When? July 21st-27th 2019
If you’re interested in exploring the ideas of liberty, enriching your knowledge on sound economics, philosophy, political science and history while also making friends from all over the world, the seminar in Gummersbach is a perfect choice for this summer.
The Seminar in Gummersbach had a long tradition and a special meaning for IES-Europe. Every year this seminar is be hosted by the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom at the Theodor-Heuss-Akademie in Gummersbach, Germany (near the city of Köln).
Note that for the selected students, accommodations and attendance to the conferences are free. Participants will only need to fund their transportation.
A specific offer for students from the US applying to the Gummersbach seminar is however available:
Thanks to to a specific grant from the Charles Koch Foundation, a number US students that will be selected will be offered an $800 travel stipend. To be eligible, those US students must be finishing their Bachelor’s degree or currently working on their Master’s Degree but not yet enrolled in a PHD program. Students need to have serious plans to pursue a PHD for the purpose of pursuing an academic career.
Faculty will include: Douglas Rasmussen (philosophy), Pierre Garello (economics of law), Steve Davies (history), Krassen Stanchev, (economics) Christian Nasulea (economics). More lecturers to be announced.
The application process starts on 15th of March.
Deadline: 15th of April.
Program for the IES Europe Seminar in Gummersbach
Douglas B. Rasmussen
St. John’s University
Douglas B. Rasmussen is Professor of Philosophy at St. John’s University in NYC. Among the books he has co-authored (with Douglas J. Den Uyl) are: Liberty and Nature: An Aristotelian Defense of Liberal Order (1991); Norms of Liberty: A Perfectionist Basis for Non-Perfectionist Politics (2006); and The Perfectionist Turn: From Metanorms to Metaethics (2016). He has authored numerous articles in many scholarly anthologies and in such journals as: the American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly; American Philosophical Quarterly; International Philosophical Quarterly; The New Scholasticism; The Personalist; Public Affairs Quarterly; Social Philosophy & Policy; The Review of Metaphysics; and The Thomist. He has served on the Steering Committee of the Ayn Rand Society and as a member of Executive Council of the American Catholic Philosophical Association. He is co-editor (with Den Uyl) of The Philosophic Thought of Ayn Rand (1984). His areas of research interest are epistemology, ontology, ethics, and political philosophy as well as the moral foundations of capitalism.
IES-Europe – Aix-Marseille Université
President of IES-Europe and Editor-in-Chief of the Journal des Économistes et des Études Humaines, Pierre Garello is Professor of Economics at the Faculté d’Economie et Gestion of Aix Marseille University in France. He has published various articles on Austrian economics, law and economics (especially competition law and contract law). He is the editor-in-chief of the Journal des Économistes et des Études Humaines, a scholarly review dealing with economic, legal, philosophical and political issues, in the tradition of the French Classical Liberal School. He is also at the center of a liberal network in Europe and is the coordinator of the European liberal think tanks Resource Bank. He is directing research for IREF, a think tank that promotes tax competition and sound public finances.
Institute for Economic Affairs
Dr Steve Davies is the Head of Education at the IEA. Previously he was program officer at the Institute for Humane Studies (IHS) at George Mason University in Virginia. He joined IHS from the UK where he was Senior Lecturer in the Department of History and Economic History at Manchester Metropolitan University. He has also been a Visiting Scholar at the Social Philosophy and Policy Center at Bowling Green State University, Ohio. A historian, he graduated from St Andrews University in Scotland in 1976 and gained his PhD from the same institution in 1984. He has authored several books, including Empiricism and History (Palgrave Macmillan, 2003) and was co-editor with Nigel Ashford of The Dictionary of Conservative and Libertarian Thought (Routledge, 1991)
The Institute for Market Economics
Dr Krassen Stanchev is a Board Chairman, Founder and former Executive Director of Institute for Market Economics (www.ime.bg) – the first Bulgaria’s free market think thank (1993), former member and a committee chairman of the Constitutional Assembly (1990-1991), one of the most quoted Bulgarian observers, best country analyst award for 1996 by Euromoney and a nominee for Bulgaria’s Mr. Ekonomika 2004 as well as laureate of Bulgaria Government Prize – 2002, Templeton – 2006 – as IME Director, and GV Fund for Contribution to the Spirit of Liberty – 2006. He was a principle drafter of a number of reforms from central planning to market economy and is one of the leaders of those reforms. He leads, led or was involved in initiatives related to market oriented and democratic reforms in other countries, Balkans and Former Soviet Union.
University of Bucharest
Christian Nasulea teaches economics at the Faculty of History of the University of Bucharest where he is a member of the Department of International Relations and Universal History. His courses cover topics such as Global Economics, Globalisation and History of Economic Thought. He is a fellow of the Institut de Recherches Economiques et Fiscales. In addition to his university work he also develops learning resources for high school students who are interested in economics. His areas of research interest include public policy and stimuli for economic development, political and commercial negotiation in international relations, behavioural economics and decision processes.