Friday, May 20, 2016

PEAES Conference: “A Re-Union of Interests”

The 16th annual conference of the Program in Early American Economy and Society (PEAES), "A Re-Union of Interests: Political Economy in North America during the Revolution and Early Republic," will be held on October 6-7, 2016, at the Library Company of Philadelphia. The meeting  celebrates the publication of Cathy Matson and Peter Onuf’s 1990 work, A Union of Interests: Political and Economic Thought in Revolutionary America.  The conference announcement states:
In recognition of these two scholars’ prodigious scholarship, legacy of mentorship, and leadership in signal institutions that further early North American and Atlantic research, this conference draws together some of the finest scholars working in the field of late eighteenth and early nineteenth century political economy and economic culture. By breaking from old historiographical dichotomies and articulating a new perspective about the broadly defined economic interests and ideology in the early republic, A Union of Interests continues to spur fresh studies of the early republic’s political culture and economic development. Taking Matson and Onuf’s book as the point of departure, the conference will assess the field a quarter of a century later and showcase many of the most exciting new directions in the study of early North American political economy.
A keynote address will be delivered by John Larson of Purdue University. About one month before this conference, papers will be available online for registered attendees to read. For further information please contact PEAES director, Cathy Matson, at or Rick Demirjian at Website information, including the program, will be available soon at