The Forschungskolleg Humanwissenschaften: Events
Thursday, 08 November 2018, 11:00
Forschungskolleg Humanwissenschaften, Am Wingertsberg 4, 61348 Bad Homburg
Forschungskolleg Humanwissenschaften of Goethe-University
Isabella Weber (University of London)»Intellectual Origins of China’s Dual Track Price System«Regarding the Colloquium
In 1974 Bertram Schefold was appointed professor for economic theory in the economics department of Goethe University after receiving his doctorate in economics from the University of Basel in 1971. He has been a senior professor in Frankfurt since 2012 and has received honorary doctorates from the Universities of Tübingen and Macerata. In 2010 he was awarded the Thomas Guggenheim Prize in the History of Economics for his life work by Ben Gurion University in Beer Sheva, Israel.
Iwo Amelung received his doctoral degree in sinology from the FU Berlin in 1999 and completed his habilitation in the same field at Erlangen University in 2005. He has been a professor of sinology at Goethe University since 2005. His research interests focus on the administrative history of China in the 19th century as well as on academic history and the history of knowledge in China during the late Qing dynasty and the early years of the Republic. He has been the coordinator of the Frankfurt collaborative research center »Discourses of Weakness and Resource Regimes« since January 2017 and is also the deputy executive director of the Interdisciplinary Center for East Asian Studies (IZO) at Goethe University.
About the speaker:
Isabella Weber is a lecturer in economics at Goldsmiths, University of London. She received her Ph.D. at the University of Cambridge and was recently a visiting researcher at Tsinghua University (Beijing). Her work combines economic theory, economic history, China studies and global political economy.
»I would focus on the price reform debate of the 1980s to delineate the connection between the Dual Track Price System and the traditional Chinese practices and theories of price regulation. In a next step, I would contrast this genealogy with the critique of dual pricing as articulated by neoclassical Eastern European market socialists and World Bank economists in their advising activities in China on the one hand and the appraisal of gradual price reform through a dual track system by Alec Cairncross based on his experience of transition after WWII, on the other. In the conclusion, I would highlight the difference between economics as a science of practice and a science of ideals as well as the specifically Chinese relationship between the state and the market as manifested in the practice of regulating the market through market participation by the state. I hope that the analysis of the critical crossroads of the 1980s in the larger context of Chinese history of economic thought will contribute to your project of comparison with European economic thought.« (Isabella Weber)
The lecture is part of the project on »Chinese and European History of Economic Thought in Comparison«, which is led by Goethe-Fellows Iwo Amelung and Bertram Schefold.
Please register before 4 November.
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