Hidden Capitalism: Beyond, Below, and Outside the Visible Market

2017 Fall Conference

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. Participants in this conference explored the substantial economic activity that occurs on the margins and in the concealed corners of the formal economy.

The conference was held in Copeland Room of the Library on November 17th 2017

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8:30-10:45:  Panel 1, Business in the shadows

Bruce Baker, Newcastle University
The Loose Cotton Economy of the New Orleans Waterfront in the Late Nineteenth Century

Hannah Frydman, Rutgers University
Capitalism's Back Pages:  “Immoral” Advertising and Invisible Markets in Paris's Mass Press, 1890-1939

Bevery Bunch-Lyons, Virginia Tech
'Disdainful of Order and Decency' or ‘Making My Ends Meet the Only Way I Could:’  Blacks and the Underground Liquor Economy in North Carolina, 1900-1960

Jennifer Ayres, New York University
Reselling Clothes on Instagram: Exploring the Relationship Between New Social Media and the Old Informal Economy

Commentator: Wendy Woloson, Rutgers University-Camden

10:45-11:15: Coffee break

11:15-12:30:: Panel 2, Liminal spaces and global order

Vanessa Ogle, University of California, Berkeley
Legalizing the Offshore World

Dara Orenstein, George Washington University
Hidden in Plain View:  A Visual History of Foreign-Trade Zones

Commentator: Ken Lipartito, Florida International University

12:30-1:30: Lunch

1:30-3:15: Panel 3, Capitalisms in collision

Owen James Hyman, Mississippi State University
Jim Crow's Cut: White Supremacy and the Destruction of Black Capital in the Forests of the  Deep South

Bryan Turo, Independent Scholar
From Continental Crossroad to Dead End: Market Rationalization and Community Marginalization in the Hispano Borderlands, 1890-1929

Ishani Saraf, University of California, Davis
Partial Legalities and Susceptibility to Interventions:  Commerce and Regulation in a Metal Scrap Market in Delhi

Commentator: Lisa Jacobson, University of California, Santa Barbara

3:15-3:45: Coffee break

3:45-5:30: Panel 4, Regulating alternative markets

Kenneth Mouré, University of Alberta
Capitalism's Black Heart in Wartime France

Philip Scranton, Rutgers University
Testing the Capitalist Road in Communist China:  From Market Initiatives to the Cultural Revolution, 1955-1966

Jessica Bird, Temple University
From Dapper Dan to “Kute” Spade: Regulating Knockoffs and Bootlegs in New York City's Apparel Industry

Commentator: Marc Flandreau, University of Pennsylvania

5:30: Reception