Public lecture by Jörg Wiegratz: „Power and morals: capitalism, economic fraud and social harm in Africa and beyond“.

2017-05-22 Institute News

On the occasion of International Africa Days, dr. Jor Wiegratz will give a lecture „Power and morals: capitalism, economic fraud and social harm in Africa and beyond“. Event will take place on 26th of May (Friday), at 3:00 p.m. in room 304.  Jörg Wiegratz is Lecturer in Political Economy of Global Development at the University of Leeds. He researches the political economy and moral economy of neoliberalism in Africa and elsewhere. In the seminar, he will argue that capitalism is a moral order and moral economy, i.e. has a moral grammar. Capitalism’s moral order, together with its political-economic order, has over the last centuries produced vast social harms in numerous places, from large-scale colonial slavery, imperial wars, and workplace injuries and deaths, to climate change effects. J.Wiegratz will focus on one particularly relevant case: the massive and increasing levels of economic fraud in many countries across the world, including in sub-Saharan Africa.

In the past Jorg Wiegratz has researched global value chains and industrial development, predominantly with an empirical focus on Uganda. He previously worked as a researcher and consultant in Uganda (2004-2007): for UNIDO, the Government of Uganda, and the GIZ, a Resource Person at Makerere University (School of Economics), and a Visiting Scholar at the Economic Policy Research Centre, Kampala. He is a member of the editorial working group of Review of African Political Economy; here, he coordinates the web blog projects on Economic trickery, fraud and crime in Africa, and Capitalism in Africa. He is the author of Uganda's Human Resource Challenge: Training, Business Culture and Economic Development (Fountain Publishers, 2009), Neoliberal Moral Economy: Capitalism, Socio-Cultural Change and Fraud in Uganda (Rowman & Littlefield International, 2016), and co-editor of Neoliberalism and the Moral Economy of Fraud (Routledge, 2016, with David Whyte), and Capturing Uganda: the dynamics of neoliberal-capitalist (under)development (Zed, 2018, with Giuliano Martinello and Elisa Greco). He has also published articles in New Political Economy, Review of African Political Economy and Journal of Agrarian Change.

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