Call for Papers
Theme: The Ethics of Business, Trade, and Global Governance
Type: Interdisciplinary Conference
Institution: Center for Ethics in Society, Saint Anselm College
Department of Finance, University of Vienna
Centre for Responsible Banking and Finance, University of St.
Location: Wentworth-by-the-Sea, NH (USA) / Online
The Saint Anselm College Center for Ethics in Society, in cooperation
with the Department of Finance at the University of Vienna and the
University of St. Andrews Centre for Responsible Banking and Finance,
announces a call for proposals for a conference on the economics,
ethics, and governance of global commerce.
The Covid-19 pandemic has changed the global economy. Because this
has been a time of disruption and shifting economic power, it is an
opportunity to reassess ethical and governance questions and debates
about international trade and capital flows that will be essential to
address in the post-COVID-19 recovery period. The goal of this
interdisciplinary conference is to bring together ethicists,
economists, political scientists, international relations scholars,
policy experts, and business leaders to examine not only the
political and economic impact of globalization but also how
international trade and investment can be conducted more ethically as
we move towards a “new normal” in a post-pandemic global context.
Suggested topics or questions that a proposal could address include:
* International Commerce
- Economic and trade rebalancing - The rise of China and other
emerging countries are shifting economic activity. How will this
affect trade and commerce?
- Acceleration of new technologies – New and disruptive technologies
are advancing faster than the ability to manage and harness them.
Digital platforms and automation are affecting production, trade,
and workstyles: do they necessitate new business models/frameworks?
- Uncertainty - Political and market instability create economic
hardship, nationalism, and extremism, increasing risk and
uncertainty. What are the effects on international trade and
- Demographic Shifts – Emerging and developing economies have younger
populations than developed economies. How will these demographic
shifts change trade?
- Do the benefits of portfolio liberalization, in terms of financial
deepening, counteract its systemic risks?
- What are the “externalities” of trade or foreign direct investment
for democracy, human rights, civil peace, and state autonomy?
- How does the global low interest rate environment affect the
viability of exchange rate management?
- How will big-data affect decision making about trade policy?
- How has the COVID-19 pandemic affected trade and global supply
- Are nations right to prioritize their own interests in the global
economy, whether in trade or vaccine distribution?
- Is globalization beneficial or detrimental to political
- What are the rights and responsibilities of economic actors
engaging in the global economy?
- Does free trade demand the free movement of peoples?
- Do participants in international trade have a responsibility to
ensure a more equitable distribution of benefits?
- Should there be a shared responsibility to ensure that trading
practices enable sustainable development and the recognition of
- What responsibilities do multinational firms have to the
communities where they do business?
- Is offshoring morally problematic? Is offshoring necessarily part
of a free trade system?
- Should nations ensure that they produce essential goods within
their own borders?
* Global Governance
- What are the social and political challenges to governing
international trade and the movement of global capital?
- What are the respective roles of corporations and governments in
determining trade policy?
- Are there advantages to bilateral as opposed to multilateral trade
- Sustainability and Environmental Degradation – Rising demand is
straining supplies of energy, food, water, and other resources.
Unrestricted trade and commerce threaten the land, air, and water,
and promote global warming. What national or global mechanisms
should be in place to prevent further environmental degradation?
- Who has the authority to make and enforce the rules and laws
involved in the global economy?
- How does international trade affect collective bargaining rights
- What is the relationship between economic development and
- What are the advantages and disadvantages of international
organizations in regulating international economic relations?
- Is the WHO’s Covax program an effective vehicle for shared global
responsibility in vaccination distribution?
Details for Preparing Proposals:
Most of the conference will take place in person, but some individual
papers may be presented via video conference. We will accept
proposals for individual presentations, entire panels (3-5
presentations per panel), or academic posters.
- Individual proposals should be submitted in an abstract of no more
than 350 words and must indicate whether it will be presented in
person or online. Individual presentations at the conference will be
about 20 minutes.
- Panel proposals should include a proposed title and brief
explanation (50-100 words) of the panel along with abstracts for
- Poster session proposals should include a proposed title, a
research question under investigation, and a bibliography of at
least three sources engaged. Posters may only be presented in person
during the conference’s poster session.
All proposals or questions may be submitted via email to Kyle Hubbard:
Proposals for individual presentations, panels, and roundtable
discussions are due August 31, 2021. All presenters will be required
to submit completed papers or posters by November 19, 2021 (two weeks
prior to the conference date). Posters should be attached as
a .jpg, .png, or .pdf file.
The conference is hosted by the Saint Anselm College Center for
Ethics in Society and supported by our partners at the University of
Vienna and the St. Andrews Centre for Responsible Banking & Finance.
For more information on the conference, please see the Saint Anselm
College Center for Ethics in Society website:
The regular and student fees include three meals.
- $250-regular/in person
- $75-student/in person
- $50-plenary address & luncheon
Prof. Kyle Hubbard
Center for Ethics in Society
Saint Anselm College
100 Saint Anselm Drive
Manchester, NH 03102