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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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.


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.


The Call for Proposals for AY 2019-2020 is now CLOSED.


View Past Seminars in the History of Capitalism.

Seminar Schedule 2019-2020

Friday, December 13, 2019
The Massacre of the Partido Independiente de Color: An Atlantic Perspective, Samantha Payne
Friday, January 17, 2020
“Lead Indicators of Revolutionary Change” – Imagining the Future of Business in the 1960s and 1970s, Gavin Benke
Friday, February 7, 2020
Fixed Capital: Building Transition and Drug Capitalism during New York’s ‘Urban Crisis, Pedro Regalado
Friday, March 20, 2020
“They all said that they loved her”: The Kept Woman in the Late Colonial British West Indies, Kaneesha Cherelle Parsard
Friday, April 17, 2020
Manna from Manchuria: Agricultural Experiment Stations and the Internalization of Soy Commodity Chains, Rachel Steely
Friday, May 15, 2020
Iberian Empire Logistics and the Road to Racial Capitalism, Daniel Nemser