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Modernism and the Free Market

J. M. Keynes's 1926 essay "The End of Laissez-Faire" may look overly optimistic to us today, particularly when he claims that no major economist of the past 50 years still believed in the free market as such. But while laissez-faire is still alive--if not exactly well--today, Keynes's essay does serve as a useful reminder that the free market, and liberalism with it, was undergoing a series of challenges and mutations whose repercussions are still with us today. This panel asks people to reflect on the relationship between modernism--viewed as both a historical epoch and an artistic movement--and the free market. I welcome submission both of papers with a more historical bent and of those with a more theoretical bent.

Possible paper topics include, but are certainly not limited to,
-Modernist economists and free market ideologies
-The relationship between totalitarian economic regimes and the free market
-Marxist theory and the free market
-Monopoly capitalism's challenge to laissez-faire
-The free market and the literary marketplace
-Modernist aesthetics and classical liberalism
-The New Deal, or other efforts in the modernist era to rework capitalism

Please send a short (max 300 word) abstract and a brief (2-3 sentence) scholarly biography to Peter Collins (pec133@psu.edu) by May 4th.

Conference Location: Montreal, Canada
Conference Starts: November 05, 2009
Conference Ends: November 08, 2009

CFP Submission Deadline: May 04, 2009

For more information, contact: Peter Collins

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