History and Philosophy of the Social Sciences Network

About the HaPSS Network

The History and Philosophy of the Social Sciences (HaPSS) Network is a UWA research cluster. Its primary goal is to facilitate and encourage the development of research in the history and philosophy of the social sciences.  

It is a cross-disciplinary group with membership from the following disciplines at UWA: Accounting, History, Finance, Anthropology and Sociology, Archaeology, Asian Studies, Economics, Media and Communication, Political Science and International Relations, Philosophy, and Science Communications. Members and international associates of the Network are actively engaged with scholars of the history and philosophy of the social sciences across Australia and globally. The international associates of the Network are drawn from a range of universities including: The London School of Economics, UK; the University of Salento, Italy; the Federal University of Espirito Santo, Brazil; the University of Auckland, New Zealand; the University of Cambridge, UK and the University Jean Monnet Saint-Etienne, France.

Amongst other things, the work of the Network also informs the development of teaching, including in relation to historical and philosophical aspects of the Bachelor of Philosophy, Politics and Economics, the Bachelor and Master of Economics and the Master of Public Policy.

The Network also aims to nurture the development of new researchers wishing to investigate intellectual history, and to provide curriculum advice in relation to the study of intellectual history at UWA at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

Upcoming events

Seminars

Join us at these upcoming seminars:

  • Friday 12 March, 4pm: Keith Tribe (University of Tartu), The Moral Sciences Tripos and Cambridge Political Economy. 
    Zoom link. Meeting ID: 412 264 8079. 
    Registration for this Zoom seminar is essential. To register, email michael.mclure@uwa.edu.au (up to 3 hours) before the start of the seminar and he will send you the password for the seminar.
  • Friday 16 April, 4pm: Patrick Baert (University of Cambridge, Sociology Department), Positioning Theory and the Study of the History of Social and Political Thought
    Zoom link. Meeting ID: 829 5794 9638.
    Registration for this Zoom seminar is essential. To register, email michael.mclure@uwa.edu.au (up to 3 hours) before the start of the seminar and he will send you the password for the seminar.
  • Friday 7 May, 4pm: Reto Hofmann (UWA Asian Studies), Japan and Neoliberal Culturalism. Venue TBA.
  • Friday 28 May, 4pm: Riko Stevens (UWA Economics), Speculation, Institutions, and Welfare: A Case Study in the Marshallian Tradition of Economic Thought. Venue TBA.
     

Conferences

More information to follow.

Current projects

We are working on two major projects:

  1. The History of Economic Thought: broad and ongoing historical investigating of economic thinking advanced through the strong association of a number of members of the HaPSS Network with the History of Economic Thought Society of Australia. Members are particularly active in undertaking research into the Lausanne economic tradition, the Cambridge economic tradition and the history of economic thinking in relation to the Welfare State. 
  2. The History of Archaeology in the Pacific: with particular reference to the hidden contribution of women in the early days of the discipline.

 

Our people


Organisational Committee

UWA members

National and international associates

UWA PhD students of intellectual history

PhD opportunities

Contact us

Professor Michael McLure, Economics Department, UWA Business School