Appalachian Spring Conference 2016

Time and Place: Saturday, April 16th and Sunday, April 17th 2016, Appalachian State University, Boone, NC

Appalachian Spring - 11th Annual 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 ten of these meetings in the past, which have been very successful.  Our past keynote speakers have included Philip Hoffman, John Wallis, Jeremy Black, Peter Lindert, and Price Fishback, and Deirdre McClosey.  This years speaker will be Dr. James Robinson.  Dr. Robinson is a leading specialist in the development economics and economic history, thoery and development of institutions, political economy, comparative politics, and especially Latin America and Sub-Saharan Africa.  He has written and co-authored numerous books and articles, including the widely acclaimed Economic Origins of Dictatorship and Democracy (with Daron Acemoglu).  Recent articles include "Institutions, Human Capital and Development," in the Annual Reviews of Economics; "Chiefs: Economic Development and elite Control of Civil Society in Sierra Leone," in the Journal of Political Economy.  This year's theme will be Instituions and Development.  In addition, we will feature a roundtable on central banks and development and another on the development of Cuba and Latin America. 

The conference will take place on April 16-17, 2016, on the Appalachian State University campus, Boone, in the beautiful North Carolina mountains. Those interested in participating should let the organizers know by February 10, 2016.  A one-page abstract describing the scholar's proposal should be submitted to the organizers by that date.  A full paper will be expected by the organizers by March 10, 2016.  There is only a modest registration fee (Non-ASU Faculty: $80; Non-ASU students: $30; ASU faculty and students: (free). 

  • If you have some issue with timing of presentation, we will see what we can do, but with limited space and time those requests are much more difficult to accommodate.
  • We will be having a book sale of the books on display by the publishers. They will be on greatly reduced prices and the money will go towards this and future conferences. Credit, check or cash will be accepted.
  • The format of the conference is as follows: Each presenter will have 15 minutes to present their work. Each paper will have a discussant who will have 5 minutes to offer comments on the full paper which will be provided as soon as we have received the papers. Finally, time will be allotted (20-30 minutes) at the end of the session for questions and discussion from the audience.

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.

Information about Boone

Hotel Pricing

To Be Annouced at a later date

Organizers (contacts for paper proposals and practical matters):


  • Jari Eloranta, Associate Professor (Appalachian State University, Department of History): phone 1-828-262-6006, email:
  • Jeremy Land, Ph.D student (Georgia State University, Department of History): phone: 1-704-689-2055, email: