The Ph.D. Program in History

at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York


CFP – 8th Annual Appalachian Spring Conference in World History and Economics


8th Annual Appalachian Spring Conference in World History and Economics

This conference is an interdisciplinary meeting aimed at bringing together scholars from Appalachian State University (Boone, NC) with scholars from other universities in North Carolina, the surrounding states, and abroad. We have already hosted seven of these meetings in the past, which have been very successful. Our past keynote speakers have included John Wallis, Jeremy Black, Peter Lindert, and Price Fishback. This year’s speaker will be Dr. Philip Hoffman, Rea A. and Lela G. Axline Professor of Business Economics and Professor of History, California Institute of Technology; a world-renowned scholar of financial institutions and government capacity for violence. We will also feature 7-9 panels with scholarly papers, divided among different topical themes, including an undergraduate and a graduate panel. This year’s theme will be How Did Europeans Come to Rule the World? The paper or panel proposals do not have to be directly tied to the conference theme, although papers fitting with theme will be given special consideration.


The conference will take place on April 20, 2013, in Raley Hall on the Appalachian State University campus in Boone, North Carolina in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains. Those interested in participating should let the organizers know by FEBRUARY 15, 2013. A one-page abstract describing the scholar’s proposal should be submitted to the organizers by that date. A full paper should be sent to the organizers by March 1, 2013. There is only a modest registration fee (regular: $75; (graduate) students: $30; ASU faculty and students: free). The organizers cannot provide funding for accommodations or travel expenses. We offer meals to the participants during the meeting at reduced cost in addition to the registration fee.


Organizers (contacts for paper proposals and practical matters):

• Jari Eloranta, Associate Professor (Appalachian State University, Department of History): phone: 1-828-262-6006<tel:1-828-262-6006>, email:<>

• Jeremy Land, Ph.D. Student (University of Tennessee at Knoxville, Department of History):  phone: 1-704-689-2055<tel:1-704-689-2055>, email:<>