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Revisiting the History of Capitalism

When: Tuesday, 14 June 2016 - Wednesday, 15 June 2016
Where: Braamfontein Campus East
Humanities Graduate Centre, South West Engineering Building
Start time:8:30

The Centre for Indian Studies in Africa, Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung and the Johannesburg Institute for Advanced Study will host a conference on capitalism.

Programme for Conference:

14 June 2016

8:30-9:00 – Opening remarks from Professor Dilip Menon and Peter Vale

9:00-10:00 – Kaveh Yazdani (CISA, Wits) – The Histories of Capitalisms – Overview of Debates and the Case of 18th century Mysore (South India)

10:00-10:15 – Coffee Break

Chair: Professor Eric Worby, Director Humanities Graduate Centre

10:15-11:15 – Henry Heller (Manitoba) – The Birth of Capitalism in Global Perspective

11:15-12:15 – David Washbrook (Cambridge) – INDIA: Capitalism and its Avatars

12:30- 1:30 – Lunch Break

Chair: Dr Kaveh Yazdani, Post Doctoral Fellow, Centre for Indian Studies in Africa

13:45-14:45 – Nelly Hanna (American University, Cairo) - Textile artisans in Cairo and capitalism from below 1600-1800

14:45-15:45 – Rudolph Matthee (Delaware) – Iranian Capitalism: Exceptionalism and Delayed Development

15:45-16:00 – Coffee Break

16:00-17:00 – Discussion

19:00- Conference Dinner 

15 June 2016

Chair: Prof Dilip Menon, Director, Centre for Indian Studies in Africa


9:00-10:00 – Anne Gerritsen (Warwick) – The View from China: Craft Production, Labour and the Issue of State Support

10:00-11:00 – Eric Tagliacozzo (Cornell) – Capitalism's Missing Link: What Happened to Southeast Asia?

11:00-11:15 – Coffee Break

Chair: Professor Peter Vale, Director, Johannesburg Institute of Advanced Study

11:15-12:15 – Pedro Machado (Indiana) - Indian Ocean Merchants in the 18th and 19th Centuries – Institutional Mechanisms and Financial Instruments

12:15-1:15 – Joseph Inikori (Rochester) - The First Capitalist Nation in the World: The Development of Capitalism in England

13:30-14:30 – Lunch Break

15:00-17:00  Thinking Capitalism from Africa: A Roundtable

Chair:Lumkile Mondi, Senior Lecturer, Wits Business School

Gill Hart (CISA, Wits)   Revisiting the History of Capitalism: Reflections from an African Perspective

Joseph Inikori (Rochester)   The Development of Capitalism in West Africa, 1450-1900

Bill Freund (Wits) – White Run South Africa as a Developmental State: An Interpretive Economic History of Twentieth Century South Africa

19:00  Conference dinner

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