Adam Smith Festival of Ideas in Kirkcaldy, March 17-19, 2017

The Adam Smith Global Foundation is hosting the Adam Smith Festival of Ideas in Kirkcaldy, March 17-March 19, 2017. The Festival seeks to build on the philanthropic and academic ideas of Smith to engage people from around the world in creative and animated discussion on topics such as Cultural Life, Enterprise and Economies and Cohesive Communities as Scotland enters a period of “New Enlightenment.”


CFP: Deadline Extended for History of Economics Society International Conference in Palermo


The History of Economics Society’s International Conference, “From Scotland to the South of the Mediterranean: The Thought of Adam Smith Through Europe and Beyond,” will be held at the University of Palermo, Sicily, from July 6-7, 2017.

Full details about the conference can be found in the previous post on the IASS site and at the conference website:

CFP: HES & University of Palermo Conference in Palermo, “From Scotland to the South of the Mediterranean: The Thought of Adam Smith Through Europe and Beyond”

“From Scotland to the South of the Mediterranean: The Thought of Adam Smith Through Europe and Beyond”

International Conference of the History of Economics Society (HES) and University of Palermo, Sicily (Italy)

July 6-7, 2017


Adam Smith is one of those authors who have left a very profound sign in the history of ideas. An influence that has contributed to model not only the culture but also the institutions and the policy of the modern society and that can be explained by observing the international spread of his thought, which reached every corner of the world in a short lapse of time.

Yet, the reception of Smithian ideas was not a unique and uniform process, equal for every country, because different regional contexts conditioned it. Smith’s works made entry through institutional, cultural, linguistic, religious, and political filters which were not neutral and which affected the reading, understanding and use of them.

Europe and the Mediterranean are two geographical areas – but not the only – to observe the spread of Smithian thought because of the rich pluralism characterizing their regions and nations. With reference to this prospective, the University of Palermo – supported by the History of Economics Society (HES New Initiatives Fund) – invites proposals for papers and/or sessions along the lines listed below or on others relevant to develop this prospective of inquiry.

The thematic directions suggested are:

  • Adam Smith, the Scottish Enlightenment and the European Enlightenment: similarities, differences in methods and analysis, influences, intellectual disagreements;
  • The intellectual link between Smith’s teaching and the development of a national style of economics in the various countries from the 18th century to the 19th and 20th centuries;
  • The reception of Smithian thoughts in different religious frameworks: Catholic, Protestant, Orthodox, Muslim and Jewish;
  • Smithian liberalism as an intellectual source of the liberal revolutionary phase that in the 19th century changed the political and economic face of Europe and the Mediterranean;
  • The works of Adam Smith: language, style, translations.

Official language: English

The Scientific Committee:

Christopher Berry (University of Glasgow), Maria Pia Paganelli (Trinity University), Sandra Peart (University of Richmond), Fabrizio Simon (University of Palermo), Craig Smith (University of Glasgow)

The Organizing Committee:

Fabrizio Simon, Anna Li Donni, Cristina Guccione, Anna Rita Panebianco

Scholars planning to participate should submit a 500-word abstract for a paper or a 1000-word abstract for a session, specifying in the following abstract form: the title of their presentation and the conference theme, their full name and institutional affiliation, and an e-mail address for correspondence.

Deadlines to remember:

Submission of abstracts: No later than 8 January 2017

Notification of acceptance: 28 February 2017

Registration: No later than 30 April 2017

Sending of paper: No later than 31 May 2017

For further information on the conference (venue, registration, accommodation) see the conference website at


Women, Money, and Markets Conference at KCL – Call for Papers

We pass on the following announcement from Emma Newport at King’s College London that may be of interest to many Smith Society members.


Women, Money and Markets (1750-1850)

King’s College London, May 11th 2017

Keynote Speakers:

Professor Hannah Barker (University of Manchester)

Caroline Criado-Perez, OBE (One of the leading voices in the campaign for female representation on the banknote and an active promoter and supporter of women in the media)

In 2017, Jane Austen will feature on the £10 note as the sole female representative on British currency.  To mark this occasion, and explore its problematic significance, the English department at King’s is running a one-day conference with the aim to consider debates about women in relation to ideas of value, market, marketability, as well as debates about different forms of currency and exchange amongst women, and the place of the female writer in the literary marketplace past and present. The conference will address themes including consumerism, shopping, global trade, domestic trade, markets (literary and otherwise), currency, and varying practices of exchange. The conference is interdisciplinary in nature, bridging literature, material culture, gender studies and economic history, and aims to relate the debates of the period to modern day issues about the presence and position of women in the economy and media.

