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Hayek Programme Online Webinar Series

Gender as a discovery process

Mikayla Novak (George Mason University)

Monday 20 May 2024 18:00 - 19:30

This event will take place online.

Many of our seminars and public events this year will continue as in person or as hybrid (online and in person) events. Please check our website listings and Twitter feed @STICERD_LSE for updates.

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Those unable to join the seminars in-person are welcome to participate via zoom if the event is hybrid.


About this event

Gender is a dyanmic and fluid social category. As such, understanding gender requires an appreciation of human discovery processes of expression, experimentation, and evolution, interwoven in culture, politics, and the economy.

Because gender as a discovery process is dynamically produced through decentralized human interactions, the speaker analyses gender as a species of spontaneous order, as described in the Smithian-Mengerian tradition of liberal political economy. This presentation outlines the complex and emergent patterns of gender performance across a wide variety of social settings, especially market interactions. This paper shows how markets facilitate gender discoveries through the symbolic use of products, medical and other health innovations, and the use of commercial sites to facilitate shared gender meanings and understandings.

Mikayla Novak is Senior Fellow, F A Hayek Programme for Advanced Study in Philosophy, Politics and Economics, at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University. She is the author of three books, including Freedom in Contention: Social Movements and Liberal Political Economy (2021), and over 30 peer review journal articles. Novak holds a PhD in Economics from RMIT University (Melbourne, Australia), and a Bachelor of Economics (Honours Class I) from The University of Queensland (Brisbane, Australia). Her research interests include Austrian and evolutionary economics, economic and fiscal sociology, entangled political economy, public finance, and social theory.

The online webinar series of the LSE Hayek Programme will feature academic scholars or policy experts on a range of interdisciplinary topics that are related in some way to the intellectual contributions of F.A. Hayek.

These include individualism and economic freedom, the nature and future of liberal democracy, social justice and welfare, decision-making under radical uncertainty, macroeconomic management, the rule of law and justice, and others.

All sessions will be conducted on Zoom, lasting 1.5 hours, with a structured format of 45 minutes for speaker presentations followed by a 45-minute Q&A session. Additionally, for those unable to attend live, all webinars will be recorded for later access.

Events in the series will begin in March 2024, usually held one Thursday each month, from 6pm - 7:30pm unless otherwise stated.

For further information please contact Bryan Cheang, by email: b.cheang@lse.ac.uk.