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Feb 17, 2011 5:47 pm



October 29 – November 1, 2011
Sise Inn, Portsmouth, NH.

The Fund for the Study of Spontaneous Orders at the Atlas Economic Research
Foundation is seeking papers exploring the theme

“Coping With Tensions”

at its


October 29 – November 1, 2011
Sise Inn, Portsmouth, NH.

We are particularly seeking original work in two areas, (although we will consider any papers on emergent order and society. For example, papers discussing the impacts of new technologies such as computers and the web on emergent social processes):

1. Exploring the relations between emergent orders and the instrumental organizations within them with particular reference to where the interests of the order as a system adapting impersonally is at odds with the interests of organizations pursuing their ends within them. For example, the role of political parties within democracy that seek to make their environment predictable and perhaps controllable.

2. Exploring organizations that straddle the borders of different emergent orders, such as the market and democracy, democracy and the environment, the market and science, and so on. Different emergent processes are coordinated by different rules biased
towards different values. Is it possible for organizations to act in ways in harmony with the principles underlying all the emergent orders within which they exist, and if not, what are the consequences? For example, a forestry corporation must make a profit in the market and maintain a viable forest ecosystem if it is to operate sustainably. Yet the time horizon for market decisions is quite different from the time horizon for natural sustainability. Is this a problem and if so, what can be done about it?

Acceptable papers may be either case studies or more general theoretical explorations.

Conference participants are required to submit their papers for possible publication to Studies in Emergent Order (

To be guaranteed consideration, proposals must be in by May 15. Ideally the proposal should describe the anticipated argument and how it relates to at least one of the conference themes. Proposals should be no more than two pages double-spaced, not including an optional bibliography of works the author anticipates discussing. Submit your proposal or inquiries to

Conference Director

The Fund will select a maximum of 12 papers for inclusion in its conference, and will
notify authors by May 30, 2011. Final papers must be submitted to the Fund by
September 1, 2011.

The Fund will reimburse authors of accepted papers for their conference expenses (round trip coach class airfare or tolls and mileage for drivers, and lodging and group meals), to be held in at the historic Sise Inn in Portsmouth New Hampshire. Authors will also receive $1,500 for accepted papers and full participation in the conference events. In return, the Fund will have the right to first publish any accepted papers in Studies in Emergent Order.

For the Fund for the Study of Spontaneous Orders

Gus diZerega

William C. Dennis

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