European Society for the History of Economic Thought

Special conference of the History of Economic Thought Society, 1st-2nd September 2021, Chester (UK)

No deadline for submissions

The History of Economic Thought Society ( is pleased to announce that a special conference is planned for 1st-2nd September 2021 in the historic city of Chester. The event is being held to celebrate the contribution of the founding Chair of the Society, John Vint. It is not a direct replacement for the Society’s annual conference.

The conference will begin after lunch on the 1st, with a reception and celebratory dinner in the evening. It will conclude after lunch on the 2nd, with flexibility to continue sessions into the mid-afternoon.

The venue for the conference, and the reception on the 1st, will be Chester Racecourse, in a large airy room with its own balcony, directly overlooking the course itself. Dinner is likely to be held in a private room at a city-centre French restaurant (a short walk from the racecourse).

Each presentation will be allocated 35-40 minutes, to include discussion. There are no parallel sessions.

Expressions of interest are invited at the earliest opportunity from those who may wish to attend the event. It should be noted that numbers are strictly limited, and it would be helpful if an indication is given as to whether attendance would be conditional on presenting a paper or, if not, if there is a willingness to present if the opportunity arises, perhaps at the last moment. For would-be and could-be presenters, all that is required at this stage is a paper title. In the event of over-subscription, the Society reserves the right to prioritise attendance by current THETS members.

The conference dinner will be subsidised by a generous contribution from THETS. That will leave a conference fee of approximately GB£80 per person, which will cover everything except for lunch on the 1st and hotel accommodation. Some rooms will be reserved at the Holiday Inn Express (close to the racecourse) at a discounted rate of around GB£70 (subject to confirmation), and Chester has plenty of other options from the (very) high end downwards, many offering free cancellation at the present time.

In view of COVID uncertainties, plans are, necessarily, somewhat tentative. Expressions of interest will be treated on that understanding, and should be addressed to:

Terry Peach (Organiser and THETS Chair)