Cultures of Capitalism: Early Modern Spain


Join the Franklin Humanities Institute for its Friday morning series, tgiFHI! tgiFHI gives Duke faculty in the humanities, interpretative social sciences and arts the opportunity to present on their current research to interlocutors in their fields. Breakfast is served at 9am.

About the presentation: How did capitalism come to be naturalized in Early Modern Spain? Why has the history of capitalism rendered this process invisible? How can the economic past of Iberian merchant capitalism be historicized outside master narratives of rise and decline and economic backwardness? What are the technical and intellectual pursuits through which this complex society got to know capitalism? What are the cultural forms they forged? And finally, how does the cultural field interpret different models of economic behavior?

About the presenter: Elvira Vilches is Associate Professor of Romance Studies at Duke University

Franklin Humanities Institute (FHI)


Economics; History; Medieval and Renaissance Studies; Romance Studies

Smith Warehouse, Ahmadieh Family Lecture Hall, Bay 4, C105


Rogers, Sarah