19th conference of the Charles Gide Society, University Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, 7-9 July 2022

19th conference of the Charles Gide Society
University Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne
7-9 July 2022


The 19th conference of the Charles Gide Society will take place at the University Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne from the 7th to the 9th of July 2022. This event, organized by PHARE (Philosophie, Histoire et Analyse de la Pensée Econonmique, University Paris 1), LED (Laboratoire d’Economie Dyonisien, University Paris 8) and CES (Centre d’Economie de la Sorbonne, University Paris 1) will address the topic “Happiness and Unhappiness of the Economic Agent”.

Emerging during the French and Scottish enlightenments, political economy was developed as a narrative of the origins, which presented history as taking us away from unhappiness and progressing towards a future of happiness. The stages theories of Smith or Turgot illustrate this perspective. During the same period, the philosophy of Rousseau presented an opposite view, fledging society being characterized by happiness from which civilization led us away. These considerations were part of an empiricist philosophy of knowledge inspired by Locke and Condillac, stressing that human beings were more sensible to pain than to pleasure. What has become of these ways of relating happiness and unhappiness, pleasure and pain, on the one hand, and the progress of wealth and civilization, on the other, during the process of economic development?

The complete call for papers is available here.


Special sessions will be co-organized with the journal Cahiers d’Économie Politique and will lead to the publication of a special issue titled: “Happiness and Unhappiness of the Economic Agent: the Perception of Economics in Literary Narratives”. For these sessions we invite communications on the topic of the conference through a dialogue between economics and literature. The call for papers for those sessions can be found on the website of the conference under the rubric “Economics and Literature”.

You will find the call for papers for these sessions here.


Silvia Federici (Hofstra University, New York)

Professor Joseph Vogl (Humboldt University Berlin)


  • 11/01/2021 – Opening of the abstract submission period
  • 01/17/2022 – End of the abstract submission period
  • 02/21/2022 – Send answers to candidates for the conference
  • 06/01/2022 – Deadline for low fees registration for permanent researchers
  • 06/06/2022 – Deadline for uploading papers
  • 07/07/2022 – Begining of the Conference


  • Permanent researchers – 90 euros before the deadline, 120 euros after
  • PhD and post-doc students – 30 euros (including gala dinner)
  • Gala dinner – 40 euros


Charles Gide Association was founded in 1983 and aims to promote research and training activities in the History of Economic Thought, Comparative Economic Theory, Economic Methodology, Epistemology and Philosophy.