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15th World Congress of Social Economics on "Doing Social Economics"

23-24 June, 2015 | Brock University, St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada

Social economics is the study of the ethical and social causes and consequences of economic behavior, institutions, organizations, theory, and policy. Social economists engage in many types of research, from explorations of the history and philosophy of economics to quantitative and qualitative examinations of contemporary economic life; and from historical studies of economic activity and institutions to recommendations for policy agendas. The practice and meaning of social economics is continuously defined and redefined by these diverse research agendas. The 15th World Congress in Social Economics will afford us the opportunity to take stock of who we are as social economists and how our work advances our values and principles.

We welcome proposals for individual papers and complete sessions-conceptual, applied, and empirical-related to the theme of the conference as well as all areas of social economics. Some topics for discussion might include:

  • What makes research in social economics distinct?
  • How do social economists practice their craft?
  • What key concepts and/or theoretical constructs mark research by social economists
  • How do social economists engage with economic life and economic policy
  • How do social economists provide insights on aspects of the economy that are often neglected by other economists
  • What social economic principles should guide the construction of economic institutions and social practices
  • How does the history of social economics inform current work in the field
  • What are the different meanings of the terms "social economy" and "social economics" in North America, Europe, and elsewhere
  • What concepts, perspectives, and methodologies do social economists share with other schools of economic, philosophical, and political thought? Is social economics pluralist? Should it be?
  • What kinds of methodologies do social economists employ in their research?

The deadline for submission is Friday, February 20, 2015. You will be notified by March 20, 205.

Abstract Submissions

To submit a proposal, please visit the Association for Social Economics website and upload an abstract of approximately 400 words. The submission site will become available in November 2014. Please include the title of the session or paper, the authors' names and institutional affiliations, and contact information in the form of an email address for the corresponding author. At least one author of each paper presented at the World Congress must be a member of the Association for Social Economics. To join, please visit this link.

Summer School in Social Economics

The Association for Social Economics announces an exciting Summer School workshop for graduate students and recent Ph.D.s. to be held in conjunction with the World Congress of Social Economics. Between 12-18 fellows will be selected to attend the Summer School as guests of ASE. The Summer School begins the evening of June 21 and continues on June 22, 2015. Fellows accepted to the Summer School will receive complementary room and meals for the Summer School and the World Congress, complementary registration to the World Congress, plus all Summer School materials.

Fellow Obligations: Accepted fellows must become members of ASE and submit a Summer School refundable deposit of $100 (that will be returned upon completion of the World Congress). All fellows must commit to participating in all sessions of the Summer School and to staying for the entire World Congress.

Elba Brown-Collier Best Student Paper Award

This award, sponsored by the Association for Social Economics (ASE), is presented at the World Congress for Social Economics to the author of the best paper by a graduate student on a topic in social economics, also demonstrating strong promise for future scholarly contributions. Professors (or others who have completed their graduate degrees) cannot be coauthors.

To be eligible for the award, the student author must register for the conference and present his/her paper. Please submit your paper proposal through the regular submission process described above, indicating that you wish it to be considered for the prize. Following notification of acceptance in March, the full paper should be submitted for consideration by May 20, 2015. The status of each author must be clearly stipulated (MA student, PhD student, etc.) For consideration, the paper should be no longer than 8,000 words.

The Elba Brown-Collier Award Committee, composed of members of the Association for Social Economics, will adjudicate the submitted papers. The winner of the Elba Brown-Collier Best Student Paper Award for 2015 receives $400 USD + One year's membership in ASE which includes subscriptions to Review of Social Economy and Forum for Social Economics.

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