In April 2011, Brown University and Harvard University will jointly host a conference on slavery and American economic development. The conveners, Sven Beckert and Seth Rockman, are currently seeking proposals for papers that explore the intertwined histories of slavery and capitalism in the decades between the American Revolution and the Civil War. The conference seeks to showcase scholarship that integrates quantitative and qualitative sources, draws on social, cultural, and political history, and incorporates insights from political economy, law, and critical theory. A range of topics and approaches are desired, including (but not limited to) biography; local and institutional studies; investigations of the manufacturing and financial sectors; questions of human capital and migration; histories of labor, management, and business practices; and accounts of inter-regional economic and political integration.
Please send a 2-3 page proposal and c.v. to Seth_Rockman@brown.edu by September 20, 2010 for consideration. Feel free to address queries to the same address.
Department of History
Providence, RI 02912
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