Ideas in History: CFP for special theme issue on history of economic ideas
Since the 1980s, the economic landscape of the world has changed dramatically: globalisation, finanzialisation and deindustrialisation, rapid growth of global and national economic inequality, and repeated financial crises. Although the world has changed, intellectual historians have yet to seize the opportunity of offering historical in-depth understandings of the changes of global capitalism, then and now. This, we argue, should indeed be possible, and this special issue of Ideas in History calls for an "economic turn" of the discipline of intellectual history.
We are interested in work that investigates the moral and cultural histories of economic rationalities and practice; work that traces the ways in which modern economic rationality became natural, and the ways in which it had to struggle (or collaborate) with religious and scientific authorities in order to gain legitimacy. Studies might concern various economic topics and practices, such as finance, poverty, markets, the state, regulation debates, statistics, money, insurance, etc., but it should investigate these from a perspective and/or methodology that can clearly be identified as affiliated with the discipline of intellectual history. Indeed, economic practices and rationalities offer great opportunities for being studied as representation, discourse, rhetoric, ideology, signs, symbols, etc., instead of merely being cold-hearted facts, graphs, figures, laws or objective truths that are not mediated through culture.
Periodically, we are interested in the early modern period (with the rise of e.g. double-entry bookkeeping and of merchant capitalism in e.g. Venice), in the modern enlightenment period, and in the contemporary world. We are particularly interested in studies that investigate the moral and political controversies surrounding economic practices, and the role that religion and science, especially natural science, have played in these. Readings of work that deal with greater cultural and intellectual changes in the context of economic practices will be preferred over "great text" readings. Reflections on whether the language of economics and economic values has today become a "master discourse," stronger than both truth (science) and faith (religion) are highly welcome, as well as reflections on whether economic discourses are still haunted/supported by religious and/or scientific beliefs.
Articles should be sent to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Deadline for article submission is October 1st 2012.
Ideas in History, Journal of the Nordic Society for the History of Ideas, is a bi-annual journal for intellectual history writ-large: the history of political ideas, history of science, history of art, literature and aesthetics, history of philosophy, methods in intellectual history and 'intellectual culture' – i.e., political, scientific, aesthetic and cultural-critical ideas in social and political context.
Ideas in History seeks to maintain a dialogue between past and present: what genealogies of intellectual culture provide contexts for current intellectual debates, what is the meaning of engagement with the past via intellectual-historical methods and what philosophical, political-historical, cultural and theoretical problems do scholars working in fields related to intellectual history need to be aware of?
Ideas in History is a double-blind peer-reviewed journal. The journal is currently published on Museum Tusculanum press. Ideas in History welcomes submissions from scholars working in the Scandinavian countries, as well as internationally. Ideas in History is published in English.
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