Newberry WIP Seminar in the History of Capitalism

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Submission Deadline: Friday, June 4, 2021

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.
All meetings will take place remotely via Zoom on select Fridays from 3:30-5:00 pm Central Time.

Andrew Hartman, Illinois State University, and Elizabeth Tandy Shermer, Loyola University Chicago, are the co-coordinators for the 2021-2022.

To submit a proposal, please visit our webform at to upload a one-page proposal, a statement explaining how this paper relates to your other work, and a brief CV. Applications will not be accepted via email. Questions should be directed to one of the coordinators, Drs. Hartman and Shermer. 


About the Seminar:

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.