AC: Alphacrucis College

HETSA Conference in Sydney, Australia, July 2015

The History of Economic Thought Society of Australia will hold its 28th conference in Sydney 13-14 July 2015, hosted by Alphacrucis College, the college of the Pentecostal movement in Australia.

The conference will commence with a reception late afternoon Sunday 12 July and sessions will run all day Monday and Tuesday 13-14 July, with our conference dinner on Monday evening.

Professor Margaret Schabas from University of British Columbia will be our keynote speaker, discussing her ongoing research on the economics of David Hume. A number of other distinguished local and international speakers have already been secured, including the new editor of JHET Stephen Meardon, Jeffrey Young, Peter Groenewegen, John King, Geoff Harcourt, William Coleman, Michael McLure, Rod O’Donnell and John Lodewijks. .

Submission of sessions comprising three papers, or a single paper to be allocated to a session by the organiser, are welcome. The history of economics will be interpreted broadly, and historical papers on both mainstream and heterodox economics are welcome. Early submission of papers is encouraged and submissions of abstracts and/or full papers may be made at any time until the end of May 2015. Submissions will be refereed on a rolling basis, with a view to decisions on papers as soon as possible after submission. Full papers have a greater probability of being accepted, especially from less established scholars. We do not generally have discussants, finding that open question time leads to more vigorous and fruitful exchanges.

This year we hope to have more scholars from related disciplines such as the history and philosophy of science, business history, sociology, and the history of ideas presenting papers. Submissions from younger scholars and women are particularly welcome.

Please email submissions to

Enquiries about registration, accommodation etc can be directed to

The program will include a special panel session of the future of the history of economics, and we are open to suggestions for other panels. The program will be finalised in June 2015 and available at the button on this page above.

Registration information is available at the button on this page Travel and Accommodation information at the button on this page above

***Announcement*** The Barry Gordon Memorial Lecture 2015 will be given by Professor Jeffrey Young on “Justice, Equity and Distribution: Adam Smith and John Rawls on Distributive Justice”. [ Flyer (pdf) ] The lecture lecture is being sponsored by the Newcastle Business School. It will be at the University of Newcastle CBD campus the evening of Thursday 16 July.

Several related conferences are being held around HETSA 2015, including the Economic Society of Australia Conference of Economists in Brisbane 7-10 July 2015 (at which there will be history of economics sessions), and the Freedom to Choose conference on Religion and Economics at the University of Notre Dame Australia in Fremantle 17 July 2015.

Paul Oslington
Professor of Economics and Dean of Business, Alphacrucis College, Sydney, Australia.