Behind and Beyond the Piketty Effect:
A Panel Discussion

November 7, 2014 — 5:00 p.m.

Cultural Services of the French Embassy
972 Fifth Avenue
New York, New York


This month, Public Books and the French online journal La Vie des Idées is co-publishing a virtual roundtable investigating different aspects of political economy in Europe and in the US. How does this comparative approach shed light on current directions in the study of inequalities, in both the academic and public spheres? With Lucie Campos and Florent Guénard (La Vie des Idées), and Sharon Marcus and Caitlin Zaloom (Public Books). Moderated by Karen Narefsky (Jacobin).

The panel is part of a two-day event, French & American Journals: A Literary Salon, November 7–8, 2014, presented by the Cultural Services of the French Embassy. See here for more information. All events, apart from the Tête-à-têtes, are open to the public.




Lucie Campos is member of the editorial board of La Vie des Idées, where she oversees the journal’s international projects and the development of its English-language page. Trained at the École Normale Supérieure and Cambridge University, she lectures on comparative literature, with a focus on history and the politics of memory. She is currently the head of Institut français’s London book office.


Florent Guénard is co-founder and Editor in Chief of the online journal La Vie des Idées. A former student of the École Normale Supérieure, he lectures in political philosophy at the University of Nantes. Guénard has written extensively about Jean-Jacques Rousseau, as well as on contemporary political philosophy, particularly on the process of democratization and political emotions.


Sharon Marcus is Dean of Humanities and Orlando Harriman Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University and Editor in Chief of Public Books. She is the author of Apartment Stories: City and Home in Nineteenth-Century Paris and London (1999) and Between Women: Friendship, Desire, and Marriage in Victorian England (2007). She is currently completing a book on theatrical celebrity in the nineteenth century and editing a forthcoming special issue of Public Culture on celebrities and publics in the Internet era.

Caitlin Zaloom is Associate Professor of Social and Cultural Analysis at NYU and Editor in Chief of Public Books. She is the author of Out of the Pits: Traders and Technology from Chicago to London (2006). Her current research explores the material and cultural constitution of economic reason in two arenas: the new scientific field of neuroeconomics and the debt relations of American consumers. 

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