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LPE Blog is Hiring a New Managing Editor!

The Law and Political Economy Blog, published since 2017, is a platform for the development of law and political economy scholarship and community. It provides a forum for discussion and debate, and makes it easier for scholars, students, practitioners, and organizers to access and engage LPE work. This facilitates the extension of the LPE community beyond the legal academy, grounding LPE analysis both in praxis and in interdisciplinary debates.

The Managing Editor is responsible for ensuring that the LPE Blog publishes posts that further this mission. This role involves editorial duties such as soliciting posts, reviewing unsolicited posts, and revising and editing drafts. It also involves managerial duties such as ensuring that the Editorial Board meets on a regular basis, supervising a staff of 3-5 law student editors, and coordinating the schedule of posts. The Managing Editor is an integral member of the LPE Project and is expected to collaborate with the other employees of and participants in the LPE Project to set and achieve common goals.

As currently structured, the LPE Blog is governed by an Editorial Board that consists of the Executive Director of the LPE Project, one of the Faculty Directors of the LPE Project, four Faculty Board Members, and one current and one former Managing Editor. The Editorial Board is tasked with setting the editorial priorities of the Blog, and also plays a role in soliciting, developing, and writing posts. The Managing Editor is both a participant in the collective decision-making process of the Editorial Board and the person responsible for coordinating that decision-making process and ensuring that its decisions are carried out.

The LPE Blog’s editorial staff–the people actually responsible for editing the content of blog posts and posting them on the blog–consists of the Managing Editor and 3-5 law students who serve as Lead Editors. Lead Editors meet regularly independently of the Editorial Board, and it is the Managing Editor’s responsibility to coordinate those meetings and to otherwise facilitate planning and decision-making among the editorial team. It is also the Managing Editor’s responsibility to supervise Lead Editors’ editing and to perform whichever editorial duties Lead Editors do not perform.

The Managing Editor position is designed to be part-time, averaging approximately 20 hours of work per week. The ideal start date would be August 1, with the possibility of beginning one or two months earlier on a part-time basis (a few hours a week) to enable training and a smooth transition. Pay is $35,000 per year and, as a part-time position, does not include benefits. Ideally the candidate would be able to spend regular time in New Haven, though that is not a requirement. The ideal candidate has a J.D., understands and shares the intellectual and organizational aims of LPE, and is extraordinarily well-organized, with superb writing and editing skills. The position is an especially good fit for people preparing to enter the law teaching market in the near future, given its part-time nature and the regular interaction with scholars and scholarly work. Applications from candidates with direct experience of the class, race, gender, ability, sexuality, and other hierarchies that LPE seeks to critically analyze are strongly encouraged.

APPLICATION DETAILS

Applicants should send an email to sarah.harwood@yale.edu with the following documents. All document titles should begin LASTNAME_FIRSTNAME

  • A cover letter describing their interest in the position
  • A curriculum vitae
  • Contact information for three references
  • One or more writing samples that display your academic and/or public facing writing abilities.  Ideally these should be solo-authored and not edited by others.

Applications should be submitted by May 15, 2021.

BACKGROUND

Law and Political Economy is a line of inquiry rooted in a commitment to a more egalitarian, inclusive, and democratic society, that explores the various ways that law structures and is structured by political economy. At a theoretical level, LPE begins from the presumption that law gives shape to the relations between politics and the economy at every point; law is the mediating institution that ties together politics and the social provisioning process. At a political level, LPE begins from opposition to the neoliberal hegemony that has characterized the past 50 years or so, and to the overlapping systems of domination that neoliberalism has reinforced and legitimated. Thinkers who identify with LPE have this much in common, though they adopt a variety of methodological approaches and occupy multiple points on the left-most portion of the political spectrum.

Full post can be found here: https://lpeproject.org/events/lpe-blog-managing-editor-application/




CUHK LAW Greater China Legal History Seminar Series- ‘The History of Central Banking in Hong Kong, Mainland China and Singapore’ by Ms. Lillian Cheung, Prof. Chao Xi & Prof. Christian Hofmann (Online)

Date: 26 Feb 2021
Time: 12:30pm – 2:00pm
Venue: Online (Zoom)
Speaker:

– Ms. Lillian Cheung, Executive Director (Research), Hong Kong Monetary Authority
– Prof. Chao Xi, Professor, CUHK LAW
– Prof. Christian Hofmann, Associate Professor, Faculty of Law, National University of Singapore

Enquiries: law@cuhk.edu.hk

Language: English




Harvard LPE Association Call for Submissions — Law and Political Economy Writing Prize

The Harvard Law School Political Economy Association is delighted to announce a Law and Political Economy Writing Prize for law students and graduate researchers, with submissions due by April 30, 2021. The aims of the prize are twofold. First, in a time of ecological, financial, political and social upheaval, it provides material recognition of work by law students and graduate researchers seeking to address the role of law in contemporary capitalism. Second, it aims to encourage original research and writing in this field by providing entrants with an opportunity to receive feedback from senior scholars.

The prize will be awarded by a panel of distinguished scholars, practitioners, and state or federal judges working with law and political economy approaches, including Professor K-Sue Park (Georgetown) and Dr Ntina Tzouvala (Australian National University). The winning entry will receive a prize of $2,000 and priority consideration for publication in the Journal of Law and Political Economy. Second place will receive a prize of $1,000 and third place a prize of $500. The three winning entries, as well as selected finalists, will be invited to present their papers and receive feedback from senior scholars and practitioners at a workshop to be held in late May/early June 2021.

