As modern capitalism becomes dominant across the globe, the need to understand it increases. Is it a form of market organization, a material or social phenomenon, an epistemological development, a set of legal categories, or a mode of governance? This seminar explores modern capitalism as an historical form of political economy, developed over the last three centuries, that may partake of all these dimensions. The seminar is designed to include both students who are interested in the in-depth study of capitalism as a political economic form, and faculty/scholars already engaged in that research who seek a forum for presenting works-in-progress.
The seminar will include sessions for student participants focused on influential works that have contributed a working vocabulary to current debates over capitalism. In alternating sessions, we will discuss new research by faculty and student participants, associated scholars, and guests. The seminar will run biweekly during the Fall 2012 and Spring 2013 semesters. Student participants will be required to attend and participate regularly, to lead the commentary on at least one work discussed in the seminar, and to submit a final paper of twenty-five to thirty pages. Law students may write papers that satisfy Option 1 of the JD Written Work Requirement in conjunction with the seminar.
Cross-registrants are encouraged to apply.