The Joan Robinson Society continues its tradition of maintaining a collaborative and supportive relationship among Girton’s economists. The society boasts of a number of events every year encompassing those of both an academic and social nature. These include termly speaker events which play host to some of Girton’s most successful alumni and Cambridge’s greatest economic thinkers, as well as economist formals and the annual economist Christmas dinner.
During the last academic year 2015-16, we have been delighted to welcome a range of speakers, at the beginning of the year Dr Ha-Joon Chang spoke to the society about how economics is a political subject, with much more influences from outside, than described in the neoclassical framework. In March we received a talk from eminent ontologist Dr. Tony Lawson, who spoke on the Nature of Economics and argued against the persistence of economic modelling in the profession. There was much stimulating debate and conversation over a glass of wine after the event. More recently we hosted Professor Bill Janeway who talked insightfully on the Innovative Economy and a range of broad subjects in a Q+A session, from the role of economic history to the challenges we face post-Brexit.
Besides the formal activities, the Joan Robinson Society have also engaged in various social events ranging from meals out to film nights, developing and highlighting the close friendships among members of the course. Furthermore, senior members of the society continue to provide valuable support to the lower years with internship talks and dissertations presentations being delivered by the finalists. Post-graduate students are warmly welcomed to JRS events, and we recently held a “Life as a Graduate Student” talk, encouraging our members to apply for graduate courses in economics, and to consider this as an alternative to an immediate careeer.
President 2015-16: Rhys Williams (rjw218)