The IGLP and The Study of Capitalism, lead by IGLP Advisory Council Member Christine Desan were pleased to announce that the 2012-2013 Study of Capitalism Workshop was centered around Finance Capitalism.

The financial crisis of 2008-2009 (and continuing) exposed the urgency of understanding the modern architecture of money and finance.  The seminar began with several reading sessions.  One focused on varied approaches — liberal, Marxist, and unaligned — to finance capitalism and its power.  Another reading session considered the phenomenon of instability in the modern financial order. In turn, we heard from scholars who were grappling with these issues in their own scholarship.  For each of the latter sessions, the reading included the new scholarship being presented, along with background readings chosen by the speaker.  (Speaker sessions are open to the interested public as well.)


Fall 2012 Speakers

October 29: Prof. Carl Wennerlind, Barnard College (History), “An Inexhaustible Treasure: Slavery as the Foundation for the English Financial Revolution”

    Comment: Sophus Reinert, HBS

November 12: Prof. Morgan Ricks, Vanderbilt Law School, “Moneymaking: A Monetary System Design”

    Comment: Amar Bhide, Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy

November 26:  Prof. James Livingston, Rutgers University (History), “Finance Capital: An Extremely Brief History of the Politics, and Vice Versa, ca. 1898-2010”

    Comment: Stephen Marglin, Harvard Economics


Spring 2013 Speakers

February 11: Prof. Roy Kreitner, Tel Aviv Univ. School of Law, “This Standard Which Is Not One: Gold and Multiple Liquidity Regimes”

February 25: Prof. Annelise Riles, Cornell Univ. Law School, “Against Market Totalitarianism: Thinking Through Legal Technique”

March 11:: Prof. David Moss, HBS, and Roger Lowenstein, journalist/author, “The Federal Reserve and the Banking Crisis of 1931”

March 25: Prof. Mary Poovey, NYU Univ. (Literature), “The Foundations of Finance,” from A Modern Way of Knowing: The History of Financial Modeling (work in progress)


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