Conference: Hidden Capitalism
In reviving the study of capitalism, scholars have emphasized the transformative power of markets and commodification. Yet, a crucial part of what drives capitalism falls outside of waged relations and formal, visible exchange.
Explore the substantial economic activity that occurs on the margins and in the concealed corners of the formal economy. These activities may be hidden or take place in “markets” that are not defined or measured by the normal terms we use to define and measure markets. Uncovering these forgotten or obscured activities can focus new attention on the mutual dependency of the visible and invisible markets and how the moralities of such markets both converge and diverge.
Francesca Russello Ammon explores how postwar America came to equate destruction with progress.
Kendra Smith-Howard, University at Albany, will discuss her paper "The Messy Work of Cleaning Up: Economy, Policy, and the Disposable Diaper, 1936–1996."
Jessica Levy, Johns Hopkins University, will discuss her paper "Black Empowerment, Global American Business, and the Post-Jim Crow/Apartheid City."
Part science fair, part community fair, and part something entirely new. Maker Fest is an all-ages gathering to invigorate the Maker spirit in everyone!
Cannon firings in the powder yards demonstrate how black powder was made and used.