ICAPE 2022 Conference

Call for Papers

January 6, 2022, 7:30 AM-5:30 PM
Simmons University, Boston, Mass.


Conference theme: Pluralist Economics in a Post-Pandemic World

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 in the face of inadequate public health systems. 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 7-9, 2022, ICAPE’s conference will occur immediately before the ASSA meetings. ICAPE sessions will be held at Simmons University, just 1.4 miles  away from ASSA conference hotels. ICAPE sessions will begin at 8:00 AM on January 6 and end at 5:00 PM.

Plan for the day:
Check in/registration, 7:00-8:00 AM (coffee, light refreshments)
Session 1, 8:00-9:45 AM: Breakout sessions
Session 2: 10:00-11:45 AM: Breakout sessions
11:45-1:30 PM: Lunch Plenary for all attendees 
Session 3: 1:45-3:30 PM: Breakout sessions
Session 4: 3:45-5:30 PM: Breakout sessions
Conference program ends at 5:30 PM on January 6, 2022.

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

The full call for papers, including links for paper and panel submissions, will be issued shortly.

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