Possible topics for entries include, but are not limited to:
● Law, ecological crisis, and extractive frameworks
● The legal construction of labor, class, social reproduction, and the gig economy
● Law, financialisation, and market institutions
● Law, racial capitalism, and settler colonialism
● Algorithmic capitalism and technological futures
● Post-growth projects and alternative horizons
● Law, democracy, resistance, and social movements
● Legal pedagogy and the contemporary legal academy

Entries should be sent to HarvardLPE@gmail.com by April 30, 2021. Please forward all entries in both Word and PDF format, without your name or affiliation, along with a separate biographical note of no more than 200 words. Entrants should be currently enrolled in (or have completed in the 2020-21 academic year) a first law degree or masters degree in law, or be a current PhD or SJD candidate in any discipline. We encourage entry from those based inside or outside the United States, although due to the language constraints of our judging panel all entries should be submitted in English.

Entries will be judged on their originality, depth of analysis, and engagement with the intellectual, social and political questions underpinning the law and political economy movement. Entries should be between 8,000 and 12,000 words including footnotes and may be formatted in any standard citation style. The work should not (in whole or in substantial part) have been previously published in a journal or other publication.

Inquiries about the writing prize can be addressed to HarvardLPE@gmail.com.

Full post can be found here.




The Modern Money Network Humanities Division (MMNHD) Launches Moneyontheleft.org

The Modern Money Network Humanities Division (MMNHD) is thrilled to launch Moneyontheleft.org, a new space for collaborative, interdisciplinary, and multimedia engagement with progressive political economy. The site hosts two new publishing platforms: (1) Money on the Left: History, Theory, Practice, which is an open access, peer reviewed journal for scholarship in the arts, humanities, and social sciences; and (2) Superstructure, a vertical that publishes shorter-form interventions into critical theory, media culture, and aesthetics from an intersectional neochartalist perspective.

Submissions are now open for Money on the Left: History, Theory, Practice. Inquiries for publishing in the journal may be directed to William Saas, co-editor, at wsaas@lsu.edu. Inquiries regarding writing for Superstructure should be directed to Will Beaman, co-editor at SuperstructurePitches@gmail.com.

Moneyontheleft.org is also home to two MMNHD podcasts, Money on the Left (cohosted by William Saas, Scott Ferguson, and Maxximilian Seijo) and Superstructure (cohosted by Maxximilian Seijo, Will Beaman, and Naty Smith). Both podcasts were recently covered in an article for The New RepublicTo support these projects financially, please visit our GoFundMe and Patreon pages.




2021-22 postdoc at the Heilbroner Center for Capitalism Studies – Currency and Empire: Monetary Policy, Race, and Power

The New School invites applications for a Postdoctoral Fellowship position in conjunction with its 2021-23 Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Sawyer Seminar, Currency and Empire: Monetary Policy, Race, and Power. The Fellowship carries a nine-month appointment from September 1, 2021 through May 31, 2022.

Full information here.




Cambridge University | Center for the Study of Global Human Movement Webinar (11 December): In Conversation: Book talk with Albena Azmanova

In her new book Capitalism on Edge (Columbia University Press, 2020), Albena Azmanova has argued that the 21st century has inaugurated a new stage in the life of global capitalism. Neoliberalism has been replaced by a yet darker entity, what she calls ‘precarity capitalism’, marked by the massive spread of insecurity for the 99 per cent: for rich and poor, men and women, the well-educated and the poorly skilled, insiders and newcomers. This, Azmanova argues, creates an unprecedented opportunity for victorious radical politics. She will discuss the themes of her book with James Galbraith and Marshall Auerback.

Please register for the event via the following page:

https://www.humanmovement.cam.ac.uk/events/event-rego

 

Albena Azmanova is Reader in Political and Social Theory at the University of Kent’s Brussels School of International Studies. Her research spans political sociology and social theory and focuses on social justice and judgment, modern ideologies and the transformations of capitalism. She is Member of the Independent Commission for Sustainable Equality, European Parliament. https://www.azmanova.com/

 

Discussants:

James K. Galbraith is professor at the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs and at the Department of Government, University of Texas at Austin and directs the University of Texas Inequality Project. He is member of the executive committee of the World Economics Association and member of Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei. He is one of America’s most prominent left economists, a prolific author and active public intellectual.

Marshall Auerback is Research Associate at the Levy Economics Institute of Bard College and fellow of Economists for Peace and Security. He is a policy analysist and commentator and a regular contributor to Economy for All, a project of the Independent Media Institute.

 

Additional materials:

The book’s web page: http://cup.columbia.edu/book/capitalism-on-edge/9780231195379

Here is Galbraith’s book review “The Pandemic and Capitalism,” and the interview at Project Syndicate where he describes the book as the ‘big-think book of our time’ (links are embedded).

 

Full information here




Taming Capitalism before its Triumph: Author meets critics online – Nov 17

Join historians and social scientists to discuss a recent book on the history of capitalism: Yamamoto, Taming Capitalism before its Triumph.

About this Event

The history of capitalism has seen a renaissance over the last decade, but relatively fewer works have focused on its early phases, including the early modern period in which England began evolving into the ‘first industrial nation’.

