Crises and Turning Points

Annual Meeting of the Economic History Association, Boston, Massachusetts, September 9-11, 2011

See the Meetings Program Booklet here.
Pre-registration is now closed. You can register at the slightly higher rate at the conference.

The Restaurant Guide can be found here.

If the global economic and financial crisis has a silver lining, it is that recent events have heightened awareness among policy makers and the general public of the importance of economic history.  Crises – economic, financial, social, demographic, environmental, and political, to name only a few – are a hardly perennial.  An understanding of their history is essential to begin to understand what if anything is distinctive about the recent experience.  The history of crises continues to be studied from a number of perspectives: in terms of their causes and their consequences, in terms of their changing incidence, in terms of their short-term impact and their longer-term implications for the development of economies and societies.  This conference seeks to bring together scholars engaged in research on these various dimensions of crises and their implications.  

The Program Committee (Richard Grossman, Wesleyan University (Chair), together with Maristella Botticini, Alan Taylor, and Michael Bernstein) are no longer accepting submissions, since the deadline has passed. Submitters should remember, however, that they need to be members of the Economic History Association.  For coauthored papers this requirement applies to the author submitting the proposal.

Papers should in all cases be works in progress rather than accepted or published work. Submitters should let the program committee know at the time of application if the paper they are proposing has already been submitted for publication. Individuals who presented or co-authored a paper given at the 2010 meeting are not eligible for inclusion in the 2011 program. Presenters should submit complete papers to the Program Committee Chair Richard Grossman by August 1, 2011, latest.

Graduate students are encouraged to attend the meeting. The Association offers subsidies for travel, hotel, registration, and meals, including a special graduate student dinner. A poster session welcomes work from dissertations in progress. Applications for the poster session, consisting of a one page abstract, are due no later than 21 May 2011, and should be sent to The dissertation session convened by Kris James Mitchener (Santa Clara University) and Brian Ahearn (University of Oxford) will honor six dissertations completed during the 2010-2011 academic year. Please click here for information on how and to whom to submit your dissertation. The deadline is June 11, 2011. The Alexander Gerschenkron and Allan Nevins prizes will be awarded to the best dissertations on non-North American and North American topics respectively.  Note that a graduate student completing a dissertation may submit a paper proposal or submit his or her thesis for consideration in the dissertation session, but not both.  Those submitting to the dissertation session, however, may also apply to present a poster, although if the dissertation is selected as one of the six finalists, and an invitation to present a poster has been made, it will be withdrawn.

For further information, check, which also includes information on travel options to Boston; or contact Meetings Coordinator Jari Eloranta at

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