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American Bar Foundation to Host Conference on Law and Capitalism

June 24, 2016, ABF news

The American Bar Foundation (ABF) and the University of Chicago will host the 2016 Law in the History of Capitalism Conference on June 27-28, 2016 at the ABF offices in Chicago. The conference is the result of a recent surge in new scholarship on the historical relationship between law and capitalism.

In recent years, literature on law in the history of capitalism has examined a variety of topics including the symbiotic connection between slavery and capitalism, new social and cultural perspectives on economic and business histories, and the role of the state in facilitating and frustrating economic development. This infusion of interdisciplinary scholarship creates an opportunity for new work that puts law, legal institutions, and legal processes at the center of capitalist transformations.

The conference will provide junior scholars with a venue in which to share their previously unpublished research and to connect with senior scholars in the field. The ABF invited junior scholars to submit proposals that offer original analyses of law in the history of capitalism. A variety of papers that range chronologically, geographically, and across disciplines will be presented during the two-day conference. All of the papers examine five key themes: corporations, personhood, and privacy; currency and national debt in comparative perspective; trade, technology, and slavery in the capitalist tradition; workers’ compensation and the historicization of labor; and credit, markets, and regulation in the postwar era.

The conference is co-sponsored by the ABF, University of Chicago Law SchoolAmerican Society for Legal History, Indiana University Maurer School of Law, University of Illinois College of Law, University of Michigan Law School, University of Minnesota Law School, and University of Pennsylvania Law School. For more information, access the conference program here. Registrations and submissions are no longer being accepted.

Posted by: Cheyenne Blount

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