Events & seminars 2020

*The Economic and Social History seminar programme gratefully acknowledges the support of the MacFie Bequest, named after Professor Alec MacFie, Adam Smith Professor of Political Economy at the University from 1945 to 1958. 

Enquiries: Helen Yaffe: 0141 330 6616 or email:



Thursday 23 January, 11am
William Lazonick (University of Massachusetts Lowell)
Predatory Value Extraction: How the Looting of the Business Corporation Became the US Norm and How Sustainable Prosperity Can Be Restored

Thursday 6 February, 11am
Sebastian Alvarez (University of Oxford)
International Banking and Financial Crisis: The Contrasting Experience of Mexico and Brazil, 1968-82

Thursday 20 February, 11am
Yukihisa Kamagai (Kansai University)
19th Century Glasgow merchants in the East India trade: Kirkman Finlay and James Finlay & Co

Thursday 27 February, 11am
Alistair Kefford (University of Leicester)
‘Better than Gold’: Commercial Property Development in Post-war Britain

Thursday 5 March, 11am
José Luis Rodríguez (Centre for Research into the World Economy, Cuba)
Managing the Cuban economy through times of crisis: a first-hand account from Cuba’s former Minister of the Economy and Planning

Thursday 26 March, 11am
Selina Todd (University of Oxford)
“The Lucretia Borgia of Salford”: Shelagh Delaney, sex, class and feminism, 1937-2011

Thursday 23 April, 11am
Harvé Joly (University of Lyon)
Greatness and decadence of the French artificial fibres industry (1900s-1980s)



All the seminars take place on Thursdays at 11am in Lilybank House Seminar Room, with teas, coffees and biscuits provided