European Society for the History of Economic Thought

Forthcoming conference


University of National and World Economy (UNWE), Sofia (Bulgaria)

Development and Underdevelopment in the History of Economic Thought

Dear ESHET member,

Here follows a brief update about the 24th ESHET conference, which will be held from 8 until 10 October 2021

We are planning for a hybrid conference that will take place simultaneously online and at the University of National and World Economy in Sofia, Bulgaria. 

As we hope you can appreciate, currently we cannot say with any real confidence that the in-person part of the conference can take place, and if it can, what kinds of restrictions may exist in October.

However, we can reassure you that it will under any circumstances be possible for any ESHET member to participate online. Especially authors whose proposals are accepted can count on being able to present at this year’s conference. 

Having said that, we cannot currently advise you to make arrangements to travel to Bulgaria or to book accommodation. More definite advice is not likely to be available until about mid-July.

The organisers have received a large number of paper proposals and these augur a very good conference. It remains possible  to submit new proposals, also if you wish to replace a previously submitted proposal. Please send these to Pencho Penchev of the local organising committee at by 30 July 2021.

New proposals for sessions on all aspects of the history of economic thought are also still welcome. An abstract of about 600 words for a session should be submitted no later than 30 July 2021 via the conference website:

And a special call for Young Scholars: 

ESHET encourages persons currently enrolled in a PhD, or who have been awarded a PhD no more than two years prior to the date of this year’s ESHET conference (and regardless of age), to submit their work to the Young Scholars Seminar. A one-year ESHET membership is given to all young scholars who submit a paper. Up to six papers will be selected for the young scholar sessions. Presenters in the young scholar sessions receive a grant which will depend on their mode of participation.  

Candidates should e-mail a paper no longer than 9000 words to Professors SYLVIE RIVOT ( and CHRISTIAN GEHRKE ( by 30 July 2021.
Please include documentation of your (and your co-authors’) position vis-à-vis your PhD, and indicate in the subject of your e-mail: For Young Scholar Seminar.
Decisions can be expected by 27 August 2021

Best wishes

Pencho Penchev, Chief Organiser of the 2021 ESHET conference

Richard van den Berg, ESHET President