Sir Arthur Lewis Memorial Symposium: “Celebrating the Life and Work of Sir Arthur Lewis”


Here is a Call for Papers for the Sir Arthur Lewis Memorial Symposium, hosted by the Sir Arthur Lewis Institute of Social and Economic Studies (SALISES) at the The University of the West Indies in St. Augustine, Trinidad and Tobago, on Thursday, January 23, 2020. This one-day symposium, focusing on the life and work of Sir Arthur Lewis (St. Lucia), is being held in the 50th anniversary year of the creation of the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) on 26th January, 1970 of which Lewis was its first President.

Description: Many persons have only viewed Lewis as an economist, largely because he won the Nobel Prize for Economics in 1979. However, he never confined his academic, public, and professional work only to the discipline of Economics and indeed pursued vast cross-disciplinary activity inclusive of the disciplines of political science and political economy.

Lewis argued that his 13 visits to Africa, up to that time, had always been emotional for him. His familiarity with the leaders of many of these new states allowed him a level of connection that was more than the average academic would have enjoyed. His economic theory on industrialisation and his published views on politics and political economy would establish him as a cross-disciplinary academic.

SALISES will be delighted to receive proposals for presentations at the one-day Sir Arthur Lewis Memorial Symposium that will focus on the life and work of Sir Arthur Lewis and encourages scholarship that is broad-based, multi-disciplinary and inter-disciplinary.

Contemporary policy implications of the scholarship of Sir Arthur Lewis will also be welcome as well as his Caribbean Development Bank legacy. The deadline for submission is 22nd December, 2019 and proposals can be sent to the Symposium Coordinator, Dr. Preeya Mohan, Research Fellow, SALISES at


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