1. Reputation, Emotion and the Market (University of Oxford, 19-20th March 2010)
This event will focus on the role that seemingly non-economic factors such as reputation, trust and confidence play in shaping conceptualisations of the market and economic behaviour—both individual and corporate—in the long nineteenth century in America. It will consider what the financial panics of the 19th Century can teach us about the present and vice versa, as well as looking at the changing nature of corruption and scandal.
2. Reading the Market (University of Manchester, 10-11th September 2010)
This symposium will be centred on the ways that both experts and non-experts learned to “read” the emerging market in securities. It will look at the epistemologies and forms of subjectivity shaped by market engagement, and will investigate e.g. the forms of financial knowledge, statistical information, visualisation and financial forecasting as ways of representing the market.
3. Power and the History of Capitalism (New School, New York, April 15-16th 2011)
This conference seeks to sharpen our long-term historical perspective on relations of power, politics and modern capitalism, with a special emphasis on United States history from the eighteenth to the twenty-first century. We ask how capitalism and its periodic crises have revised political rights and responsibilities, reconfigured political practices and institutions, and redistributed wealth. Conversely, we aim to analyze how power relations – whether organized by state policy and laws, or structured by social norms and institutions, articulated in ideology, or embedded within racial, gender and class relations — have shaped economic outcomes. The ongoing crises of contemporary capitalism – as well as the heightened emphasis on questions of power within the social sciences and humanities – invest these questions with new urgency.
4. The New History of American Capitalism (Harvard, 17-19 November 2011)
I. Making Markets
a. Re: the way markets are constructed on the ground, in real time, by improvisation and experimentation and the way these markets are embedded within institutions, cultures, and relations of power.
II. Capitalism and Governance
a. Re: the contested identification of political and economic liberalism, including
i. the changing form of commercial organization as a structure of governance, both internally and externally
ii. the changing interactions between the state and capital
III. North America as a Global Actor
a. Re: the American political economy of capitalism as it is embedded in the global economy, including the questions how the US has exemplified and exported liberal capitalism? what historical continuities or disjunctions appear?
IV. Representing the Market
a. Re: the market as imagined, legitimated, modeled — and the effect of that articulation as the agenda of our consciousness