The MPP Format
The organization process begins in the autumn of even years, when a CFP is circulated, inviting expressions of interest. In the spring of the odd year, expressions of interest are collected and selected, and authors are invited to turn in a full paper incorporating preliminary feedback from the organizing team. First drafts are due in the autumn of the odd year. Over the winter months, the organizing team reads each paper and provides extensive feedback, ensuring that papers 'talk to each other' and follow the definitions and guidelines (see below). Presenters revise their papers and turn them in several weeks before the colloquium, in May of the even year.
The colloquium takes place in the month of June in even years.
We tend to hold the colloquium in a location that is difficult to get to, in a place that may be lovely but that also encourages focus rather than tourism. Each participant reads and takes part in all discussions. We stay in the same hotel. Meals are covered by the organizers to encourage further discussion after our formal sessions.
Participants are comprised of presenters, observers, and chairs. Each presenter has five minutes to provide the group with contexts for the paper and possibly pose questions. No PowerPoint presentations are allowed. The chair takes questions from the group. One finger means that the participant introduces a new topic; two fingers indicate that there is a follow-up question or comment on the same topic. Each presenter is given a one-hour slot. Usually, we have a total of 9-12 papers, and we put them in clusters of two. Normally, there is also a two-hour slot devoted to discussing an original document that is related to the focus of the CFP.
Definitions and Parameters
Papers for the colloquium should be grounded in one of the following five general areas:
· the operations, theoretical and practical, of institutions such as banks (including central banking), joint-stock companies, public debt, and/or paper money