Koji Yamamoto’s book Taming Capitalism before its Triumph: Distrust, Public Service, and “Projecting” in Early Modern England (Oxford, 2018) offers a fresh reappraisal.

This online symposium brings together renowned scholars from across medieval history, early modern history, historical sociology and political science to discuss the book.

Venue and registration:
Zoom (online) please register at
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/taming-capitalism-before-its-triumph-author-meets-critics-online-tickets-126016218903

Provisional Programme

Opening Remarks

Wenkai He HKUST Hong Kong

 

Cultural History as the Antidote to Whiggish Histories of Capitalism

Martha Howell | Medieval European history, Columbia University

Projects, Intoxicants, and Early-modern Capitalism

Phil Withington | Social and cultural history, University of Sheffield

Projectors, Petitioners, and One-Dimensional Theories of Power

David Zaret | Early modern British history and historical sociology, Indiana University, Bloomington

“Whiggish History”, Projectors and Corporate Capitalism

Steve Pincus British history and British empire, University of Chicago

Capitalism: The Means or the End to Common Good

Wenkai He | Comparative history and political science, HKUST Hong Kong

‘Reply by the Author’

Koji Yamamoto | Early modern Britain and business history, University of Tokyo




Searching for panelists for a panel on the political economy of commodity money (March 11-14, 2021)

Searching for panelists for a panel on the political economy of commodity money for the 2021 virtual BHC annual meeting (March 11-14, 2021)

Jane Knodell (University of Vermont) and Manuel A. Bautista Gonzalez (Columbia University) are searching for panelists interested in putting together a session proposal on the political economy of commodity money for the 2021 virtual annual meeting of the Business History Conference (March 11-14, 2021). We are particularly interested in exploring the monetary and financial uses of precious metals, their markets, and the actors involved in their intermediation. Our paper abstracts are below. If you are interested in joining our proposal, please contact Manuel A. Bautista Gonzalez at mab2306@columbia.edu. The deadline for panel submissions is November 14, 2020.

 

Managing Silver Money on the Periphery of the English Empire: Massachusetts Bay, 1640-1720

Jane Knodell, The University of Vermont

Massachusetts Bay Colony is well known as the first colonial government in British North America to issue paper bills of credit in 1690. The literature’s emphasis on Massachusetts as an early issuer of “paper money” has obscured the colonial government’s history and experience as a manager of silver money. Even after their mint no longer operated, even when they were issuing bills of credit, the Massachusetts Assembly, in partnership with leading merchants, consistently pursued policies designed to keep silver coin in use as currency. Rapidly rising silver prices in New England made it impossible to keep silver coin in circulation, at which point silver coin was used as an inflation hedge and precious metal input at the silversmith.

 

Foreign Consignees of Specie Imports in Antebellum New Orleans, 1839-1862

Manuel A. Bautista González, Columbia University in the City of New York

New Orleans was a central location for the specie market in the early American republic, attracting specie flows primarily from ports in the Gulf of Mexico. A dataset assembled from the New Orleans Price-Current identifies consignees for $68.72 million in specie imports (64.7% of the total) from 1839 to 1862. Out of 36 top-tier specie consignees who imported $48.4 million (45.6% of the total), I found that the fifteen foreign importers in my sample received 23.3% of specie imports, a share that exceeds the combined amounts of thirteen American importers (12.4%) and eight banking and financial entities (9.93%). This paper examines some of the factors explaining foreign consignees’ dominance of the New Orleans specie market. Foreign specie importers operated in the interstices of state-nations, did not leave behind cohesive archives, and have gone mostly unnoticed in the business and financial histories of the antebellum South and the mid-nineteenth century Atlantic economy. Spanish, German, Irish, British and French consignees integrated into stable networks of family, kinship, nationality, ethnicity, and business occupations. They combined entrepreneurial activities as commission merchants, commodity factors and dealers, financiers, and real estate investors, pursuing sophisticated profit-making and investment diversification strategies. Most were involved in international trade and financial intermediation, leveraging New Orleans’ strategic location to import manufactured goods from Europe and the US North and export cotton, sugar, and other commodities from the US South, Mexico, and Cuba.




Nov 9 | “Capitalism on Edge: on Radical Change without Crisis, Revolution, or Utopia” (book talk)

OXFORD TALKS online: 9 November 

“Radical change without crisis, revolution, or utopia” (book talk): European Studies Centre, St Antony’s College, Oxford. Albena Azmanova will discuss her new book Capitalism on Edge with Kalypso Nicolaidis, Karthik Ramanna, and Will Hutton.

Full information and registration can be found here: https://www.sant.ox.ac.uk/events/capitalism-edge-radical-change-without-crisis-revolution-or-utopia




Nov 9 | Online | Aaron Jakes – Egypt’s Occupation | Book Launch & Roundtable

Book Launch & Roundtable

Egypt’s Occupation: Colonial Economism and the Crises of Capitalism by Aaron Jakes

 

Date:
Monday, November 9, 2020

Time:
6:00 – 8:00 p.m. EST

REGISTER

Join us for a roundtable with Professor Aaron Jakes and Professors Benoit Challand, Nancy Fraser, Julia Ott, Emma Park and Ann Stoler.

