"Capitalism & Socialism": A Multi-Disciplinary Conference at NewHarmony, Indiana
6 – 8 November 2014
* Proposals Accepted through 31 July 2014 *
NewHarmony, Indiana – the home of well-known communalist experiments – will host a conference on “Capitalism & Socialism: Utopia, Globalization and Revolution” on 6 – 8 November 2014. The conference coincides with the Bicentennial of NewHarmony’s founding by German Harmonists in 1814. NewHarmony is probably best known as the site of industrialist Robert Owen’s experiment in communal living in 1825. As a factory owner and manager in early nineteenth-century Scotland, Owen achieved success in the new regime of modern capitalism. But as a critical observer of the effects of industrialization, he was also a reformer and one of the “utopian socialists” described by Marx. The legacy of Owen and the Bicentennial of NewHarmony are relevant as the world emerges from the shadow of the recent economic crisis and as socialism has returned to the political and economic lexicon.
Panel and individual paper proposals: “Capitalism & Socialism” is a multi-disciplinary conference that welcomes presenters from economics, history, political science and sociology, as well as the humanities. We seek proposals for full panels or individual papers on topics related to Capitalism and Socialism, past and present.
Joyce Appleby (History, UCLA): Author of The Relentless Revolution: A History of Capitalism (2010); past president of the American Historical Association and the Organization of American Historians
David F. Ruccio (Economics, University of Notre Dame): Author of Development and Globalization: A Marxian Class Analysis (2010) and Economic Representations: Both Academic and Everyday (2008)
Erik Olin Wright (Sociology, University of Wisconsin-Madison): Author of Class Counts: Comparative Studies in Class Analysis (1997) and Envisioning Real Utopias (2010); past president of the American Sociological Association
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