François Allisson

historian of economic thought

Academic Vitae

Academic position

  • Senior Lecturer (Maître d’enseignement et de recherche), Centre Walras-Pareto, Institut d’études politiques (IEP), University of Lausanne, Switzerland.

Education and stays abroad

  • PhD in Economics, Mention: History of Economic Thought, University of Lausanne, 2012. Supervisor: Prof. Pascal Bridel. Title: “Value and prices in Russian economic thought (1890-1920)” (more info).
  • Master of science in Economics, Faculté des HEC, University of Lausanne, Switzerland, 2006. Results: 5.2/6.0.
  • Frequents stays at St. Petersburg State University in Russia: 2004–2005 (Academic exchange year), 2006–2007 (Visiting/Sabbatical leave), March 2011 (Visiting Postdoc), February 2013 (Visiting Postdoc), February 2017 (Bilateral SNF Project).
  • Visitor of archives and libraries in Russia, Switzerland, France and England.

Prizes and distinctions

  • ESHET Best Book Award 2016 for Value and Prices in Russian Economic Thought (Routledge, 2015).
  • Joseph Dorfman Prize 2013 for the best dissertation on the history of economics, awarded by the History of Economics Society.
  • Prix de la Société Académique Vaudoise, for the best doctoral dissertation at the University of Lausanne in 2012.
  • Warren J. and Sylvia J. Samuels Young Scholar Award at the HES Conference 2013 in Vancouver.
  • Invited Young Scholar at the ESHET Conference 2010 in Amsterdam.

Research grant

  • SNF Bilateral Grant on N.I.Sieber (2016–2019). This joint Russian-Swiss project is funded by the Russian Humanitarian Foundation for the Russian team headed by Danila Raskov, and by the Swiss National Science Foundation for the Swiss team headed by me. Federico D’Onofrio is hired as a Senior SNF Researcher on the Swiss team of the project (more info).

Collective responsibilities

  • Co-responsible ad interim of the Centre Walras Pareto with Thomas Bouchet, December 2019–March 2020.
  • President of the International Walras Association, since 2019. Formerly elected Vice-President 2015-2019).
  • General Secretary of the Charles Gide Association, elected in 2016 (formerly Deputy General Secretary, 2014–2016).
  • Managing Editor of OEconomia - History | Methodology | Philosophy, a peer-reviewed scientific journal in my field. From Vol. 2, No. 4 (2012).
  • Coordinator of the Centre Walras-Pareto seminars since 2012 (except for 2015-2016; 2018-2019).

Conferences organisation

  • Co-organizer of the 10th conference of the International Walras Association, with the support of the Centre Walras Pareto and the Institute of Political Studies of the University of Lausanne, and the Fonds Oulès, University of Lausanne, 13–14 September 2019. See here.
  • Co-organizer of the conference Early Marxism in Europe: Nikolay Ivanovich Sieber (1870s–1880s) with Amanar Akhabbar, with the support of ESSCA - School off Management, and of the Swiss National Science Foundation, ESSCA Paris, 22 May 2019. See the programme and a picture.
  • Co-organizer of the conference Discipliner par la dette: une histoire longue with Pierre de Saint-Phalle, Cléo Chassonnery-Zaïgouche and Federico D’Onofrio, with the support of the Institut d’Etudes Politiques, Historiques et Internationales (IEPHI), University of Lausanne, 10-11 November 2017. See the programme.
  • Co-organizer of the conference N.I.Sieber (1844-88), Swiss citizen: The first Russian Marxist? with Federico D’Onofrio, with the support of the Swiss National Science Foundation, University of Lausanne, 22 September 2017. See the programme.
  • Co-organizer of the Wage Workshop with Cléo Chassonnery-Zaïgouche and the Centre Walras-Pareto, with the support of the Institut d’études politiques, historiques et internationales, University of Lausanne, 29-30 September 2016. More on the Wage Workshop.
  • Member of the scientific committee and of the local committee of the ESHET 2014 Conference, “Liberalisms: perspectives and debates in the history of economic thought”, Lausanne, Switzerland, 29-31 May 2014. >250 participants.
  • Co-organizer of the Conference for the 25th Anniversary of the Centre Walras-Pareto, University of Lausanne, Switzerland, 16 October 2015.
  • Member of the organizing committee of the Workshop on the History of Russian Economics and Statistics, University of Lausanne, Centre Walras-Pareto, with the support of the Foundation pour le 450e Anniversaire (Lausanne), 4-5 September 2009.

