The Newberry Seminar in the History of Capitalism | Newberry

The Newberry Seminar in the History of Capitalism

Pullman Company Archives, 02-01-08, Box 15, Folder 33

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Seminar sessions are held on Fridays from 3 pm to 5 pm at the Newberry, 60 West Walton Street, Chicago, Illinois.


The Newberry Seminar in the History of Capitalism brings together scholars from a wide variety of subfields to share their works in progress on the history of capitalism in early America and the United States from the colonial era to the present. Potential topics include class relations, property forms, legal structures, cultural media, ideological currents, and social movements; networks and flows of capital and commodities; modes and mechanisms of production, market exchange, and credit and currency; the organizational and technological coordinates of agriculture, manufacturing, commerce, and finance; rural, regional, urban, and suburban development; public policy, partisan politics, and governmental regulation; patterns of economic growth, development, and crisis; and racial, religious, familial, sexual, environmental, and transnational dimensions of capitalist institutions and practices.


The History of Capitalism Seminar also hosts a book discussion group, which will meet to discuss recent publications in the history of capitalism.


The seminar’s co-sponsors are the history departments of Northeastern Illinois University and the University of Illinois at Chicago.


Joshua Salzmann and Jeffrey Sklansky are the coordinators for the 2016-2017 seminars.


The History of Capitalism 2016-2017 Call for Proposals is now closed. Proposals for 2017-2018 will open in February 2017. To submit a proposal, please visit our webform and upload a one-page proposal, a statement explaining the relationship of the paper to your other work, and a brief CV. Applications will not be accepted via email or in hard copy.


To attend, please read our Registration Information. View the flyer for the complete schedule in PDF form. Sign up to receive email updates about this seminar.

Seminar Schedule 2016-2017

Friday, September 30, 2016
History of Capitalism Seminar
The New Economy Revisited
Friday, October 21, 2016
History of Capitalism Seminar
Extraordinary Remedies: The Court of Chancery and Equitable Justice in Chicago
Friday, February 10, 2017
History of Capitalism Seminar
Mashers, Prostitutes, and Shopping Ladies: Consumer Capitalism and the Purification of Downtown Chicago
Friday, March 24, 2017
History of Capitalism Seminar
Flow: A Brief of Warehousing
Friday, May 5, 2017
History of Capitalism Seminar
The “Use of the Globes”: Mathematical Geography, the Mercantile Imagination, and Global Capitalism in Postrevolutionary America”