Seminar on the Political Economy of Modern Capitalism

In the fall of 2005, Professors Sven Beckert (Deptartment of History) and Christine Desan (Harvard Law School) initiated a new research seminar on the Political Economy of Modern Capitalism. The workshop aimed to provide a forum for graduate students and faculty to engage in 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 also contemporary governance structures and social relations. The study of capitalist growth and development therefore attracts scholars from a wide variety of fields, and we believe that their contributions can powerfully stimulate mutual insight.