Reading Group

The Reading Group will take place every other week on Fridays from 12pm to 1:30pm EDT. The Reading Group is a New School-hosted semi-public forum for reading books together that we haven’t already read. Session leaders propose readings broadly related to Currency, Empire, Race, and Monetary Policy across disciplines and genres. The goal is to get out of our comfort zones and get talking. Usually there will be more than one reading of different lengths. Attendees are required to read something but not everything. We want everyone to be part of the conversation, and we’re excited to field proposals for new readings/sessions over the coming year.

To take part in the reading group, please submit your contact information and the readings and zoom link will be distributed via email.

Friday, September 24, 2021

Mwangi, Wambui. “Of Coins and Conquest: The East African Currency Board, the Rupee Crisis, and the Problem of Colonialism in the East African Protectorate.” Comparative Studies in Society and History 43, no. 4 (2001): 763–87.

Rockoff, Hugh. “The ‘Wizard of Oz’ as a Monetary Allegory.” Journal of Political Economy 98, no. 4 (August 1, 1990): 739–60.

Friday, October 8, 2021

Theories of Money

Brunhoff, Suzanne De. Marx on Money. London: Verso, 2015.

Friday, October 22, 2021

Thinking in Orders: Neoliberalism and Monetary (Dis)Orders

Slobodian, Quinn. Globalists: The End of Empire and the Birth of Neoliberalism. Cambridge, Massachusetts: Harvard University Press, 2018. (Introduction: Thinking in World Orders, pp. 1-26; Conclusion: A World of People without a People, pp. 263-286). 

Kirshner, Jonathan (Ed.). Monetary Orders: Ambiguous Economics, Ubiquitous Politics. Ithaca, London: Cornell University Press, 2003. (“The Inescapable Politics of Money”, pp. 3-24)

Helleiner, Eric. The Making of National Money: Territorial Currencies in Historical Perspective. Ithaca, London: Cornell University Press, 2003, (Introduction pp. 1-16) 

Friday, November 5, 2021

Monetary Futures – A Vernacular Archive

Jeunet, Jean-Pierre, and Marc Caro. Delicatessen. 1991, France. Film.

Johnson, B. S. Christie Malry’s Own Double-Entry. Revised ed. edition. New York: New Directions, 2009.

Robinson, Kim Stanley. The Ministry for the Future. 1st edition. New York, NY: Orbit, 2020.

McIntyre, Deborah, Mona Clee, and Maurice Hurley, writers. Star Trek the Next Generation. Season 1, Episode 26,The Neutral Zone. Directed by James L. Conway. Aired May 16, 1988.

Stross, Charles. Neptune’s Brood: A Space Opera. Penguin, 2014.

Extra Reading:

Graeber, David. Debt the First 5,000 Years. New York: Melville, 2011. pp. 211-214, 361-391.