33 posts categorized "Conferences"


Call for papers: ASE at the Southern Economic Association

Call for Submissions for the Southern Economic Association Conference
New Orleans, November 21-23, 2015

The annual conference of the Southern Economic Association will be held at the New Orleans Marriott in New Orleans, LA during November 21-23, 2015 (Saturday-Monday). The Association for Social Economics will host one or two sessions at the Southern meetings this year. Research oriented towards the labor market, health, education, poverty, family structure, and welfare of the general population in the U.S. as well as in any other parts of the world are especially welcome.

Email submissions must include the author's (and co-author's) name, affiliation, address, fax number, phone number and email address. The title of the paper and two JEL code classifications should also be attached with the proposal.

Please submit your proposals to Dr. Aparna Mitra (amitra@ou.edu) by April 1, 2015.


Call for papers: "Rethinking Economics," IIPPE’s Sixth International Conference in Political Economy

“Rethinking Economics: Pluralism, Interdisciplinarity and Activism”

University of Leeds, UK

September 9-11, 2015

Call for Papers – Panel organised by Social Capital Working Group

Social Capital: Re-capturing the Collective Dimensions of the Economy for a More Pluralist and Interdisciplinary Economics

Asimina Christoforou, Athens University of Economics and Business
Luca Andriani, Birkbeck, University of London

Social capital, identified generally as trust, norms and networks, is often studied for the ways it can facilitate cooperation for individual well-being and social welfare. Yet critical views of social capital claim that even though the concept was applied to underscore aspects of collective action, it provided economists and institutions oriented toward the neoclassical tradition with the means to promote individualist and instrumentalist perceptions of social capital that overlook collective dimensions of the economy. Nonetheless, there have been many attempts to re-contextualise and re-operationalise the concept of social capital in order to incorporate its collective aspects on the basis of alternative principles of human behaviour. Generally these attempts support the collaboration of scholars in various disciplines and the application of different approaches and methods, and aspire to restore the pluralist and activist features of the economy and economics.

These collective dimensions, characteristic of social and scholarly discourse (even more so in the social sciences that study human behaviour), can pertain to: the social and institutional embeddedness of the economy; the pluralism of needs, priorities, values and attitudes; the complex processes of participation and coordination, struggle and debate, collaboration and consensus between diverse and conflictual interests in both the public and private spheres; and the combination of multiple meanings and principles, and thus of various disciplines and perspectives of social science research, aiming at a more realistic and holist understanding of the economy.

In this context, we would like to invite contributions that re-address the concept and measures of social capital in a way that enables us to incorporate the complex reality of social relations, as a dynamic space where people interact, define and pursue, individually and collectively, principles and objectives, means and ends for well-being. Such alternative perceptions have the potential not only to helps us rethink the ways we see social relations, but also the way we see the economy and economics.

Thus, we encourage contributions that not only deal with the ontology and methodology of social capital, but also examine how this can become a vehicle to re-capture the collective aspects of the economy and economics. Included are contributions that focus on how networks, organisations, and various collectives can impact the way we perceive the economy and economics and become advocates of pluralism, multiplicity and activism. We welcome works that derive from various social science disciplines and use different units of analysis (individual, regional, country or cross-country level), methodologies and techniques (theoretical, empirical, qualitative and quantitative).

Abstracts (500 words maximum) should be submitted to Asimina Christoforou (asimina.christoforou@gmail.com) and Luca Andriani (luca.andriani@bbk.ac.uk) by March 25, 2015.


Call for papers: 15th World Congress of Social Economics [UPDATED]

15th World Congress of Social Economics

“Doing Social Economics”

Brock University, St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada, June 23-24, 2015


Social economics is the study of the ethical and social causes and consequences of economic behavior, institutions, organizations, theory, and policy. Social economists engage in many types of research, from explorations of the history and philosophy of economics to quantitative and qualitative examinations of contemporary economic life; and from historical studies of economic activity and institutions to recommendations for policy agendas. The practice and meaning of social economics is continuously defined and redefined by these diverse research agendas. The 15th World Congress in Social Economics will afford us the opportunity to take stock of who we are as social economists and how our work advances our values and principles.

