Introduction of an “Early Bird”

As a short squib on the forthcoming workshop  I want to highlight the introduction of an ‘early bird’ registration process.

Those participants registering between now and 7 July can benefit from the small fee of AU$100 (fully waged) or $50 (concession) and dinner at $60 (fully waged) or $40 (concession). Those registering between 8 July and 7 August will be subject to a late payment fee on the registration at AU$150 (fully waged) or $75 (concession).

The hope is that people will take this opportunity to register in advance as take up for the workshop proceeds apace. The event will be truly interdisciplinary with papers and plenaries addressing at times both Polanyi and Hayek, or adopting a focus on one specific figure all related to issues as diverse as finance; the ‘embeddedness’ of neoliberalism; migration; the environment; the battle of ideas; the ‘self-regulating’ market; utopian visions; and the great transformations shaping the geographies and political economies of capitalist development.

The workshop therefore reaches across political economy, sociology, anthropology, international theory, political theory,geography, economic history and political science.

All welcome!


Welcome to the

Polanyi – Hayek Workshop:

Questioning the Utopian Springs of Market Economy


On this site you find all information on the workshop. This is the place to register and check out the program.

The workshop will be hosted by the Department of Political Economy at the University of Sydney with funding from various sources including the Department of Political Economy itself as well as from the Department of Sociology and Social Policy the School of Social and Political Sciences and the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences within the University of Sydney.

The workshop will be held 15-16 August 2014 in Sydney and both Professor Sandra Halperin (Royal Holloway University of London), author of War and Social Change in Modern Europe: The Great Transformation Revisited, and Professor Philip Mirowski (University of Notre Dame), author of Never Let a Serious Crisis Go to Waste: How Neoliberalism Survived the Social Meltdown, have been confirmed as initial keynote plenary speakers.


Conference registration for this event is merely A$100 (waged) and A$50 (unwaged) with travel and accommodation to be funded by the participants themselves. Further details on accommodation, registration, and abstract submission for paper proposals should be sent to: