Cultivating the Economy: Literature, Politics, Economics, 1870-1940

Friday, May 24, 2013 - Saturday, May 25, 2013  9:00am The Heyman Center, Second Floor Common Room


The Fritz Thyssen Foundation

The decades between 1870 and 1940 saw the emergence of energetic debates about the relationship between citizens, the economy and the state. This conference brings together literary scholars, economic historians and sociologists who explore the literary, political and economic developments that stimulated heated debates about the crisis of laissez-faire capitalism, market regulation, the common good and the rise of the welfare state. The symposium focuses on the historical period during which many of today’s debates about state intervention, social legislation and market regulation took shape, and it also explores the contemporary relevance of these issues.

The event is made possible through the generous support of The Fritz Thyssen Foundation and the Heyman Center.


  • Timothy Alborn

    Professor of History

    Lehman College, CUNY

  • Paul Crosthwaite

    Lecturer in English Literature Department

    The University of Edinburgh

  • Mary Esteve

    Professor of English

    Concordia University

  • Matthew Hart

    Associate Professor of English & Comparative Literature

    Columbia University

  • Janice Ho

    Assistant Professor of English

    University of Colorado at Boulder

  • Benjamin Kohlmann

    Assistant Professor of English Literature

    University of Freiburg

  • Anna Kornbluh

    Assistant Professor in the Department of English

    University of Illinois at Chicago

  • Steven Medema

    Professor of Economics

    University of Colorado Denver

  • Christopher Nealon

    Professor in the Department of English

    Johns Hopkins University

  • Bruce Robbins

    Old Dominion Foundation Professor in the Humanities

    Columbia University

  • Michael Szalay

    Director, Culture, Law, and Capital Center, & Chair, English Department

    University of California, Irvine

  • Michael Tratner

    Mary E. Garrett Alumnae Professor of English

    Bryn Mawr College

  • Ute Tellmann

    Professor in the Institute for Sociology

    University of Hamburg


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