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The Newberry Seminar in the History of Capitalism

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

Pullman Palace Car Company New York Stock Certificate, no. 16921. Pullman Company Archives, 02-01-08, Box 15, Folder 33

This seminar is a forum for works-in-progress in the history of capitalism, broadly defined. We seek proposals from junior, mid-career, and senior scholars as well as graduate students from a wide variety of sub-fields, including the history of race & racism, gender and feminist studies, intellectual history, political history, legal history, business history, the history of finance, labor history, cultural history, urban history, and agricultural history to name just a few. This seminar has and continues to welcome scholars working on a range of time periods and geographic areas, including global histories of commodities, like oil.

This seminar will be virtual and open to graduate students, independent scholars, and faculty. To maximize time for discussion, papers are circulated electronically in advance. Priority is given to individuals at a stage in their research at which they can best benefit from feedback.

The seminar’s sponsors are the history departments of Loyola University Chicago, Illinois State University, and the Karla Scherer Center at the University of Chicago. In 2022-2023, Elizabeth Tandy Shermer, Loyola University Chicago, and Andrew Hartman, Illinois State University, are the co-coordinators of the seminar.

Seminar sessions are held on select Fridays from 3 pm to 5 pm Central Time via Zoom.

The Call for Proposals for 2022-2023 is now open. Please click here to submit a one-page proposal and brief CV.

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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.

View Past Seminars in the History of Capitalism.

Seminar Schedule 2021-2022

Friday, October 1, 2021
The Emergence of the ‘Marriage Market’ in America, Lindsay M. Keiter, Pennsylvania State University-Altoona
Friday, November 5, 2021
Free Market Skepticism: The Industrial Policy and Reindustrialization Debate, Daniel Rowe, University of Oxford
Friday, December 10, 2021
P. T. Barnum and the Order of the Phoenix, Daniel Immerwahr, Northwestern University
Friday, February 11, 2022
Kerosene Consumers and the Antitrust Movement Against Standard Oil, Minseok Jang, SUNY Albany
Friday, April 22, 2022
“Fanaticism and Folly” in Lowell, Massachusetts: Abolitionists, Anti-Abolitionists, and the Business of Manufacturing Slave-Grown Cotton, Elizabeth Herbin-Triant, Amherst College
Friday, April 29, 2022
Getting Tough or Rolling Back the State? Why Neoliberals Disagreed on a Guaranteed Income, Daniel Coleman, University of Cambridge