CFP - “History of 'Economics as Culture'” 4th workshop
This is to announce that we are organizing on behalf of the H2S (History of Social Science) group, Economix (CNRS UMR 7235) and THEMA (CNRS UMR 8184), the fourth annual workshop on the “history of ‘economics as culture’ (Histoire culturelle des savoirs économiques)” to be held Friday, March 9th, 2012 at the University of Cergy-Pontoise (near Paris, France). Since its first installment in 2009, this workshop is bringing together scholars from different disciplines such as economics, history, art and literary theory, science and technology studies – this list is not exclusive – to discuss, from an historical vantage point, the place of economics in our culture.

Below are some suggestions of topics that exemplify what will be at issue:

- Discussions of the interactions between art, literature and economics; for example how artists, writers have articulated more or less elaborate representations of what was the economy and/or political economy and/or some part of these.

- Studies of the interactions between cultural or artistic objects such as magazines, books, maps, photographs, paintings, graphs and economic thinking. Also, we encourage scholars to consider economic texts as cultural items, reflecting upon the consequences their form had on their reception.

- The depiction of economics as part of cultures (political, commercial, scientific, etc.) of past (including very recent past) societies; in particular, discussions of economic representations (or culture) of specific social groups such as merchants, workers, businessmen, etc.

The workshop will comprise of 5 or 6 papers containing genuine and unpublished research. If you have an interest in these topics, please send us a proposal of no more than 1000 words or a draft paper of what you want to present before December 15, 2011 at the following address:

If you are interested in the subject but are unable to send a proposal, feel free to contact us at the same address for further discussion/information. Also, last year program is available here:

Loïc Charles (INED / University of Reims) and

Yann Giraud (THEMA / University of Cergy-Pontoise)
Yann Giraud
THEMA - UMR 8184
Université de Cergy-Pontoise
33 Bd du Port
95011 Cergy-Pontoise Cedex
Phone: +331 34 25 60 24
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Date: 2011-09-16