Summer Academy for Pluralist Economics

Summer Academy for Pluralist Economics

Our Summer Academy. Your economics: 9-12 workshops, 100 participants, 20 lecturers.
One week of eye-opening and engaging learning. Your academic experience of the year.


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

Do you have the impression that our society faces 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 we see it, discourse on economics and economic policy is marked by an insistence that growth is the supreme goal and that “there is no alternative” while pointing out “the hard facts.” Our response: The economy is a multifaceted, highly complex process. 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, explore alternative approaches to economics, and engage with a broad range of like-minded students, inspiring activists and leading scholars. Every year we prepare an exciting programme for you, consisting of 9-12 different week-long workshops, topical evening lectures, and excursions.

Do you like to learn, debate, and have fun with young people from Germany, Europe and the world?

The Summer Academy 2020

Previous Summer Academies

Summer Academy for Pluralist Economics 2020: Mainstream Economics Sold Out?

Marked by the global corona virus pandemic this summer academy took place online. The circumstances have shown that economic policy catchwords like "lack of alternatives", "growth" or "the hard facts" don't work any more. Our answer: The economy is a multifaceted and complex phenomenon. The approaches of mainstream economics, however, are too limited and one-dimensional to fully comprehend it and offer little room for critical reflection. With our summer academy, the time has come to change this. Lire la suite...

Summer Academy for Pluralist Economics 2019: Economics in Transformation

Climate change, nationalism, poverty in old age, lack of equal opportunities: Why is the market economy not in a position to ensure both social balance and the protection of ecological livelihoods? It may be because of the neoclassical school, which is taught almost exclusively at the universities - and has thus determined economic policy for decades. In order to find sustainable concepts for the ecological-social transformation of society, more theoretical and methodological diversity in economics is necessary. Lire la suite...

Summer Academy for Pluralist Economics 2018: Ten Years after the Crash

On 15 September 2008, Lehman Brothers, one of the world's most influential investment banks, filed for bankruptcy and the world plunged into its worst economic crisis since the 1930s. Suddenly, economics came into the public spotlight: why didn't renowned economists recognize the devastating dynamics of the financial sector? Did economics play a part in the crisis with its support for crisis-ridden deregulation? Lire la suite...

Summer Academy for Pluralist Economics 2017: Exploring Economics

This summer academy is dedicated to the diversity of economic thinking. Many students ask themselves: Do I study economics or neoclassicism? And which theory schools are there apart from Neoclassicism? Lire la suite...

Workshop Reviews

Do you want to know what you can learn at the summer academy? Our participants have written workshop reviews.




Ce projet est supervisé par des membres du réseau international pour une science économique pluraliste, dans la sphère germanophone (Netzwerk Plurale Ökonomik e.V.) et dans la sphère francophone (Rethinking Economics Switzerland / Rethinking Economics Belgium / PEPS-Économie France). Nous sommes fortement attachés à notre indépendance et à notre diversité et sommes donc dépendants de donations de personnes telles que vous. Des dons réguliers ou ponctuels sont les bienvenus!