Conferences are an important and accessible forum for academic debate (smaller workshop are at times more focused and productive). If you want to present, get the call for papers for the conference of interest. Typically, you will first submit an abstract (half a page summary of your paper). The deadline for this is usually around half a year before the conference. Some conferences also give a deadline for the submission of the paper, however often this is not mandatory. If you are seriously interested in economics (and contemplate a career in academia) do attend a few conferences.

  • Research Network Macroeconomics and Macroeconomic Policies (FMM)
    An annual conference in Berlin, with strong post-Keynesian showing and an interest in economic policy.
  • European Association of Evolutionary Political Economy (EAEPE)
    The largest heterodox conference in Europe. The topics are much broader than the name of the association might suggest: Evolutionary Econ, Post Keynesian Econ, Institutionalism, Regulation Theory, Feminist Econ etc. With an audience from all over Europe, it is a big conference (typically some 6-8 parallel sessions), often with not much of a focus nor a tight program, but a great opportunity to get an idea what is out there.
  • Hetecon
    The conference is smaller that EAEPE's (that can be a plus or minus - it's usually easier to meet people) and takes place in the UK, usually in London every other year.
  • Historical Materialism
    A pretty big Marxist conference. It's not an economics conference and also has political ambitions that are sometimes refreshing, but are not always conducive to academic standards.
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