CFP ICAPE (Nov. 11-13, 2011)

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Re-thinking economics in a time of economic distress
International Confederation of Associations for Pluralism in Economics (ICAPE)
University of Massachusetts-Amherst, Amherst, MA — USA
Nov. 11-13, 2011

The 2007-08 financial crisis and subsequent economic downturn have raised many questions about how well prevailing economic approaches identify and explain pressing economic problems and suggest sound ways to solve them. Exploring what needs to change in economics and identifying productive paths forward are the central themes of ICAPE’s 3rd international research conference. Founded in 1993, ICAPE is an association of associations committed to promoting healthy diversity in approaches to producing economic knowledge. For the 2011 conference, we invite proposals for papers or sessions from all strands of scholarship that examine topics of cross-cutting interest for creating a more robust, socially-valuable body of economic knowledge.

Potential topics could include (but are not limited to):
Macro models & complex-systems: Path dependencies, endogenous cycles, emergent properties
Minskian analyses of financial fragility & implications for financial policy
Fiscal policy in the 21st century: Deficits & global bond markets
Stresses and strains in the international financial system: Currencies, governance, emerging powers
Ecological sustainability as a central concern in economic analysis
Enriching economics through perspectives of race, gender, ethnicity, and class
Human-capabilities and development practice
Bringing the state back in to development strategy
Measuring economic performance differently: Alternatives to GDP
Ethics and the economics profession
Economic education after the financial crisis: What needs to change?
Grass-roots economic change: Community economies, local currencies, living wages, urban farming
Heterodox economics and social provisioning
Pluralism as a strategy for building a more robust economic knowledge
Social and behavioral approaches to individual economic behavior: Is homo economicus dead?
The economics of war and peace
Innovations in all strands of unconventional economic theory: Evolutionary, ecological, complexity, institutional feminist, Austrian, Marxian, Post-Keynesian, behavioral/psychological, social, radical political economy, critical realism, general heterodox
The conference will be held at the U. Mass. Campus Center beginning on Friday morning, Nov. 11, 2011, and ending midday on Sunday, Nov. 13. Plans for the plenary sessions, details on registration, a list of local hotels and other lodging options, along with basic travel information, will be available soon on the ICAPE website:
The deadline for submitting proposals is April 30, 2011. We welcome proposals for individual papers, full sessions, and roundtables. For individual papers, please include: Your name, your title and affiliation, an abstract of 300 words or less, 3 keywords, and contact information (address, phone, email). For full sessions of papers, panels, and other formats, please include the above for each contribution, as well as a title for the session, chair, discussants, and the name and contact information of the session organizer. To submit proposals, please go to:, and follow the instructions given there.

Contact information

For further information or questions, please contact ICAPE executive director, Martha Starr ( or executive secretary Erik Olsen (

Organizing committee

Martha Starr (American University), Erik Olsen (University of Missouri-Kansas City), Ioana Negru (Anglia Ruskin University), Giuseppe Fontana (University of Leeds), Mwangi wa Githinji (U. Mass.-Amherst),
Andrew Mearman (University of West England), Bruce Pietrykowski (U. Michigan-Dearborn), Virgil Storr (George Mason University)

Advisory Committee
Gerald Epstein (U. Mass.-Amherst), David Colander (Middlebury College), John Davis (Marquette & Amsterdam Universities), Edward Fullbrook (Real-World Economics), Rob Garnett (Texas Christian University), Stephanie Seguino (U. Vermont)

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