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Austrian Scholars Conference 2009

March 12-14 2009

Auburn, Alabama

The Austrian Scholars Conference is the international, interdisciplinary meeting of the Austrian School, and for scholars interested or working in this intellectual tradition, it is the event of the year. The director of the conference is Joseph Salerno of Pace University.

Over the course of three full days, the Austrian Scholars Conference offers eighty plus presentations on economics, history, philosophy, and the humanities, in addition to named lectures by the leaders in the field. It combines all the opportunities of a professional meeting, with the added attraction of hearing and presenting new and innovative research, engaging in vigorous debate, and interacting with like-minded scholars who share research interests.

Papers and panels cover a wide range of fields that impact on the Austrian paradigm, including: monetary theory; international trade; money and banking; methodology; history of thought; economic history; business cycles; geography; interventionism; literature; political philosophy; philosophy of science; society, culture, and religion; business regulation; environmental political economy; and history and theory of war.

The first session begins at 10:30 a.m. Central Time on Thursday, March 12 and the last session ends at 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 14, followed by a reception. The entire event takes place at the Mises Institute campus in Auburn, Alabama. The campus features spacious seminar rooms, a vast library with the best collection of Austrian School books in North America, and gorgeous gardens.

The deadline for submissions is January 15, 2009, or when the conference is full.  

What Past Attendees Have Said

"The Austrian Scholars Conference is a great opportunity for exchanging ideas and advancing the School." — Randall G. Holcombe, Florida State University

"The Austrian Scholars Conference is an extraordinary event — in terms of the range and quality of the panels and papers, the diversity of scholarly interests and research programs among the participants, and the sheer intellectual excitement that is palpable throughout the three days. If any evidence is necessary that Austrian economics and its related disciplines constitute a vibrant, growing movement, it is here for all to see." — Joseph Salerno, Pace University

"No other conference in the economics profession discusses such a wide-ranging menu of interesting and important topics as the Austrian Scholars Conference." — Thomas DiLorenzo, Loyola College

"The most well organized and informative conference I've ever attended." — Colin Knapp, University of Florida

"I was truly impressed with what this conference achieved, and I was delighted to have the chance to meet up with so many friends." — Ronald Hamowy, University of Alberta

"It was an honor and special privilege to be part of such a high-level yet jovial gathering." — Mahan Akal, University of Tennessee

"I never come away from the ASC without at least a half dozen ideas for new writing projects." — Walter Block, Loyola University New Orleans

"Probably the best run conference I have ever attended. Also, the civility and open dialogue, together with strong commitments, were impressive. And the facility, the Ludwig von Mises Institute itself, is truly remarkable." — Joseph Pappin, University of South Carolina


Ludwig von Mises Lecture: Thorsten Polleit

Dr. Polleit is professor at the Frankfurt School of Finance and Management, and an economist at Barclays Capital. He is the author of many articles on Mises.org that consistently warned about the housing bubble and the financial calamity that would ensue in the future. He roots his thought in the work of Mises on money and credit, and has had a great impact in Germany and elsewhere in drawing attention to the problems of fiat money. His writings have beautifully integrated high scholarship, empirical analytics, and popular commentary - in the best Misesian tradition. He is also an extremely eloquent expositor of the Austrian perspective.

Friedrich A. Hayek Lecture: George Selgin

Professor Selgin teaches economics at West Virginia University and is the author, most recently, of Good Money, the story of private coinage in Britain in the early years of the industrial revolution. It is a seminal contribution to the historical literature, one that brings to light a chapter of the industrial revolution that has been largely unknown. He is also the author of Praxeology and Understanding, a defense deductive method in the social sciences, and The Theory of Free Banking as well as Bank Deregulation and Monetary Order. His lecture will make the case for the full privatization of the production of money in society.

Henry Hazlitt Lecture: Peter Schiff

Schiff, president of Euro Pacific Capital, is familiar to anyone who has watched financial coverage in the last year. He is famed for being the most vocal financial economist to have perfectly predicted the crash. He also happens to be a dedicated student of the Austrian School. He is the author of the prophetic Crash Proof (2007) and, most recently, The Little Book of Bull Moves in Bear Markets. Whenever he speaks about finance and economics, he also seeks to teach sound economic theory, writing publications such as the New York Times and the Washington Post. He will speak on the relationship between theory and practice in financial markets.