We welcome submissions in the form of individual papers, panels and roundtable discussions on the following themes:

  • The varying practices of women associated with currency, global and/or domestic markets and marketability

  • Material practices associated with value, exchange and/or female creativity

  • Women as producers and/or consumers in the literary or other marketplaces (including, but not limited to, food, clothing, agriculture and raw materials)

  • Representations of women at work or women’s involvement in:

  • Trade and industry

  • Professional services (such as law, finance, hospitality and the media)

  • Domestic service

  • The rural economy

  • The place of women in the literary marketplace (past and present)

We particularly welcome cross-cultural considerations of the above issues.

Please send 300 word abstracts to the conference email address ( with an indication of your proposed format (individual paper, panel, roundtable, etc.).  If you are submitting a proposal for a panel, please include an abstract for each paper (up to 300 words each). Please indicate if you would like your paper to be considered for the edited volume that will be published after the conference.

Deadline for submissions: January 31st 2017

Conference Organisers: Dr Emma Newport (University of Sussex) and Amy Murat (King’s College London)

For enquiries regarding the programme, please contact:

For all general enquiries, please contact:


The Western Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (WSECS) invites submissions from all disciplines for the 2017 WSECS Annual Meeting on the theme of “Eighteenth-Century Science(s).” They are interested in papers that address aspects of the formation, development, and representation of the natural, social, experimental, and other sciences in the long eighteenth century, the relationships between literature and science, and the intersections of contemporary scientific methods and humanistic study. Jonathan Kramnick, Maynard Mack Professor of English at Yale University, will provide the keynote talk.

Possible topics could include:
• Eighteenth-century scientific practices and disciplines
• Literature and science
• Enlightenment science fiction
• Eighteenth-century responses to the sciences, including criticism and satire
• The environment and ecocriticism
• Theory of mind and cognitive approaches to literary studies
• Sense and sensation
• The history of the scientific book
• The role of social, transportation, and communication networks in transmitting science

The program committee will cluster proposals into panels of 3-4 papers with a Q&A session. They also welcome proposals for pre-formed panels, but will consider papers on any topic. Day 1 of the meeting will overlap with a separate conference on Jean-Jacques Rousseau to be held at UCSB; papers connecting the two themes are also solicited.

Proposals of 250-300 words for 15- to 20-minute papers or full panels are due Oct. 1, 2016. Please include contact information, institutional affiliation, the title of your paper(s), and any audio/visual needs. Send submissions to both Dr. Rachael Scarborough King (rking@english.ucsb.eduand Dr. Renan Larue ( att00001

Call for Submissions: ECS Special Issue, “Empires”

Eighteenth-Century Studies, a cross-disciplinary journal committed to publishing the best of current writing on all aspects of eighteenth-century culture, is planning a special issue dedicated to the theme of empires.  Topics might include the role of politics in empire; the movement of people, commodities, or information within and between imperial spheres; the impact of empires on literature and the arts; indigenous encounters; slavery; and issues of identity, among many others. What was distinctive about eighteenth-century empires? Broadly speaking, what was the role of the state and of non-state institutions? How did imperial regimes differ or not differ in terms of their organization, policies, and interactions with indigenous peoples? By what processes did imperial encounters shape cultures and physical environments? In what ways did visual, theatrical, and literary representations of peoples and places enable, promote, or critique empire? We invite submissions that reflect on topics related to these themes or on other ways in which contemporaries interpreted, experienced, and enacted empire.

Submissions may originate in any of the disciplines and research methodologies encompassed by eighteenth-century studies, broadly construed (history, philosophy, literature, social sciences, and the arts); those which focus on the Caribbean, Latin America, Africa, Asia, or Oceania are especially encouraged.

