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

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)

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)

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

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 - Panel discussion: Covid-19 and Crises of Global Capitalism: Launch of the Canadian Journal of Development Studies Special Issue - Guest editors (Dr Sara Stevano, Dr Tobias Franz, Dr Yannis Dafermos, Dr Elisa van Wayenberge) and contributors