Events

The Social, Legal, and Political Life of Money

Past Series, The Money Series

Cosponsor
  • Department of History

Money is a notoriously difficult phenomenon to grasp. Why it works, how it works, and where it works are elusive questions that scholars have wrestled with for ages. In this event, we bring together the authors of three recent books on money and a set of respondents to stage a conversation about the social, legal, and political role and implications of money. Exploring the past, present, and future of money, authors Christine Desan (Law), Rebecca Spang (History), and Nigel Dodd (Sociology) will share insights from their research on the legal determination of money, the political instrumentality of money, and the transformative power of a redefinition of money. Respondents representing numerous disciplines will engage these themes and situate them within their own scholarship.

Respondents: Tim Alborn (CUNY), Dan Carey (NIU Galway), Charly Coleman (Columbia), Joel Kaye (Barnard), Gustav Peebles (New School), Steve Pincus (Yale), Sophia Rosenfeld (Virginia), John Shovlin (NYU), Deborah Valenze (Barnard), and Frederick Wherry (Yale).

No registration required.

Program

May 8, 2015  Friday

11:45am - 12:00pm EDT

Welcome and Introduction

12:00pm - 2:00pm EDT

Making Money: Coin, Currency, and the Coming of Capitalism

Christine Desan

Leo Gottlieb Professor of Law

Harvard University

Joel Kaye

Professor of History

Barnard College

Timothy Alborn

Professor of History

Daniel Carey

Professor of English

National University of Ireland, Galway

Steven Pincus

Bradford Durfee Professor of History

Yale University

Chair

William Deringer

Assistant Professor of Science, Technology, and Society

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

2:00pm - 2:30pm EDT

Break I

2:30pm - 4:00pm EDT

Stuff and Money in the Time of the French Revolution

Rebecca Spang

Associate Professor of History

Indiana University, Bloomington

Charly Coleman

Assistant Professor of History

Columbia University

Sophia Rosenfeld

Professor of History

University of Virginia

John Shovlin

Associate Professor of History

New York University

Chair

Timothy Shenk

Jacob K. Javits Fellow in History

Columbia University

4:00pm - 4:30pm EDT

Break II

4:25pm - 6:00pm EDT

The Social Life of Money

Nigel Dodd

Professor of Sociology

London School of Economics and Political Science

Gustav Peebles

Associate Dean of Faculty Affairs

The New School

Deborah Valenze

Professor of History

Barnard College

Frederick Wherry

Professor of Sociology

Yale University

Chair

Sarah Muir

Term Assistant Professor of Anthropology

Barnard College

6:00pm - 6:30pm EDT

Concluding Comments and Discussion
Participants
  • Timothy Alborn Professor of History
  • Daniel Carey Professor of English National University of Ireland, Galway
  • Charly Coleman Assistant Professor of History Columbia University
  • William Deringer Assistant Professor of Science, Technology, and Society Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Christine Desan Leo Gottlieb Professor of Law Harvard University
  • Nigel Dodd Professor of Sociology London School of Economics and Political Science
  • Joel Kaye Professor of History Barnard College
  • Sarah Muir Term Assistant Professor of Anthropology Barnard College
  • Gustav Peebles Associate Dean of Faculty Affairs The New School
  • Steven Pincus Bradford Durfee Professor of History Yale University
  • Sophia Rosenfeld Professor of History University of Virginia
  • Timothy Shenk Jacob K. Javits Fellow in History Columbia University
  • John Shovlin Associate Professor of History New York University
  • Rebecca Spang Associate Professor of History Indiana University, Bloomington
  • Deborah Valenze Professor of History Barnard College
  • Carl Wennerlind Associate Professor of History Barnard College
  • Frederick Wherry Professor of Sociology Yale University