The UK History of Economic Thought Conference this year was held in Shanghai because, as I understand it, the Chinese are interested in pursuing HET and want to see how it is done. They get it, that HET brings an extra and extremely important dimension to the study of economics, something it is hard to convince economists in the West about.
The UK meeting is always extremely good, and this one was no exception, in large part because they only have a handful of presentations and they are always plenary sessions so that for presenters, you really are guaranteed the benefit of listening to comments from quite knowledgable people. And on this occasion because all of the fees and expenses were paid (but not the air fares), and partly because it was in Shanghai, it did seem to attract an astonishing array of high quality papers. It was very pleasing to be included. The group photo is above.