Monday, January 16, 2012

CFP: Government Debt Crises—Politics, Economics, and History

The Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva, in cooperation with the Pierre du Bois Foundation, has issued a call for papers for a trans-disciplinary conference on "Government Debt Crises: Politics, Economics, and History," to be held at the Institute on December 15, 2012. The convenor is Marc Flandreau. The call for papers states, in part:
The recent European debt crisis, which coincides with the 30th anniversary of the Latin American debt crisis, has again raised important issues which have been part of the international policy debate over at least the past century. . . . An important take of this conference is that, while Europe has developed its own brand of problems, its experience is not unique. There are many relevant parallels between this experience and that of previous government debt crises. . . . Our goal is to bring together leading scholars from economics, international political economy, economic history, political science, and finance to provide a trans-disciplinary perspective on the European debt crisis. The conference will also include a panel with senior policymakers who will offer reflections on the crisis.
Proposals are invited for papers that examine comparisons, connections, and entanglements between government debt crises situated in, or spanning, different regions of the world. No time or geographical boundaries pertain, although the unifying theme of the conference is the current European debt crisis. Inquiries and proposals should be sent to Trevin Stratton (, the conference assistant at the Graduate Institute. In addition to the name, affiliation, e-mail and snail-mail addresses of the applicant, proposals should include a title and a paper abstract of 100-300 words. The deadline for proposals is January 31, 2012. Please consult the full call for papers for additional information.