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O'Connell Initiative

O’Connell Initiative on the Global History of Capitalism

The O’Connell Initiative for the Global History of Capitalism is a forum for intellectual exploration. It brings together scholars of every aspect of capitalism, from its earliest medieval manifestations to its twenty-first-century consequences across the globe. It supports groundbreaking research and teaching on global capitalism and engages with the public through lectures, debates, and workshops.

The O’Connell Initiative in the Global History of Capitalism is supported by generous gifts from Fordham alumnus Robert J. O’Connell, FCRH '65.

On Friday March 5th, there will be a workshop, “Retracing Power: Authority, Conflict, and Resistance in History,” that is open to all graduate students, faculty and senior undergraduates. 

The Keynote Speaker, Dr. Elizabeth Otto, Professor of Art History and Visual Studies at the University at Buffalo, will give a talk entitled, "Retracing Power, Refiguring History: Haunted Bauhaus and a New History of Modernism," and discuss her most recent book, Haunted Bauhaus: Occult Spirituality Gender Fluidity, Queer Identities, and Radical Politics (The MIT Press, 2019). Participants will present and workshop papers on diverse global topics related to power, conflict, authority and resistance from mid-century China, modern Europe, the Middle East, and elsewhere around the world.

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March 5 Workshop


On February 23rd, the History Department hosted a virtual event, "Reinserting Gender and Social Reproduction into the History of Capitalism" at 4:00 pm EST. Keynote Speaker, Dr. Nancy Folbre of University of Massachusetts at Amherst, discussed her work along with respondents Dr. Eileen Boris (of University of California, Santa Barbara), Dr. Pilar Gonalons-Pons (of University of Pennsylvania), and Dr. Naomi R. Williams (of Rutgers University).

Reinserting Gender and Social Reproduction into the History of Capitalism