Appalachian Spring Conference 2015

Time and Place: Friday, April 10th and Saturday, April 11th 2015, Appalachian State University, Boone, NC

Appalachian Spring - Tenth 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 nine 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.  This years speaker will be Dr. Deirdre McCloskey.  Dr. McCloskey is a leading specialist in the methodology of economics and economic history, history of capitalism, ethics and markets, industrial revolutions, and long-run economic growth. She has written sixteen books and around 400 scholarly pieces on topics ranging from technical economics and statistics to transgender advocacy and ethics.  She has just finished the third volume in her series on the history of capitalism and economic development, titled Bourgeois Equality.  Dr. McCloskey is a Distinguished Professor of Economics, History, English, and Communication, University of Illinois at Chicago as well as Professor of Economic History, Gothenburg University, Sweden.  She also has received numerous honorary degrees and awards for her scholarly work.  This year's theme will be History and Nature of Capitalism.  Dr. Anne McCants (MIT, History) will give the closing address.

The conference will take place on April 10-11, 2015, 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, 2015.  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, 2015.  There is only a modest registration fee (Non-ASU Faculty: $100; Non-ASU students: $50; ASU faculty and students: (free). There will be a catered lunch on Friday April 10. 

  • 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.

Tentative Conference Schedule

Thursday, 9th of April

  • Talk by Dr. McCloskey, titled Use and Misuse of Statistical Methods, 3-5pm (Anne Belk Hall Room 118)
  • Evening reception, location and time TBA

Friday, 10th of April


  • 8.30 am, breakfast with Dr. McCloskey with select faculty (email Jeremy Land if you want to attend, location TBA)

Registration and Keynote Speech

  • 9.30-10 am, registration (outside Plemmons Student Union, Room 226, Linville Falls)
  • 10 am, welcome from the University and introduction of keynote speaker (Plemmons Student Union, Room 226, Linville Falls)
  • 10.10 am, keynote speech by Dr. McCloskey, The Modern World Came out of Ethics followed by Q&A (Plemmons Student Union, Room 226, Linville Falls)


  • 12.30 pm, lunch (for those registered, location TBA)

Conference Sessions

  • 1.30-3 pm, first round of sessions (Peacock Hall, College of Business, Rooms 1010, 1013, 1015)
  • 3 pm, coffee break (outside Peacock Hall, College of Business, Rooms 1010, 1013, 1015)
  • 3.30-5 pm, second round of sessions (Peacock Hall, College of Business, Rooms 1010, 1013, 1015)


  • 6 pm, dinner, at own cost (except for invited speakers). Location: Cha Da Thai (email Jeremy Land if you want to attend).

Saturday, 11th April


  • 8.30-9.00 am, registration (outside Peacock Hall, College of Business, Rooms 1010, 1013, 1015)
  • 9.00-10.30 am, third round of sessions (Peacock Hall, College of Business, Rooms 1010, 1013, 1015)
  • 10.30 am, coffee break (outside Peacock Hall, College of Business, Rooms 1010, 1013, 1015)
  • 11-1 pm, final roundtable, titled Credit and Consumption from Antiquity to the Modern World (speakers: Anne McCants (MIT), Louis Hyman (Cornell), Craig Caldwell (ASU). Comment by Dr. Deirdre McCloskey (UIC)). (Peacock Hall, College of Business, Room 1015)
  • 1-2 pm, lunch (email Jeremy Land for details, location TBA). Conference ends.

Hotel Pricing

For group rates of $65.90 for Thursday and $83.00 for Friday, contact the Fairfield Inn and Suites of Boone at 828-268-0677.  You must contact the hotel directly to receive these quoted rates for the World History and Economics Conference

Please note you will not get the group rate if you call the main Marriott line or if you register online. 

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 (University of Tennessee at Knoxville, Department of History): phone: 1-704-689-2055, email:

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