Teaching the History of Capitalism

17 10 2012

Last spring, Noam Maggor and Sven Beckert organized a one-day workshop on “Teaching the History of Capitalism.” Scholars from universities across the United States spent a day at Harvard discussing their teaching strategies and exchanging ideas on pedagogy. The meeting was a great success.

They have now posted a report of the proceedings, and have also assembled a number of syllabi of courses on the History of Capitalism.


Harvard Program on the Study of Capitalism

27 09 2012

The Program on the Study of Capitalism has an exciting program scheduled for this academic year. Please make note of the many upcoming events – from the Political Economy Seminar, to conferences, lectures, reading groups, and dissertation workshops. All the details are listed in the calendar:

Political Economy Seminar: Finance Capital
The Political Economy of Modern Capitalism Seminar is exploring the theme of “Finance Capital” this year. A full list of speakers and dates is available here:

On October 29th, Carl Wennerlind will offer the first talk in the series on “An Inexhaustible Treasure: Slavery as the Foundation for the English Financial Revolution.”

Conference: The Global Thirties
On Friday, October 19th, along with the Weatherhead Initiative in Global History, the Program will be hosting a conference on “The Global Thirties: Responses to the Great Depression.”

Full List of Political Economy of Modern Capitalism Seminar Speakers

October 29: Prof. Carl Wennerlind, Barnard College (History), “An Inexhaustible Treasure: Slavery as the Foundation for the English Financial Revolution”

Comment: Sophus Reinert, HBS

November 12: Prof. Morgan Ricks, Vanderbilt Law School, “Moneymaking: A Monetary System Design”

    Comment: Amar Bhide, Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy

November 26:  Prof. James Livingston, Rutgers University (History), “Finance Capital: An Extremely Brief History of the Politics, and Vice Versa, ca. 1898-2010”

    Comment: Stephen Marglin, Harvard Economics

February 11: Prof. Roy Kreitner, Tel Aviv Univ. School of Law, “This Standard Which Is Not One: Gold and Multiple Liquidity Regimes”

February 25: Prof. Annelise Riles, Cornell Univ. Law School, “Against Market Totalitarianism: Thinking Through Legal Technique”  

March 11: Speaker Session: Prof. David Moss, HBS, and Roger Lowenstein, journalist/author, “The Federal Reserve and the Banking Crisis of 1931”

March 25: Prof. Mary Poovey, NYU Univ. (Literature), “The Foundations of Finance,” from A Modern Way of Knowing: The History of Financial Modeling (work in progress)

Job Search: Political Economy and American Society

23 08 2012

The George Washington University Department of American Studies seeks to appoint a scholar of political economy as a tenure-track assistant professor or tenured associate professor beginning Fall 2013. Research and teaching interests may include the social or cultural dimensions of work, wealth, capitalism, labor movements, globalization, neoliberalism, market exchange, consumer society, or related topics in American political economy.

Basic Qualifications: Applicants at the associate professor rank must hold a Ph.D. in American Studies or a related discipline and exhibit a strong record of scholarly publications and teaching. Applicants at the assistant professor rank must hold a Ph.D. in American Studies or a related field by August 1, 2013, and have teaching experience and research potential/experience, as demonstrated by works in progress or scholarly publications. ABD applicants will be considered but must complete all requirements for the Ph.D. by August 1, 2013.

Application Procedure: To apply, please complete an online faculty application at https://www.gwu.jobs/postings/10976 and upload a cover letter, CV, and thirty-page writing sample. In addition, please email three letters of recommendation to amstjob@gwu.edu.
Review of applications will begin on September 17, 2012, and will continue until the position is filled. Only complete applications will be considered. The George Washington University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and particularly encourages applications from women and persons of color. Further information: go.gwu.edu/americanstudies

Job Search: History of Capitalism

4 08 2012

Job Search:

