Who Are We?

The past decade has seen significant growth in work on the history of economics since WW2. The availability of source-materials has increased dramatically, new methods have been employed and scholars have looked across disciplinary boundaries. This work has produced insightful contextual histories of the development of economic ideas. We believe that the history of recent economics has developed to such an extent that it is worth bringing researchers together in a meeting devoted specifically to this period.

The History of Recent Economics Conference  was launched in 2007 by an organizing committee comprised of Roger Backhouse (University of Birmingham), Philippe Fontaine (Ecole normale supérieure de Paris-Saclay) and Tiago Mata (Technical University of Lisbon).

While we have historiographical preferences – the sort of thick history that is practiced in the history of science and intellectual history -, our aim is to promote diversity in the topics addressed and the methods or sources used to study them. Papers which are interested in relatively neglected figures and communities, in the role of women economists, and in the production and diffusion of economic knowledge outside of the Anglo-American world, are particularly welcome. Works that use, beside published and unpublished writings, tools such as interviews, witness seminars, prosopographic and quantitative methods are also most appreciated.

Our conference format resembles that of a workshop. We expect contributors to submit a full draft paper a few weeks before the event in order to allow the attendants to read them. Our sessions, therefore, devote little time for papers presentation and encourage discussion. We hope that most contributors will leave the conference with enough comments to help them improve upon their paper and come up with a publishable version.

At this moment, the organizing committee consists of Pedro Duarte (INSPER Institute), Yann Giraud (University of Cergy-Pontoise) and Cléo Chassonnery-Zaïgouche (CRASSH, University of Cambridge).

More information on past meetings can be found here.

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Economics research in the postwar period is intimately related to the aftermath of WWII and to the Cold War, as well as to decolonization processes.

The picture on the left represent the Jatiyo Sangsad Bhaban (National Parliament House) in Dhaka, capital of Bangladesh (then Pakistan), build by Louis Khan in 1962 (credits: MD Saiful Amin, wiki commons license). The picture on the right is the Geisel Library, constructed in 1968 in San Diego, USA by William Pereira’s (credits Laura Ockel, Unsplash license). Both are landmarks of brutalist architecture.

This illustration was inspired by Michelle Murphy’s narrative of the encounters of social sciences practices in between the US and South Asia, as told in The Economization of Life.