Upcoming Event: “Forms of Capitalism”
The Business History Initiative invites you to a two-day virtual conference, organized by Sophus Reinert, Robert Fredona, and Teresa da Silva Lopes. The conference will take place on Friday, May 6, and Friday, May 13, 2022, from 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM (East Coast US Time). The schedule is listed below.
Over the past two decades scholars in the fields of economics, management, and comparative political theory have addressed and explored the wide range of existing varieties of capitalism. Taking their insights as a launching point, “Forms of Capitalism” seeks to understand the forms that capitalism has taken historically, from those it took as early as the seventeenth century, to those it currently takes and that are likely to persist into the future.
The very word “Capitalism” emerged originally out of languages of both critique and analysis, and capitalisms—past, present, and future—remain protean, elusive, and politically-contested phenomena. This event will encourage thinking with the past about the range and forms of capitalism that are now possible, especially as the need for a more sustainable, equitable, and ethical capitalism continues to become increasingly urgent.
Please join us on May 6 and May 13. To receive a link to the conference meeting, please RSVP by email to email@example.com.
May 6, 12:00 to 4:00 (East Coast US Time)
Geoff Jones (HBS), Introduction
Mattias Fibiger (HBS), Chair
Rebecca Henderson (HBS), “Reimagining Capitalism”
Peter Hall (Harvard), “Growth Regimes”
Quinn Slobodian (Wellesley), Comment
Jeremy Friedman (HBS), Chair
Mary O’Sullivan (University of Geneva), “The Ruin of Britain’s Manufactures: Capitalism and Colonialism through the Lens of Pitt’s 1785 Irish Proposals”
D’Maris Coffman (UCL), “The First Crisis Economists: Lescure, Aftalion and the Theorization of Periodic and General Crises in Industrial Capitalism”
Carolyn Biltoft (Graduate Institute, Geneva), Comment
May 13, 12:00 to 4:00 (East Coast US Time)
Sophus Reinert (HBS), Introduction
Marlous van Waijenburg (HBS), Chair
Sebouh Aslanian (UCLA), “‘Taking Risks Beyond the Bounds of Common Sense’? An Indo-Armenian ‘Bill of Exchange’ from Isfahan, c. 1730, and Trust Relations between Julfan Armenians and Marwari Indians”
Joel Bakan (British Columbia, Law), “The Corporate Form of Capitalism”
Francesca Trivellato (IAS), Comment
Charlotte Robertson (HBS), Chair
Mary Hicks (Chicago), “Captivity’s Commerce: The Theory and Methodology of Slaving and Capitalism”
Bernard Harcourt (Columbia, Law), “The Kraken, perhaps, but what about the Behemoth?”
Carl Wennerlind (Barnard), Comment