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Capitalism and Freedom Reading Group

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Welcome to the new academic year everyone!

This year CAMSED is launching a reading group aimed at both MPhil and PhD students , which we hope will become a tradition in the department. For Michaelmas term the overarching topic is Freedom and Capitalism. The choice of topic is both topical and relevant for our studies; with the crisis still looming over the developed world, there is increasing disillusionment with the concept of freedom, embodied in a mature capitalist system. On the other hand, as students of development studies, it is important to understand freedom as the core ethical foundation of the liberal economic tradition.

The sessions will take place on Thursdays 2-4pm on October 23th, November 6th, November 20th, December 4th and December 18th. CLICK HERE for the reading list for each session. For our first session on the 23rd of October we will begin with an overview of the basic debate on the conception of freedom.

If you are interested in participating in the group please email Vasiliki Mavroeidi at vm314@cam.ac.uk as spaces are limited. Participants are encouraged to read the required material and come to the sessions full of questions and comments.

Political Economy of China Graduate Discussion Group

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This year a group of Development Studies students with support from POLIS are launching the Political Economy of China Graduate Discussion Group. The group’s aim is to bring together the scholars, young researchers and graduate students that study China’s transformation across the University of Cambridge and provide an opportunity for them to interact and exchange ideas. Three sessions will take place during Michaelmas term Tuesdays 2-4pm, on October 14th, November 4th and December 2nd (Room 138). Each session will be led by a speaker who will give a short presentation on the topic, followed by questions and group discussion. Participants will be expected to have looked through relevant readings, circulated in advance, to encourage more in-depth discussion and debate.

Our first confirmed speaker will be Professor Peter Nolan, who will give a presentation on China’s industrial policy. If you would like to participate in this group or if you would like to know more about it, please contact Vasiliki Mavroeidi at vm314@cam.ac.uk.