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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How Slavery Led to Modern Capitalism: Echoes
The Program on the Study of Capitalism is excited to announce a new reading group on the history of capitalism.
If you are interested in finding out more about the group, please contact Rudi Batzell at rbatzell [@] fas.harvard.edu. To join the group's email list, please click here.
SPRING 2012 READING SCHEDULE
Wednesday, January 25th
Planning Meeting to discuss Spring Term readings, all are welcome
This fall, Sven Beckert will teach a graduate research seminar on the global history of capitalism since 1750. After an introduction to some of the central debates in the economic, social and political history of capitalism, students will be guided to write a major research paper. Interested students should consult the syllabus for more details.
We are thrilled to announce the inaugural winners of our first ever 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. For the inaugural award, program Chairs Sven Beckert and Christine Desan have selected two students who wrote superb essays based on original research. We are happy to congratulate Duane Rudolph (Harvard Law Schoool) and Shaun Nichols (History)!