Austrian Scholars Conference 2004
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. [FULL SCHEDULE IN PDF]
Over the course of three days, expanded from previous years, 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 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. All sessions and breaks take place at the Institute, where socializing and exchanging ideas becomes part of the conference experience. For more about the Institute, Auburn, directions, hotels, and transportation, see Austrian Guide to Auburn.
- "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
- "A wonderful conference!" -- Tibor R. Machan, Chapman 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
Mises Memorial Lecture
Rothbard Memorial Lecture
Hazlitt Memorial Lecture
Hayek Memorial Lecture
Schedule for Austrian Scholars Conference
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ALL TIMES CENTRAL TIME ZONE
THURSDAY March 18
9:00-10:30 Book Signing and Discussion
11:30-1:00 Lunch on your own
11:30: Shuttle from Mises to AU Hotel/Heart of Auburn
12:30: Shuttle from AU Hotel/Heart of Auburn to Mises
B. Law and Economics. Chair: Jeffrey M. Herbener (Grove City College)
5:00-6:00 The Henry Hazlitt Memorial Lecture: Sean Corrigan (Capital Insight): "Theory Meets Praxis: The Austrian Business Cycle Theory in Today's Economy"
7:00: Shuttle from Mises to AU Hotel/Heart of Auburn
FRIDAY March 19
8:00 and 8:15am Shuttle from AU Hotel/Heart of Auburn to Mises
A. Theory and Method. Chair: Hans-Hermann Hoppe (University of Nevada, Las Vegas)
B. Business Cycle Theory. Chair: Joseph Salerno (Pace University)
C. Science and Markets. Chair: William L. Anderson
A. Capital Markets. Chair: Rich Grimm (Grove City College)
B. The Political Economy of Education. Chair: Peter G. Klein (University of Missouri)
C. Deflation in Theory and Policy. Chair: Jörg Guido Hülsmann
11:45-1:00 Lunch on your own
11:45am Shuttle from Mises to AU Hotel/Heart of Auburn
12:30pm Shuttle from AU Hotel/Heart of Auburn to Mises
A. Pricing, Management, Entrepreneurship. Chair: Mark Brandly (Ferris State University)
B. Austrian School History. Chair: Shawn Ritenour (Grove City College)
C. Political Philosophy and Libertarianism. Chair: Jeffrey M. Herbener (Grove City College)
A. Business Economics. Chair: William L. Anderson (Frostburg State University)
B. Economies of Development and Transition. Chair: Jörg Guido Hülsmann
C. What Have We Learned from Empirical Measures of Economic Freedom? Chair: Thomas DiLorenzo (Loyola College, Maryland)
5:00-6:00pm Ludwig von Mises Memorial Lecture: RICHARD EBELING (Foundation for Economic Education): "Austrian Economics and the Political Economy of Freedom"
6:45pm Piano concert and Mises-Kreis Lieder: Songs from the interwar Mises Circle, in spectacular and new English translations, presented for the first time this evening and sung by Mises Institute staff and attendees of the ASC. View the Playbill.
6:30-8:00pm Shuttles from Mises to AU Hotel/Heart of Auburn every half hour
SATURDAY March 20
8:00 and 8:15am Shuttle from AU Hotel/Heart of Auburn to Mises
8:30-9:15am: Lou Church Memorial Lecture in Religion and Economics: Thomas Woods (Suffolk Community College): "The Trouble with Catholic Social Teaching"
A. Austrian Evaluations of Coasian Economics. Chair: Walter Block (Loyola University New Orleans)
B. Studies on Religion. Chair: Shawn Ritenour (Grove City College)
C. Liberty, Finance, and Banking. Chair: William L. Anderson (Frostburg State University)
11:15am-12:15pm F.A. Hayek Memorial Lecture: TOBY BAXENDALE (London): "Law v. Legislation: A Hayekian Entrepreneur in London"
12:15-1:00: Lunch on your own
12:15pm Shuttle from Mises to AU Hotel/Heart of Auburn
12:45pm Shuttle from AU Hotel/Heart of Auburn to Mises
A. World War I: The Other War that Never Ends. Chair: Richard Ebeling (FEE)
B. Economic History. Chair: Jeffrey M. Herbener (Grove City College)
A. Knowledge, Property, and Society. Chair: Jeffrey M. Herbener (Grove City College)
B. The Size and Scope of Government. Chair: Mark Brandly (Ferris State University)
6:00pm Reception at Dixon Conference Center of Auburn University Hotel
Murray N. Rothbard Memorial Lecture: JOSEPH STROMBERG (Mises Institute): "Rothbard's Systematic Defense of Liberty"
Hotel rooms at the Auburn University Hotel are just $79 plus tax, single or double. Phone 1-800-228-2876 or 334-821-8200 before February 17. Be sure to mention the Mises Institute for the special rate. If the hotel is fully booked, please connect to our Austrian Guide to Auburnfor alternative hotels within walking distance.
For faculty and others, the registration fee is $200, which includes all sessions, receptions, coffee breaks, special 10th Anniversary ASC dinner at Dixon Conference Center of AU Hotel on Saturday, and daily shuttles between AU Hotel and the Institute. For qualified full-time students, the registration fee to attend all sessions and meals is waived (submit application form below, with copy of student ID). Contact email@example.com questions.
- Travel and Shuttle information
- Register Online (non-students)
- Student Registration
- Austrian Guide to Auburn
NOTE FROM THE DIRECTOR
The conference opens on Thursday with a forum on market security, 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.
A second forum will cover published articles. Because the remainder of the conference covers articles in process, this session fills a gap present in previous ASCs. The conference continues on Thursday with panels on finance and the police state. Friday and Saturday are devoted to paper presentations in concurrent sessions, as in the past.
In addition to 100 the near presentations, the conference also includes receptions, all to be held on the beautiful campus of the Mises Institute, which features a library of 24,000 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. See the Austrian Guide to Auburn for more information on the town.
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