The history of capitalism in Egypt has long been synonymous with cotton cultivation and dependent development. From this perspective, the British occupation of 1882 merely sealed the country’s fate as a vast plantation for European textile mills. All but obscured in such accounts, however, is Egypt’s emergence as a colonial laboratory for financial investment and experimentation. Egypt’s Occupation tells for the first time the story of that financial expansion and the devastating crises that followed. Aaron Jakes offers a sweeping reinterpretation of both the historical geography of capitalism in Egypt and the role of political-economic thought in the struggles that raged over the occupation.

Sponsored by Historical Studies Department at The New School for Social Research, the Robert L. Heilbroner Center for Capitalism Studies, and the new graduate minor in Critical Perspectives on Democratic Anti-Colonialism.

 




Virtual Roundtable— “Making Money American: The Monetary Regimes of the New United States”

Virtual Roundtable— “Making Money American: The Monetary Regimes of the New United States”

Thursday, October 1, 2020, 11:00 am-1:00 pm

Register here

The Rhodes Center for International Economics and Finance at Brown University is pleased to announce a virtual roundtable on new directions in the history of money in the Early Republic United States. This event will take place on Thursday, October 1 from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm eastern. The roundtable will address the history of money as an emerging interdisciplinary field; explore emerging conversations at the intersection of history, law, economics, and political economy; and consider how the distinctive monetary regime of the new United States broadens our understanding of money as a historical project.

Panelists include:

Christine Desan, Harvard University
Jane Knodell, University of Vermont
Jeffrey Sklansky, University of Illinois at Chicago

Although this event is open to the public, registration is required. You can sign up and learn more at this link.

You may contact Ann Daly ann_daly@brown.edu and Seth Rockman Seth_Rockman@brown.edu with any questions.




D-DebtCon Happening This Week!

From our colleagues at the Institute of International Economic Law: the Distributed DebtCon is happening this week.

All information for past and upcoming sessions, including paper and video links can be found here.




Launch of the Financial History Network and Webinar Series

Justmoney.org is passing along the below announcement from our colleagues at the Financial History Network:

Dear colleagues,

We want to inform you about the launch of the Financial History Network (@financialhist) and its webinar series. The network aims to promote scholarship in the fields of financial history and the history of finance, broadly defined. The network will launch a webinar series in September 2020 to provide a space for the presentation and discussion of works in progress, dissertation chapters, or R&R manuscripts. The webinars are open to scholars primarily from a qualitative perspective, willing to engage in productive conversations by providing supportive and constructive comments to peers.

We are currently looking for presenters and attendees to get things moving forward. We especially welcome submissions from graduate students and early-career researchers. We strongly encourage women, people of color, members of minority groups, scholars based in or working on under-represented geographies (such as Latin America, the Mediterranean Basin, the Middle East, Africa, and Asia), and scholars from disciplines other than economics and history to participate in the webinar series.

We are aware there are alternative outlets like the Bonn Macrohistory Seminars, the YSI Economic History Graduate Webinars, and the Virtual Economic History Seminars. We aim to complement these initiatives by giving prominence to works that employ a more qualitative or institutional perspective in the fields of financial, banking, monetary, and accounting history, the history and sociology of finance, and the history of capitalism. We are also open to other approaches.

If you are interested in taking part in this initiative, please fill in the form here. You will be able to choose whether you want to join as a presenter, a discussant, as a member of the audience, or to help organize future webinars.

The webinar sessions will take place once a month starting in September 2020 on Mondays, at 5 pm Frankfurt / 4 pm London / 12 pm Sao Paulo / 11 am New York / 10 am Mexico City.

We look forward to hearing from you.

 

Kind regards,

Bernardo Bátiz-Lazo (Northumbria University (Newcastle), United Kingdom)

Manuel Bautista-González (Columbia University in the City of New York, United States)

Sergio Castellanos-Gamboa (Prifysgol Bangor University, United Kingdom)

Paula Vedoveli (Fundação Getulio Vargas, Brazil)

Financial History Network

Website / Twitter / Email

Join the network here.

 




The LPE Project is Hiring!

The Law and Political Economy (LPE) Project, housed at Yale Law School, is seeking a Deputy Director who will play both an organizational and intellectual role in the development of the Project, as well as have approximately 50% of their time to focus on their own scholarly or scholarly-adjacent research and writing. 

The ideal candidate will be at the early stages of a career in legal scholarship, advocacy, or policy and will have a developed and independent set of related interests. If this sounds like you, one of your students, or someone you know, please apply and/or encourage them to apply!

Applications will start being reviewed August 1st and continue on a rolling basis until the position is filled.

Details available here: https://lpeblog.org/jobs-and-fellowships/

 




Baker Library Collection of American Currency

The Baker Library at Harvard Business School has made a great resource available, particularly for those doing research or teaching in American monetary history. It has made available online its digital collection of over 700 pieces of American paper money ranging in date from 1709 to 1878. This collection illustrates the history of American finance and commerce from Colonial times through the Civil War.

The collection can be accessed here: https://curiosity.lib.harvard.edu/american-currency

 




Two economic sociology postdoctoral positions at King’s College London

Kings College London is seeking two full-time Postdoctoral Research Associates. The posts are integral to an ESRC-funded project and are fixed-term until 30 June 2023.

You will be key members of the research team and will contribute to the various work packages of the project, carrying out ethnographic fieldwork in blockchain firms, processing ethnographic data, and writing up papers for publication.