History of Capitalism in Modern America. The Department of History at Brown University invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professorship in the history of capitalism defined broadly to encompass candidates working in labor history (free and unfree), business history, economic history, history of economic thought, history of consumer society, and the political economy of the nineteenth and/or twentieth-century US. The successful candidate must show exceptional scholarly promise and will be expected to teach a range of courses at the undergraduate level (including general chronological courses), as well as to participate in a graduate program that seeks to generate connections across chronological and geographical specializations. The appointment will begin on July 1, 2013, or as soon as possible thereafter. Receipt of the Ph.D. is expected by the time of appointment. Interested candidates should submit a letter of application, a curriculum vitae, and three letters of reference via Interfolio http://www.interfolio.com/apply/13885. Queries may be addressed to Seth Rockman, Chair, History of Capitalism Search, at Seth_Rockman@brown.edu. The deadline for receiving applications is October 15, 2012. Brown University is an EEO/AA employer. Women and members of underrepresented racial and ethnic groups are encouraged to apply. 

Ideas in History: CFP for special theme issue on history of economic ideas

17 06 2012

We are interested in work that investigates the moral and cultural histories of economic rationalities and practice; work that traces the ways in which modern economic rationality became natural, and the ways in which it had to struggle (or collaborate) with religious and scientific authorities in order to gain legitimacy. Studies might concern various economic topics and practices, such as finance, poverty, markets, the state, regulation debates, statistics, money, insurance, etc., but it should investigate these from a perspective and/or methodology that can clearly be identified as affiliated with the discipline of intellectual history. Indeed, economic practices and rationalities offer great opportunities for being studied as representation, discourse, rhetoric, ideology, signs, symbols, etc., instead of merely being cold-hearted facts, graphs, figures, laws or objective truths that are not mediated through culture.

Full here: CFP, History of Economic Ideas.

The Sovereign Economy: Three Hundred Years of Capitalism

14 06 2012

Tel Aviv University, 20-21 June 2012. Speakers include Michael Zakim, Sven Beckert, Amy Dru Stanley, Jackson Lears. Poster here:

Sovereign Economy

Theorizing the Contemporary – Finance

7 06 2012

Special issue of Cultural Anthropology, edited by Bill Maurer

For an Anthropology of Atmospheric Markets: The Exemplary Case of Financial Markets

Michel Callon, Csi Ecole des mines de Paris

“Smart Targeting” & the Meaning of Money
Marieke de Goede, University of Amsterdam

Community and Money, Local and European
Luigi Doria, Centre Maurice Halbwachs (CNRS – EHESS – ENS), Paris
Luca Fantacci, Bocconi University, Milan

The Passions of Credit and the Dangers of Debt
Julia Elyachar, University of California – Irvine

Life in Financial Calendrics
Jane I. Guyer, Johns Hopkins University

The “Real Economy” and its Pariahs: Questioning Moral Dichotomies in Contemporary Capitalism

Ellen Hertz, University of Neuchatel
Stefan Leins, University of Zurich

Occupy Finance and the Paradox/Possibilities of Productivity
Karen Ho, University of Minnesota

The Fear Index and Frankenstein Finance
Paul Langley, Department of Geography, Durham University, UK

What can anthropologists of finance teach us about the MERS we now find ourselves in
Vincent Antonin Lepinay

The End of Finance?

Hirokazu Miyazaki, Cornell University

Coping with the Discount Rate
Fabian Muniesa, Centre de Sociologie de l’Innovation, Mines ParisTech, Paris

Why does (or doesn’t) finance need an anthropology?
Horacio Ortiz, Centre de Sociologie de l’Innovation, Mines ParisTech, Paris

Why does finance need an anthropology?
…Because financial value is a reality.

Martha Poon, New York University

Joining the Dots
Michael Pryke, Open University

Is this capitalism? If not, then what is it?

Annelise Riles, Cornell University

A Dispatch from the Future (of Money and Technology Summit)

Lana Swartz, University of Southern California

‘An Anthropologist on Wall Street’
Gillian Tett, Financial Times

The Ethics of Wall Street
Caitlin Zaloom, New York University