15th World Congress

In June 2015, the Association for Social Economics held the 15th World Congress of Social Economics at Brock University in St. Catharines, Ontario, near Niagara Falls. Like the last World Congress in Glasgow in 2012, this one was preceded by a Summer School in which over 20 graduate students and early-career faculty attended classes in social economics over two days taught by longtime ASE members.

The World Congress began with a dinner and a talk from Kari Polanyi Levitt, Professor Emerita at McGill University, author of many books including From the Great Transformation to the Great Financialization, and daughter of Karl Polanyi. At the end of the first full day of the Congress, the group toured Niagara Falls before dining at Peller Estates Winery, where they listened to a talk from Lord Robert Skidelsky, Professor Emeritus at the University of Warwick, author of many books including How Much Is Enough? Money and the Good Life (with his son Edward Skidelsky), and biographer of John Maynard Keynes. Throughout the two days of the conference, attendants heard insightful and challenging talks from scholars long affiliated with the ASE as well as those new to the group (including many of the Summer School students).