Call for Papers

The 15th Annual Conference of the European Society for the History of Economic Thought (ESHET), 19-22 May 2011, Boğaziçi University, Istanbul.
The Conference will be organized by the Boğaziçi University, Department of Economics, and will be held at Boğaziçi University campus, Istanbul, Turkey.

ESHET 2011 welcomes papers and proposed sessions in all areas of the history of economic thought. To submit a proposal please send an abstract of about 400 words for a paper and/or a proposal of about 600 words for a session (together with the abstracts of the session papers) no later than the 15th December 2010.

There are two further features to the conference. Firstly, ESHET 2011 will host a special theme titled: “Competition, Innovation and Rivalry” around which some plenary and special sessions will be organized. Papers and session proposals concerning “Competition, Innovation and Rivalry” are welcome and subject to the same submission conditions as all other papers. The general motivation behind the special theme is given below:

“Competition, Innovation and Rivalry”
The way in which innovation has been described, categorised, contextualised and theorised by various figures as well as schools of thought in the discipline of economics warrants a thorough investigation from a history of economic thought perspective. Although it is a truism that some approaches in economics by focusing on the conditions of allocating resources efficiently within a static framework failed to consider innovation properly, other approaches by underscoring the evolutionary characteristics of the economy, and thus by paying attention to dynamic efficiency, aimed at shedding light on innovation in an explicit manner. Knowledge and entrepreneurship standing as natural ingredients of innovation, much debate has been devoted to the roles played by competition, rivalry and collaboration among economic actors. A corollary of this debate has been on the characterisation of different economic systems in boosting or hampering innovation.

Despite the lack of consensus about the causes as well as the consequences of innovation, many different fields in mainstream economics and many heterodox approaches have generated invaluable insights. Keeping track of all the different developments is certainly challenging, but focusing on the key aspects as of how the history of economic thought may further investigate the topic is feasible and thus constitutes the subject matter of the 2011 Conference. We are interested in papers that expose the history of economic ideas concerning innovation, competition and rivalry as well as papers that provide a historical or methodological perspective concerning methodological, ideological and political debates which evolved around these concepts.
Reach-out Sessions: The second feature of this conference is that we would like to encourage the organisation of sessions in which historians of economics meet economic theorists, economic historians, sociologists, historians of science, political scientists and scholars from other areas of the social sciences. Ideally we would like the organisers of such sessions to enlist the people from the other disciplines but we would also be happy to work with specific proposals even if there are no specific names attached.

Important dates:
* 15th December 2010: Deadline for abstract submissions. To submit a paper, please go to the conference website [link will be provided soon].
* 30th January 2011: Notification of accepted/rejected abstracts
* 15th April 2011: Deadline for sending full papers
* 19-22 May 2011: ESHET 2011 Conference

Scientific Committee: Fikret Adaman, Ragıp Ege, Harald Hagemann, Amos Witztum

Local Organizers: Fikret Adaman, N. Emrah Aydınonat, Cem Behar, Şevket Pamuk