Poetic Economics

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In this video economists Peter Bradley and Sebastian Berger bring together music and economics to explore the meaning and potential of poetic economics. In the first part, Peter Bradley – together with Tom Deblock – perform a song. In the interview that ensued in the second part Peter points out the song’s relevance to his economics while Sebastian answers questions regarding what he calls “poetic economics”. In particular, important aspects of re-rooting economics in poetry, art, and the humanities are discussed. 

Thank you to our wonderful first year film students Didi Valer, Marta Vitiello and Francesco Ianniello for taking the time to produce this video for us.

Find out more about our economics courses at UWE Bristol on our website. Sebastian teaches on our History of Economic thought module, which forms part of the BSc Economics and BA Economics courses, and Peter teaches Sustainable Business.

Further reading

Berger, S. (2019) Can a poetic economy cure evil?: Lessons from the Kapp-Wiechert correspondance. In: Luefter, R., ed. (2019) Wirtliche Oekonomie. Traugott Bautz Verlag. [In Press] Available from: http://eprints.uwe.ac.uk/31965

Berger, S. (2018) Towards a poetic economics: Studies in Ezra Pound’s Poetry with a Hammer. In: Luefter, R. and Preda, R., eds. (2018) A Companion to Ezra Pound’s Economic Thought. Traugott Bautz Verlag. Available from: http://eprints.uwe.ac.uk/28459

Berger, S. (2015) Poetic economics and experiential knowledge: How the economist K. William Kapp was inspired by the poet Ernst Wiechert. Journal of Economic Issues, 49 (3). pp. 730-748. ISSN 0021-3624 Available from: http://eprints.uwe.ac.uk/25141

Bradley, P. (2019) Integrating sustainable development into economics curriculum: A case study analysis and sector wide survey of barriers. Journal of Cleaner Production, 209. pp. 333-352. ISSN 0959-6526 Available from: http://eprints.uwe.ac.uk/38953

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