A Journal of Social Democracy, 26 (1).
  • Stafford, J., Sutcliffe-Braithwaite, F. (2017). 'Ready for Government?', Renewal: A Journal of Social Democracy, 25 (3-4).
  • Stafford, J. (2016). The Alternative to Perpetual Peace: Britain, Ireland and the Case for Union in Friedrich Gentz's Historisches Journal, 1799-1800. Modern Intellectual History, 13(1), pp. 63-91.
  • Stafford, J. (2015). The Revenge of Sovereignty: The Scottish National Party, the Financial Crisis and UK Constitutional Reform, Sheffield Political Economy Research Institute Paper, No. 20.
  • Stafford, J. (2011). "Stay at Home": The Politics of Nuclear Civil Defence, 1963-83. Twentieth Century British History, 23(3), pp. 383-407.
Conferences
  • Stafford, J. (2018) "The French Revolution, Peasant Proprietorship and the Origins of the Irish 'Land Question' ", paper presented the "21st Conference of Irish Historians in Britain 2018, Political Thought in Ireland", 8 September, University of Northumbria.
  • Stafford, J. (2018) "Ideology, Fundamental Institutions and Trade Regimes", paper presented at the international workshop "World Society and its History", Institut für Weltgesellschaft, 10-11 June, Munich.
  • Stafford, J. (2018) "Commercial Empire, Hierarchy and the Irish Kingdom in the 1780s", at the Second Annual Conference on International Relations and History: 'Hierarchies and Empires in International Relations'", Queens College, 11 May, Cambridge.
  • Stafford, J. (2018) "The mart in Europe for the trade of America": Ireland and the British World in the 1780s', paper presented at the international conference "Splendid Isolation? Insularity in British History", Centre for British Studies, 5 May, Humboldt University.

News

Forthcoming:

18/12/2018:
Guest lecture by Theresa Koloma Beck (Munich): "Globalisation an the Everyday. How sociologies of everyday life can contribute to globalisation research"
At 18.15 in room X-C3-107, (lecture series 'Signaturen der Weltgesellschaft' jointly organised with the Institute for World Society)

08/01/2019:
Guest lecture by Anja Weiß (Duisburg-Essen): "Sociology of Global Inequalities"
At 18.15 in room X-C3-107, (lecture series 'Signaturen der Weltgesellschaft' jointly organised with the Institute for World Society)

 

Past:

09 and 10/2018:
Second workshop organised by RTG researchers: 'Balance and Competition in World Politics'

24/10/2018:
Guest lecture by Dr. Benjamin Tallis (Institute of International Relations, Prague): "Identities, Borderscapes, (dis)orders: Understanding the EU's Migration and Neighbourhood Crisis"
At 18.15 in room X-C3-107, (lecture series 'Signaturen der Weltgesellschaft' jointly organised with the Institute for World Society)

01 and 02/10/2018:
First workshop organised by RTG researchers: 'Imagining Belonging in World Politics: Concepts, practices and struggles'

13/09/2018:
Workshop with Deborah Ruggieri "Attention please & the power of persuasion". A workshop for female PhD students funded by the RTGs equal opportunity fund.

12/07/2018:
Guest Lecture by Georgios Varouxakis (London)
"Towards a genealogy of the concept of the West" presented by Prof. Dr. Georgios Varouxakis (Queen Mary University), Thursday 12 July at 18.15 in room X-C3-107.

19/06/2018:
Guest Lecture by Ursula Mense-Petermann (Bielefeld)
Lecture series 'Signaturen der Weltgesellschaft' jointly organized with the Institute for World Society on "Observing transnational labor markets through the lens of economic sociology - on the production of a transnational labor market in the meat industry" presented by Prof. Dr. Ursula Mense-Petermann (Bielefeld University), 19 June at 18.15 in room X-C3-107.

 

07/06/2018:
Workshop with Jennifer Pitts (Chicago)
Workshop jointly organized with the Bielefeld Graduate School in History and Sociology on "Boundaries of the International" held by Prof. Dr. Jennifer Pitts (University of Chicago)

05/06/2018:
Guest Lecture by Shih-Jiunn Shi (Bielefeld)
Lecture series 'Signaturen der Weltgesellschaft' jointly organized with the Institute for World Society on "Cultural Convergence or Political-economic Divergence: A Comparative Perspective on the Welfare Development in Greater China" presented by Shih-Jiunn Shi (Fellow at the Centre for Interdisciplinary Research Bielefeld).

08/05/2018:
Guest Lecture by Or Rosenboim (London)
Lecture series 'Signaturen der Weltgesellschaft' jointly organized with the Institute for World Society on "Globalism: Historical Perspectives on a Contested Concept" presented by Dr. Or Rosenboim.

10/04/2018:
RTG newsletter was launched
The RTG successfully launched its newsletter. The first issue is now available online. The newsletter provides an overview of past developments and events of the RTG and informs about future events. The next issue is expected to be published at the end of the summer semester.

02/03/2018:
New doctoral researcher joined the RTG
On 01 March, Karlson Preuss took up his position in the Research Training Group. In his doctoral dissertation, he focuses on "The Unwritten Constitution as an Intersection between Global Law and World Politics".

19/12/2017:
A touch of world politics in Bad Salzuflen
The RTG participated in the Annual Retreat of the Institute for World Society Studies on 14 and 15 December 2017 in Bad Salzuflen. More.

08/11/2017:
Guest lecture by George Lawson (LSE) on 28 November
>We would like to invite you to the Guest lecture "Global Historical Sociology" by Dr. George Lawson (LSE) on Tuesday, 28 November at 18:15 in room no. X C3-107.

27/10/2017:
RTG "World Politics" officially launched
Ten international young scientists and eleven principal investigators will investigate the emergence of world politics as a specific type of politics from an interdisciplinary perspective. More.

13/10/2017:
Official Opening of the RTG on 24 October
We would like to invite you to the Official Opening of the RTG and the guest lecture "'Lies are the Law of the World!' News and Global Media Networks in the Twentieth Century" by Prof. Dr. Heidi Tworek (University of British Columbia, Vancouver) on Tuesday, 24 October at 18:15 in room no. X C3-107.

01/10/2017:
The RTG "World Politics" started on 01 October
On 01 October 2017, the Research Training Group "World politics: The emergence of political arenas and modes of observation in world society" started. Nine doctoral researchers and one post-doctoral researcher took up their positions.

01/11/2016:
The RTG is approved
We are pleased to announce that the DFG has approved our Research Training Group application. The new Research Training Group `World politics: The emergence of political arenas and modes of observation in world society´ will start 01 October 2017.