Diversifying and Decolonising the History of Economics

June 17th in Utrecht, Netherlands, before the 2020 HES Conference

Location: Spinoza Hall, Kriekenpitplein 18-19 (weblink https://www.uu.nl/en/spinoza-hall)

As widely documented, economics lacks gender and ethnic diversity. Women and economists from so-called minority groups face disadvantages and even outright discrimination. Within the history of economics, the topic of diversity has also raised some discussion and it has been
acknowledged that history of economics meetings often lack of diversity of participants. This is paralleled by a lack of diversity when it comes to research. Research within the field is largely directed at the few, towering, (male) economists, as recent surveys of publications in history of
economic thought journals have shown. That diversity in history of economic thought is essential can be seen in the fact that male dominated research has tended to “serve male interests” reinforcing gender inequality. At the same time, there is an interest in and a demand of increasing the diversity both of scholars and of research, as discussion within the HES and other organisations such as AEA have shown.

The aim of the workshop is to increase the visibility of diversity issues in the field of history of economic thought. We will be joined by two senior scholars working on diversity and decolonisation within economics and the history of economic thought: Dr. Rebeca Gomez Betancourt, and Dr. Sara Marzagora. We aim to address issues both of diversity of thinkers and of diversity of methods. This includes a reflection of how our own research might be impacted by taking into consideration issues of diversity.

We encourage especially, but not exclusively, young scholars (including PhD level) researching on history of economic thought or those who adopt historical methods in their research to apply to the workshop. A limited amount of travel stipends for scholars based inside and outside Europe is available.

To apply, please submit a brief description of your own research (100-200 words) and a brief motivation for your application (200-300 words) to diversityhetworkshop@gmail.com If you want to be considered for a travel stipend, please note this in your email. For further
information and inquiries, please contact us.

The deadline for application is February 29th, 2020. Successful candidates will be notified by early March.

Download the Call for Application:  Workshop on Diversifying and Decolonising the History of Economics

The workshop is organized by Danielle Guizzo, Ariane Hillig, and Reinhard Schumacher. It is funded by the History of Economics Society’s New Initiatives Fund (https://historyofeconomics.org/about-the-society/new-initiatives/). Non-material support is given by the network Diversifying and Decolonising Economics (D-Econ) (https://d-econ.org/).