Murray N. Rothbard Lecture: Roberta Modugno

Professor Modugno is a historian of political thought at the University of Roma TRE. She is the author of a major study of Rothbard as a philosopher, and many books in Italian on liberal philosophy, including a detailed assessment of the viability of anarchist political orders. Her collection of unpublished essays by Rothbard on major philosophers is coming out from the Mises Institute in 2009. She will discuss Rothbard's social philosophy by comparison with other major thinkers.

Lou Church Memorial Lecture on Religion and Economics: Rabbi Daniel Lapin



Financial Crisis and What to Do. There is no question that this topic will dominate this year's conference. The crisis taking shape conforms to the Austrian theory in vivid ways, so much more so than other theories that new attention is being given to the Mises-Hayek view. We revisit their business-cycle model and examine how profound policy errors conspired to unleash an extraordinary financial meltdown on the world economy.

The Persistence of Keynesian Policy. Keynesianism has been a policy without a viable theory for many decades, and yet its essential assumptions continue to drive the popular understanding of macroeconomic phenomena. Panels will dissect the theoretical errors here and offer a perspective on their persistence.

Lost Literature of the Austrian School. Both Mises and Rothbard believed that scientific progress does not always take place in a linear fashion. All sciences are afflicted by diversions and lost knowledge along the way, some of which is only recovered many years later. Recent efforts to reprint the classics are yielding fascinating results within the Austrian tradition. Panels and papers can deal with some of these works and insights.

The Continental Tradition of Thought. The biography of Mises by Jörg Guido Hülsmann is a treasure trove of new information on European economics before World War II. Panels and papers are invited that explore this new knowledge and its implications for the history of thought and current Austrian theory.

Submissions include the following categories:

  1. Individual papers. Submit an abstract of 250 words and include title of paper and institutional affiliation of the author(s).  For papers on economics, also include JEL codes and keywords.  You should also indicate whether you are willing to serve as a chair or discussant on another session.
  2. Paper sessions. You are welcome to organize a full session. Session organizers should submit the theme or title of the session along with the names and institutional affiliations of the participants, including the chair and discussants, if any. Abstracts of papers in the proposed session, containing information indicated above, should also be submitted by the organizer or by the individual presenters.
  3. Organized symposia. Organized symposia include panelists speaking on a common theme or issue, but without formal papers. To propose an organized symposium please submit a description of the theme or title of the session along with the names and institutional affiliations of the participants, including the chair. 

To suggest papers and sessions, write Joseph Salerno at jsale@earthlink.net or his assistant at tucker@mises.org. Submissions will be accepted until all the time slots are taken.


Hotel rooms at the Auburn University Hotel are available. Phone 1-800-228-2876 or 334-821-8200 before February 15. Be sure to mention Austrian Scholars Conference of the Mises Institute for the special rate of $109 plus tax. If the hotel is fully booked, please connect to our Austrian Guide to Auburn for alternative hotels within walking distance.

For faculty and others, the registration fee is $200, which includes all sessions, hearty receptions, coffee breaks, and daily shuttles between AU Hotel and the Institute. For qualified full-time students, the registration fee to attend all sessions and receptions is waived (submit application form below, with copy of student ID). Contact pat@mises.org with questions.



SalernoThe Austrian Scholars Conference draws outstanding papers and participants from all parts of the world. It is the most important annual international meeting for everyone who works within the Austrian tradition.

The conference opens on Thursday with a forum on new books, with presentations by the authors of the main ideas in their books, how they came to be published, their experiences in marketing, and how they have been reviewed and received. The conference continues with panels. Friday and Saturday are devoted to paper presentations in concurrent sessions, as in the past.

In addition to nearly 100 presentations, the conference also includes receptions, all to be held on the beautiful campus of the Mises Institute, which features a library of 30,000 books along with Mises and Rothbard archives. You will find research materials available here that are otherwise inaccessible, so plan to use some of your time to advance your own research.

If you have never been to the ASC, I encourage you to attend this year. Papers and books that advance the Austrian School are presented here for the first time, which gives you the chance to discuss ideas with presenters and participants and make an important contribution to impacting the future of the School. If you are looking for comments on a paper, or just a chance to bounce some ideas off others who know something other than the latest mathematical wizardry of the profession, this is the place.

This is also the ideal setting for making professional contacts that will help you through the years. Your expertise and interests are highly valued by others. In addition, we always have a great time. There is no substitute for the intellectual stimulation and personal camaraderie that the Austrian Scholars Conference combines into one event. The price of the conference is $200, the same as last year. You can make reservations at the Auburn University Hotel by calling 800.228.2876. 

Write me with your submissions.

Joseph Salerno
Pace University


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