In the fall of 2005, Professors Sven Beckert (FAS, Dept. of History) and Christine Desan (HLS) initiated a new graduate student-faculty research seminar on the Political Economy of Modern Capitalism. The workshop aimed to provide a forum for the intensive interdisciplinary study of capitalism with particular attention to it as an historically situated process of regulating social relations. The topic is unparalleled in importance. As a political economic form, capitalism defines not only market dynamics, but contemporary governance structures and social relations. The study of its growth and development therefore attracts scholars from a wide variety of fields, and we believe that their contributions can powerfully stimulate mutual insight.
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The workshop is on hiatus for 2016-2017, but the Program on the Study of Capitalism will still be holding some events. For more information on upcoming sessions, please check the calendar.