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.
Seminar Schedule 2014-2015
“The Monetarization of Everything: Gifted Credit, Commercial Exchange, and the Transition to Capitalism in the United States”
Michael Merrill, Empire State College
The History of Capitalism Seminar Book Group will meet twice this year to discuss recent publications in the history of capitalism.
“Banking on Politics”
Mark Rose, Florida Atlantic University
“A Moral Speculation: Land, Cash, and Conscience in the Early Republic”
Susan Gaunt Stearns, Northwestern University
“Innovation, Alienation, and the Russet Brogan: Plantation Provisioning and New England’s Industrial Revolution”
Seth Rockman, Brown University
The History of Capitalism Seminar Book Group will meet twice this academic year to discuss recent publications in the history of capitalism. The second session will discuss Sven Beckert’s The Empire of Cotton: A Global History (Knopf, December 2014).