European Society for the History of Economic Thought

23rd Summer School in History of Economic Thought, Economic Philosophy and Economic History “Economics in relation to other disciplines: history and perspectives”

University Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne - August 30- September, 3 2021

Despite the circumstances related to the consequences of the health crisis, we decided to maintain the 23rd Summer School, which will be held in Paris. This Summer School is organized by PHARE (University Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, France), with the support of ESHET and the University Paris 1. It is open to PhD students and young scholars (PhD degree after January 2019) in History of Economic Thought, Economic Philosophy or Economic History. Approximately 20 proposals will be selected for presentation, either in face-to-face or online. Previous summer schools took place in Porto (2019), Thessaly (2018) and Como (2017). The full list of the Summer Schools can be found on the ESHET website. 

Topic of the invited lectures: “Economics in relation to other disciplines: history and perspectives” 

Whereas economic ideas first stemmed from philosophy and were embedded in various types of knowledge, they have progressively freed themselves from them, not only by becoming an autonomous discipline, but also by dominating the social sciences from which they were separated, even if this means being criticized for their imperialism. But this movement has not been univocal: economics, too, has been shaped in its evolution by other disciplines. The result of this double movement has been a recurrent redefinition of the borders of economic analysis as such, and a reconsideration of its foundations. 

However, we are now witnessing new reflections on inter-disciplinarity, and an enhanced dialogue between economics and other fields such as philosophy, sociology and psychology: the development of economic philosophy, economic sociology or behavioural economics illustrates this dialogue. 

The aim of this Summer School is to provide participants with state-of-the-art reflections about interactions of economics not only with social or natural sciences, but also humanities – notably, philosophy, psychology, law, literature and art. It will also provide the opportunity to discuss different ways of approaching the history of economic thought. The conferences will address some of the following issues: how did the relationship between economics and other disciplines evolve? What is at stake from a methodological point of view? Is there any feedback between economics and other disciplines? Is pluralism necessary in economics? Is history of economic thought a way of doing economics? 

WARNING: Whereas lectures given by senior scholars will deal with these issues, there is no specific theme for student's presentation. PhD students and young scholars are thus invited to send proposals on any topic in the History of Economic Thought, Economic Philosophy and Economic History 

Structure of the Program 

The program will combine: 

  1. i. lectures on topics related to the theme of the summer school; 
  2. ii. students’ presentations; 
  3. iii. tutorials. 

Students’ presentations will be organized in one or two groups of three papers each day on open themes, chosen on the basis of their fields of research, related to the history of economic thought, economic methodology, economic philosophy, or economic history. The subjects of the papers may differ from the Summer School's main theme “Economics and other disciplines”. 

These presentations will take place in the presence of the members of the scientific committee and of invited speakers, thus covering a broad area of expertise. Each presentation will be commented by a discussant, chosen among the young scholars, followed by an exchange with the audience. Some of the scholars will participate online. 

The Tutorials aim at helping PhD students preparing their works with a view to their further diffusion and publication. 


Contributions will be selected from extended abstracts in English of 500 to 1000 words, or full-paper proposals of up to 7500 words. Abstracts must be sent, together with the application form, a CV, and a letter of recommendation from a supervisor, to Nathalie Sigot: 

Applications not including the required documents will not be taken into consideration. 

Participants are expected to make their own travel arrangements and pay for their travel costs. The registration fee is 150 € for students in face-to-face. Registration fees include hotel accommodation (4 nights, check-in August 30th, check-out September 3rd), daily breakfast and lunch. 

By July 20th, the Scientific Committee will inform all the applicants about the outcome of the selection process. 

Deadline for abstract submissions: July 7th, 2021 

Venue and stay 

Sessions will take place at the Maison des Sciences Economiques, 106 Boulevard de l’Hôpital, Paris 13th arrondissement (University Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne). There will be a welcome reception there on the first day of the Summer School. Students will be allocated individual rooms in a hotel nearby (in a walking distance from the Summer School’s premises). 

Local Organizing Committee 

Victor Bianchini (Phare – Associate Professor, Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne), Laurie Bréban (Phare – Associate Professor, Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne), André Lapidus (Phare –Professor, Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne), François Morvan (Phare - Research Engineer, Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne) and Nathalie Sigot (Phare – Professor, Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne). 

Scientific Committee 

Çinla Akdere (Assistant Professor, Middle East Technical University, Turkey) 

Richard Arena (Gredeg – Professor, Université de Nice - Sophia Antipolis, France) 

José Luís Cardoso (Professor, Universidade de Lisboa, Portugal) 

Harald Hagemann (Professor, Universität Hohenheim, Germany) 

Herrade Igersheim (Beta – CNRS junior researcher, Université de Strasbourg, France) 

André Lapidus (Phare – Professor, Université Paris 1, France) 

Jean-Sébastien Lenfant (Prism – Professor, Université Paris 1, France) 

Jean-Pierre Potier (Triangle –Professor, Université Lumière Lyon 2, France) 

Annalisa Rosselli (Professor, Università degli Studi di Roma Tor Vergata, Italy) 

Alfonso Sanchez Hormigo (Professor, Universidad de Zaragoza, Spain) 

Nathalie Sigot (Phare – Professor, Université Paris 1, France) 

Michel Zouboulakis (Professor, University of Thessaly, Greece) v