"Why does mainstream economics appear so autistic to so many? A mere misunderstanding?"; AID-lecture

AID is the new forum for interdisciplinary conversation coordinated, by the Centre of Excellence in the Philosophy of the Social Sciences, University of Helsinki, Finland.


Pursuing a conversational culture that is both leisurely and rigorous, AID explores disciplinary identities and interdisciplinary relations by focusing on specific topics, viewed from different disciplinary perspectives. You will learn general lessons about interdisciplinarity even though you might not be desperately interested in the topic of
the day.

For future sessions, topics that are being considered include social theory and social ontology, climate change, religion and science, realism, the role of biology in the social sciences, and more. If you have suggestions, please send to <uskali.maki at helsinki.fi>.

Here is the programme for the Autumn 2012 term:


Monday 15 October, 14-16 (place TBA soon)
“Debt and its images: Through the lenses of economics and political science” discussed by Tuomas Malinen and Ville-Pekka Sorsa (University of Helsinki)

Monday 12 November, 14-16
"Why does mainstream economics appear so autistic to so many? A mere
misunderstanding?" discussed by Heikki Patomäki (Political science, U of Helsinki) and Hannu Vartiainen (Economics, U of Helsinki)

Monday 10 December, 14-16
“Shared histories as an example of the black hole between disciplines, or how to approach people’s experience of history” discussed by Pentti Anttonen (Folkloristics, University of Helsinki) and Jorma Kalela (History, University of Turku)


The speakers of the first session have listed some BACKGROUND READINGS
for those who might want to prepare themselves in this way:

- Graeber, David. 2011. Debt: The First 5000 Years. Melville House.
- Lancaster University Cultural Political Economy Research Centre,
papers for the workshop "On debt":
- de Goede, Marieke. 2004. Repoliticizing financial risk. Economy and
Society, 33(2), 197-217.
- Joe Deville: Debt collection devices: tracing domestic technologies
of affect. http://www.re-public.gr/en/?p=1462.

- Gurley, John and Shaw, E.S. (1955). Financial aspects of economic
development. The American Economic Review, 45(4): 515-538.
-Calderon, Cesar and Liu, Lin (2003). The direction of causality
between financial development and economic growth. Journal of
Development Economics, 72(1): 321-334.
- Sargent, Thomas (2012). Nobel lecture: Unites States then, Europe
now. Journal of Political Economy, 120(1): 1-40.
- Schularik, Moritz and Taylor, Alan M. (2012). Credit booms gone
bust: monetary policy, leverage cycles and financial crises,
1870-2008. American Economic Review, 102(2): 1029-61.


For further information, contact Pekka Mäkelä, pekka.a.makela at helsinki.fi.