History of European Agricultural Statistics Workshop

Friday 4 November 2016

at the Centre for Institutions and Economic History in association with the History Group of the Royal Statistical Society

Room 101, Henley Business School, Whiteknights Campus, University of Reading, Reading RG6 6UD.  Link to venue website

Register for free with: Lisa Bud-Frierman (CIEH Associate) lisa.budfrierman@gmail.com

Co-organisers: Eileen Magnello (UCL), James Kneale (UCL) & Sam Randalls (UCL)

Please email Lisa Bud-Frierman (CIEH Associate) lisa.budfrierman [at] gmail *dot* com if you’re interested in attending. Registration is free.
If you are interested in joining the History Group of the Royal Statistical Society (RSS), please email clanata *at* gmail [dot) com
Cecilia Lanata Briones,  Social Media Secretary of the History Group of the Royal Statistical Society


9:30: Registration

9:50: Welcome and Introductory Remarks, Mark Casson (Reading)

10:00: Session 1: The Emergence of Inferential Statistical Theory & Practice

Eileen Magnello (UCL & RSS) ‘The role of agriculture in the development of a new statistical methodology: From Sir John Sinclair to Sir R. A. Fisher’

Olivier Thas (Ghent) ‘The randomisation principle’

11:00: Coffee/Tea

11:30: Session 2: Statistics Applied to Climate and Crop Production

James Kneale (UCL & RSS) and Sam Randalls (UCL& RSS) ‘A geography of risk: hail insurance and agricultural statistics in England, 1840-1890’

David Stead (University College Dublin) ‘The farm records of Rev. Ralph Sadleir, County Dublin, Ireland, 1857-61’

Guiditta Parolini (University of Edinburgh) ‘A piece of operational research in the agricultural field’: the Survey of Fertiliser Practice during the 1940s and 1950s’

13:00: Lunch

14:00: Session 3: European Official Agricultural Statistics

Ida Stamhuis (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam) ‘The Netherlands as a statistical laboratory in Europe, the case of agriculture 1850 – 1940’

Lisa Bud-Frierman (CIEH & RSS) ‘Negotiating the things and the people that count: the breakthrough Scottish agricultural statistics experiments of the 1850s’

Michael Turner (Hull) ‘1866 and All That: the origins and development of the June Returns’

15:30: Tea

16:00: Session 4: Statistical Knowledge and Interpretation

Carl Griffin (Sussex), ‘The making of the English poor as biological subjects’

Karen Sayer (Leeds Trinity University) ‘Sheep Production in the UK in the nineteenth century: the circulation, interpretation and effect of statistical knowledge’

Matthew Paskins (Aberystwyth) ‘Counting (on) wild plant resources’

17:30: Concluding Discussion

18:00: Close

18:30: Speakers and non-speakers are cordially invited to join us after the workshop for informal drinks and dinner.

Further information about the RSS History Group :

To add your name to the RSS History Group e-mail list please contact Cecilia Lanata Briones at clanata@gmail.com

Twitter: @HistoryofStats
Facebook: The History Group of the Royal Statistical Society


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