4th ESHET-JSHET Joint Conference
11-13 September 2015, Otaru, Hokkaido, Japan


Call for Papers

  The fourth ESHET-JSHET Conference will take place in Otaru, Hokkaido (Japan) on 11-13 September 2015. Like the former conferences organized by ESHET and JSHET, it aims at bringing together researchers from Europe, Japan and other parts of the world in order to discuss new research and exchange ideas on the history of economic thought.

  The main theme of the conference will be “War in the history of economic thought: the economists and the question of war”. At the very time when many countries in the world are reflecting on the lessons of the World Wars on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the beginning of WWI in 1914 and the 70th anniversary of the end of WWII in 1945, we are today once again witnessing a rapid deterioration of relations between countries and a worrying increase of conflict in several parts of the world. While in the past a reflection on war has not been a permanent or main theme of debates, economists did have to deal with all the questions raised by wars. They discussed whether the expansion of trade could prevent wars ? the “doux commerce” thesis at the end of the XVIII century ? or how to organize a war economy, or how return to peace. Keynes’ Economic Consequences of the Peace and How to pay for the war are among the most celebrated examples of this literature.

  The present conference proposes to rediscover, analyse and discuss reflections of this kind. The main ? but by no means exclusive ? themes could be the following: (i) How to organize a war economy? (ii) How to pay for the war? (iii) War and the plundering of the enemy’s resources. (iv) War economy and economic planning. (v) War, employment and the labour force. (vi) The problems of a transition to peace. (vii) The economic consequences of the payment of reparations. (viii) The lessons from the war and the return to liberalism; (ix) the policies of the winners in occupied countries; (x) How to avoid wars?

  Proposals (abstracts of a maximum of 450 words) should be sent sent via Proposal Form (http://jshet.net/EJ2015/) or simultaneously to Susumu Egashira. Submission has been closed.

Important deadlines
Deadline for the submission of abstracts: March 31, 2015
Acceptance notification: April 30, 2015
Deadline for the reception of the Full papers: July 31, 2015

Organizing Committee
Seiichiro Ito (Otsuki City College)
Susumu Egashira (Otaru University of Commerce)
Yukihiro Ikeda (Keio University)
Naoki Haraya (Gunma Prefectural Women’s University)
Hiroaki Itai (Tokyo College of Transport Studies)
Tomoyuki Uemiya (Osaka University of Economics)

Steering Committee
Susumu Egashira (Otaru University of Commerce)
Yukihiro Ikeda (Keio University)
Seiichiro Ito (Otsuki City College)
Annalisa Rosselli (University of Roma Tor Vergata)
Susumu Takenaga (Daito Bunka University)