Workshop Program

Friday, 9/23

8:30AM – Arrival, Light Breakfast

9:00AM – Welcome

9:10AM – The Politics of Planning and Modeling “the Economy” (Part 1)

  • Thomas Angeletti, “The Laboratory of the French Economy”
  • Verena Halsmayer, “The Economy as a System of Capital Flows: Assembling and Computing Input-Output Tables at the Harvard Economic Research Project”
  • Onur Ozgode, “The Construction of Systemic Risk as a Pathology of Monetary Government: How the Federal Reserve Came to Govern the Economy at the Limits of Neoliberalism”
  • Discussant: Sophus Reinert

11:05AM – The National and the International

  • Jamie Martin, “How Did Postwar Planners Think of the ‘World Economy?’ The Forgotten Efforts of 1940-1943”
  • Colin Danby, “Discovering Economies in British Africa “
  • Alden Young, “‘The Nation-State Alone Cannot Transform Its Destiny’”
  • Discussant: David Armitage

12:45PM – Lunch

2:00PM – Formalizations of the Economic

  • Yahya Madra, “Auction or Selection? Two Competing (Neoclassical) Metaphors for ‘The Economy’”
  • Philippe Steiner, “Economy as Matching”
  • Till Düppe, “Economic Consciousness: Four Historical Considerations”
  • Rachel Knecht, “‘All Arithmetic Should Be Practical’: Calculating Rationality in Antebellum America”
  • Discussant: Christine Desan

4:00PM – Break

4:15PM – The Economic, Incentives, Rationality

  • Justin Douglas, Bretton Fosbrook, & Kira Lussier, “The Art of Corporate Governing in the Postwar Period”
  • Daniel Breslau, “Household Marketization and the End of the Economy”
  • Guus Dix, “Incentivizable Man: The Emergence of Incentivization as a New Modality of Power, 1886–1920 (and Beyond)”
  • Martha Lampland, “Monetary Imaginaries in Inflationary Times”
  • Discussant: Laura Sawyer


Saturday, 9/24

8:30AM – Arrival, Light Breakfast

9:00AM – The Politics of Planning and Modeling “the Economy” (Part 2)

  • Nikhil Menon, “Knowing Through Numbers: Planning, Statistics, and Defining the Indian Economy”
  • Adam Leeds, “On the Socialist Origins of the Capitalist ‘Economy’”
  • Dan Hirschman, “Managing the Economy in Real Time”
  • Discussant: Timothy Mitchell

10:55AM – Formatting National Economic Space

  • Hannah Appel, “Toward an Ethnography of ‘the Economy’”
  • Tripp Rebrovick, “‘The Market is Not The Economy’: Regimes of Sight and the Constitution of Economic Knowledge”
  • Margaret Schabas,”Concepts of the Economy in Eighteenth-Century French and British Economic Thought”
  • Discussant: Quinn Slobodian

12:40PM – Presentation by Thomas Vass of the INET Young Scholars Initiative

12:50PM – Lunch

2:00PM – The Public Life of “The Economy”

  • Allegra Giovine, “Fantasies and Fallacies of Fortune: Visions of Burma’s Colonial Economy c.1900-1937”
  • Melissa Teixeira, “The Popular and the Political Economy: The Case of Brazil’s Estado Novo (1937-1945)”
  • Tim Shenk, “The Political Origins of the American Economy”
  • Soo-Young Kim, “Of Pensions and Projections: How the Future Constitutes the Economy in Greece”
  • Discussant: Samuel Moyn

4:00PM – Break

4:15PM – The Economical and the Natural

  • Chris Jones, “The Disappearing Natural World: Genealogies of Economics, Growth, and Abstraction”
  • Alyssa Battistoni, “The Economy of Nature: Whole Earth Economics and the Disappearance of the Outside”
  • Richard Lane, “Finding the Absolute Reason for Growth: How the 1952 Paley Commission Conceptualised Scarcity and Reframed the Growth of the Economy”
  • Discussant: Lukas Rieppel