Karl Polanyi Institute of Political Economy

About the Institute

The Karl Polanyi Institute of Political Economy, dedicated to the memory of Karl Polanyi, was established in 1988. The Institute is affiliated with Concordia University. 


Samuel Bronfman Building, Côte-des-Neiges and Docteur-Penfield Avenue, April 2004. Photo: Concordia Records Management and Archives, Kiki Athanassiadis. I049-02-748
Samuel Bronfman Building, Côte-des-Neiges and Docteur-Penfield Avenue, April 2004. Photo: Concordia Records Management and Archives, Kiki Athanassiadis. I049-02-748

Mission

The mission of the Institute is two-fold: to preserve the intellectual legacy of Karl Polanyi and to contribute to urgent policy debates on new development strategies locally and internationally and on the new or reformed multilateral institutions required for the global order.

Karl Polanyi Archive

The centrepiece of the Institute is the Karl Polanyi Archive. This rich and vast collection of material includes unpublished papers, drafts of manuscripts (published and unpublished), notes, lecture notes and outlines, published articles, papers by others, correspondence with important European and North American intellectuals, political figures, some of whom were former students of Karl Polanyi, and memorabilia.

International conference

The Institute has established a wide international network of debate, dialogue and scholarly exchange that contributes to the global discussion of a vision of democratic social and economic development appropriate for the 21st century through its international conferences, research collaborations, public lectures and seminars, and publications. Polanyi’s influence continues to grow across disciplines in the social sciences, humanities, among legal scholars, scientists, policy makers, activists, international political economists, and increasingly, students of comparative politics, policy makers and civil society organizations, among others.

The Institute convenes an international conference every two years, alternating between host countries and Canada. The Twelfth International Karl Polanyi Conference on “Karl Polanyi and Latin America” was held at the National University General Sarmiento, Los Polvorines-Buenos Aires, Argentina, November 2012. The event was co-organized by the Conurbano Institute, National University General Sarmiento and the Polanyi Institute. The next international Polanyi conference will be  held in Montreal, November 6-8, 2014.

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