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 2017-2018 Call for Proposals is now CLOSED. Proposals for 2018-2019 will be accepted beginning March 1, 2018. 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.