Association for Heterodox Economics


23rd Annual Conference of the Association for Heterodox Economics

Structural Inequalities Uncovered - the Contributions of Heterodox Economics in Tackling Racial and Gender Inequality

Call for Papers

Online (Zoom platform)

Fridays throughout July 2021

Two main events have defined the year of 2020: the Covid crisis and the Black Lives Matter (BLM) protests. Besides their well-documented effects over world economies, societal norms and daily lives, they have also exposed several challenges and injustices. Existing colonial relations, gender and racial inequalities were once again uncovered during the pandemic, and despite the calls for fair treatment of women and minorities, economic policies have failed to address the problem and develop appropriate solutions in tackling these. 

Heterodox economists have long challenged mainstream economics’ disregard for underlying power relationships that shape economic processes and outcomes. Instead, they have offered an umbrella of theoretical foundations, methodologies and policy recommendations that are better suited for the understanding of how inequalities exist and are perpetuated. This conference will bring together scholars from a variety of theoretical and geographical backgrounds to discuss how heterodox economics can contribute in tackling racial and gender inequalities. Confirmed keynote speakers include Gargi Bhattacharyya, Elissa Braunstein, S. Charusheela, Lyn Ossome, Elias Sampaio and Sunanda Sen.

This Call for Papers invites proposals on any topic within heterodox economics, including (but not restricted to): racial capitalism, feminist economics, the black radical tradition, social reproduction theory, intersectional analysis, (neo)colonialism and imperialism. Proposals on the following areas are also particularly welcomed: the history of heterodox economics in the Global South, heterodox economics and decolonial theory, heterodox economics and non-market activities, heterodox economics and Covid as well as heterodox economics and climate inequality. We especially encourage submissions from scholars who are underrepresented in Economics, such as women, people of colour, and people from the Global South.

To encourage a lively discussion, presenters will have two options to present their papers: a presentation session where you would present key insights in a virtual live session; and a networking session where you would submit a full paper/share a video beforehand and have the chance to engage in a focused discussion. In the latter, participants read the paper/watch the video beforehand and the virtual live session is solely dedicated to discussing its key insights and providing recommendations. 

To present a conference paper:

  • Submit an abstract (no more than 250 words) to [] by 15th April 2021. The submission should indicate if you wish to take part in a presentation session or networking session.
  • Videos/papers for networking sessions are due by 7th June 2021.
  • Within networking sessions, the participants will have access to the videos/papers two weeks prior to the conference.
  • Full papers for bursaries and/or prize considerations are due by 15th May 2021.

Membership and Registration:

There are no registration fees for attending the conference. All participants are required to become AHE members or renew their membership to attend the presentation sessions. The plenaries are open for general attendance. 

Instructions to become an AHE member can be found here: 

Annual membership fees:

Academic, full time employed members: £30

Academic part-time employed, student or retired: £10

AHE may offer preferential rates for academics based in the Global South and/or on financial hardship. Please contact the academic officers for more information.

For any questions about the CfP, please get in touch with AHE’s Academic Officers:

Ariane Agunsoye: 

Danielle Guizzo: 

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