Political Economy Reading Group (PERG)

The reading group is student-managed, headed by Rasmus Skov Andersen, and includes around 20 active members. The reading group explores a broad range of topics related to the history of modern political economy. Focusing on both the newest research on the history and ideology of various political economy regimes as well as classic and field-defining books, the reading group aims to bring together faculty members and students at all levels. The reading group is interested in interdisciplinary approaches investigating the links between economic doctrines and their political and sociological premises. Treating economic ideas and analyses as normative assumptions and cultural and social constructs, the reading group is interested in studies that bridge the division between ideology and material structure, between market, state and civil society, and between politics and economics. 

The reading group sets out two aims:

- Connecting students at all levels with faculty members around a shared interest in the history of modern political economy, we hope to create an engaging and inclusive learning environment, thereby furthering the knowledge of and interest in the history of modern political economy. 

- Linking the reading group’s activities with other CEMES activities and research groups, as well as arranging and hosting seminars and lectures ourselves, we aim to facilitate networks of scholars and students, both nationally and internationally. 

Upcoming events (2019):

15.04.2019: Selected readings from Perry Anderson. Headed by Jacob Jensen.

24.05.2019: Selected readings from David Singh Grewal's "The Invention of the Economy" in preparation for his public lecture on 27.05.2019.

21.06.2019: Selected readings from Romain D. Hurets "The Expert on War on Poverty".

Activities PERG took part in, co-organized or hosted in 2018:

05.04.2018: Johan Christensen: The Power of Economists within the State (2017)

19.04.2018: Student articles session

16.05.2018: Daniel Zamora Vargas: Foucault and Neoliberalism (2016)

13.06.2018: Quinn Slobodian: Globalists: The End of Empire and the Birth of Neoliberalism (2018)

27.09.2018; Jenny Andersson: The Future of the World: Futurology, Futurists, and the Struggle for the Post Cold War Imagination (2018)

9.11.2018: Ove Kaj Pedersen: Reaktionens Tid: Konkurrencestaten Mellem Reform og Reaktion (2018)

6.12.2018: Samuel Moyn: Not Enough: Human Rights in an Unequal World (2018)

Participants/members: 
Rasmus Skov Andersen
Niklas Olsen
Rasmus Knold Andersen
Christoffer Koch
Lea Cecilie Brinkgaard
Jacob Jensen
Jesper Vestermark Køber
Mads Kian Gyldmark
Nanna Højer
Niels Olav Holst Larsen
Jens Walter Birkemose
Michael Edske Christensen
Jannick Schou
Rune Korgaard
Johanne Mosegaard
Søren Boserup Lauritsen 

Associated participants:
Søren Rud
Søren Ivarsson
Haakon A. Ikonomou
Gunvor Simonsen
Patrick van der Geest

The Political Economy Reading Group (PERG) is part of CEMES Student Forum (see below):

CEMES Student Forum has been established with the intend to create a platform for students from different departments of the Faculty of Humanities and Faculty of Theology with an interest in European studies. The forum aims to organise events a couple of times per semester.

The forum will also provide a link between students and researchers at CEMES, and enable students to give input and suggestions to events held by CEMES as well as the possibility to organise events on their own. The forum has an open agenda and new ideas are more than welcome. So, if you are interested in creating an active environment for humanities perspectives on European studies, contact us to hear when the next meeting is held.

CEMES Student Forum. Foto: Ulrik Kirk