The Political Economy Reading Friends (PERF) is a group of grad students and faculty from Concordia University, McGill, and beyond. Since 2014, we have been meeting monthly at Concordia to discuss a reading loosely situated within the fields of political economy or political ecology. During the semester we read an article; over summer and winter break we often read a book. See the sample list of past readings below. If you’re interested in joining us, please email Rosemary Collard: rosemary(dot)claire(at)gmail(dot)com.

Recent readings

  1. Stuart Hall (1996) “Race, articulation, and societies structured in dominance” in Black British cultural studies: A reader
  2. Silvia Federici (2004) Caliban and the Witch: Women, the Body and Primitive Accumulation
  3. Judith Butler (2010) “Performative agency” in The Journal of Cultural Economy
  4. Samir Amin (2001) “Imperialism and globalization” in Monthly Review
  5. Ruth Gilmore (2002) “Fatal Couplings of Power and Difference: Notes onRacism and Geography” in The Professional Geographer, and Julie Guthman (2016) “Lives Versus Livelihoods? Deepening the Regulatory Debates on Soil Fumigants in California’s Strawberry Industry” in Antipode
  6. Lisa Lowe (2015) Introduction chapter to The intimacies of four continents
  7. Timothy Mitchell (1991) “The Limits of the State” in The American Political Science Review
  8. Timothy Mitchell (2006) Carbon Democracy
  9. Karl Polanyi (1944) The Great Transformation
  10. Emilie Cameron & Tyler Levitan (2014) “Impact and benefit agreements and the neoliberalization of resource governance and indigenous-state relations in northern Canada” in Studies in Political Economy
  11. Bronwyn Parry (2012)”Economies of bodily commodification” in the Wiley-Blackwell Companion to Economic Geography