The Political Economy of Modern Capitalism Workshop will be exploring the theme of labor this year. The workshop can be taken as a course, and students can enroll through either GSAS (History 2480hf) or at the Law School (Law 2168). The Workshop also brings invited speakers to campus for sessions that are open to the public.
The Global E. P. Thompson
Columbia Law School’s Center on Global Legal Transformation has a vacancy for a postdoc position. The postdoc will participate in the Center’s activities focusing, inter alia, law and finance theories, their impact on financial regulation, and alternative regulatory approaches based on new theoretical approaches.
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.