The History of Capitalism Seminar brings together scholars from a wide variety of sub-fields to share their works in progress. Potential topics include racial capitalism, the role of gender in constructing capitalist political economies, class relations, property forms, legal structures, ideological currents, and social movements; networks and flows of capital and commodities; modes and mechanisms of production, market exchange, credit/debt and currency; the organizational and technological coordinates of agriculture, manufacturing, commerce, and finance; rural, regional, urban, and suburban development; public policy, fiscal regimes and taxation, partisan politics, and governmental regulation; patterns of economic growth and crisis; the environmental, ecological, and climatic dimensions of capitalism; illicit trade and underground markets; the links between carcerality and capital accumulation; migration and global and transnational perspectives on capitalism.
The seminar’s sponsors are the history departments of Loyola University Chicago, University of Illinois at Chicago, Lake Forest College, and the University of Chicago. Rudi Batzell and Destin Jenkins are the co-coordinators for the 2019-2020 seminar, with Elizabeth Tandy Shermer returning as a co-coordinator in 2020-2021.
Seminar sessions are held on Fridays from 3 pm to 5 pm at the Newberry, 60 West Walton Street, Chicago, Illinois.