ICAPE 2021 Conference

Call for Papers

January 5, 2021, 3:30-9:00 PM and January 6, 2020, 8:00 AM-12:00 PM
Roosevelt University, Chicago

"Canceled due to the pandemic"


Conference theme: Heterodox economics in a time of crises
The global economy is being buffeted by a series of crises. First, we have the Coronavirus pandemic and recession which is wreaking widespread devastation around the world. Second, in the U.S., we have the crisis of racial stratification and policing. The nationwide explosion of unrest following the murder of George Floyd was only the latest indicator of the dissatisfaction with racialized policing and ongoing racial inequities. Third, we have the broader crisis of increasing inequality, and the myriad problems that accompany an economic system structured to benefit the 1%. Fourth, we have the global climate crisis, and the possibility of major disruptions to the provision of food, water and other necessities coupled with increasingly frequent and devastating natural disasters.

Heterodox and pluralistic mainstream economists are particularly well-suited to analyze crises given their focus on real-world phenomena and the forces behind deprivation and change. This conference is open to papers, presentations, roundtables, and workshops that explore any issues in a heterodox or pluralistic fashion. We are particularly interested in papers that explore the following topics:

  • The root causes and possible solutions to the myriad crisis facing contemporary capitalism;
  • Theoretical or applied work exploring any heterodox tradition, the intersections and differences between heterodox traditions, and/or the intersections and differences between mainstream and heterodox economics; and,
  • The best methods and materials to use to teach pluralistically in the current environment.

ICAPE, the International Confederation of Associations for Pluralism in Economics, is committed to a broad, pluralistic approach to economics. Founding member associations include the International Association For Feminist Economics (IAFFE), the Union for Radical Political Economics (URPE), the Association For Evolutionary Economics (AFEE), the Association For Institutional Thought (AFIT), and the Association for Social Economics (ASE). Submissions from members of these organizations are particularly welcome, as are submissions from any economist committed to a pluralistic approach to the discipline.

We welcome work from all strands of heterodox economic theory, including evolutionary, ecological, complexity, institutional, feminist, Austrian, Marxian, Sraffian, Post-Keynesian, behavioral/psychological, social, radical political, critical realism, agent-based modeling, and general heterodox economics. We are interested in research from any of the perspectives listed above, and research by mainstream economists open to incorporating a pluralistic approach. We are also particularly interested in material from graduate students, sessions on pluralistic teaching, and material on the state of pluralism in economics.

This year due to the timing of the ASSA conference, which takes place from January 3-5, 2021, ICAPE’s conference will occur immediately after the ASSA meetings. ASSA sessions end at 3:00 PM on Sunday, January 5. ICAPE sessions will be held at Roosevelt University, just a few blocks away from ASSA conference hotels. ICAPE sessions will begin at 3:40 PM on January 5 and end at noon on January 6.

Registration, Sunday, Jan. 5, 2021 3:00-3:40 PM
Session 1: Sunday, Jan. 5, 3:40-5:10 PM
Session 2: Sunday, Jan. 5, 5:20-6:50 PM
Session 3: Plenary dinner: 7:00-9:00 PM (dinner is included in conference registration fees)
ICAPE Board Meeting, 7:00-8:00 AM, Monday, Jan. 6 (by invitation)
Session 4: Monday, Jan. 6, 8:15-10:00 AM
Session 5: Monday, Jan. 6, 10:15 AM – 12:00 PM

Conference Registration Fee: $130
Reduced Income Conference Registration Fee: $70
Some scholarships are available for graduate students. To be eligible, you must be a member of one of the founding ICAPE organizations, and indicate this in your conference submission.
Submission deadline is September 4, 2020.

We accept proposals for individual papers, full sessions, teaching workshops, research workshops and roundtables. Proposals for complete sessions or workshops with a coherent theme are encouraged, especially those that are pluralistic in nature. Those who make a submission will be informed within 3 weeks regarding whether or not their proposal has been accepted. Submissions at the deadline will be informed by the 10th of September 2020 if their proposal has been accepted.

All conference submissions must be completed using the following Google Forms:

Individual Paper submissions: https://forms.gle/NwbbmyYD24VZVJPP8

Complete Panel, Roundtable or Workshop submissions: https://forms.gle/W7y1G2nedDYpJbHe9  

As you will see in the Google Forms, each participant must provide a name, professional title, affiliation, phone and email. Each paper/roundtable/workshop must include a title, an abstract of up to 400 words (2800 characters), a short abstract of up to 100 words (700 characters), and 3 key words.

In the event that the conference is canceled due to an additional flare-up of the Coronavirus, we will move to having a virtual conference where participants will submit video presentations. 

All papers presented at the ICAPE conference will be considered for the proceedings issue of the American Review of Political Economy.

For additional information, contact Geoff.Schneider@Bucknell.edu.