The Program on the Study of Capitalism is pleased to announce the Program on the Study of Capitalism Research Fellowships, supported by a grant from the Harvard Institute for Global Law and Policy. Research Fellowships are available to support summer travel and living expenses in amounts from $2500 to $5000 for students doing research on the political economy of capitalism. Those with interdisciplinary approaches are particularly encouraged to apply.
Eric Hobsbawm, 1917-2012
This year the historical profession lost one of its finest minds: Eric Hobsbawm (1917-2012). Eric Foner writes in the Nation on Hobsbawm's enormous influence on the writing of history and commends Hobsbawm's life-long commitment to social justice. A wonderful interview with Hobsbawm is available from the BBC.
CALL FOR PAPERS
The Global E. P. Thompson:
Reflections on the Making of the English Working Class after Fifty Years
In 2012-13, the Workshop takes “Financial Capitalism” as its theme. The financial crisis of 2008-09 (and continuing) exposed the urgency of understanding the modern architecture of money and finance. The seminar begins with several reading sessions. One focuses on varied approaches -- liberal, Marxist, and unaligned -- to finance capitalism and its power. Another reading session considers the phenomenon of instability in the modern financial order. In turn, we will hear from scholars who are grappling with these issues in their own scholarship.
On Tuesday, April 17, the Harvard and Slavery Research Project will be screening the documentary Traces of the Trade: A Story from the Deep North. The film tells the story of filmmaker Katrina Browne's discovery that her New England ancestors—the DeWolfs—were the largest slave-trading family in U.S.
Seth Rockman has just published an exciting new piece on the importance of the study of capitalism to Civil War Era Scholarship. You can find his essay, part of the inaugural issue of the Journal of the Civil War Era, here.
We are pleased to announce the winner of our second annual student paper prize in Political Economy. This prize is awarded to graduate students enrolled in the Harvard's Workshop on the Political Economy of Modern Capitalism. Selection is based on research papers prepared for the seminar. We have selected Rudi Batzell (History) for this year's award! Please see below for an abstract of his winning paper.
You can read about last year's winning essays, by Shaun Nichols and Duane Rudoph here.
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