The post holders will be highly motivated and innovative individuals, with a background in science and technology studies and/or sociology, especially sociology of finance and economic sociology, or social anthropology, or organisation studies. Experience with conducting ethnographic fieldwork, including participant observation, is essential. Fluency in English is essential too.

Elementary knowledge (or above) of economics, or finance, or computer science is highly desirable. Basic knowledge (or above) of Japanese, or Mandarin, or Cantonese is highly desirable too.

You can learn more here.




Trivia Contest Winners!

Congratulations Trivia Content Winners! 

Stay tuned for our next trivia contest.

Winners

  • Alexander Chen
  • Kathleen Conley and Mary Conley
  • Taylor Custer
  • Edi Ebiefung
  • Malick Ghachem
  • Cooper Godrey
  • Timothy Havel
  • David McKenna
  • Dan Sufranski
  • Daniel Wynbrandt

Answers

Q1: What state has TWO Federal Reserve banks – and Why?

A: Missouri, due to a combination of economics and politics. There is still some disagreement over the importance of each factor. RBOC surveys found strong support for Kansas City and St. Louis among bankers. The two cities were large markets and transportation centers with existing correspondent banking relationships. On the political side, Missouri Senator James Reed, who was key to getting the Federal Reserve Act out of committee, and Oklahoma Senator Robert Owen both wanted a Federal Reserve bank in Kansas City, and the Speaker of the House was from Missouri as well. Given the economic realities of the time, Kansas City and St. Louis made sense, but the political optics are hard to ignore.

Q2: What progressive reformer introduced a bill to set up a system of bank deposit insurance in the 1890’s?

A: William Jennings Bryan

Q3:  What Federal Reserve lending facility was named after a street in downtown Manhattan?

A: Maiden Lane

Extra Credit: What 14th century pundit made the revolutionary argument that money belonged to the community, not the monarch?

A: Nicholas Oresme

 

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CFP: Critical finance studies ‘virtual’ conference, 2020

Critical finance studies conference 2020.
Virtual get-together, 27-28 August.


This year the annual Critical Finance Studies conference goes online. This event will include online keynote sessions by Gargi Bhattacharyya (University of East London) and Annie McClanahan (University of California, Irvine), online panels, and networking sessions.

Topics could include but are not limited to:

  • Finance and the environment
  • Critical finance in times of COVID-19
  • Racial capitalism and finance
  • Gender and financial capitalism
  • Financialization and climate change
  • Finance and the rise of populism
  • Financialization and the Global South
  • Risk societies and cultures of volatility
  • Art and finance
  • De-financialization and divestment strategies
  • Financialization and subjectivity

There will be two ways to participate: either by submitting a video or audio presentation, or by sending in a paper. The application deadline is  15 June 2020. Submission guidelines and a full blurb for the conference are available here.




American Predatory Lending and the Global Financial Crisis

American Predatory Lending and the Global Financial Crisis, a website with data visualizations, oral histories, and policy analyses, is now live, under the rubric of the Bass Connections project within Duke University.  It is the creation of a multidisciplinary team, including fifteen Duke and two University of North Carolina students under the leadership of Edward Balleisen, Professor of History and Public Policy andVice Provost for Interdisciplinary Studies; Lee Reiners, Director of the Global Financial Markets Center at Duke Law School; Joseph Smith, former North Carolina Commissioner of Banks, and Debbie Goldstein, Director of the Duke North Carolina Forum.




CRFB Covid Money Tracker

For a useful run-down of coronavirus crisis spending, please see the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget’s COVID Money Tracker: http://www.crfb.org/blogs/covid-money-tracker-policies-enacted-through-april-23




APPEAL Call for participation on Global Response to COVID-19

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To all APPEAL members and friends, 

We send best wishes for this stressful time.  Now more than ever, political economy and law is vital to illuminating a path forward toward greater health, economic security, and democracy.  

We are pleased to announce the following collaborative virtual opportunity for responding to the current crisis.  See the following below 1) the detailed call for applications to participate and 2) the detailed concept note. Please circulate especially to students, emerging scholars, and early career colleagues, who will be selected from the call based on submission of a short abstract and personal statement.  Senior scholars will be invited to work collaboratively with accepted young scholars. If you are a senior scholar with particular expertise and interest in participating, please let us know, appeal@politicaleconomylaw.org . 

Call for Applications: 

Global response to COVID-19 a comparative law and economics study

If you are a young (MA or PhD candidate) or early career scholar in law or in economics and you are interested how the regulatory response to COVID-19 in your country compares to the responses around the world please consider applying to this call. 

Supported by International University College of Turin, Institute for New Economic Thinking Young Scholar Initiative and the Association for Promotion of Political Economy and Law. 

Here’s the link to the call for participationhttps://fs8.formsite.com/CNZLjX/xbytfw6hav/index.html

Deadline for applications:  Sunday 19th of April at 10AM EST. After a quick first round of selection, successful applicants will be invited for the first Zoom meeting that will take place at 9AM EST on Wednesday the 22nd of April.




Covid-19 Financial & Policy Response Trackers

Two great resources have been made available to track the many policy responses of governments with regard to the economic impacts of the Covid-19 crisis.

IMF Policy Response Tracker

This policy tracker summarizes the key economic responses governments are taking to limit the human and economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic as of end-March 2020. The tracker includes 193 economies. The next update is planned for April 3, 2020.