Languages

  • French (mother tongue), English and Russian (fluent), German (reading)

Conferences

Invited speeches

  • First October International Scientific Conference on Theoretical Problems of Economics: Forgotten Economists and Rejected Theories, (Institute of Economics of the Russian Academy of Science; Higher School of Economics), Moscow, 3-5 October 2019. Conference on “The Role of Nikolay Sieber in Early Russian Marxism”.
  • Cercle d’épistémologie économique (Université de Paris I-Panthéon Sorbonne), Paris, 31 January 2019. Conference on “« Le chat et la souris. » Écrire l’économie en Russie impériale: Sieber et la censure russe (1869-1888)”.
  • Séminaire LARHRA-Triangle (double seminar with Simon Godard), Lyon, 18 January 2018. “Le marxisme russe et la question ukrainienne dans les années 1870–1880”.
  • XXXVIII CAMHIST Seminar, Cambridge Seminar in the History of Economic Analysis at Clare Hall, 20 July 2017. Seminar on “Sieber as the First Russian Marxist” (abstract).
  • Blanqui Lecture 2017, European Society for the History of Economic Thought (ESHET), University of Antwerp, 20 May 2017. Plenary talk for the ESHET Best Book Award, “«Is There Really Anything Uglier Than a Modern City?» Russian Economic Thought In Search For a Better World”.
  • Cercle d’épistémologie économique (Université de Paris I-Panthéon Sorbonne), Paris, 10 April 2014. Conference on “Dr. Marx and Mr. Walras en Russie”.
  • HES Annual Conference 2013 (History of Economics Society), University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada, 20-22 June 2013. Plenary talk for the Joseph Dorfman Prize. “Value and prices in Russian economic thought (1890-1920)”.
  • Association Léman Russe, Lausanne, Switzerland, 18 January 2013. Public conference on “Valeur et prix dans la pensée économique russe”.

International conferences

  • 10th Conference of the International Walras Association, University of Lausanne, 13-14 September 2019. “La théorie fiscale de Walras en Russie (1860–1862)”.
  • Early Marxism in Europe: Nikolay Ivanovich Sieber (1870s–1880s), ESSCA Paris, France, 22 May 2019. “Writing and Reading Between the Lines: From Sieber to a Larger Take on Censorship”.
  • 17th International Conference of the Association Charles Gide, Nancy, France, 27–29 September 2018. “Charles Bettelheim et la planification (1939–1946)”.
  • Learning By The Book, Princeton University, 6-10 June 2018. “Maurice H. Dobb’s Wages (1928-1974): A Cambridge Handbook Against the Standardization of Knowledge?”. With Cléo Chassonnery-Zaïgouche (programme).
  • XIX April International Academic Conference, Higher School of Economics, Moscow, Russia, 10-13 April 2018. “Towards an intellectual biography of N.I. Sieber”. With Federico D’Onofrio.
  • 49th Annual UK History of Economic Thought Conference, City University of London, England, 4-5 September 2017. “Wages, A Sceptical History”. With Cléo Chassonnery-Zaïgouche.
  • 21th ESHET Anual Conference (European Society for the History of Economic Thought), Antwerp, Belgium, 18-20 May 2017. “Towards an intellectual biography of N.I. Sieber”. With Federico D’Onofrio.
  • 21th ESHET Anual Conference (European Society for the History of Economic Thought), Antwerp, Belgium, 18-20 May 2017. “A Historiographical Note on Intellectual Legacy”. With Antoine Missemer.
  • Sismondi et l’économie politique comme science sociale, Université de Lausanne, Switzerland, 27-28 January 2017. “Sismondi dans les encyclopédies russes et soviétiques”.
  • New Approaches towards the Historical Method of Economics (Comparative Perspectives), Le Logis du Roy, CRIISEA, Amiens, 15-16 September 2016. “A Few Insights From the «Routledge Handbook of the History of Global Economic Thought» (2014)” (programme).
  • 20th ESHET Annual Conference (European Society for the History of Economic Thought), Paris, France, 26-28 May 2016. “The Transformation Problem and «Bortkiewicz Corollary»: A Short Note on Maurice Dobb’s’ 1948 Unpublished Paper”.
  • 16th International Conference of the Association Charles Gide, Strasbourg, France, 14-16 April 2016. “The Transformation Problem and «Bortkiewicz Corollary»: A Short Note on Maurice Dobb’s’ 1948 Unpublished Paper”.
  • Conference of the International Walras Association, “Contre Walras”, MSE, Paris 1 Panthéon Sorbonne, France, 25-26 September 2015. “Taking Seriously Walras’s Physics Envy? On Winiarski’s Metaphors and Meta-General Equilibrium”. With Thomas Mueller.
  • 19th ESHET Annual Conference (European Society for the History of Economic Thought), Rome, Italy, 14-16 May 2015. “Taking Seriously Walras’s Physics Envy? Winiarski’s Thermodynamical General Equilibrium”. With Thomas Mueller.
  • European Innovations, Norms and Models in the Russian Empire (18th - early 20th centuries), ENS Lyon, France, 6-7 November 2014. “Léon Walras’s Fiscal Theory in Russia (1860–1862)”
  • 17th ESHET Annual Conference (European Society for the History of Economic Thought), Kingston University, London, United Kingdom, 16-18 May 2013. “Ziber’s Influence on Tugan-Baranovsky”.
  • 15th ESHET Annual Conference (European Society for the History of Economic Thought), Istanbul, Turkey, 19-21 May 2011. “Classical theories of value in Russia: A short note on Ziber’s influential reading”.
  • 14th ESHET Annual Conference (European Society for the History of Economic Thought), Young Scholar Session, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 25-27 March 2010. “The ‘marginalist revolution’ and Russian economic thought: Tugan-Baranovsky’s synthetic approach to value theory”.
  • 6th Conference of the International Walras Association (The International Diffusion of Walras’s Economics: Influence, Interpretations and Controversies), Kyoto, Japan, 11-13 September 2008. “Les premiers lecteurs de Walras en Russie (1890-1919)”.
  • 12th ESHET Annual Conference (European Society for the History of Economic Thought), session “Cycles and Crises in Dictionaries”, Prague, Czech Republic, 15-17 May 2008. “Tugan-Baranovskij’s ‘Economic crises’ in Brockhaus and Efron’s Encyclopedia”.

