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Classical Liberal Summer Seminar 2024, July 1-3

Classical liberal thought and heritage continues to inspire discussion and debate in our time. The basic ideas of a free society and freedom to act as individuals are reinvented and discovered by every new generation and scholarly inquiry. In our time, governments seem to gain more power, and are asked to answer many problems. Adam Smith’s ”liberal plan”  – ”allowing every man to pursue his own intererst his own way” – must have a place in any liberal society. But how large a place should it have?

Timbro has arranged the Classical Liberal Summer Seminars since 2015. The first two seminars were held at Christinehof Castle in Skåne, Sweden. Since 2017 the seminar has relocated to the Sigtuna Foundation in Sigtuna, north of Stockholm.

Programme and readings

The 2024 9th Classical Liberal Summer Seminar will include further sessions exploring the rich heritage of Classical Liberalism, such as the Scottish Enlightenment but also the spread of Classical Liberalism to other countries, specifically the Nordics. A theme this year will be cities as examples of spontaneous orders. The 2024 Summer Seminar will be held July 1-3. 

The Summer Seminar is led by: Daniel Klein, Professor, George Mason University and Ratio Institute and Björn Hasselgren, PhD, Timbro and Uppsala University.

This year’s programme includes the following presenters:

  • Daniel Klein
  • Sanford Ikeda
  • Charlotta Stern
  • Björn Hasselgren

Presentations and readings from past Classical Liberal Summer Seminars here.


If you are interested in the Classical Liberal heritage and would like to participate in the Summer Seminar, with a presentation of research or as an attendee, please send an email to bjorn.hasselgren@timbro.se with a short CV and suggested theme for a presentation and readings. 

About Sigtuna Foundation

In Sigtuna, 35 km North of Stockholm the Sigtuna Foundation was established more than 100 years ago as a private cultural foundation with a principle aim to inspire human thought and reflection. Society has changed in many ways since then, but the Foundation’s ambition is still the very same, to offer an open space for people with different backgrounds, traditions and viewpoints who wish to meet, interact and learn from one another in atmosphere of mutual respect. Today the Sigtuna Foundation operates as a center for education and research, and also for various kinds of cultural programs. The Sigtuna Foundation with its atmospheric facilities in peaceful and scenic surroundings, offers a splendid environment to connect to the classic message of freedom and liberty, as seen through 18-19th century perspectives.

More information on the Sigtuna Foundation here.