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International Conference ‎

History of Economics Society and University of Palermo, Sicily (Italy)‎

‎6-7 July 2017‎


Adam Smith is one of those authors who have left a significant mark on the history of ideas. His ‎influence has not only contributed to shaping the culture but also the institutions and the policy of ‎modern society, and this can be seen in the international spread of his thought, which rapidly ‎reached every corner of the world. ‎

Yet, the reception of Smithian ideas was not a unique or uniform process, equal to every country, ‎because different regional contexts conditioned them. Smith's works entered through institutional, ‎cultural, linguistic, religious, and political filters, which were not neutral and 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. ‎

Bearing this in mind, 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 other relevant matters on the topic.‎

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 to the 20th centuries;‎
  • ‎The reception of Smithian thought in different religious frameworks: Catholic, ‎Protestant, ‎Orthodox, Muslim and Jewish;‎
  • ‎Smithian liberalism as an intellectual source of the liberal revolutionary phase that ‎changed ‎the political and economic face of Europe and the Mediterranean in the ‎‎19th century; ‎
  • ‎The works of Adam Smith: language, style, translations.‎

Official language: English

The Scientific Committee:‎

  • Christopher Berry (University of Glasgow)‎
  • Giovanni Iamartino (University of Milan)‎
  • 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

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.‎
Please submit the abstract by e-mail to [email protected] and [email protected]. ‎

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

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