When: Thursday, July 2, 2020, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PMWhere: Online discussion, BB Collaborate
The IHSS Annual Symposium seeks to recognise and bring to Queen Mary each year a scholar who has recently contributed a ground-breaking piece of work in the humanities and social sciences. The inaugural IHSS Annual Symposium will be made by Professor Thomas Piketty on his 2020 release, Capital and Ideology, followed by a response from Heather Boushey and Martin Sandbu.
In this follow-up to Thomas Piketty’s bestselling Capital in the Twenty-First Century (2014), Capital and Ideology (2020) challenges us to revolutionize how we think about politics, ideology, and history. He exposes the ideas that have sustained inequality for the past millennium, reveals why the shallow politics of right and left are failing us today, and outlines the structure of a fairer economic system.
Thomas Piketty is Professor at EHESS and at the Paris School of Economics and Co-director, World Inequality Lab/World Inequality Database. His work addresses the interplay between economic development, the distribution of income and wealth, and political conflict. These works have led to emphasize the role of political, social and fiscal institutions in the historical evolution of income and wealth distribution.
Heather Boushey is President and CEO of the Washington Center for Equitable Growth and author of Unbound: How Inequality Constricts our Economy and What We Can Do about It (2019)
Martin Sandbu is European Economics Editor for the Financial Times and author of the forthcoming The Economics of Belonging (2020)
Dr Simon Reid-Henry, Director of the Institute for Humanities and Social Sciences
The IHSS Annual Symposium seeks to recognise and bring to Queen Mary each year a scholar who has recently contributed a ground-breaking piece of work in the humanities and social sciences. The work will have engaged with multiple disciplines and have the potential to alter the social and political landscape. In particular we seek to celebrate work that has as its focus to overcome inequalities of various sorts and to promote social justice in the broadest sense.