Cold War Economics: the Theory and Practice of Development in Historical Perspective

Catégorie :Appels à communication

Date :du lundi, 14 décembre 2015 au mardi, 15 décembre 2015

Date limite : dimanche, 04 octobre 2015

Lieu :Londres (Royaume-Uni)

Lien : coldwareconomicsgroup@gmail.com

Contact : coldwareconomicsgroup..a..gmail.com

Source: Alessandro Iandolo

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Call for papers: ‘Cold War Economics: the Theory and Practice of Development in Historical Perspective’ Monday 14 December – Tuesday 15 December, London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), UK

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Call for papers: ‘Cold War Economics: the Theory and Practice of Development in Historical Perspective’

Monday 14 December – Tuesday 15 December, London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), UK

LSE IDEAS invites paper proposals for the upcoming workshop entitled ‘Cold War Economics: the Theory and Practice of Development in Historical Perspective’.

The conference proposes to bring together leading scholars of economic history and the political history of the Cold War to examine the ways in which international politics and economic theory influenced each other during the second half of the twentieth century. The starting point for this workshop is the assertion that economic ideas are inherently political, and they should be analysed in the specific historical context in which they emerged. Indeed, far from ‘objective’ concepts derived from the observation of human behaviour, basic economic ideas were at the forefront of the rivalry between different political systems during the Cold War. Concepts such as capital, productivity, and growth were defined and understood in diametrically opposed ways across political divides and over time. Nowhere was this more evident than in the theory and practice of economic development. Both the ‘Western’ and ‘Eastern’ worlds claimed to have discovered the best possible way in which to organise society and production, promising progress and prosperity to states that adopted the same principles. From import-substitution to endogenous growth models, from farm subsidies to microfinance, the theory and practice of economic development was deeply influenced by the Cold War. This workshop aims to explore the different ways and localities in which this occurred. In doing so, it will examine the extent to which economics was (and is) a profoundly political discipline, rather than a quasi-natural science.

Suitable topics for discussion at the workshop range broadly both chronologically and geographically. They include: different theories of development and modernization (such as ‘modernization theory’, dependency theory, Marxism and neo-Marxism, among others) and their impact on economic practices in the Cold War; economic organizations of the Cold War, including UNCTAD, the New International Economic Order, OPEC, and Comecon; the impact of economic theorists, such as John Maynard Keynes, Walt Whitman Rostow, Milton Friedman, Hans Singer, and Immanuel Wallerstein; and the techniques and technologies of development, including industrialization, export- processing zones, and the Green Revolution.

The workshop will be based on the presentation and discussion of pre-circulated papers by a relatively small group of participants, divided in panels of 2 or maximum 3 presenters. Senior academics from the LSE as well as other institutions will act as chairs and commentators, including David Engerman (Brandeis University), Małgorzata Mazurek (Columbia University), and Piers Ludlow (LSE). The best papers presented at the conference will be considered for publication in a special issue of a journal (more details to follow in October).

The workshop will take place on 14 and 15 December 2015 at the LSE. Participants are expected to be present at all panels. Accommodation and meals will be provided free of charge for the duration of the workshop to presenters, chairs, and commentators. Some bursaries will be available to cover travel expenses for participants from outside of London, but these are unlikely to be enough to cover all expenses for all participants. We therefore ask participants to make their own travel arrangements and then apply for funding. Priority will be given to PhD candidates and early career scholars who need to travel from afar.

The workshop is funded by the British Academy, the Economic History Society, and the Institute for New Economic Thinking (INET).

In order to apply, please send your CV (max 2 pages) and a brief outline of your proposed paper (max 300 words) to coldwareconomicsgroup@gmail.com by 4 October 2015. Successful applicants will be notified by 16 October.

For further information, do not hesitate to contact one of the organisers.
Alessandro Iandolo, LSE (a.iandolo@lse.ac.uk)
Artemy Kalinovsky, University of Amsterdam (a.m.kalinovsky@uva.nl) Chris Miller, Yale University (cr.miller@yale.edu)
Simon Toner, Dartmouth College (simon.toner@dartmouth.edu)


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