We welcome proposals for individual papers and complete sessions—conceptual, applied, and empirical—related to the theme of the conference as well as all areas of social economics. Some topics for discussion might include:

  • What makes research in social economics distinct? 
  • How do social economists practice their craft?
  • What key concepts and/or theoretical constructs mark research by social economists?
  • How do social economists engage with economic life and economic policy? 
  • How do social economists provide insights on aspects of the economy that are often neglected by other economists?
  • What social economic principles should guide the construction of economic institutions and social practices? 
  • How does the history of social economics inform current work in the field? 
  • What are the different meanings of the terms “social economy” and “social economics” in North America, Europe, and elsewhere? 
  • What concepts, perspectives, and methodologies do social economists share with other schools of economic, philosophical, and political thought?  Is social economics pluralist?  Should it be?
  • What kinds of methodologies do social economists employ in their research?

Abstract Submissions

To submit a proposal, please visit the Association for Social Economics web site. (Note: the submissions page is NOW OPEN.) and upload an abstract of approximately 400 words. Please include the title of the session or paper, the authors’ names and institutional affiliations, and contact information in the form of an email address for the corresponding author.  At least one author of each paper presented at the World Congress must be a member of the Association for Social Economics. (To join, please visit this link.)

The submissions page will open in November. The deadline for submissions is WEDNESDAY, MARCH 31, 2015. You will be notified of our decision by April 15, 2015.  

Summer School in Social Economics

The Association for Social Economics announces an exciting Summer School workshop for graduate students and recent Ph.D.s. to be held in conjunction with the World Congress of Social Economics. Between 12-18 fellows will be selected to attend the Summer School as guests of ASE.  The Summer School begins the evening of June 21 and continues on June 22, 2015. Fellows accepted to the Summer School will receive complementary room and meals for the Summer School and the World Congress, complementary registration to the World Congress, plus all Summer School materials.

Accepted fellows must become members of ASE and submit a Summer School refundable deposit of $100 (that will be returned upon completion of the World Congress). All fellows must commit to participating in all sessions of the Summer School and to staying for the entire World Congress.

Elba Brown-Collier Best Student Paper Award

This award, sponsored by the Association for Social Economics (ASE), is presented at the World Congress for Social Economics to the author of the best paper by a graduate student on a topic in social economics, also demonstrating strong promise for future scholarly contributions. Professors (or others who have completed their graduate degrees) cannot be coauthors.

To be eligible for the award, the student author must register for the conference and present his/her paper. Please submit your paper proposal through the regular submission process described above, indicating that you wish it to be considered for the prize. Following notification of acceptance in March, the full paper should be submitted for consideration by May 20, 2015.  The status of each author must be clearly stipulated (MA student, PhD student, etc.) For consideration, the paper should be no longer than 8,000 words.

The Elba Brown-Collier Award Committee, composed of members of the Association for Social Economics, will adjudicate the submitted papers. The winner of the Elba Brown-Collier Best Student Paper Award for 2015 receives:

  • $400 USD
  • One year’s membership in ASE which includes subscriptions to Review of Social Economy and Forum for Social Economics.

World Congress Organizing Committee

Robert W. Dimand, Brock University

Mark D. White, College of Staten Island/CUNY

Ellen Mutari, Richard Stockton College of New Jersey

Elba Brown-Collier, Association for Social Economics

Giuseppe Fontana, University of Leeds and University of Sannio


Call for papers: AFEE/ASE/URPE at EEA in Honor and Memory of Frederic S. Lee

AFEE/ASE/URPE Call for Papers/Proposals –In Honor and Memory of Frederic S. Lee

2015 Eastern Economic Association Annual Meeting, New York City, February 26-March 1.

AFEE/ASE/URPE are co-organizing special joint sessions at the 2015 Eastern Economic Association meetings in honor and memory of our friend and colleague Professor Frederic Lee. The meetings will be held in NYC, February 26-March 1 2015. We invite individual papers and complete sessions for these sessions. Fred Lee’s contributions to heterodox economics was vast, spanning from price theory, heterodox microeconomics, heterodox microfoundations of macroeconomics, history of heterodox economics, production theory, critical realism, and grounded theory.

The deadline for proposal submissions for these special sessions has been extended to November 21, 2014.

Please submit your paper or session proposal to Michael J. Murray (mmurray@bemidjistate.edu) and Robert Scott (rscott@monmouth.edu). Please indicate at time of submission that you would like your paper/session to be included in the Fred Lee special sessions.


Call for papers: ASE sessions at the 2015 Eastern Economics Association meetings

Submissions are now open for the Association for Social Economics sessions at the 2015 Eastern Economic Association meetings, being held in New York City from Feb 26th – March 1ST, 2015. Please visit here for more details.

