Ideologies, Ideas, and Values during the Industrial Revolution 20-25 May 2012.
The course will be taught by Deirdre Nansen McCloskey, Distinguished
Professor of Economics, History, English, and Communication, University
of Illinois at Chicago, and Professor, School of Business, Economics and
Law, University of Gothenburg.
Why was Europe the fi rst region to develop economically and why did Britain lead among the
European nations? Recent years have seen a number of important contributions to the fi eld
of economic history trying to deal with the issue from new perspectives, using new empirical
evidence. The course will study some of scholarly contributions. The issue of ideologies, ideas,
and bourgeois values will be an important theme. That is, can the modern world be explained in
merely material terms? Or do ideas matter?
Participants are expected to write short reviews of the books on the reading list, to be discussed
in class in the morning of each day of the course. Participants will also present a paper on their
own research in afternoon seminars, and get feedback from other participants of the course and
from Professor McCloskey.
The course is open for Ph.D. students in economic history, economics and/or history, or similar disciplines
within social science and the humanities. The course will take place at the School of Business,
Economics and Law in Gothenburg, Sweden.
There is no fee for participating in the course. The Department will furthermore arrange (and pay for)
lodging and lunches during the course, and provide a travel grant to participating Ph.D. students. The
Department will also host an opening reception, and a dinner the last night of the course. Participants
are expected to attend during the whole week.
Applications for participation in the course should be sent latest 1 March 2012 by mail to Anna-Helena
Wiechel, Dept. of economic history, University of Gothenburg: email@example.com.
Applicants should give a short description of the research fi eld of their doctoral thesis. Since the number
of participants will be limited, a selection may be necessary. The result from such selection will be
sent to the applicants in mid-March.