Keynote Speakers

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Joel Mokyr

ROBERT H. STROTZ PROFESSOR at Northwestern University
PhD: Yale University, 1974

Joel Mokyr conducts research on the economic history of Europe, and specializes in the period 1750-1914. His current research is concerned with the understanding of the economic and intellectual roots of technological progress and the growth of useful knowledge in European societies, as well as the impact that industrialization and economic progress have had on economic welfare.

He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Econometric Society, and the Cliometric Society as well as the Italian Accademia dei Lincei and the Dutch Royal Academy. He has been the President of the Economic History Association, editor in chief of the Oxford Encyclopedia of Economic History, and a co-editor of the Journal of Economic History. He is currently co-editor of a book series, the Princeton University Press Economic History of the World.

He was the 2006 winner of the biennial Heineken Award for History offered by the Royal Dutch Academy of Sciences and the winner of the 2015 Balzan International Prize for economic history. His latest book is A Culture of Growth: Origins of the Modern Economy, to be published by Princeton University Press in 2016. He has supervised over forty doctoral dissertations in the departments of Economics and History.


Victoria Broackes

Victoria Broackes

Victoria Broackes is Senior Curator for the V&A Department of Theatre & Performance. She was the V&A curator for Pink Floyd: Their Mortal Remains, currently on display at the V&A, and co-curator of the major 2016 V&A exhibition You Say You Want a Revolution? Records and Rebels, 1966-70 about the ongoing impact of the social and cultural youth revolutions of the late Sixties and its relationship to the way we live now.  The exhibition is currently touring.

In 2013 Vicky co-curated David Bowie is, the fastest selling exhibition in the V&A’s history, and edited the accompanying V&A publication David Bowie is. She co-presented the film of the exhibition, David Bowie is Happening Now, a first for the Museum, created as a Live Event on the last night of the exhibition. After touring the world, the exhibition closed at Brooklyn Museum in July 2018 having been seen by over 2m million visitors.

Vicky has developed several other popular music displays for the V&A, from Kylie: The Exhibition (2007) to The Story of the Supremes (2008) and The House of Annie Lennox (2011).   

Vicky has four daughters. She is a Trustee of Handel and Hendrix in London, alumni member of the Court of the Royal College of Art and an Assistant of the Goldsmiths' Company, where she sits on the Modern Collection committee.