Call for Papers

Call for Papers


Fourth Biennial Conference


August 6 – 8, 1998

When was the last time you heard a conference presentation or read a journal article that struck you as bold and imaginative? Alternative Perspectives on Finance seeks to revitalize finance with different modes of investigation — behavioural, social, critical, legal, historical and philosophical. We hope to broaden the dialogue in finance and make it more relevant by encouraging research that is interdisciplinary or that challenges prevailing beliefs. Past conferences have featured papers using feminist inquiry, sociology, ethics, post-Keynesian economics and traditional methods applied to unusual databases and situations. Imagine titles like: “Extraterrestrial Finance,” “Criminogenic Markets” or “Can We Reconcile Finance with Nature?” Or subjects as diverse as pawn shops and Slovenia’s conversion to a market economy.

The conference allows substantial time in the sessions to debate the

issues raised by the papers. A distinguishing feature is that the discussants present the papers with their comments rather than those of the authors. The role of the discussants is more important than usual, since the author’s only task is to make a brief reply and participate in the discussion. All registered participants receive a copy of the Proceedings in advance in order to promote audience participation.

If you are interested in contributing, send two copies of your paper to Skip McGoun at the address below. A separate title page should show all author identification including E-mail addresses. The first page should repeat the title and include an abstract of 100 – 200 words. The submission deadline is March 1, 1998. If you wish to be a discussant or chairperson without submitting a paper, write by April 6, 1998. We invite you to discuss your work with us earlier, and we will read and comment on preliminary drafts. Finland is the “world’s most wired country” according to the New York Times. Accordingly, we particularly welcome alternative views of the effect of technology, computers and telecommunications on finance.

APF encourages informal contacts and discussions. Our past conferences have been known for their innovative and entertaining social activities. Come join us in 1998 in Turku, Finland, Land of the Midnight Sun.


Program Co-organizers:

Elton (Skip) McGoun

Department of Management

Bucknell University

Lewisburg, PA 17937 USA

(717) 524-3732

Chris Robinson

Schulich School of Business

York University

North York, Ont. M3J 1P3 CANADA

(416) 736-2100 ext. 77942