 Submissions should be 7,000–9,000 words, including notes, and may be sent to  The deadline for consideration for this issue is February 1, 2017.  Please contact the Managing Editor at with any questions.

5th International Mediterranean Society for the Study of the Scottish Enlightenment (MSSSE) Conference

The Mediterranean Society for the Study of the Scottish Enlightenment (MSSSE) is hosting its 5th annual international conference from May 24-26, 2016 in Istanbul, Turkey at Isik University. The schedule is below.

Tuesday, May 24

10:30-11:00 Welcoming Session

Sirin Tekinay (Isik University / Rector)

Greeting and Opening Speech

Dionysis G. Drosos (University of Ioannina):

Opening Remarks

Örsan K. Öymen (Isik University):

Opening Remarks

11:00-13:00 1st Session

Chair: Halil Turan (Middle East Technical University)

Dogan Gocmen (Dokuz Eylul University):

Enlightenment and Democracy: Ancient and Modern

 Ioannis A. Tassopoulos (University of Athens):

Hobbesian Reciprocity and the Discourse of Factionalism and Democracy in the Federalist Papers: Some Comments on the History of Impartiality

Dionysis G. Drosos (University of Ioannina):

Modernity, Liberalism and the Lost Promise of Democracy

13:00-14:00 Lunch

14:00-16:00 2nd Session

Chair: Fania Oz-Salzberger (University of Haifa):

Sam Fleischacker (University of Illinois-Chicago):

Hume’s and Smith’s Worries about Democracy  

Spyros Tegos (University of Crete):

The Problem of Authority in David Hume and Adam Smith

 Gloria Vivenza (University of Verona):

Adam Smith and Democracy

 16:00-16:30 Coffee Break

16:30-18:30 3rd Session

Chair: Dogan Gocmen (Dokuz Eylul University):

Nir Ben-Mosche (University of Illinois-Urbana-Champaign):

Comprehensive or Political Liberalism?: The Impartial Spectator and the Justification of Political Principles

 Yiftah Elazar (Hebrew University of Jerusalem):

The Impartial Patriot: Adam Smith’s Theory of Enlightened Patriotism

Gokhan Murteza (Kırklareli University):

Democracy and Education in Adam Smith

Wednesday, May 25

10:30-12:30 4th Session

Chair: Örsan K. Öymen (Isik University)

John T. Scott (University of California) & Michelle Schwarze (University of Wisconsin):

The Possibility of Progress: Smith and Rousseau on “Pitié”, Sympathy and the Moral Economy 

Halil Turan (Middle East Technical University):

Inequality and (Loss of) Freedom

Stavroula Balafa (University of Ioannina):

Liberty and Equality in Rousseau’s “Republique”

Özlem Ünlü (Middle East Technical University):

Rooting out Rousseauesque Conscience from the Unity of Reason


12:30-13:30 Lunch

13:30-15:30 5th Session

Chair: Dionysis G. Drosos (University of Ioannina):

Fania Oz-Salzberger (University of Haifa):

From “Republic of Letters” to “Democracy of Letters”: The Ambivalent Transition of Europe’s Translation-Culture in the Late Eighteenth Century

Saniye Vatansever (Bilkent University):

Kant’s Two Conceptions of Enlightenment

Christos Grigoriou (University of Crete):

Schiller’s Letters on Aesthetic Education. Republicanism and Democracy

Eylem Yolsal-Murteza (Kırklareli University):

Democracy as the Dissolution of the Markers of Certainty and the Empty Place of Power

15:30-16:00 Coffee Break

16:00-18:00 6th Session

Chair: Sam Fleischacker (University of Illinois-Chicago):

Schmuel Feiner (Bar Ilan University):

Dreams and Nightmares: Moses Mendelssohn`s Battle for Religious Tolerance

 Roberto Rodriguez Milan (Hellenic Open University):

The Spanish Enlightenment and Democracy: From “Sinapia” to “La Pepa”

Örsan K. Öymen (Isik University):

Atatürk, Democracy and the Turkish Enlightenment

Thursday, May 26

11:00-18:00 Visit to the Hagia Sophia, Citadel, Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace & Archeological Museum.

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