The Political Economy Reading Friends (PERF) is a group of grad students and faculty that has been meeting monthly since 2014 – first at Concordia, now at Simon Fraser – 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. Jennifer Telesca’s (2020) Red Gold: The Managed Annihilation of Blue Fin Tuna
  2. Liz Hennessey’s (2019) On the Backs of Tortoises: Darwin, the Galapagos, and the Fate of an Evolutionary Eden
  3. Stuart Hall (1996) “Race, articulation, and societies structured in dominance” in Black British cultural studies: A reader
  4. Silvia Federici (2004) Caliban and the Witch: Women, the Body and Primitive Accumulation
  5. Judith Butler (2010) “Performative agency” in The Journal of Cultural Economy
  6. Samir Amin (2001) “Imperialism and globalization” in Monthly Review
  7. 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
  8. Lisa Lowe (2015) Introduction chapter to The intimacies of four continents
  9. Timothy Mitchell (1991) “The Limits of the State” in The American Political Science Review
  10. Timothy Mitchell (2006) Carbon Democracy
  11. Karl Polanyi (1944) The Great Transformation
  12. 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
  13. Bronwyn Parry (2012)”Economies of bodily commodification” in the Wiley-Blackwell Companion to Economic Geography