By Mark D. White
The Association for Social Economics has released the call for papers, courtesy of president-elect Darrick Hamilton, for its sessions at next January's ASSA meeting in New Orleans.
The details are below; note that the deadline for submissions is May 6.
ASE at the ASSA 2023
The Inseparability of Economics, Politics and Social Stratification
in Understanding Moral Political Economy
January 6-8, 2023
New Orleans, LA - Hilton Riverside
The framing of economics as a “science,” presents the innuendo of a purity devoid of politics. Yet, from Marxist to Public Choice ideologies, economics, politics and social stratification (as measured by class, race, gender, nativity, etc.) has never been separable.
Across the globe and throughout history, people have lived in environments of reinforcing inequalities, vulnerabilities, and obstacles to social mobility. The list of despair includes: wealth and income disparity; unemployment and underemployment; differential exposure to economic downturns; vulnerability to predatory finance; intergenerational transfers of poverty and exclusion from affluence; increasing demands for care work and in-vivo transfers; food insecurity; environmental injustice, and vulnerability to climate fluctuation, pandemic, and “natural” disaster; and the physical and mental harm resulting from socio-psychological stress.
These vulnerabilities are more pronounced for economically marginalized and socially stigmatized social groups. The vulnerabilities disproportionately fall on women, Black people and individuals belonging to other subaltern groups.
As inequality continues to grow, both within and across nation-states, this call is a charge to the economics profession to move beyond the neoliberal framing that centers markets and individual choice devoid of adequate understanding of resource, power and distribution towards a new thinking related to a more “moral” and fair political economy grounded in shared prosperity. For instance, from the 1960’s, led by the Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr., to now, led by the Reverends William Barber II and Liz Theoharis, the Poor People’s Campaign has always emphasized economic justice as a moral imperative.
For the ASE sessions of the 2023 ASSA meetings, we welcome proposals for papers/sessions on all aspects of social economics, but preference will be given to papers that address the 2023 theme described above. Possible questions to consider but are not limited to:
- The conception of a “moral” political economy
- The role of race, gender or other identity-group stratification as they relate to production, consumption and/or distribution
- Beyond revenue collection, the role of the taxation in fostering economic inclusion and social equity in either domestic or international contexts
- Political philosophy of economic rights and moral economies
- Economic inequality and the erosion of democracy
- Macroeconomic understandings of risk, inequality and vulnerability
- The economics of race, politics, and social stratification
- Measuring economic value beyond conventional indicators of growth
- The role of money and monetary policy in facilitating economic inclusion
- Economic vulnerabilities to environmental risk, pandemic and “natural” disaster
- The roles of data and technology as they relate to economic empowerment vs exploitation
Proposals for papers as well as complete sessions are welcome. The submission deadline is May 6, 2022. Submission guidelines:Paper proposals
should include: 1) author name, affiliation, and contact information, and 2) title and abstract of proposed papers (250-word limit). Session proposals
should include: 1) session title and abstract (250-word limit), 2) name, affiliation, and contact information of session organizers, 3) titles and abstracts of proposed papers (250 word limit each). Questions, as well as paper and session submissions should be sent to Darrick Hamilton (HamiltoD@newschool.edu) with a copy to Grieve Chelwa (firstname.lastname@example.org) by May 6, 2022.
Individuals whose papers are accepted for presentation must either be or become members of the Association for Social Economics by July 1, 2022 in order for the paper to be included in the program. Membership information can be found at www.socialeconomics.org
All papers presented at the ASSA meetings are eligible for the Warren Samuels Prize, awarded to the best paper that advances the goals of social economics and has widespread appeal. Papers can also be considered for a special issue of one of the association’s journals, or for edited volumes.Note
: Due to limited session slots, we unfortunately cannot accept all submissions. Papers and sessions not accepted for the ASE program will be automatically considered for the ASE portion of the ICAPE conference
, which will be held right before the ASSA meetings. See icape.org