This semester is shaping up to be the most conference-intensive Ive had. In January I had a double conference in La Jolla (a Liberty Fund on contemporary classical liberal thought, followed by a workshop on John Tomasis forthcoming book Free Market Fairness) and an IHS conference in Fredericksburg. Then this past weekend was my departments annual conference (schedule here). As for whats coming up:
1. Austrian Scholars Conference, Mises Institute, Auburn AL, March 10-12. Our Molinari Symposium on Spontaneous Order, originally scheduled for the Eastern APA in Boston last December, has been resurrected at the ASC thanks to the Mises Institutes gracious rescue (despite the panels being, as Charles notes, rather different fare from that normally offered at the ASC).
Also at the ASC, Molinari Institute Research Associate (and Alford Prize winner) Gil Guillory will be presenting a paper on The Structure of Production of Free Market Adjudication earlier on Friday, and Ill be chairing a panel on Socialism, Racism, and Method on Saturday; for details, see the schedule.
2. Prague Conference on Political Economy, CEVRO Institute, Prague, Czech Republic, March 25-27. Ive organised a panel on free-market anarchism with Ed Stringham; see the schedule here and abstracts here. Thisll be my third trip to Prague (making the Czech Republic the first European country Ill have visited more than twice).
3. Future of Free Cities Conference, Roatán, April 3-5. Roatán is an island off the coast of Honduras, though the conference is sponsored by Guatemalas Francisco Marroquín University. Thisll be a new southernmost point for me. Im not making a presentation, just participating in general discussion. Talk of seasteading is to be expected.
4. Mises Circle: Strategies for Changing Minds Toward Liberty, Chicago IL, April 9. Ill be speaking on what I used to call outreach to the left. Heres more info.
5. Association of Private Enterprise Education (APEE) conference, Nassau, Bahamas, April 10-12. Ill be chairing a sequel to last years Free-Market Anti-Capitalism panel; this time around weve got Steven Horwitz on Banks as the Anti-Capitalism at the Heart of Capitalism, Sheldon Richman on The Gilded Age: No Golden Era, Darian Worden on Capitalism, Free Enterprise, and Progress: Partners or Adversaries?, and Charles Johnson on Markets Without Commercialism; Commerce Without Capitalism.
Unfortunately, our session conflicts with a session on Anarchism featuring, inter alia, Dan DAmico and Bruce Benson argh! Maybe next time we do a FMAC panel we should stick Anarchism in the title to make the organisers less likely to schedule such conflicts.
6. Pacific APA, San Diego CA, April 20-23. Ill be a commentator on a panel on Exploitation and the State on the afternoon of the 20th, and then our other snowed-out Molinari Symposium, the Author-Meets-Critics session on Gary Chartiers Economic Justice and Natural Law, is being resurrected on the evening of the 23rd; schedule details here.
When we had to cancel in Boston, Charles suggested inquiring whether the Pacific APA might accept us as refugees. I thought the odds were low, as the Pacifics schedule was already posted. And the national APA office confirmed my pessimism, telling me there was no way. But then the Pacific graciously said yes! (Charles also suggested asking the Mises Institute about having the other symposium at the ASC. So thank you Pacific APA, thank you Mises Institute, and thank you Charles.)
Our session was added too late to be listed on the APAs online program, but Im told it will be in the printed program. (Yes, I thought itd be the other way around too.) Unfortunately, the exploitation session conflicts with a session critiquing the work of my friend Elizabeth Brake (so I wont be able to play the role of Brake claque), and the Chartier session conflicts with the Ayn Rand Society (that fact plus the late hour means turnout may be low); but on the plus side, Gary Chartier, who would have had to miss the Boston meeting because hes boycotting air travel, will be able to attend the San Diego meeting (as its within driving distance). In any case, April in San Diego is a lot nicer than December in Boston!
Ive got other stuff scheduled for beyond this semester but thats surely enough for now.