SOAS University of London

Department of Economics

SOAS Economics Webinar Series 2020-2021: Intensifying Inequalities and the Limitations of Global Capitalism

The 2020-2021 SOAS Economics Webinar Series "Intensifying Inequalities and the Limitations of Global Capitalism" is aimed at bringing together perspectives that extend our understanding of how inequalities take root in our societies and economies, and how these relate to the crises of global capitalism. These include contributions on feminist economics, racial inequalities and economic imperialism.

With its focus on pluralist approaches and a concern to apply economics to real world issues, the Department of Economics at SOAS has a proud history to challenge mainstream economics thinking. The aim of the 2020-21 Webinar Series is to reach across disciplinary boundaries to put economics in dialogue with other social sciences and centre interdisciplinarity in our Department’s heterodox tradition and regional expertise.

The Series is open to the general public and is of particular interest for our students, alumni and academic staff. Links for access to the different Webinars can be found below. 

Term 1 webinars:

7 October 2020 - Is it time for a Universal Basic Income? Perspectives from Africa and Peripheral EuropeIs it time for a Universal Basic Income? Perspectives from Africa and Peripheral Europe - Ruth Castel-Branco, Wits University & Costas Lapavitsas, SOAS University of London

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Is it time for a Universal Basic Income? Perspectives from Africa and Peripheral Europe (Webinar)

14 October 2020 - Panel Discussion: Never a let a pandemic go to waste. The World Bank response to Covid-19. Launch of a joint Eurodad/SOAS Briefing Paper - Ourania Dimakou (SOAS), Daniela Gabor (UWE Bristol), María José Romero (SOAS), Crystal Simeoni (NAWI Afrifem Macroeconomics Collective), Elisa Van Waeyenberge (SOAS)

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Panel Discussion: Never a let a pandemic go to waste. The World Bank response to Covid-19. Launch of a joint Eurodad/SOAS Briefing Paper (Webinar)

21 October 2020 - Women’s empowerment and economic development: a feminist critique of story telling practices in ‘Randomista’ Economics - Naila Kabeer (LSE)

4 November 2020 - The Hokum of Neo-Liberalism: Revisiting Sivanandan’s Political Economy - Dr John Narayan (King's College London)

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The Hokum of Neo-Liberalism: Revisiting Sivanandan’s Political Economy

18 November 2020 - Orientalism in Economic Theory - Professor Jan Toporowski (SOAS)

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Orientalism in Economic Theory

25 November 2020 - Paying for the pandemic: Fighting class by fighting COVID-19 - Ben Tippet (University of Greenwich)

2 December 2020 - "The Flexible Seamstress": Global South Suppliers and the New Economic Imperialism - Intan Suwandi (Illinois State University)

16 December 2020 - Territories that won't be left behind: Wellbeing and Planning in Nuquí - Julián Idrobo (University of BC, formerly UniAndes)

Term 2 webinars:

13 January 2021 - Harnessing Finance in an Age of Environmental Breakdown: Rethinking the Role of Financial Authorities - Katie Kedward (UCL)

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Harnessing Finance in an Age of Environmental Breakdown: Rethinking the Role of Financial Authorities

27 January 2021 - The Illusive Quest for Structural Transformation in Africa: Will China Make a Difference? - Alemayehu Geda (Addis Ababa University)

10 February 2021 - Wealth Inequality and Cost of the Poverty Gap in Arab Countries amidst COVID - Khalid Abu-Ismail (UN-ESCWA Beirut), Vladimir HLASNY (UN-ESCWA Beirut), Randa Alami (SOAS)

24 February 2021 - Panel discussion: Rebuilding Macroeconomics from the Margins - Daniela Gabor (UWE Bristol), Yannis Dafermos (SOAS), Jo Michell (UWE Bristol); Elisa Van Waeyenberge (SOAS), Kate Bayliss (SOAS), Benjamin Bowles (SOAS) 

10 March 2021 - Panel discussion: Covid-19 and Crises of Global Capitalism: Launch of the Canadian Journal of Development Studies Special Issue - Sara Stevano, Tobias Franz, Yannis Dafermos, Elisa van Waeyenberge (SOAS) – and contributors 

24 March 2021 - Social Reproduction, Financial Exclusion and Alternatives - Serena Natile (Warwick University), Verónica Gago and Luci Cavallero (Universidad de Buenos Aires, NiUnaMenos), Caroline Shenaz Hossein (York University Canada)