The History of Recent Economics Conference (HISRECO) was launched in 2007 by an organizing committee comprised of Roger Backhouse (University of Birmingham), Philippe Fontaine (Ecole normale supérieure de Cachan) and Tiago Mata (Technical University of Lisbon) – Yann Giraud (University of Cergy-Pontoise) joined the committee in 2010. At the time, although it was already well known that the postwar period had witnessed some crucial changes that helped to establish economics as one of the dominant discourses in contemporary society, the organizers believed that too little work was still being done on this topic. The increasing availability of archival materials, along with the development of new methods inherited from the larger history and sociology of knowledge, have helped produce insightful contextual histories of the development of recent economic ideas. What was still missing, however, was a meeting which would bring together researchers from various disciplines. From 2007 to 2012, HISRECO was organized as a two-day conference with selected submitted contributions and after 2012 it was carried on as a one-day workshop. Past locations included ENS Cachan (2007, 2010), Lisbon (2008), Antwerp (2009), Duke University (2011), Porto (2012), Cergy (2013, 2015) and Siena (2014) (see programs at http://hisreco.org).
To renew interest in the history of postwar economics, HISRECO endorses two explicit approaches:
- On the one hand, we aim at reinforcing cross-disciplinary perspectives by inviting researchers from various discipliness whose common ground is an interest in studying economics and its cultural influence from a historical perspective.
- On the other hand, our selection process gives increasing importance to proposals submitted by younger scholars (doctoral and postdoctoral students) with different backgrounds.
Following the departures of Tiago Mata in 2012 and of Philippe Fontaine and Roger Backhouse in 2015, Pedro Duarte (University of São Paulo) and Yann Giraud are the new co-organizers of HISRECO, the next conference will be held in Saõ Paulo, Brazil, in March 2016.