The tracker is available here: https://www.imf.org/en/Topics/imf-and-covid19/Policy-Responses-to-COVID-19

Yale Program on Financial Stability Financial Response Live Tracker

This tracker follows interventions by central banks, fiscal authorities, and organizations aimed at restoring financial stability. The tracker will also highlight proposals from people and institutions outside of government. Email with interventions, questions, or comments at ypfs@yale.edu.

Click here to access the live tracker of financial responses to the Coronavirus made by the Yale Program on Financial Stability (YPFS): https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1s6EgMa4KGDfFzcsZJKqwiH7yqkhnCQtW7gI7eHpZuqg/edit#gid=0




Primer on the CARES Act SBA Payment Protection Loan Program

Authors: Lydia J. Hwang and Nadav Orian Peer

This primer provides a user-friendly, step-by-step explanation of the Paycheck Protection Loan Program enacted last week as part of the CARES Act (Mar. 27, 2020). This $350 billion program will provide small businesses, the self-employed and non-profits with resources to weather the coming two months. As explained in the Primer, loans under the program are intended to be forgiven, such that they essentially operate as grants (no repayment required).

You can access a .pdf of the primer here.




CANCELLED – Thomas Piketty

“Capital and Ideology”

Thomas Piketty, Professor of Economics, École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, Paris School of Economics
Cosponsored by Just Money and the Weatherhead Initiative on Global History

Cosponsored by Just Money and the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs.

Date: 

Monday, April 6, 2020, 4:30pm to 6:30pm (CANCELLED)

Location: 

Milstein West B, Wasserstein Hall, Harvard Law School

“Capital and Ideology”

Book cover for Thomas Piketty's Capital and IdeologyThomas Piketty’s bestselling Capital in the Twenty-First Century galvanized global debate about inequality. In this follow-up, Piketty challenges us to revolutionize how we think about politics, ideology, and history. He exposes the ideas that have sustained inequality for the past millennium, reveals why the shallow politics of right and left are failing us today, and outlines the structure of a fairer economic system. Read more at Harvard University Press. 

Speaker:

Thomas Piketty, Professor of Economics, École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, Paris School of Economics.

Commentators:

Rebecca Henderson, John and Natty McArthur University Professor, Harvard University; Codirector, Business & Environment Initiative, Harvard Business School.

Rakesh Khurana, Professor of Sociology, Harvard University; Marvin Bower Professor of Leadership Development, Harvard Business School; Dean of Harvard College.

Chair: 

Sven Beckert, Faculty Associate; Chair, Weatherhead Research Cluster on Global Transformations (WIGH). Laird Bell Professor of History, Harvard University.

Contact:

Jessica Barnard
jbarnard@wcfia.harvard.edu




2020 APPEAL Workshop:Law and Political Economy: Meeting the Challenges of Our Times

Call for Participation – Students and Emerging Scholars
2020 APPEAL Workshop:
Law and Political Economy: Meeting the Challenges of Our Times
Co-sponsored by the Institute for New Economic Thinking, Young Scholars Initiative (Law and Finance Group) and the Sarah Lawrence College Economics Department
Friday April 24 and Saturday April 25
Sarah Lawrence College, Bronxville, NY

Deadline for submissions is March 10, 2020Details and Submissions here
Questions of law, power, and economy are at the heart of contemporary challenges to democracy, environment, social solidarity, and economic security. This workshop brings together scholars and students to develop a deeper understanding of the problems and solutions of current economic policy. Similar to previous APPEAL workshops, we aim to build an affirming, inspiring, and diverse academic community to advance scholarly exchange, learning, and collaboration. We encourage critical analysis of fundamental economic concepts and assumptions, along with interdisciplinary attention to the economy as a legal, political and social system. A particular goal of this workshop will be to provide opportunities for students and emerging scholars to develop and share their work, and to continue to participate in future related events and institution-building activities.

For further information on APPEAL please visit: https://www.politicaleconomylaw.org

We expect to be able to provide a limited number of participants from nearby regions with partial travel support, upon request by March 10; please contact appeal@politicaleconomylaw.org, by email with the subject heading Sarah Lawrence Workshop support for details.

Thank you!




2020 Conference, Journal of Law, Finance, and Accounting

October 16 & 17, 2020

Bocconi University, Milano

The Journal of Law, Finance, and Accounting (JLFA) is pleased to announce its 10th conference, to be held in Milano on Friday, October 16 and Saturday, October 17, 2020. The conference is organized by Bocconi University.

ABOUT JLFA:

JLFA is an interdisciplinary journal sponsored by the NYU Stern School of Business and the NYU School of Law. It seeks to publish top-quality empirical, theoretical, and policy-oriented scholarship at the intersection of law, finance and accounting. Prior JLFA conferences were held at New York University (2014, 2019), The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (2015, 2017, 2019), Harvard University (2015), Northwestern Law School (2016), London Business School (2017), and University of Padova (2018).

JLFA is an open-access publication. Papers published on JLFA, through volume 4 (2019), can be downloaded free of charge from www.jlfaoline.com.

PAPER SUBMISSION PROCEDURE:

You are invited to submit your original, unpublished papers for presentation at the conference. Accepted papers will be eligible for expedited review and consideration for publication in JLFA. In choosing papers for presentation at the conference, we will give priority to papers which the authors wish to submit to JLFA for consideration for publication. Publication is at the editors’ discretion.

