New Pathways in the History of Political Economy

Country: United Kingdom

City: Cambridge

Abstr. due: 22.12.2014

Dates: 23.01.15 — 23.01.15

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Organizers: University of Cambridge


The University of Cambridge and the Economic History Society are pleased to invite doctoral students and early-career researchers to submit abstracts for a one-day inter-disciplinary conference on ‘New Pathways in the History of Political Economy’, to be held in the Plenary Room, Homerton College, Cambridge on 23rd January 2015, with a keynote address by Professor Andrew Sartori.

Puncturing the complacency of the neoliberal consensus, the recent global financial crisis has bought the role of the state in economic life into sharp focus. In light of recent events, and the emergence of ‘capitalism with Asian values’, this conference invites scholars to reconsider the historical relationship between the market, state, and society. State, market, civil society, culture, and political thought have always influenced one another. Nonetheless, the mutual interaction of these realms is often obscured due to the restricted methodologies of traditional economic history. Using the methods of social and intellectual history, the more synthetic approach of the ‘history of capitalism’ provides redress.

We aim to provide a forum for discussion and debate between a broad range of geographical and thematic focuses that help advance our understanding of political economy over the last 300 years. We particularly encourage papers with a global or non-Western perspective.

Some themes applicants may wish to consider include:

·      The mutual constitution of political, legal, religious and economic ideas

·      The origin and rupture of concepts like labour, wealth, property and exchange

·      Race, labour, gender, and citizenship in capitalism

·      Civil society and the market economy

·      The rise and ‘construction’ of vernacular capitalisms

·      The idea and practice of capitalism as world system

·      The role of economic thought in nationalisms and anti-imperialism

·      Intellectual and social history of business elites

·      Transitions in capitalist cultures that are psychological as well as institutional

·      ‘How did capitalism come to be understood as inevitable and timeless?’ (Seth Rockman)

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