Conference (Call for Papers): 3rd International Scientific Conference on Economics, culture, values: Metaeconomics, June 18th-19th, 2015, FME (Gdańsk, Poland)

The 3rd International Scientific Conference on Economics, culture, values will be hosted by the Faculty of Management and Economics (FME) of Gdańsk University of Technology in Gdańsk, Poland from June 18th-19th, 2015. This year the conference is entitled “Metaeconomics”.

Call for Papers

What is metaeconomics? Metaeconomics is, from one hand, a philosophical analysis, problematization and (sometimes) deconstruction of the concepts, methods, cognitive patterns and scientific programs applied within the field of economics (this is the reflection in the immanent sense); on the other hand, metaeconomics implies investigating the ways how economical processes, phenomena and institutions are embedded within social structures, cultural practices, political systems and axiological frameworks, which are the traditional objects of interest of the social sciences and humanities (transcendent reflection).

The conference will focus on the several fields of the metaeconomic reflection:

I. Philosophy of economics

Contemporary philosophy of economics focuses on several pivotal topics we would like to address: how (philosophically) justified is the division between the normative and positive economics? What does “rationality” mean in economics? Should economics explain away the behavior of the subjects in terms of causes (explanation, laws of nature) or in terms of Verstehen (understanding, act of recreating of the horizons of meaning for the social agents)? What are the consequences of choosing one of the these options? To what extent ceteris paribus clause, idealizations or unrealistic assumptions which reduce the complexity of the investigate phenomena (such a rational agent) are admissible in economics? What is the economic or econometric model: a convenient tool for organizing our knowledge or simply an approximation of some real existing entities and relations? (problem of representation); In what sense economic theory is based on empirical evidence?

II. Anthropology of economics

Contemporary anthropology of economics encompasses many detailed subfields and deals with the whole gamut of problems, such as: ethnocentrism and ratiocentrism of the classical economics; mainstream economics and feministic and ecological challenges; anthropology of development; economics and the problem of human nature; culture and its influence on economics; value, gift, exchange and consumption in the anthropological perspective, etc.

III. Economic sociology

Economic sociology consists of investigating variables and economic models from the sociological perspective, thus implying that systematic investigation of the economic phenomena has at the same time take into consideration group as a basic level of analysis and accept the embeddedness of the economic relations in the social structure (Granovetter). Submitted papers may gravitate towards such subjects as: sociological models of

the market-driven behavior; institutional conditioning of the functioning of the economy; historical and comparative method in economic sociology; social structures, networks and economic sociology; social legitimization of certain macroeconomic solutions; economics in the  perspective of actor-network theory and social studies of science.

IV. Political economy

Political economy links economic questions with the problem of the socio-political organization. At the conference several issues will be particularly welcome, such as: global inequalities and the question of the (re)distributive justice; intersections of the civil society, state and the market; applications of the theories of the social and public choice to particular phenomena; ideology and economic theory; economic thought and its ties with political and social philosophy etc.

All questions and problems listed above are to be read as merely suggestions. Any interesting proposition from conference participants are welcome.

Abstracts submission deadline expires on 17th May 2015

Titled abstract should consist of 800 signs (with spaces) and key words and should be sent as an attached file to our conference e-mail address metaeconomy@zie.pg.gda.pl

Keynote speakers:

  • Prof. Grzegorz Kołodko (Leon Koźmiński Academy, former Deputy Prime Minister of Poland and Minister of Finance),
  • Prof. Uskali Mäki (Helsinki University),
  • Prof. Julian Reiss (Durham University) and
  • Prof. Andrzej Rychard (Polish Academy of Sciences).

Visit conference homepage: http://www1.zie.pg.gda.pl/web/ekonomia-kultura-wartosci/iii-conference-economics/culture/values-metaeconomics

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