The deadline for submission is Monday, June 1st, 2020. Please submit papers at jlfaconference2020@unibocconi.it.

TOPICS:

We are interested in research that will be of interest to scholars in more than one of our core disciplines.  Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  1. The impact of the structure of the legal system – including legal origins, procedural rules, and the legal environment in general, on the evolution of financial contracts, financial markets, business enterprises and business groups.
  2. The impact of particular legal and market institutions, including accounting, on financial markets and corporate actions, and innovation, economic growth and stability.
  3. The co-evolution of the legal rules and market institutions that govern financial sector activity, that activity itself, and the nature of the broader economy and financial markets.
  4. The regulation, organization, and performance of financial institutions.
  5. The relationships between the structure and performance of financial institutions, and the performance of these institutions and the overall performance of financial markets and economies.
  6. The interplay between legal rules, accounting regulations, corporate governance,
    firm performance, cost of equity and debt capital, financial market performance, and economic performance.
  7. The political economy of the regulation of corporate governance, financial institutions, and financial markets.
  8. Accounting, finance, and legal issues concerning ownership and property

THE JLFA EXECUTIVE EDITORS:

Barry Adler, NYU School of Law
John Armour, Oxford, Law Faculty and Said School of Business
Bernard Black, Northwestern University, Pritzker School of Law & Kellogg School of Management
Mark DeFond, University of Southern California
Julian Franks, London Business School, Department of Finance
Joshua Ronen, NYU Stern School of Business, Department of Accounting
Stefano Rossi, Bocconi University
David Yermack, NYU Stern School of Business

For questions about the submission process, please contact Elena Suragni at jlfaconference2020@unibocconi.it. For substantive questions, please contact Professor Stefano Rossi at stefano.rossi@unibocconi.it or Professor Joshua Ronen at jronen@stern.nyu.edu or Professor Bernard Black at bblack@northwestern.edu (Chief Organizers).




Upcoming talk by Chenzi Xu on Bank Failures and Global Trade

Our friends at the Program on the Study of Capitalism are hosting Chenzi Xu on “Reshaping Global Trade: The Immediate and Long-Term Effects of Bank Failures” on Wednesday, February 26th, 4:30pm, CGIS South S030.




History and Economics Seminar

The Joint Center for History and Economics – Spring 2020
February, 18, February 26, and April 20

Tuesday, February 18, 4:30pm 
Diana Kim, Georgetown University
Empires of Vice: The Rise of Opium Prohibition across Southeast Asia
CGIS-S030, 1730 Cambridge Street

Wednesday, February 26, 4:30pm 
Chenzi Xu, Dartmouth College
Reshaping Global Trade:  The Immediate and Long-Term Effects of Bank Failures
CGIS-S030, 1730 Cambridge Street

Monday, April 20, 5:15pm
Paul-Andre Rosental, Sciences Po
A Human Garden: French Policy and the Transatlantic Legacies of Eugenic Experimentation
CGIS-S030, 1730 Cambridge Street




Call for Papers: Monetary Policy in Historical Perspective (16th-19th Centuries)

16 October 2020 – Keynote speakers: Francois Velde (Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago)

Organisers: Dr Stefano Locatelli (History, UoM), Dr Nuno Palma (Economics, UoM)

Submission closes: 31st January 2020 Acceptance notification: 28th February 2020

Abstracts submission: stefano.locatelli@manchester.ac.uknuno.palma@manchester.ac.uk

Registration is free; there will be a limited number of accommodation and travel grants available. Priority will be given to speakers without a faculty position (PhDs and Postdocs). Please, indicate in your email if you need financial support.

To submit papers please email the organisers – include your title and an abstract. There is no need to submit a full paper at this stage, although priority may be given those sending a full text. This workshop will bring together researches interested in exploring different policies and strategies adopted by various actors such as rulers, governments and ordinary people in time of monetary ‘crisis’, as well as normal times, between the 16th and 19th centuries. To what extent did political changes of a territory affects its economy and monetary system and vice versa, and what effects did those ‘local’ changes have on the macro level, i.e. on the process of integration of economic and monetary markets? These are key questions of the proposed event, which also aims at providing a comprehensive discussion of monetary and financial ‘crisis’, taking into account different phenomena such as the provision of precious metals, minting policies, money supply, monetary fluctuations, and financial market integration.

This one-day workshop will be organised on 16th October 2020 and will host Francois Velde (Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago) with a contribution on the Neapolitan banks in the context of early modern public banks.

This event is sponsored by the ESRC (Economic and Social Research Council) and the Manchester Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence, and is the second part of a two-part event organised in collaboration with the History Department, the Department of Economics and the Centre for Economic Cultures at the University of Manchester.

Thank you for your time and attention. We look forward to receiving your proposals. Best wishes, Stefano and Nuno


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Conference Announcement – Money on the Left: The Green New Deal Across the Arts & Humanities

Our friends at the Modern Money Network Humanities Division have asked us to announce their second conference, to be held this Spring at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge.

