11th Annual European Conference on the History of Economics (ECHE 2006)

Vendredi 20 Octobre 2006 - Samedi 21 Octobre 2006


11th Annual European Conference on the
History of Economics
(ECHE 2006)

University of Paris X – Nanterre
‘B’ Building (Conference Room)
20-21 October 2006

Economics and Place

It is common to refer to regional or national traditions in the history of economics. Whether one speaks of the Austrian school, the Chicago school, the fight between the two Cambridges, or Swedish economics, there is an implied suggestion that specific locations play a significant role in the making of economic discourse. While its effects and manifestations are widely acknowledged and often taken for granted, the process itself is rarely investigated.

The purpose of this conference will be to explore the geographies of economics throughout time. Potential areas that might be examined include, but are by no means limited to, the following:

  • How have local, regional and national spaces shaped the theoretical work of economics?
  • How does economic science acquire universality? And how does globalization of knowledge influence the making of economics at the local, regional and national levels?
  • What difference does it make for economic science to be produced in different spatial settings such as, for example, a laboratory, university office, salon, research center, classroom, library or at home?
  • How important are the various spaces in the reception (acceptance or rejection) of ideas and more generally in the diffusion of knowledge?
  • How is scientific endeavor influenced by geographical displacement?
University of Paris X – Nanterre
'B' Building (Conference Room)
20-21 October 2006

Economics and Place

Thursday, 19 October

8:00 pm : Pre-conference Dinner (Swann et Vincent)

Friday, 20 October

9:30 am Registration

9:50 am : Welcome

10:00 am :
Opening Lecture: Place in the History of Knowledge
Simon Naylor (University of Bristol)

11:00 am : Coffee/tea break

11:30 am :
The Writing Workshop of François Quesnay and the Making of Physiocracy
Loïc Charles (Université de Paris 2) and Christine Théré (INED)
- Discussant: Margaret Schabas, University of British Columbia and London School of Economics

12:30 pm : Lunch : 'B' Building (salle de convivialité des thèses)

2:30 pm :
Political Economy in context: Portugal, 1803-1911
António Almodôvar and Maria de Fátima Brandão (CEMPRE/Universidade do Porto)
- Discussant: José Luís Cardoso (Universidade Technical de Lisboa)

3:30 pm
Nationality, Place and Identity: Locating the English (Irish?) Historical School
Roger Backhouse (University of Birmingham and London School of Economics)
- Discussant: Harro Maas (University of Amsterdam)

4:30 pm : Coffee, tea, etc.

8:00 pm: Conference Dinner (Paradis Thaï)

Saturday, 21 October

10:00 am
Cambridge as a Place in Economic Science
Maria Cristina Marcuzzo, Nerio Naldi, Annalisa Rosselli and Eleonora Sanfilippo (Università di Roma ‘La Sapienza’)
- Discussant: Guido Erreygers (University of Antwerp)

11:00 am : Coffee/tea break

11:30 am :
The importance of being Cambridge: Old school, new school and Cambridge journal in the 1970s
Mata, Tiago (University College of London)
- Discussant: Roger Backhouse (University of Birmingham and London School of Economics)

12:30 pm : Lunch : 'B' Building (salle de convivialité des thèses)

2:30 pm :
The Rise and Preservation of the Virginia School of Political Economy
Sandra J. Peart (Baldwin-Wallace College), David Levy (George Mason University), and Robin Hanson (George Mason University)
- Discussant: Steve Medema (University of Colorado at Denver)

3:30 pm :
Closing Lecture: Science, Site and Speech: Darwinism and the Spaces of Rhetoric
David N. Livingstone (Queen’s University Belfast)

4:30 pm : Coffee, tea, etc.

5:00 pm : Conference end.

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Organizing committee

The organizing committee consists of José Luís Cardoso (Technical University of Lisbon), Philippe Fontaine (École normale supérieure de Cachan) and Robert Leonard (Université du Québec à Montréal).

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