The History and Future of the Moral Economy

Event Details

  • Event date: 30/06/2021 – 30/06/2021
  • Venue: Online

Morality and its relationship to economic behaviour has long fascinated historians and social scientists. The history of capitalism, development, and environmental change possesses an ethical dimension that is evident from the medieval period through to the present. This is evidenced by phenomena such as the planned economy, the emergence of neoliberalism, and features in current debates about a Green New Deal. But how has morality been central to the way in which people have understood their relationship to wider social change in the past and does this still matter today?

This workshop will explore these ideas, exploring both the (various) histories and the (possible) futures of the Moral Economy.


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Welcome and Opening Comments (9.00-9.15)

Sean Irving and Patrick Doyle


Panel 1: Ethics and Values (9.15 -11.00)

Mehmet Artik: Theory of Value: An Islamic political economic turn

Silvia Rief: How to make ethical values operative: Karl Polanyi on accounting and overview

Polyanna Rhee: Inventing environmental quality; short history of quality of life

Meriam Ben Hamza: Islam and the rise of commerce in the Modern Age


Break (11.00 – 11.15)


Panel 2: Land and Environment (11.15 – 13.00)

Lise Butler: Small is ethical: E.F. Schumacher and the moral foundations of 1970s environmentalism

Andrew Phemister: A free market of morals: Boycotting and liberal individualism in the late-nineteenth century.

Gayatri Nair: Between morality and the Moral Economy of the commons; Fisher politics in Mumbai

Leonard Baker: ‘I’ll be damned if that rogue should ever have an orchard’: Moral ecologies and landscape change in nineteenth-century rural England


Lunch (13.00 – 14.00)


Keynote (14.00-15.15)

Helen McCarthy : Working Motherhood and the Moral Economy


Break (15.15 – 15.30)


Panel 3: Markets and Capitalism (15.30 –17.15)

Konstantinos Lamprakis: The moral dimension of economic transactions and social mobilization: The case of the “Black Market” during the Axis occupation of Greece (1941-1944).

Nikos Potamianos: Shopkeepers of Greece on competition, profit and black market, 1916-1945

Tom Scriven: Heterodoxy and pseudo-science in Chartism’s moral counter-culture, 1842-48

Donna Loftus: The ‘paradox of thrift’: economic visions of nineteenth-century Britain.


Conclusions and Comments (17.15-17.45)

Pedro Ramos Pinto