Public lecture by Frank Trentmann

  • Public lecture: Free Trade Nation – Globalization and Consumer Power in Historical Perspective
  • Professor Frank Trentmann, Birkbeck College, University of London
  • 17th September, 10 o’clock, University of Helsinki, the Small Festival Hall (University of Helsinki, main building, Fabianinkatu 33, 4th floor)

Professor Trentmann will give a public lecture concerning the rise and fall of Free Trade as a mass movement in U.K. aimed at multi-disciplinary audience bringing together economists, other social scientists, historians and perhaps also civil servants and people from NGOs. In the battle for Free Trade agricultural products played an important role. The discussion focused strongly on, how consumers became political subjects and how their moral visions of the world changed. The current discussion over globalisation could learn a lot from historical understanding of globalisation process in the past.

Professor Trentmann has published very widely in the journals of consumer history and edited volumes. He has also co-authored several books. Among his latest publications are Consuming Cultures, Global Perspectives: Historical Trajectories, Transnational Exchanges (Oxford and New York: Berg, 2006, edited with John Brewer); The Making of the Consumer: Knowledge, Power and Identity in the Modern World (Oxford and New York: Berg, 2006, editor); Civil Society: A Reader in History, Theory and Global Politics (Palgrave Macmillan, 2005, edited with John A. Hall).

Trentmann’s new book Free Trade Nation: Commerce, Consumption, and Civil Society in Modern Britain was published in February 2008 by Oxford University Press.

The lecture is organized by Consumer Economics (Department of Economics and Management) and the Transformation of Consumer Society post-graduate training project (Consumer Economics and Social History) ( This lecture is a part of the program of  the 100th anniversary year of the Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry (

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