Call for Papers - 'Globalization in the Modern Era'

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The 30th Annual Conference of the International Trade and Finance Association will be held in Richmond, Virginia, May 27 - May 30 (Wednesday to Saturday), 2020.  We are delighted that the University of Richmond is hosting us this year. Faculty and other professionals are invited to present, or just attend, the conference.


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Call for Papers

30th International Conference

The International Trade and Finance Association

Abstract Submission Deadline January 31, 2020

Theme:  Globalization in the Modern Era
                  May 27 – 30, 2020

University of Richmond, Richmond, Virginia, USA

Graduate Student Mentoring Event Included! There will be a special mentoring event this year for graduate students on Wednesday, May 27. Members of ITFA will hold a day-long mentoring session to help students understand what is required of them as they progress through their academic or other professional careers. Please indicate your intention to attend this important, helpful event.


IT&FA was founded in 1990 by a prestigious group of academics and professionals who believed that the study of "international" issues had not received the emphasis and attention that it should. The Association has professional members in over 30 countries. These include Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, China, Costa Rica, Czech Republic, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, India, Iran, Italy, Japan, Mexico, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, and the United States. Thirty years later, there are still some of the original founding members and many others who attend year after year. ITFA members welcome others to join our helpful, open group to further intellectual literature and discussions concerning the international realm.  


IT&FA is a multi-disciplinary association, and welcomes scholars and professionals from economics and finance, as well as all other areas of business, law, communications and other disciplines with an interest in globalization and the global economy.  The conference will consist of regular competitive sessions, as well as plenary sessions dealing with high-profile issues.

We invite theoretical, conceptual and empirical proposals and completed papers on all aspects of international trade and finance, including such emerging issues as cyber security and economic warfare, digital free trade and e-commerce, intellectual property protections, and trade in various services. IT&FA also seeks papers on trade policy, exchange rates, investments and capital flows, banking, migration, tourism, communications, transportation, governance and law, and management and marketing.  Industry-specific studies are welcome (such as agriculture, retail, textiles, and entertainment), as are proposals dealing with multilateral, regional, and national issues impacting international trade and finance are also invited. 

  • Program: Offers discussions of economic topics across many disciplines via speakers and panels.
  • Special Events: The Presidential Address, award presentations, paper/panel presentations, gala dinner, and networking opportunities.
  • Paper Awards: We offer US$500 for the best faculty paper submitted to the conference and US$250 for the best student paper (no faculty authors included), along with certificates confirming each. These must be uploaded to the Awards section of the website.


IT&FA’s registration fee is US$300 for all participants/US$125 for students who submit abstracts by January 31, 2020. This fee will cover registration, associated conference expenses, and one year’s membership in IT&FA, with access to the Global Economy Journal.

Cancellations: Before March 31, 2019, 100% of the registration fee is refundable. After March 31, 50% of the fee is refundable.

The conference will open with a reception on Wednesday, May 27, hold sessions on Thursday and Friday, including a banquet on Friday evening, and conclude with final sessions or a group event on Saturday, May 30. Those planning to depart on Sunday, May 31, will have time to investigate the unique circumstances that connect Richmond, Virginia, and the surrounding Washington, DC, area to the evolving global economy. These include important history, world-class cultural beautiful parks, and shopping.

IT&FA seeks both proposals for individual papers and for complete sessions. Complete sessions should have three to four papers. In the case of multiple authors for a paper, at least one author must register for the conference. All attending must pay the registration fees. No participant will be permitted to present more than two papers.


November 1, 2019 to January 31, 2020 – Registration Materials and Abstracts submitted for Peer Review

February 23, 2020 – Notification of Acceptance by this date.

March 15, 2020 – Payment of Registration Fee Due. Visa documentation requests due along with payment, if not requested earlier. Cancellation for 100% returned fees, 50% return fees hereafter.    

March 15, 2020 – Deadline for Hotel Registrations.

May 10, 2020 - Conference schedule posted online.

May 27 to May 30, 2020 – Conference convenes in Richmond, Virginia.

For additional registration information and updates, please see the association website:   If you have any questions, please contact

Prof. Sarah K. Bryant, Executive Vice President, at

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