Submissions of individual papers and/or organized sessions will be considered. Session themes that integrate economics and other social disciplines including philosophy, sociology, geography, political science, and anthropology are particularly encouraged.    

All whose proposals are accepted must register for the conference but do not have to pay the paper submission fee. It is expected that all presenters will be willing to serve as a chair and/or discussant on other ASE sessions. Please indicate in your submission if there are any days/times that you are unavailable during the conference.

Please e-mail Michael J. Murray (mmurray@bemidjistate.edu) with your proposals for papers and/or complete sessions (or any questions about the meetings) by Saturday, November 1, 2014.


Call for papers: Association for Social Economics sessions at 2015 ASSA meetings

Association for Social Economics

Call for Papers

Allied Social Science Associations Annual Meeting
Boston, MA, January 3-5, 2015

THEME:  Commodities, Commodification and Alternatives to Exchange


In his 1944 book, The Great Transformation, Karl Polanyi explored how the expansion of markets and the commodification of land and labor had transformed human relations, separating the economy from the rest of social life. He also asserted that resistance to commodification was as natural as commodification was planned. Seventy years after publication of this landmark work, what have social economists learned about the processes of commodification and decommodification? How should we augment or amend Polanyi’s analysis in the wake of the dismantling of social welfare states and the rise of neoliberalism?

For the ASE sessions at the 2015 ASSA meetings we welcome proposals for papers on all aspects of social economics, especially those dealing with the process of and limits to commodification. Possible topics include but are not limited to:

  • What ethical principles guide the exchange of commodities? What, if any, ethical principles are slighted?
  • What can be learned from case studies or deep analysis of specific commodities?
  • How do other processes besides the exchange of commodities play a role in provisioning and in the development of human capabilities? Specifically, what role do self-provisioning, transfers, gifts, and/or indebtedness continue to play in our economic lives?
  • How do alternatives to exchange complicate our understanding of the motivations involved in economic behavior—including exchange behavior?
  • Are there limits to commodification of spheres of human interaction? Should there be?
  • How have people resisted commodification (of labor, land and natural resources, caring, etc.) through collective behavior?
  • What are the implications of expanding commodification on the natural environment, social and cultural life, or psychological functioning?

To submit a paper or a session, please go to the proposal submission area of the ASE website (under Conferences > ASSA > Proposal submissions). Proposals should include a 250-word abstract, all authors’ names and institutional affiliations, and contact info for the corresponding author including email address. Proposals for complete sessions are also welcome. Submission deadline is April 15, 2014.

Individuals whose papers are accepted for presentation must either be or become members of the Association for Social Economics by July 1, 2014, in order for the paper to be included in the program. Membership information can be found at www.socialeconomics.org.

All papers presented at the ASSA meetings are eligible for the Warren Samuels Prize, awarded to the best paper that advances the goals of social economics and has widespread appeal. Papers can also be considered for a special issue of the Forum for Social Economics. Details of these opportunities will be sent to authors of accepted papers


Call for papers: Panel on “The Crisis: Scholarship, Policies, Conflicts and Alternatives” in Naples

IIPPE’s Fifth International Conference in Political Economy

“The Crisis: Scholarship, Policies, Conflicts and Alternatives”
Naples, Italy

September 16-18, 2014


Call for Papers – Panel organised by Social Capital Working Group


The Dark Side of Social Capital:

Alternative Ways of Understanding and Confronting Corruption, Distrust and Conflicts


Asimina Christoforou, Athens University of Economics and Business

Luca Andriani, Birkbeck, University of London


Putnamian conceptions of social capital tend to focus on the positive side of associational behaviour. Norms and networks are usually conceived as factors that are naturally and inevitably conducive to protecting social interests by cultivating social cohesion, generalised trust and inclusive networks of heterogeneous social groups. This often overlooks the underlying norms and networks developed to serve the particularised interests of smaller groups at the expense of public welfare.

