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What is a Master Class?

Global Capitalism and Law Master Classes

The goal of a master class is to learn how senior scholars from different disciplines think about the relationship between global capitalism and law. A master class is different from a seminar discussion of work in progress because the goal is to better understand the assumptions, insights, and knowledge that shape the scholar’s thinking on our topic.  

Usually, the topic of global capitalism and law is not the direct subject that invited scholars engage. Yet there is a set of methodological assumptions and background conditions that shape their research in that area. We want to learn about the ideas, canonical works and set of problems that guide their thinking so as to ascertain methodological and substantive assumptions that may or may not be articulated, to locate how law explicitly or implicitly figures into their understandings of the working of capitalism at the local, regional and global levels.

We ask our master instructors to choose a set of readings that participants will study in advance. While instructors may assign their own writings, often it is more revealing to read works that the instructor is channeling and/or critiquing. Rather than a long paper presentation, we prefer a short introduction designed to explain the set of ideas that inform the instructor’s thinking about the relationship between global capitalism and law. The seminar then proceeds in the form of questions, answers, queries, and challenges.

Previous master classes have been taught by:

2019

2018

2017

2016

Some of the questions that interest our members include:

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