Appalachian Spring Conference 2017

Time and Place: Saturday, April 1st and Sunday, April 2nd 2017, Appalachian State University, Boone, NC

Appalachian Spring - 12th 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 James Robinson, John Wallis, Ann M. CarlosJeremy Black, Peter Lindert, and Deirdre McCloskey.  This year's speaker will be Dr. Ann M. Carlos, a Professor and Divisional Dean for Social Sciences (University of Colorado Boulder).  She is a respected scholar who focuses on the emergence of early capital markets and the impact of a commercial fur trade on Native Americans in the 18th century.  We will also feature several panels with scholarly papers, divided among different topical themes, including an undergraduate and a graduate panel.  This year we will also have a graduate student poster session for those wishing to present their work in a less formal way.  This year's theme will be Global Trade and Development.  The paper or panel proposals do not have to be directly tied to the conference theme, although papers fitting with the theme will be given special consideration.  If you are a graduate student, please note in the proposal whether you wish to make a presentation or a poster.  In addition, we will feature a roundtable on historical trends in the study of trade and merchant networks.

The conference will take place on April 1-2, 2017 (with an additional talk by Dr. Carlos on March 31st), on the Appalachian State University's campus in Boone, nestled in the beautiful North Carolina mountains. Those interested in participating should let the organizers know by February 20, 2017.  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 15, 2017.  There is only a modest registration fee (regular: $100; (graduate and undergraduate) students: $50; 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.


  • 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:

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