Markets & Society Conference

Summary

The Markets & Society Conference aims to bring together scholars, students, and practitioners from various disciplines, ideological perspectives, and backgrounds who seek to advance inquiry, contestation, and research of consequence that are grounded in mainline political economy.

Oct 21, 2022Oct 24, 2022
12:00am11:45pm
Falls Church, VA
United States
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The F. A. Hayek Program for Advanced Study in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University is thrilled to announce the Markets & Society Conference on October 21–24, 2022, in Falls Church, VA.

The Markets & Society Conference aims to bring together scholars, students, and practitioners from various disciplines, ideological perspectives, and backgrounds who seek to advance inquiry, contestation, and research of consequence that are grounded in mainline political economy. This tradition posits that through emergent orders, formal and informal institutions, and the ability to learn from errors, humans can and often do find ways to live better together. Research in this tradition examines governance, resilience, and cooperation as well as the burdens, biases, and injustices that result from human interaction and institutions. Multiple disciplines, methods, and strategies are needed to examine the complexities of social life, ranging from analyzing the economic, political, and social consequences of institutions; understanding and reexamining history; assessing policies that attempt to stymie or encourage particular outcomes; and examining issues of morality and justice.

The conference will include keynote and panel discussions, presentations on contemporary research, and networking opportunities. The conference is open for students, scholars, analysts, and policymakers. There is no registration fee. Participants will receive a $500 stipend to put toward travel and lodging, which they will be responsible for arranging. Additional travel and lodging funding for those in need will be announced closer to registration. A room block will be available at $99 per night (plus taxes) at the time of registration, which will open in the late spring of 2022.

Call for Paper & Panel Submissions

We invite scholars, students, and practitioners to submit paper abstracts and entire sessions on the role of markets and society in human life. Such research could explore broad topics, like those below, or particular questions in political economy.

  • How do free and responsible people live peacefully and productively together?
  • What are the proper roles and limits of governments and civil society?
  • What is the material and moral potential of markets?
  • What is the role of contestation, inquiry, and humility in academia and policy?

To submit a paper abstract, please provide a 200 word abstract to hayekprogram@mercatus.gmu.edu by March 1, 2022. Include your full name, affiliation, and preferred email address along with your abstract. If you have co-authors, please include their information as well. To submit an entire session, include the abstracts of each paper as well as a brief summary of the session’s theme. Selections will be announced in the late spring of 2022.