The Latin American Association for the History of Economic Thought (ALAHPE) was created in November 2015, in Santiago, during the activities of the 5th Latin American Conference on the History of Economic Thought – ESHET Chile 2015. The event was part of a series Latin American conferences promoted since 2011 with the support of the European Society for the History of Economic Thought (ESHET), with previous editions in Mexico, Argentina, Colombia, and Brazil. These conferences played a fundamental role in reinforcing the sense of community among professionals dedicated to the history of economics who shared multiple ties, both personal and academic, with Latin America.
As this spirit matured, the decision was made, in Santiago, to create an autonomous association dedicated to cultivating a common space for the Latin American community of historians of economics. The founding document of ALAHPE was signed by 37 participants at the Santiago meeting, with the express support of 65 other professionals, together representing ten different Latin American countries.
Since then, ALAHPE has been working to put into practice the different aspects of its institutional mission. Its main instruments, so far, are the academic events organized by the association. Every two years, ALAHPE promotes the Latin American Conference on the History of Economic Thought, which quickly established itself as the main forum for academic exchange between scholars working in the region. The association is also responsible for organizing HESSLA, a summer school dedicated to young researchers with an interest in the field. Finally, we also manage an electronic mailing list, which provides a space for disseminating news, publications, works in progress, and other relevant discussions.
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