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Conversations on Capitalism III: Property and Capitalism

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Conversations on Capitalism III - Property and Capitalism: Why are we encouraged to see our possessions as having a value beyond their use?

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Conversations on Capitalism III: Property and Capitalism

One of the foundations of a capitalist economy is the commodification of things. We are encouraged to see our possessions as having a value beyond their use. One of the understudied aspects of capitalism, however, is the question of whether our possessions have a deeper importance. This talk aims to uncover the relationship between the things we own, the system that gives these things value, and whether scholars need to pay more attention to the emotions that capitalism invokes.

Dr Ben Marsh, Reader in American History at the Centre for American Studies will chair a discussion with Dr Joanna Cohen (Queen Mary University of London) and Emma Teitelman (University of Cambridge)

This discussion is open to all members of the public and a reception will follow afterwards.

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Joanna Cohen is Senior Lecturer in American History at Queen Mary University of London. Her work has appeared in the Journal of the Early Republic and the Journal of the Civil War Era and her recent book, Luxurious Citizens: Consumption and Civic Belonging in Nineteenth Century America was published in 2017. Her current research examines the emotional history of loss and property in the wake of the Civil War.

Emma Teitelman is the Mellon Research Fellow in American History at the University of Cambridge. Her work on the late 19th century United States focuses the history of state building and capitalist development in the U.S. South and West during the Reconstruction period. Her work appears in the Journal of American History.

About Conversations on Capitalism

World events and a teetering global economy have brought capitalism back into the centre of scholarly debate. Particularly in the history of the United States, the result has been a creative, searching study of the origins and development of a system that in a wider culture appears natural. Along with this work has come an equally vital debate about the problems of this new literature from all corners.

This year, the Centre for American Studies will create a platform for this debate: a series of open, informal talks that will form a year-long conversation with academics, students, staff and the wider public. The aim of these conversations will be to spark a broader debate not only about the new work in this field, but seek unique ways of thinking about and talking about capitalism in the twenty-first century.

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The Templeman Library Lecture Theatre (TLT)

The University of Kent

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