Global Histories of Capitalism, Spring 2018
A collaborative course and syllabus from Robert L. Heilbroner Center for Capitalism Studies
In the wake of the 2008 financial crisis, capitalism—as concept, as global economic system, as way of organizing human-nature relations, as a system structuring social life— has reentered popular discourse. In this course, we will explore and interrogate the meaning of this recent resurgence by critically engaging capitalism’s diverse pasts and presents. Drawing on case studies from the United States and Europe, as well as from sites across the global south, we will explore the diverse effects of capitalism across time and space through reading rigorous empirical studies. We will also investigate how different methodologies—from labor history to business history, from social studies of finance to cultural anthropology, from feminist approaches to cultural history, from histories of empire to postcolonial studies—have tried to account for the diverse structures, sets of practices, and social relations that, together, make up what we call capitalism.
Course syllabus to come.
Image Copyright Olly Copplestone, 2014.