ISINI 12th international conference 

    August 24 -27, 2016 

    Third call for papers

    The twelfth international conference of the International Society for the Intercommunication of New Ideas (ISINI) will take place at the University of Groningen, the Netherlands from 24 until 27 August 2016. You are cordially invited to submit full papers or summaries that are within the scope of ISINI. 
    The purpose of the Society is: to foster the discovery and dissemination of new ideas, in particular in economics and other social sciences, to test these ideas and to study the application to problems of the real world. The Society aspires to realize its purpose by creating and upholding an environment where economists meet, consult and cooperate with scholars from other disciplines. 
    The major instrument of ISINI has until now been its conference. So next to the usual economists, we hope to welcome scholars in Groningen who are working in other social sciences (including law, legal science, history and political science), who are cooperating with economists in common research projects or who are doing research in areas where both sides could benefit from an exchange of ideas. To strengthen the conference's function as a platform for contacts, consultation and cooperation between scholars from different disciplines, the twelfth ISINI conference will focus on a specific theme and approach. 

    The thematic focal point is Markets, Money and Democracy. By using this approach, we hope to stimulate research that focuses on a cluster of pressing actual social economic problems. The world economy and its constituent political entities see themselves confronted with a host of problems, of which climate change is perhaps the most extensively discussed. But if we want to preserve or build up a decent and well-functioning society, other areas deserve serious discussion as well. We invite scholars to contribute to an exchange of ideas on relevant subjects, such as:

    Democracy and the rule of law 
    The open society 
    Alternative monetary systems 
    Ethics and economics 
    The future of employment

    The second focal point is Transdisciplinarity. Ongoing specialization and fragmentation in research thwart scientific cooperation within economic science and even more so within economics and other disciplines. Transdisciplinarity refers to research that bridges the conventional dividing lines. We are looking forward to receiving research papers of this type. Contributions on how to structure and organize academic education in multi- or interdisciplinary studies or settings, are also welcome. Discussions on the challenges and bottlenecks, successes and failures in such domains as management science, environmental sciences, regional science, sciences of the state (Staatswissenschaften) may open new vistas. 
    Papers and proposals that meet one of the above mentioned criteria or even better two will get priority in the selection among submitted contributions. However, the selection committee will also accept high-quality papers that do not fully meet one of the two specific criteria. Participants will present their accepted papers and have them discussed in group sessions or possibly plenary sessions. Proposals for full sessions with presentation of 3 to 4 papers connected by a unifying theme are also welcome. Proposals for well prepared panel discussions are also of interest to us.

    Keynote lectureJan Luiten van Zanten  
    The keynote lecture will be given by one of the world's leading economic historians, 
    Professor Jan Luiten van Zanden, the lead author of the path-breaking OECD study How Was Life? Global Well-Being Since 1820 (2014) and a driving force behind international collaboration projects to collect worldwide long-term data on economic development on a harmonised basis.

    We can inform you that at present sessions are expected on the next subjects: rethinking economics, social rationality theory, heterodox economics, economics and culture, Enlightenment, history of economics and policy, climate change and development, consumer and consumption issues, health issues, transdisciplinarity in the environmental sciences: a place for economics, economics and ethics in the regulation of energy networks, social innovation and entrepreneurship, Islamic finance and energy issues in natural gas.

    About the program we can inform you that Registration and Reception will take place on Wednesday August 24th at the conference location Het Kasteel, Melkweg 1 Groningen from 17.00 till 19.00 PM.

    At Thursday August 25th the program starts at Het Kasteel at 10.00 o'clock with the Opening of the Conference and the Keynote Lecture by Prof. Jan Luiten van Zanden. The program is continued by several sessions till 17.00 PM. From 17.00 till 19.00 PM the General Assembly of ISINI will be held. 
    At Friday August 26th Sessions start at 10.00 AM and will continue till 17.00 PM. The conference concludes with the Conference Dinner at 18.00 PM.

    Submission deadline for papers 
    The deadline for submission has been extended to May 1, 2016, mail to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Please state: name, his/her affiliation, e-mail and postal address, title of the paper and a short abstract. Notification of acceptance will be sent no later than May 22, 2016.

    Submission deadline for proposals for a session 
    The deadline for submission has been extended to May 1, 2016, mail to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. The proposal should contain the following information: name of the session's organizer(s) and his/her/their affiliation, e-mail and postal address; title of the session, a short description of the theme, including a motivation and explanation how each of the papers bears on the theme; for each paper in the session: title, name of the author and a short abstract; confirmation of the presenting authors. 
    Notification of acceptance will be sent no later than May 22, 2016.

    The conference will take place in Groningen, the Netherlands. With a population of about 200,000, of which 50.000 are students, Groningen is by far the largest city in the North of the Netherlands and its main centre of music, other arts, education and business. The large number of students contributes to a diverse cultural scene and to a vibrant nightlife with crowded streets at midnight. In 2006 Groningen was elected the best inner city of the Netherlands. 
    From the early Middle Ages on Groningen developed from a Saxon village at the border of the Frisian coastal area to a centre for regional and international trade and a prominent member of the Hanseatic League. The University of Groningen was established in 1614. In 1672 the town had to endure a siege by the army of the prince-bishop of Mnster, Berend van Galen. Thanks to this man nicknamed Bomber Berend by Groningen's citizens, the participants of the ISINI conference of 2016 can take part in the annual celebration of Groningen relieved on Saturday, August 27. 
    Much like Maastricht, Groningen is at a far enough distance from Amsterdam to have developed an identity of its own. Yet a direct fast train that runs every hour takes you from Amsterdam Schiphol Airport to Groningen Central Station in 2 hours and 10 minutes.

    The venue of the conference in Groningen is Het Kasteel (The Castle), at Melkweg 1. Not really a castle but a former university laboratory revamped to serve as a conference centre. 
    Built around 1900 on the levelled town ramparts Het Kasteel is at a ten to fifteen minutes walk from the heart of the inner city and its hotels.

    The registration fee includes access to all sessions (not for accompanying persons), coffeebreaks, lunches, welcome reception and conference dinner. 
    In attach you find the registration form, we ask you to send the registration form to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

    Registration fee 
    Per participant the standard fee for early registration (before June 1, 2016) is 180 euro; for late registration (from June 1, 2016) the fee is 200 euro. 
    Per accompanying person the standard fee for early registration (before June 1, 2016) the fee is 90 euro; for late registration (from June 1, 2016), the fee is 100 euro.  

    After receiving your registration you will receive information on the payment of the fee. Please note that registration fee is non-refundable. 
    After the payment an invoice will be send by email. The registration is final after payment.

    Hotel reservation 
    We offer you two hotel possibilities in Groningen, The University Hotel and the Martini Hotel, both situated in the centre of Groningen. The Martini Hotel is fairly priced, it is a twenty minutes walk to the conference location and there is an bus connection from the Martini Hotel to the conference location. The University Hotel is more expensive but is in a ten minutes walking distance from the conference location. 
    Both hotels guaranteed the rooms for us till June 23 2016. You have to make your reservation yourself via: 
    1) Martini Hotel, Gedempte Zuiderdiep 8 - 9711 HG Groningen, you have to fill in the date and use the following reservation code Isini 

    2) University Hotel, Kleine Kromme Elleboog 7-B - 9712 BS Groningen, use the following reservation code 'GF2201 ISINI'. 
    Of course it is possible to book an hotel of your own choice if you want:
    In due time, more information will be available on: www.isini.Info. 

    Organizing Committee 
    Andries Nentjes 
    Johan van Ophem 
    Ymkje van?t Riet-Meijer 
    Hans Visser 
    Roel Zuidema

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