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Presentation: “An entangled systems formalism for multilevel selection theory” at Markets & Society Conference

October 20, 2022 @ 8:00 am October 24, 2022 @ 5:00 pm

ISEG Research Fellow Dr. Abigail Devereaux will be attending the Markets & Society Conference, presenting her new paper, “An entangled systems formalism for multilevel selection theory”. The paper is based on her dissertation work on entangled systems theory.

About this event

The F. A. Hayek Program for Advanced Study in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University is thrilled to announce the Markets & Society Conference on October 21–24, 2022, at the Marriott Fairview Park in Falls Church, VA.

  • Click here for the conference schedule
  • Register for the conference
  • Book your hotel stay (book by 9/30 to receive a discounted rate)
  • Apply for conference funding (presenters only)

The Markets & Society Conference aims to bring together scholars, students, and practitioners from various disciplines, ideological perspectives, and backgrounds who seek to advance inquiry, contestation, and research of consequence that are grounded in mainline political economy. This tradition posits that through emergent orders, formal and informal institutions, and the ability to learn from errors, humans can and often do find ways to live better together. Research in this tradition examines governance, resilience, and cooperation as well as the burdens, biases, and injustices that result from human interaction and institutions. Multiple disciplines, methods, and strategies are needed to examine the complexities of social life, ranging from analyzing the economic, political, and social consequences of institutions; understanding and reexamining history; assessing policies that attempt to stymie or encourage particular outcomes; and examining issues of morality and justice.

The conference will include keynote and panel discussions, presentations on contemporary research, and networking opportunities. The conference is open for students, scholars, analysts, and policymakers. There is no registration fee. Presenters will receive a $500 stipend to put toward travel and lodging, which they will be responsible for arranging. For those presenters in need of additional travel and lodging funding, please fill out our conference funding form here.

Keynote Speakers:

  • Peter J. Boettke — University Professor of Economics and Philosophy at George Mason University & Director of the F. A. Hayek Program for Advanced Study in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics, Mercatus Center at George Mason University
  • Deirdre N. McCloskey — Distinguished Professor Emerita of Economics and History, Professor Emerita of English and Communication at the University of Illinois at Chicago, & Distinguished Affiliated Fellow with the F. A. Hayek Program for Advanced Study in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics Mercatus Center at George Mason University
  • Mario J. Rizzo — Professor of Economics & Director of the Foundations of the Market Economy Program at New York University
  • Viviana A. Zelizer — Lloyd Cotsen ‘50 Professor of Sociology at Princeton University

Conference Schedule and Details

Scholars, students, and practitioners have submitted paper abstracts and entire sessions on the role of markets and society in human life. Such research will explore broad topics, like those below, or particular questions in political economy.

  • How do free and responsible people live peacefully and productively together?
  • What are the proper roles and limits of governments and civil society?
  • What is the material and moral potential of markets?
  • What is the role of contestation, inquiry, and humility in academia and policy?

The full conference schedule is available here.  The conference will begin Friday night with a formal dinner and end after lunch on Monday.

Registration Details

Registration for the conference is now open for presenters and participants.  There is no fee for registering for the conference.  Click here to register.


The Mercatus Center

(800) 815-5711

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Falls Church Marriott Fairview Park

3111 Fairview Park Drive, Virginia 22042 United States + Google Map
(703) 849-9400
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