Nov 2011: Teaching Capitalism

The history of capitalism emerged initially as a framework for new historical research.  Much of the field’s strength and vitality, however, has been drawn from the enthusiastic reception it received from undergraduate and graduate students.  The demand for courses that use historical methods to engage issues of political economy in innovative ways has often been overwhelming.  Lectures, seminars, and tutorials on the topic are now offered at a wide range of schools, including Harvard, Princeton, Brown, University of Chicago, the New School for Social Research, and Vanderbilt.  With the understanding that the success of the field will be determined in classrooms and lecture halls, not merely in the archives and on the pages of scholarly journals, this conference represents an attempt to discuss both the overarching goals and the day-to-day details of teaching about capitalism.  Please register if you would like to attend.

November 17, 2011

All sessions will take place in CGIS S050, see for details.  
12:00-1:00 - Lunch 
Welcome: Sven Beckert, Harvard University
Introduction: Noam Maggor, Vanderbilt University
1:00-2:15 - Surveying the History of Capitalism, Chair: Caitlin Rosenthal
Sean Adams, University of Florida
Sven Beckert, Harvard University
Chris McKenna, Oxford University
2:30-3:45 - Capitalism as a Category of Analysis, Chair: Eli Cook
Stephen Mihm,  University of Georgia
Elizabeth Shermer, Loyola University
Jenifer Van Vleck, Yale University
4:00-5:30 - Beyond the Survey: Research seminars, Chair: Noam Maggor
Julia Ott, The New School
Benjamin Waterhouse, UNC Chapel Hill
Laura Linard, Harvard Business School's Baker Library 
Please register if you would like to attend the workshop or the "New History of American Capitalism."