European Society for the History of Economic Thought

History of Economic Thought Diversity Caucus Online Conference - May 24-26, 2021 - Online

Deadline for submissions: March 1, 2021


The 1st History of Economic Thought Diversity Caucus Online Conference will be held via Zoom, May 24-26, 2021, in advance of the annual meetings of the European Society for the History of Economic Thought (ESHET). Our goal is to spread sessions out over several days in order to include speakers and audience members across multiple continents, and several time zones.  

We seek contributions that address topics, themes, personae, and institutions that typically, and too often, go unaddressed in professional forums. We are especially interested in contributions that explore the meaning of diversity, pluralism, and inclusion for the history of economic thought and related fields, and its significance for practitioners in these fields. 

Papers scheduled to be presented at either the ESHET or History of Economics Society conferences are eligible for the Diversity Caucus Conference. 

A selection of papers presented at the Diversity Caucus Conference may be published (in English) in Research in the History of Economic Thought and Methodology, subject to peer review. 

Possible Topics:

The history of economics outside English-speaking scientific communities;

Indigenous economic practices and ideas;

Stratification economics.


Interdisciplinarity in the history of economics (before the contemporary emphasis on interdisciplinarity);

The effects of bias and prejudice in the economics profession;

Centering race, gender, and sexuality in HET;

Gender and racial politics in the development of economic systems;

Racism and sexism in the history of economics;

The consequences of “herd behavior” in economic research.


Non-professional economists; economic “outsiders”; economists outside academia, finance, and government;

The contributions of scholars from outside Europe and North America to making issues of diversity pertinent;

Women and minority investors and directors in the early history of corporations.


Historic shadow banking and informal lending markets;

Non-financial institutions (post offices, universities, libraries, mechanics institutes, research establishments, waste management organisations etc.) in economic history and the history of economic thought.

If you would like to present at the Conference, please submit an abstract of no more than 500 words to Co-authored papers are encouraged.  

Abstracts in English, French, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, German, and Japanese will be considered, but we ask that speakers either present in English or provide English-language presentation materials (e.g., Powerpoint slides, a translated manuscript), in order to facilitate communication and discussion.

The deadline for submissions is March 1, 2021. Notifications will be sent after April 1, 2021. Final papers will be due by May 15, 2021.