Seminars and workshops

  • Séminaires du Centre Walras Pareto, University of Lausanne, Switzerland, 11 December 2019. “Sieber, le premier marxiste russe”.
  • Current Research on the History of Economics in Switzerland and Beyond, University of Zurich, Switzerland, 4 June 2019. “Writing and Reading Between the Lines: Methodological Guidelines to Deal with Censorship”.
  • What is Interesting for us in Sieber? (in Russian), Round-table in the framework of the seminar series Economics and Culture, Smolny Department of St. Petersburg State University, Russia, 14 April 2018.
  • N.I.Sieber (1844-88), Swiss citizen: The first Russian Marxist?, Conference, University of Lausanne, Switzerland, 22 September 2017. “Sieber as historian of classical political economy”.
  • Séminaire méthodes quantitatives en histoire (CUSO), Lausanne, Switzerland, 22 May 2017. “Le savant, le publiciste et le révolutionnaire: le réseau de Nikolaj I. Sieber (1870–1885)”. With Federico D’Onofrio.
  • The Intellectual Biography of N.I.Sieber and his place in the history of social-economic thought (in Russian), Round-table, Smolny Department of St. Petersburg State University, Russia, 17 February 2017. Presentation of Sieber’s Swiss period, with Federico D’Onofrio.
  • Wage Workshop, Lausanne, Switzerland, 29-30 September 2016. “Wages, A Sceptical History”, with Cléo Chassonnery-Zaïgouche. More on the Wage Workshop.
  • Les Séminaires du Centre Walras-Pareto, Université de Lausanne, 11 May 2015. “Tugan-Baranovsky à propos de valeur et répartition”.
  • Business Cycles and Economic Growth (Workshop, Fondation Les Treilles, organised by Pascal Bridel and Muriel Dalpont), Les Treilles, 16-21 June 2014. “Were the Marxian Reproduction Schemes Well Suited for the Interrelated Analysis of Business Cycles and Economic Growth”. (programme)
  • Présentisme et accélération (Journée d’études, Université de Lausanne, CWP, organised by Antoine Chollet), Lausanne, 12 June 2014. “Retour ‘Vers un meilleur futur’, autour de Tugan-Baranovsky”. (programme)
  • Meeting Procope/Germaine de Staël (Research Group on Business Cycles), Nice, 4-5 July 2013. “Value and prices in Russian economic thought (1890-1920)”.
  • XIII Summer School on Economic History, Philosophy and History of Economic Thought (STOREP/Charles Gide), Acqui Terme, Italy 1-8 September 2010. “Shaposhnikov’s Theory of value and distribution (1912) as an illustration of a Russian economic tradition”.
  • Workshop on Russian Economics and Statistics (1870-1930), Lausanne, Switzerland, 4-5 September 2009. “Tugan-Baranovsky on Value and Price: the Economic Plan as Go-Between”, and “La pensée économique russe et ses historiens : Tugan-Baranovskij et le Brockhaus-Efron”. (programme)
  • PhD Seminars, Centre Walras-Pareto, University of Lausanne, 2007-2011.