Titled “Money on the Left: The Green New Deal Across the Arts & Humanities,” the conference will be held at Louisiana State University from April 24-26. I have attached a PDF with a longer description and call for proposals. Below I have included a blurb that might also be appropriate for posting directly to the Announcements page:

“The Modern Money Network Humanities Division is pleased to announce that its second conference will be held in spring 2020, from April 24 through April 26, at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge. Titled Money on the Left: The Green New Deal Across the Arts & Humanities, the conference invites participation from academics, artists, and activists who engage critically and creatively with the history, present, and future to expand the Green New Deal imaginary in the United States and around the world. 

The meeting will feature a keynote address from Lua Kamál Yuille, Professor of Law and Latin American and Caribbean Studies at University of Kansas, as well as a screening and remote discussion of the film What is Democracy? with filmmaker Astra Taylor. 

Submissions are open for presentation proposals that engage with the aesthetic, cultural, historical, political economic, and/or rhetorical aspects of the Green New Deal movement. We are particularly interested in proposals that approach the Green New Deal from the following perspectives:

·      Democratizing Money

·      Critical Pedagogy

·      Cultural Production 

·      Decolonization

·      Higher Education & Academic Labor

·      Identity & Intersectionality

·      Labor History

·      Law & Political Economy

·      Neoliberalism 

·      Social Movements 

Send proposals to William Saas (wsaas@lsu.edu) by February 1, 2020 for full consideration. Proposals should include a title and an abstract of no more than 500 words. Proposals for presentation of original research papers, roundtable discussions, and creative performances are welcome. Further information about the conference can be found at https://moneyontheleft.org.”




Upcoming Conference – Political Economy and Justice: Exploring the State of Current Research

Over the last 18 months Danielle Allen, Yochai Benkler and Rebecca Henderson have been convening a multi-disciplinary group of scholars working together on the subject of political economy and justice. Their goal has been to produce an intellectually coherent and potentially paradigm-changing edited volume, and their collective work has come to consolidate around a number of shared themes (as well as around several ongoing points of debate!). The shared themes include:

  1. A need to re-think the relationship between politics and the economy, with attention to democratic accountability and governance regimes;
  2. A need to shift the focus from distribution to production;
  3. Affirmation of the value of markets coupled with varying opinions on capitalism;
  4. A need to focus on broader definitions of human purpose and to build metrics for the economy around those broader definitions, for instance around the capacity of an economy to produce “good jobs.” The central points of ongoing debate concern capital and growth.

At the same time they have been working in this way, several other research networks in the U.S. and Europe have been pursuing similar questions, including at the Santa Fe Institute, Stanford Center for Advanced Studies in the Behavioral Sciences, Yale, and Oxford. On Dec. 12th we will host a convening that brings these several streams of conversation together.

Full details can be found here.




Finance & Society Network 2019 Conference: Full Programme Available

City, University of London, 12-13 December

Building on the success of their previous conferences, the 4th annual FSN conference aims to foster further dialogue between the diverse camps that make up the new field of ‘finance and society’ studies. In particular, it seeks to identify new synergies between heterodox political economy and various sociological, historical, and philosophical perspectives on the intersections of finance and society. Contributions are also encouraged from the fringes of conventional academia, with visual, performance art, and activist or practitioner perspectives welcome.

The final conference programme is now available here.




Submissions Now Open for 25th Annual Barnes Conference, March 20-21, 2020

The James A. Barnes Club, Temple University’s graduate student history organization, is pleased to announce the 25th Annual Barnes Club Graduate Student History Conference. The event will feature a keynote address from award-winning Professor of Science, Technology, and Society at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Dr. Kate Brown, author of Manual for Survival: A Chernobyl Guide to the Future.

The Barnes Club Conference will be held Friday evening March 20 and Saturday March 21, 2020, from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM at Temple University’s Center City Campus in downtown Philadelphia. The Barnes Club Conference is one of the largest and most prestigious graduate student conferences in the region, drawing participants from across the nation and around the world.

Proposals from graduate students for individual papers or panels are welcome on any topic, time period, or approach to history. We welcome proposals that foreground public history and digital humanities, and are eager to work with applicants in these fields to facilitate their participation. Panels will include three or four paper presentations, running between fifteen and twenty minutes each, with comment and questions to follow.

At the conclusion of the conference, cash prizes will be awarded to the best papers in multiple scholarly categories. Of particular note is the Russell F. Weigley – U.S. Army Heritage Center Foundation Award, a substantial award offered through the U.S. Army Heritage Center to the best paper in military history presented at the conference.

Please submit a 250-word abstract that outlines your original research and a current C.V. via this link no later than Tuesday, December 31, 2019. The registration fee is $50 for presenters and attendees. A continental breakfast, lunch, and pre- and post-conference receptions are included. Registration is free for all Barnes Club Members.




American Bar Foundation Fellowships Announced

There are new Doctoral and Postdoctoral Fellowship Opportunities at the American Bar Foundation. Full details can be found on their website.




Continuing Lecturer Position

The Department of Political Economy at the University of Sydney is currently advertising a continuing Lecturer position (equivalent to Assistant Professor). Details can be found here: Lecturer in Political Economy




Inaugural LPE Project Conference – Call for Papers: “Law and Political Economy: Democracy After Neoliberalism”

The Law and Political Economy Project’s inaugural conference, to be held April 3rd & 4th, 2020 at Yale Law School, will be an opportunity for LPE scholars to come together to identify and develop pressing questions for law and political economy as a movement, and for the current political moment. For more information, go to: https://lpeblog.org/2019/07/18/inaugural-lpe-project-conference-call-for-papers/