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Austrian Scholars Conference 2008

March 13-15 2008

Auburn, Alabama

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. The director of the conference is Joseph Salerno of Pace University.

Over the course of three full days, 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 first session begins at 10:30 a.m. Central Time on Thursday, March 13 and the last session ends at 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 15, followed by a reception. 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 become 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
Larry Sechrest, Sul Ross University


Rothbard Memorial Lecture
Stephan Kinsella, Houston, Texas


Hayek Memorial Lecture
Lorenzo Infantino, LUISS, Roma



Hazlitt Memorial Lecture
Martin Fridson, Bond trader and author


Lou Church Memorial Lecture
Laurence Vance, Wayland Institute


Lost Literature of the Austrian School. Both Mises and Rothbard believed that scientific progress does not always take place in a linear fashion. All sciences are afflicted by diversions and lost knowledge along the way, some of which is only recovered many years later. Recent efforts to reprint the classics are yielding fascinating results within the Austrian tradition. Panels and papers can deal with some of these works and insights.

The Continental Tradition of Thought. The biography of Mises by Jörg Guido Hülsmann is a treasure trove of new information on European economics before World War II. Panels and papers are invited that explore this new knowledge and its implications for the history of thought and current Austrian theory.

Intellectual Property. Technology is making the old categories of IP protection obsolete, while the law lags behind the times. The empirical reality is compelling Austrians to reexamine the very legitimacy of IP. The ASC invites papers and panels on patents, copyrights, trademarks, real and artificial scarcity, monopolistic behavior, and the future of enterprise in a world without IP.

Global Warming and the environment. The global warming debate has gained popular attention but it also raises issues of economic theory: public goods and market failures; the impact of state funding on science; the trustworthiness of peer review; the ability of the market to adapt; the costs and benefits of industry and whether and to what extent those are reflected in the market price; and the viability of state planning to alter the course of natural and economic evolution.

Submissions include the following categories:

1. Individual papers. Submit an abstract of 250 words and include title of paper and institutional affiliation of the author(s).  For papers on economics, also include JEL codes and keywords.  You should also indicate whether you are willing to serve as a chair or discussant on another session.

2. Paper sessions. You are welcome to organize a full session. Session organizers should submit the theme or title of the session along with the names and institutional affiliations of the participants, including the chair and discussants, if any. Abstracts of papers in the proposed session, containing information indicated above, should also be submitted by the organizer or by the individual presenters.

3. Organized symposia. Organized symposia include panelists speaking on a common theme or issue, but without formal papers. To propose an organized symposium please submit a description of the theme or title of the session along with the names and institutional affiliations of the participants, including the chair. 

To suggest papers and sessions, write Joseph Salerno at jsale@earthlink.netor his assistant at tucker@mises.org. Submissions will be accepted until all the time slots are taken.


Hotel rooms at the Auburn University Hotel are $102 (before February 10, 2008) plus tax, single or double. Phone 1-800-228-2876 or 334-821-8200. Be sure to mention Austrian Scholars Conference of 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.  Please note:  On Wednesday, March 12, AU Hotel will be closed for renovation, but if you make your March 13-15 reservations with AU Hotel they will also reserve a room for you on Wednesday night at the same rate at Hilton Garden Inn (not within walking distance of the Mises Institute).  The Mises Institute will provide complimentary shuttle from the front of Hilton Garden Inn at 9:00 a.m. on Thursday, March 13 to transfer to your room at AU Hotel.  Another complimentary shuttle will leave from the front of AU Hotel at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, March 13 going to the Mises Institute.
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 pat@mises.org with questions or to request the paper of a presenter after the conference.


SalernoThe 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. The conference continues with panels. Friday and Saturday are devoted to paper presentations in concurrent sessions, as in the past.

In addition to nearly 100 presentations, the conference also includes receptions, all to be held on the beautiful campus of the Mises Institute, which features a library of 30,000 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.

Write me with your submissions.

Joseph Salerno
Pace University


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