2023 Markets & Society Conference

The Markets & Society Conference aims to bring together scholars, students, and practitioners from various disciplines, ideological perspectives, and backgrounds who seek to advance inquiry, contestation, and research of consequence that are grounded in mainline political economy.

The F. A. Hayek Program for Advanced Study in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University is thrilled to announce the Markets & Society Conference on October 20-23, 2023, in Falls Church, VA.

The Markets & Society Conference aims to bring together scholars, students, and practitioners from various disciplines, ideological perspectives, and backgrounds who seek to advance inquiry, contestation, and research of consequence that are grounded in mainline political economy. This tradition posits that through emergent orders, formal and informal institutions, and the ability to learn from errors, humans can and often do find ways to live better together. Research in this tradition examines governance, resilience, and cooperation as well as the burdens, biases, and injustices that result from human interaction and institutions. Multiple disciplines, methods, and strategies are needed to examine the complexities of social life, ranging from analyzing the economic, political, and social consequences of institutions; understanding and reexamining history; assessing policies that attempt to stymie or encourage particular outcomes; and examining issues of morality and justice.

The conference will include keynote and panel discussions, presentations on contemporary research, and networking opportunities. The conference is open to students, scholars, analysts, and policymakers. There is no registration fee, though participants are responsible for travel and lodging. An application for additional travel and lodging funding for those in need will be announced closer to registration. A room block will be available at $99 per night (plus taxes) at the time of registration, which will open in the late spring of 2022.
 

Keynote Speakers:

  • Kwame Anthony Appiah — Professor Of Philosophy And Law, New York University
  • Nina Bandelj — Chancellor's Professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of California, Irvine
  • Christopher J. Coyne — Professor of Economics at George Mason University and Associate Director of the F. A. Hayek Program for Advanced Study in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics at the Mercatus Center
  • Chandran Kukathas — Dean and Lee Kong Chian Chair Professor of Political Science at School of Social Sciences, Singapore Management University
     

Call for Paper & Panel Submissions

We invite scholars, students, and practitioners to submit paper abstracts and entire sessions on the role of markets and society in human life. Such research could explore broad topics, like those below, or particular questions in political economy. 

  • How do free and responsible people live peacefully and productively together?
  • What are the proper roles and limits of governments and civil society?
  • What is the material and moral potential of markets?
  • What is the role of contestation, inquiry, and humility in academia and policy?

To submit a paper abstract or session proposal, please fill out the form by March 1, 2023. You will need to provide relevant contact information for you and any coauthors, as well as a paper abstract or session summary with individual abstracts. Selections will be announced in the late spring of 2023. Presenters will receive a $500 honoraria.
 

Hotel Information

Falls Church Marriott Fairview Park
3111 Fairview Park Drive
Falls Church, Virginia 22042

A room block will be available closer to the conference date. 

If you have any questions relating to the conference, feel free to email us at [email protected].