Online Memorial to Charles Tilly

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The presentations and papers of the Hirschman Prize ceremony and memorial conference in honor of Charles Tilly (Oct. 3-5, 2008) are now available online , including contributions from Craig Calhoun, Jack Goldstone, Ira Katznelson, Joan Scott, Bill Sewell, Sidney Tarrow, Immanuel Wallerstein, Lynn Eden, Viviana Zelizer, and others. At the memorial conference, the Social Science Research Council (SSRC) and the Social Science History Association (SSHA) announced the creation of the Charles Tilly and Louise Tilly Fund for Social Science History .

Charles Tilly was one of the giants of social science and remains through his teaching, writing, and leadership a formative influence on the study of politics, social movements, inequality, states, French and British history, and historical social science in general. In recognition of his extraordinary achievements, Tilly was selected the winner of the 2008 Albert O. Hirschman Prize, awarded by the Social Science Research Council (SSRC) several weeks before his death on April 29th, 2008. Shortly after his death, the SSRC launched a web site of "Tributes to Charles Tilly" ( ), featuring essays by several of his close colleagues and former students and providing the opportunity to submit tributes online ( The "Tributes to Charles Tilly" also include a page with "Annotated Links to Charles Tilly Resources" ( ), providing extensive information about Charles Tilly's life and work. Furthermore, there is a page listing the newspaper obituaries from around the world ( ). And as a prelude and pre-announcement of the conference, the SSRC published an interactive version of Charles Tilly's new article “Memorials to Credit & Blame” ( ).

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