Graduate Student Conference on the History of Capitalism in the United States
November 6-8, 2008
Keynote Speaker: Steven Hahn
The development of American capitalism has profoundly shaped the histories of both the United States and the world. Its study has the potential to connect large-scale processes with daily life and to shape our understanding of nature, culture and even freedom. All too often, however, scholars have divided the history of capitalism into business histories, labor histories, and economic histories along with studies of the state. This conference is intended as a forum in which to encourage dialogue, debate and more inclusive approaches to the writing of the history of capitalism in the United States.
We hope, in the process, to interrogate the conceptual boundaries often employed in research on capitalism. We intend to bring together both emerging scholars and more established historians from around the world, provide a prominent stage for sharing new research and new ideas, and push the boundaries of existing knowledge to situate American capitalism in a transnational and global context. Furthermore, we will encourage innovative approaches to both teaching and learning about capitalism as a historical phenomenon.
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