[OPE-L:2942] Value Conference call for papers

FREEMAN ALA (A.Freeman@greenwich.ac.uk)
Mon, 2 Sep 1996 05:09:16 -0700 (PDT)

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Alan Freeman
65 Siebert Road
London SE3 7EJ
Tel: (44) 181 858 6865

Andrew Kliman
60 W. 76th St. #4E
New York NY 10023
Tel: (1) 212 580 0206

3-6 1997, at the EEA Annual Conference

Dear friend or colleague

We invite you to participate in the fourth "New
Directions in Value/Price Theory" mini-conference at the
Eastern Economic Association conference to be held on
April 3-6 at The Crystal City Hyatt Regency, Washington,
D.C. (USA). The last three conferences provided a
widespread, gratifying and international response to our
appeal, which read:

"Several researchers throughout the world have been
developing alternatives to the dominant static
equilibrium formalization of value and price
relations. The alternatives typically emphasize
dynamics and the conservation of value in exchange,
reappraising such topics as 'the transformation
problem' and the falling rate of profit along these
lines. Explorations have yielded some broadly similar
and, we believe, significant results - often arrived
at independently.

"Given the results thus far achieved, we believe it is
now desirable and feasible to (1) gain exposure for,
and dialogue regarding, the alternative approaches
among a much wider audience; and (2) work out
unresolved issues and advance our research through
more intensive debate and collaboration.

"At the EEA sessions, we welcome the presentation and
discussion both of research aiming to further this
reconstitution of "quantitative" value/price theory,
and of research that can complement and ground that
effort by exploring related philosophical,
methodological or empirical issues."

The success of subsequent conferences led participants to
seek to deepen discussion by identifying specific topics
of interest for named panels, by requiring participants
to engage the views of other participants, and by
precirculating abstracts and papers as far in advance as
possible. It was agreed that this year we should try and
repeat these successful innovations. To this end the
following seven panels were proposed at the last

1) The 'New Solution' and New Approaches to Value Theory
2) New Approaches to the Theory of Money
3) Quantifying Values using Published Data
4) Logical, Temporal and Structural Determination in Marx
5) The Falling Rate of Profit, Technical Change, and
Fixed Capital
6) Political Economy of Development and Underdevelopment
7) Labour Values and Communist Society

Contributions are specifically requested for these
sessions; the organisers will consider holding open
sessions for papers on further topics related to the
general aims of the conference if, from the submissions
received, there is an evident demand.

To encourage debate around identified themes,

1)Panel 1 will consist of a representative selection of
papers including a paper from Duncan Foley responding to
the discussion.

2)Panels 2 through 4 are to be opened by invited speakers.

The following have kindly agreed to submit early drafts
of papers for circulation to participants:

Session Title: "New Approaches to the Theory of Money"

Lead Presenter: Suzanne de Brunhoff
Title of lead paper: "Marx on Money: Current

Session Title: "Logical, Temporal and Structural
Determination in Marx"

Lead Presenter: Enrique Dussel
Title of lead paper: "Temporality and Capital in
Hegel, Schelling and Marx"

Session Title: "Quantifying Values using Published Data"

Lead Presenter: Alan Freeman
Title of lead paper: "The value of money and the
quantification of value"

Contributors are encouraged to respond to the issues
raised in the abstracts for these papers which are
available on request. Contributors should identify the
panel in which they prefer to present.


In order to facilitate discussion we aim also to ensure
the widest possible precirculation of conference papers
to participants. To this end we propose the following

Deadline for lead papers:
December 1st

Deadline for abstracts to be considered for presentation:
December 1st

Deadline for all completed papers:
February 15th

Thus we aim by early December to inform all contributors
which session they are in. We also aim by this time to
provide them with the text of the lead paper (where
appropriate) and abstracts of other papers in this and
related sessions in sufficient time for them to respond
to, and engage, the issues being addressed by other

Criteria and Instructions for Submissions

For sessions in which the lead presenter is identified, a
successful abstract for a response paper will engage the
views and contributions indicated by the lead speakers in
their abstracts and list of indicative references, which
are available on request from the organisers and will be
posted for E-Mail access. In addition to the quality of
the proposal, criteria for the selection of papers for
these sessions include the degree to which they engage
the key themes of the panel, as articulated by the lead

For all currently planned sessions, priority will be
given to papers which develop or engage existing debates,
since a major part of our aim is a deeper discussion of
issues already aired in previous conferences or in
published papers.

Papers addressing new topics should indicate how these
relate to the general aims of the conference.

Abstracts of approximately 300 words should be sent or E-
Mailed to either of the conference organisers at the
addresses indicated below, and received not later than 1
November. It is extremely important that abstracts
indicate the sessions for which the submission is
intended, or alternatively, clearly indicate that it is
not intended for any existing session.

Conference attendance, travel arrangements and visa

A submission must be considered a commitment to attend
since a major function of the conference is discussion
between participants and audience involvement. If your
paper is accepted and you do not attend, the result will
be to exclude someone else from a session who could
otherwise have taken part.

>From past experience we know there are a number of
potential problems confronting non-US participants. We
registered a strong protest at the last conference when a
participant was excluded by US immigration authorities
and undertake to intervene as forcefully as possible in
support of any exclusion which we regard as a fundamental
violation of academic freedom. We will also supply
necessary or requested documentation, formal invitations,
and so on, on request. To ensure this is effective, if
you anticipate any visa problems please apply in
sufficient time for us and the EEA to be able to act on
your behalf if it proves necessary.

We also advise non-US participants to reserve flights a
minimum of two months before departure as the cheaper
flights are booked up some time in advance.

Yours cordially

Alan Freeman
Andrew Kliman

Conference co-organizers