New York Writing Group and Workshop on Political Economy

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September 22, 2017 to October 23, 2017
New York, United States
Subject Fields: 
American History / Studies, Business History / Studies, Economic History / Studies, Immigration & Migration History / Studies, Labor History / Studies

Co-Sponsored by the American Studies Department, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, and the Liberal Studies Program at the CUNY Graduate Center

We are seeking faculty to participate in a New York City-area writing group and workshop on political economy. Broadly conceived, we are using “political economy” to describe scholarly work in the humanities and social sciences that explores: the production and consumption of goods and services; state and non-state actors’ involvement in the regulation of labor, capital, and economies; labor migrations; foreign relations around trade, migration, and cultural property; imperialism; planning; the structural governance of race, gender, and sexuality; labor movements; finance and real estate; revolutionary social movements; struggles for liberation; symbolic and material challenges to inequality, etc.

The workshop will approach political economy from an interdisciplinary perspective, and we encourage papers that demonstrate interdisciplinary methodologies. Submissions from Anthropology, Economics, English, Ethnic and Area Studies, Geography, History, Political Science, Sociology, and Women’s and Gender Studies, as well as from other related fields in the humanities and social sciences, are welcome. We also hope to receive submissions that cover a diverse range of periods and geographic areas.

This workshop continues in the tradition of the long-running NYU writing group, Histories of the United States in the World. With that group, the meetings spawned a series of conference panels, professional collaborations, and other fruitful activities. We hope that the Political Economy workshop will do the same, and all participants are asked to pledge to regularly attend the workshops as a condition of having your paper accepted.

The schedule for the workshop is as follows:

Friday, Nov. 17, 2017

Friday, Dec. 15, 2017

Friday, Feb. 9, 2018

Friday, March 9, 2018

Friday, April 20, 2018

Friday, May 11, 2018

All meetings are scheduled to take place at the CUNY Graduate Center in Manhattan, time TBD, with food and beverages provided.

When submitting your abstract, please be sure to indicate what dates you would be willing to workshop your paper at, with the understanding that papers will be circulated to the group two weeks in advance. For the workshop, papers should be chapter-length – no greater than 12,000 words – and far along enough to need focused and precise feedback.

A paper abstract and short bio should be emailed to the workshop organizers, listed below, by Oct. 23, 2017. We hope to set the workshop schedule by November 1.


Contact Info: 

Karen Miller, Professor of History at LaGuardia Community College and the CUNY Graduate Center,

Andy Urban, Assistant Professor, American Studies & History, Rutgers University, New Brunswick,

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