The Moral Economy: Careers of a Concept

Event date: 
April 6, 2018 - 1:00pm to April 7, 2018 - 5:00pm
Seminar Series: 
Global History Workshop
Organized by Professor Jeremy Adelman (Princeton University) and Professor Sam Moyn (Yale University) this workshop will discuss the idea of the moral economy from the eighteenth century to the present. The aim is to consider and to debate the ways in which moral economics and moral economists shadowed political economics, to explore the ways in which moral economics offered a critical vocabulary, alternative histories, and political counterpoints to mainstream thinking about what Karl Polanyi called “market society.”  By examining key moments and key figures, from Adam Smith to Marcel Mauss, from Rabindranath Tagore to James C. Scott, our goal is to outline a broad tradition of thought that has framed scholarship and public discourse about modern economic life.  In recent years, the popularity of histories of capitalism, and the debate about globalization and late neoliberalism, have brought new attention to the vintage concept.  How has the idea of moral economy offered keys to rethink human interdependence in more than market ways? 
  • Emma Rothschild, Harvard University
  • Rohit De, Yale University
  • Margaret Somers, University of Michigan
  • Tim Shenk , Columbia University
  • Emilio Kourí, University of Chicago
  • Marion Fourcade, University of California - Berkeley
  • Tim Rogan, Cambridge University
  • Joel Isaac, Cambridge University
  • Abigail Kret, Princeton University
  • Sam Moyn, Yale University
  • Jeremy Adelman, Princeton University
  • Didier Fassin, Institute for Advanced Study
  • Julia Ott, New School
  • Daniel Rodgers, Princeton University
  • Nils Gilman, University of California - Berkeley