New Perspectives on the History of Political Economy

November 1-2, 2013

The goal of the conference was to re-conceptualize, through a variety of historical approaches, the origins and history of theories of political economy. The meeting brought together international thought leaders in the field of political economy with up-and-coming young scholars. Work is in progress on producing a pioneering volume of proceedings from the conference, edited by Robert Fredona and Sophus A. Reinert, which will take stock of current work on the history of political economy and set the agenda for future research in this growing and increasingly important field of study.


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All sessions will take place in Cumnock 102
Nov 01
12:00 - 1:00


Word of Welcome: Geoffrey Jones (HBS)

1:20 - 3:40

Section I: Foundations of Political Economy

Chair: Karl Appuhn (NYU)
Lawrin Armstrong (Toronto)
Robert Fredona (Stanford)
Corey Tazzara (Scripps)
Jacob Soll (USC) 
        Commentator: Julius Kirshner (Chicago)
3:40 - 4:00

Coffee Break

4:00 - 6:20

Section II: Enlightenment Political Economy

Chair: Paul Cheney (Chicago)
Steven Pincus (Yale)
Michael Kwass (Johns Hopkins)
John Shovlin (NYU)
Isaac Nakhimovsky (Yale) 
         Commentator: Richard Tuck (Harvard) 
6:30 - 8:30

Reception and Dinner

Williams Room, Spangler Hall
Nov 02
7:45 - 8:15

Continental Breakfast

Cumnock 102
8:20 - 10:50

Section III: Modern Political Economy

Chair: Rebecca Henderson (HBS)
Laura Phillips Sawyer (HBS)
Carolyn Biltoft (Georgia State)
Bernard Harcourt (Chicago Law)
Walter Friedman (HBS) 
          Commentator: S.M. Amadae (Ohio State) 
11:00 - 11:50


12:00 - 2:10

Section IV: Empire and Political Economy

Chair: Ed Balleisen (Duke)
Carl Wennerlind (Barnard)
Arnaud Orain (Paris-8)
Erik Grimmer-Solem (Wesleyan)
Sreemati Mitter (Harvard) 
              Commentator: David Armitage (Harvard)

Closing Statement

Emma Rothschild (Harvard)