The surge of corruption scandals across countries reveals numerous stories in which public officials are accused of embezzlement of taxpayers’ money, while citizens appear to conceal their assets to safeguard them from tax authorities by using legal ‘loopholes’ particularly in global transactions. There are talks of states that essentially are not run by constitutionally-defined government bodies but by covert coalitions of high-powered individuals and groups that use whatever means are at their disposal to determine the fate of entire countries and regions for their personal benefit. The inequality in the distribution of rights and resources triggers a sense of injustice and distrust toward state institutions that promised to protect public welfare and toward the social groups that appear to take part in the misappropriation of public wealth. This gives rise to social conflicts and polarisation and thus opens the door to extreme expressions of discrimination and oppression against groups, like ethnic minorities and immigrants, who often take the blame for the worsening of economic and social conditions, after they have been driven out of their own countries to avoid poverty or persecution. For example, studies on the current global crisis speak of major financial and political actors that orchestrate the deregulation of domestic and global markets, and stress the unhindered and intractable flow of financial assets toward toxic bonds or tax havens that profit the few by transferring the costs of the systems’ failures to society through austerity measures that only deepen the depression.

In this context, we would like to study the so-called ‘dark side of social capital’, forms of association that are anti-social in that they exclude segments of the population and compromise social welfare. Some topics can include: definitions and cases of corruption; the rise in distrust toward market and state institutions and its consequences in the course of the history and the reformulation of power relations; the conflicts that emerge in different countries as a result of the worsening of economic conditions and the international reshuffling of interests. The current crisis can provide an important case study, but is not the only source for investigating the ‘dark side’.

We would particularly encourage contributions that explore ways in which the ‘dark side’ can be overcome by new forms of social groups and networks that trust in their values of social solidarity to reclaim the welfare of the people. This would stress the conditions under which norms and networks of trust, cooperation and reciprocity can be re-assessed and re-structured to confront the ‘dark side’ and create an environment to serve generalised interests. We welcome works that derive from various social science disciplines and use different units of analysis (individual, regional, country or cross-country level), methodologies and techniques (theoretical, empirical, qualitative and quantitative).

Abstracts (500 words maximum) should be submitted to Asimina Christoforou (asimina.christoforou@gmail.com) by 20 March 2014.


Martha Nussbaum delivers a brilliant plenary address for the Association for Social Economics at 2014 ASSA meetings

1207With Chicago blanketed in snow and no flights leaving O'Hare Airport, University of Chicago philosopher Martha Nussbaum appeared by Skype to present the opening plenary address of the Association for Social Economics during the 2014 meetings of the Allied Social Science Associations in Philadelphia last week.

After being introduced by incoming ASE president Mark D. White, Professor Nussbaum delivered her speech, entitled "Economics Still Needs Philosophy." She focused on a number of areas in which philosophy could enhance economic thinking, including justice (particularly global justice); noncommensurability of values; pluralism and liberalism; relativism and universalism; free will and responsibility; emotion and desire; and justification of ethical and political systems. Throughout her address, Professor Nussbaum suggested ways in which economists could consider each of these topics within their work, and cited recent work in which economists were taking important steps toward doing this. She concluded her talk by commending the Association for Social Economics for emphasizing the links between law and social economics in its 2014 program.

1202Technical problems prevented the audience from asking questions of Professor Nussbaum following her address, but spirited discussion continued during the Association's reception after the talk. The Association wishes to express its sincere gratitude to Professor Nussbaum and the University of Chicago Law School for their cooperation in making this event possible given the extreme weather following New Year's Day, and we look forward to more fruitful collaboration in the future.


Conference announcement: Philosophy in the Time of Economic Crisis

The Department of Philosophy at the University of Opole, in Poland, will host, in September 2014, a conference on "Philosophy in the Time of Economic Crisis," as part of its series "American and European Values." The 2014 conference aims to bring together philosophers of economics and philosophically minded economists (i.e., social economists) from the Americas and Europe to discuss how the recent economic crisis has challenged philosophical assumptions underlying orthodox economic theory. There's special interest in American pragmatism at the University of Opole, and so there would be special interest in institutionalist perspectives. Other perspectives, however, are also welcomed.

Interested person should contact Ken Stikkers at kstikker@siu.edu.


Call for papers: ASE sessions at the 2014 Eastern Economic Association meetings

Submissions are now open for the Association for Social Economics sessions at the 2014 Eastern Economic Association meetings, being held in Boston from March 14-16, 2014.

Individual papers and organized sessions on any topic related to social economics are welcome. As usual, proposals dealing with economics and philosophy are particularly encouraged. All whose proposals are accepted must register for the conference but do not have to pay the paper submission fee.

Please email Professor Mark D. White (profmdwhite@hotmail.com) with your proposal and any questions about the meetings by November 1. (This is slightly earlier than usual to allow any papers not accepted in the ASE sessions to be submitted to the general conference by its deadline of November 15.)