The Karl Polanyi Institute of Political Economy is an international
research platform, established at Concordia in 1988. The Institute brings
together scholars, students, and independent researchers interested in and
inspired by the life and work of social and economic historian, and political
commentator, Karl Polanyi. The centerpiece of the Institute is the Karl Polanyi
To preserve the intellectual legacy of Karl Polanyi and to sponsor new intellectual work and dialogue and debate inspired by that legacy.
What we do
► House the Karl Polanyi Archive
► Provide archival support
► Participate in research projects at home and abroad
► Host visiting scholars and students
► Host biennial international conferences (Canada and abroad)
► Host public lectures, seminars, and workshops
► Contribute to the dissemination of literature on and/or influenced by Karl
The centerpiece 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 This rich and vast collection of material includes unpublished papers, drafts of manuscripts (published and unpublished), notes, lecture notes and outlines, published articles, papers by others, correspondence with important European and North American intellectuals, political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.
The Institute maintains the Karl Polanyi Digital Archive. An open source library and information management system provides free access to the digital collection, an invaluable electronic research tool for scholars, researchers, and practitioners dedicated to social justice and democracy and to developing a much needed new and interdisciplinary paradigm for the social sciences.