24th Annual Conference of the Association for Heterodox Economics

In association with SOAS, University of London

Crises in capitalism or crises of capitalism: Current issues and transformative

6th - 8th of July, 2022

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For any questions about the CfP or the conference, please write to us heteconevents@gmail.com

AHE’s Academic Officers:

Dr Surbhi Kesar (sk156@soas.ac.uk)

Lecturer, Department of Economics, SOAS London

Dr Elke Pirgmaier (elke.pirgmaier@unil.ch)

Junior Lecturer, Université de Lausanne

AHE Webinar: Discussing Global Inflation

AHE Solidarity with the University College Union

The Association for Heterodox Economics (AHE) stands in strong solidarity with colleagues facing significant cuts to their pensions in the wake of the decision taken by Universities UK on Wednesday February 23rd. These mentioned cuts could slash pensions by one third for an average academic. AHE also condemns the reduction in real pay, increased precariousness, increased workloads, and unfair racial and gendered pay gaps across the UK higher education sector over the past decade, which makes up the other parts of the ongoing industrial dispute in UK higher education. The promotion of heterodox and pluralist economic ideas becomes increasingly difficult in a context where basic labour conditions are deteriorating and the higher education sector is deepening the structures that make it most likely that those already in a privileged position are able to succeed. We therefore stand firmly with the University and College Union in this dispute and call on the Universities UK, as well as individual higher education institutions across the country, to take their demands seriously. For anyone unsure how to help, you can donate to the UCU fighting fund to help support colleagues who lose pay when on strike.

AHE MC Members join the QAA Advisory Board for revising the Subject Benchmark Statement for Economics

AHE management committee members Danielle Guizzo and Andrew Mearman have been appointed to the Advisory Board on the UK Quality Assurance Agency’s benchmark statement for Economics, the document that lays out the framework of typical programmes of study in British universities.

Heterodox commentators (including Danielle and Andrew) have previously argued that the benchmarking statement has fallen short in terms of pluralism; however, heterodox voices such as Daniela Gabor and Neil Lancastle made meaningful changes to its most recent version.

The new benchmark presents an important opportunity to diversify economics, in terms of its content, teaching methods, sources of material and students.

The heterodox economics community is deeply saddened by death of Geoffrey Harcourt, a long-standing champion of varieties of heterodox thought, of open, spirited debate in economics, and of young heterodox scholars.

Geoff made leading contributions to economic analyses of pricing, economic methodology and the history of economic thought, and, perhaps most notably, to our understanding of the nature of capital, via his book chronicling the dispute between heterodox scholars at Cambridge, UK, and their neoclassical counterparts at MIT. Geoff will be missed for his wit and humour, his knowledge of, and as a bridge to, a past era, and for his resolute support for pluralist and heterodox economics.