Political Economy in the Age of Enlightenment and Revolution: Interdisciplinary Approaches

Friday, March 18
10:00 am - 5:30 pm

Neubauer Collegium for Culture and Society
5701 S. Woodlawn Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60637

The aim of this one-day conference is to take stock of recent developments in the study of eighteenth-century political economy. Over the last decade, political economy has assumed a new centrality in the study of Enlightenment social and political thought; of growth, reform and crisis within European imperial states; and of the development of new publics and institutions that demanded political participation and reform in the final decades leading up to the French Revolution. With the growing importance of political economy within received narratives about Enlightenment and Revolution among the major European states and their empires, the study of political economy itself has become more ambitious and interdisciplinary in its methods.

Conference Schedule

9:00 AM  Welcome

9:30 AM – 10:15 AM

               Arnaud Orain (Université de Paris 8, Shelby Cullom Davis Centre—Princeton University), “Defusing and Conjuring Disasters and
               Fears after Louis XIV: The Wild Hope of John Law’s System, 1717-1720”

10:15 AM  Coffee break

10:30 AM —12:15 PM

               Paul Cheney (University of Chicago), “The Political Economy of Colonization: From Composite Monarchy to Nation”

               Fidel Tavarez (Princeton University), “The Invention of the Spanish Commercial Empire, c. 1740-1762”

12:15 PM Lunch

2:00 PM – 2:45 PM     

                   Loïc Charles (Université de Paris 8, Neubauer Collegium—University of Chicago)                  

                   Christine Théré (Institut National d’Etudes Démographiques) 

                   “Gendering Political Economy: Physiocracy, Enlightenment and Women”

2:45 PM  Coffee Break

3:00 PM – 3:45 PM

                  Elizabeth Cross (Harvard University), “The Making of the Nouvelle Compagnie des Indes, 1769-1785”

3:45 PM – 4:30 PM

                  Tessa Murphy (University of Chicago), “The Limits of the French Revolution: Fedon's Rebellion, Grenada, 1795-1796”


Organizers and Contacts:
Loïc Charles, charles@univ-paris8.fr
Paul Cheney, cheney@uchicago.edu