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Conference ─ BRICS Neoliberalism: Past and Future?

BRICS Neoliberalism Past and Future Conference April 23 24 2022

Saturday, April 23 –
Sunday, April 24, 2022

In person in the Joukowsky Forum, 111 Thayer Street, or watch live on Watson's YouTube Channel: Day 1 and Day 2.

This conference is open to Brown University faculty, students and researchers, registration is required.

Watch Webcast (Day 1)

Watch Webcast (Day 2)

This workshop stems from the impression that the latest round of discussions about the fate of neoliberalism since the outbreak of the pandemic has remained focused around the “neoliberal heartlands” of the North Atlantic and left much of the rest of the world in shadow. This workshop hopes to redress the lacuna through both historical and contemporary perspectives on what might loosely be called BRICS Neoliberalism, or the phenomenon of neoliberal thought and practice in the major economies beyond the North Atlantic core. The topic seems especially relevant as the very question of the applicability or utility of the term "neoliberalism" to define the last forty years of policy choices across the world remains in dispute. We are keen to open a discussion about new concepts and categories to make better sense of the recent past and present of international political economy, especially at a moment when U.S. economic dominance faces challenges unprecedented in the postwar era.

Saturday, April 23rd

Panel One: China
Speaker: Isabella Weber (UMass-Amherst)
Discussant: Ying Chen (New School)

10-10:15 - Coffee

Panel Two: Taiwan
Speaker: Szu-Yun Hsu (McMaster)
Discussant: Andrew Liu (Villanova)

Panel Three: South Africa
Speaker: Benjamin Bradlow (Harvard)
Discussant: Antina von Schnitzler (New School)

Lunch 12:15-1:30

Panel Four: Brazil
Speaker: Margarita Fajardo (Sarah Lawrence)
Discussant: Andre Pagliarini (Hampden-Sydney)

Coffee: 2:30-2:45

Panel Five: Eastern Europe
Speaker: Cornel Ban (Copenhagen Business School)
Discussant: Zsofia Barta (Albany)

Roundtable Discussion

Sunday, April 24th


Panel Six: Russia
Speaker: Tobias Rupprecht (Freie Universität Berlin)
Discussion: Group

Panel Seven: India
Speaker: Jason Jackson (MIT)
Discussant: Patrick Heller (Brown)

Coffee: 11:00-11:15

Keynote comment:
Jamie Peck (UBC)

12:30-1:30 - Final discussion with Lunch

Rhodes Center for International Economics and Finance