Austrian Scholars Conference 2005
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.
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
"The Revolution of 1913"
How it happened that the United States got stuck with the income tax, a central bank, and the 17th amendment all in one year--a year that set the stage of Leviathan's unrelenting advance.
Rothbard Memorial Lecture
The Cantillon Legacy: Extending Rothbardian Revisionism"
On the 250th anniversary of the publication of the Essai, we can see that he was a more profound thinker than most anyone knew.
Hazlitt Memorial Lecture
"The Market in Defense of Markets: The Impact of the New Technology"
Intellectual activists today have at their disposal today a far more promising set of tools than any generation in the history of libertarian ideas.
Hayek Memorial Lecture
"Social Justice Reconsidered: Austrian Economics and Catholic Social Teaching"
Feser examines the principle moral institutions of capitalism, as understood by Hayek, as they impact on rights, justice, natural law, and faith.
"Why War Games Don't Work"
In the lead up to the Iraq war, civilian and military planners assured us that they had prepared for every contingency, thanks to computerized war gaming that sets up trial runs. But these games are no better than any central plan that fails to account for human choice and free will. The renowed scholar and author of The Transformation of War speaks.
Lou Church Memorial Lecture
"Support for Free Trade: The Impact of Religious Ideology"
The commitment to free trade has a religious element: an attempt to save the whole world, not just one people or nation. Free trade depends on the need for worldwide community sanctions against violating free trade principles, and some normative commitment to an ideal in order to overcome the free-rider problem.
Schedule for Austrian Scholars Conference
THURSDAY, March 17
8:30am Coffee and Juice
11:30-1:00 Lunch on your own (restaurants nearby or purchase from vender outside at Mises)
A. The Global Monetary Order
B. Public Sector Economics
7:00 p.m. Express-85 Shuttle from Mises to AU Hotel/Heart of Auburn
Dinner on your own.
FRIDAY, March 18
8:00am Coffee and Juice
A. The Firm
B. The Austrian Economists
A. Law and Economics
11:45am - 1:00pm Lunch on your own
A. Canadian Austrians Invade the US
B. Rhetoric and Liberty
A. Advice for Austrian Students
B. The Ordeal of Lincoln
C. On Nozick
5:00pm Lawrence Fertig Prize in Austrian Economics
7:30pm Express-85 Shuttle from Mises to AU Hotel/Heart of Auburn
SATURDAY, March 19
8:00am Coffee and Juice
A. Financial Panel
C. Empire and Brutality
12:15-1:30: Lunch on your own
A. Money and Banking
B. The Relevance of the Confederate States of America in the 21st Century.
C. Technology and the Austrians: A Roundtable on Electronic Media
A. Austrian Concepts and the Mainstream
B. The Failure of American Conservatism
C. Film and Liberty
6:00-7:30pm Reception and live band
7:30pm Express-85 Shuttle to AU Hotel/Heart of Auburn
Dinner on your own.
Hotel rooms at the Auburn University Hotel are $99 (before February 14, 2005) plus tax, single or double. Phone 1-800-228-2876 or 334-821-8200. Be sure to mention the Mises Institute for the special rate. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org questions.
NOTE FROM THE DIRECTOR
The 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.
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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