In April 2015 Dr Benjamin Mountford and Dr Stephen Tuffnell (Oxford) convened an international conference at Oxford's Rothermere American Institute. The conference, a collaboration between the Rothermere and the Oxford Centre for Global History featured keynote addresses from James Belich (Balliol) and Mae Ngai (Colombia).
Contributors Included: Elliott West (Arkansas), David Goodman (Melbourne), Benjamin Mountford (Corpus Christi), Jan-Georg Deutsch (St Cross), Cassandra Mark-Thiesen (Basel), Ian Phimister (Free State), Stephen Tuffnell (Corpus Christi), Keir Reeves (Federation), Andrew Isenberg (Temple), Erik Eklund (Federation), Robert Fletcher (Warwick), John Darwin (Nuffield) and Jay Sexton (Oxford).
The conference has also inspired a forthcoming edited collection. A Global History of Gold Rushes will bring together leading historians of the United States, Australasia and Africa to consider for the first time the global history of gold rushes, circa 1848-1910. As well as editing the collection with Dr Stephen Tuffnell, Benjamin will write on one of the great philosophical themes of gold mining history in a chapter entitled: ‘The Pacific Gold Rushes and the Struggle for Order’.