ANN: Conference in celebration of the Sir W Arthur Lewis centennial


A post by Peter Jordens.

January 23, 2015 marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of Sir W Arthur Lewis (1915 – 1991), St Lucian development economist, Nobel Laureate (Economics, 1979), a former Vice Chancellor of the University of the West Indies (UWI) and first President of the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB).

In celebration of the W Arthur Lewis centennial, the 16th Annual Conference of the Sir Arthur Lewis Institute of Social and Economic Studies (SALISES) will take place from January 14 to 16, 2015 in St Lucia under the theme ‘Towards Caribbean Prosperity and Happiness in an Equitable and Sustainable World.’ SALISES will be the hosting the conference together with the CDB and The UWI Chancellery in association with the UWI Open Campus in St Lucia.

The subthemes of the conference seek to capture the main topics covered in Lewis’s work, the concerns raised by his critics, and the contemporary issues to which scholars believe his work can be applied. The conference will explore subjects of global significance as well as those of particular interest to the Caribbean. In celebrating Lewis’s work and envisioning new Caribbean futures, the multifaceted risks confronting the world require that this centennial conference be forward-looking. What new ideas, strategies, theories, policies and technologies are needed to build upon Lewis’ legacy and bring the Caribbean region and the developing countries as a whole into an era of enhanced prosperity and happiness? What are the new questions to be asked arising out of a study of the global political economy, and popular cultures that might support such a vision? What steps are urgently needed to redress questions of inequality on a global scale? Through what philosophical, political and cultural lens should the issues of transformation be addressed? In keeping with Lewis’s scholarship, well exemplified in his Theory of Economic Growth (1955), the conference will be interdisciplinary and aims to continue the dialogue in which he was engaged. We welcome panels and papers from all fields associated with the Social Sciences, Agriculture, Education and the Humanities, Engineering, Law, the Life, Medical and Physical Science, as well as the full range of interdisciplinary studies.

Full Call for Papers:

Deadline for submission of abstracts and panel proposals: July 31, 2014

Conference website:


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