Summer Academy for Pluralist Economics 2018: Ten Years After The Crash

The Summer Academy for Pluralist Economics 2018 is over. Thank you for an inspiring week of learning and understanding. A review will follow shortly. Meanwhile, the website will remain unchanged for informational purposes.


Brought to you by Network for Pluralist Economics and Protestant Academy of Thuringia.

Do you have the impression that contemporary societies face daunting challenges and that these challenges need to be addressed on the level of the economy? Are you asking yourself how we can analyse, comprehend and shape the economy?

As of now, discourses on economics and economic policy are marked by insisting that “there is no alternative” and pointing out “the hard facts”. We respond: The economy is a variegated, highly complex phenomenon. Yet, mainstream economics is far too narrow and one-dimensional in its approach to grasp this, and offers little room for critical reflection.

It is high time to change this, high time for our summer school! Here is where you will be able to let your curiosity and inquisitiveness run free, to explore alternative approaches to economics and to engage with a broad-range of like-minded students, inspiring activists and leading scholars.

We have prepared for you an exciting programme, consisting of nine different week-long workshops, evening lectures and excursions.

Register now for the Summer School! From August 3th – 10th, participants from Germany, Europe and the World will gather in Neudietendorf (near Erfurt) in Germany to practice a different form of economics education. We are looking forward to receiving your application!


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The Summer Academy

We live in times of unrest. Climate change and environmental destruction; the crisis of the European Union and the rise of right-wing populism; concentration of wealth and casualization, tax evasion and youth unemployment - today’s world is in a mess. We want to do justice to these issues and look beyond the narrow confinements of mainstream economics for solutions.

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We have organised 9 workshops which will run in parallel throughout the week. Each focuses on one alternative approach to economics or economic policy and will offer you a comprehensive introduction into the subject matter. 

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Evening Lectures

We have invited thought-provoking experts and leading scholars from various backgrounds to share their insights with us in different engaging formats, for example, panel discussions.


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We have invited thought-provoking experts and leading scholars from various backgrounds to share with us their insights.

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If you are interested in finding out more about our programme, you will find the schedule here.

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Getting there

The Summer Academy takes place at the Zinzendorfhaus in Neudietendorf (close to the city of Erfurt). The house is run by the Evangelische Akademie Thüringen: the building, located at the historical city center, is surrounded by a large park.

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Organization Team

We are group of students from all over Germany. We are tired of waiting for universities to change their curricula in favour of pluralism and diversity, and are therefore taking matters into our own hands – this summer school is the kind of education we want.

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If you have any questions or want to get in touch with us - just drop us a message. 

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Funded by the EED - Church Development Service


This project is brought to you by the Network for Pluralist Economics (Netzwerk Plurale Ökonomik e.V.).  It is committed to diversity and independence and is dependent on donations from people like you. Regular or one-off donations would be greatly appreciated.