RSVP Capitalism and the Family in the Atlantic World
THURSDAY, MARCH 30 // 6:00-7:30 P.M.
Location: Maison Française East Gallery, Buell Hall

A roundtable discussion with Pierre Force, Paul Cheney, Emmanuelle Saada and Carl Wennerlind, moderated by Christopher L. Brown

Pierre Force talks about his new book, Wealth and Disaster: Atlantic Migrations from a Pyrenean Town in the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2016), which follows two families who emigrate from the same Pyrenean Town to Saint-Domingue, tracing their descendants in an epic saga that spans three generations. Paul Cheney discusses his new book, Cul de Sac: Patrimony, Capitalism, and Slavery in French Saint-Domingue (University of Chicago Press, 2017), a micro-history of one plantation in France’s richest colony. Emmanuelle Saada and Carl Wennerlind will join the discussion as respondents.

Pierre Force is a Professor of French and History at Columbia University. He is the author of Le Problème herméneutique chez Pascal, Molière ou Le Prix des choses: Morale, économie et comédie and Self-Interest before Adam Smith: A Genealogy of Economic Science. Paul Cheney is an Associate Professor of History at the University of Chicago, and a specialist of old regime France and its colonial empire, with a focus on early modern capitalism. His last book was Revolutionary Commerce: Globalization and the French Monarchy (Harvard University Press, 2010). Emmanuelle Saada is a Professor of French and History at Columbia. Carl Wennerlind is Associate Professor of History at Barnard College. Christopher L. Brown is a Professor of History at Columbia.

Event co-sponsored by the Maison Française, Department of History, and Heyman Center for the Humanities and the Society of Fellows.


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