The George Washington Forum on American Ideas, Politics, and Institutions, which has its home at Ohio University, invites paper proposals for a conference and subsequent edited volume on the Great Depression in the United States. The conference will be held at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio (October 13–15,2011). Anthony Badger (University of Cambridge), Brian Balogh (Virginia), Gauti Eggertsson (Federal Reserve of New York), Alonzo Hamby (Ohio University), Robert Higgs (Independent Institute), Lee
Ohanian (UCLA), Eric Rauchway (UC–Davis), and Amity Schlaes (Council on Foreign Relations) will deliver plenary lectures.
A global event as traumatic as it was transformative, the Great Depression permanently altered the trajectory
of state formation in the United States and prompted critical debates about the obligation and capacity of
central governments to provide citizens with economic stability and security — debates that continue to
resonate prominently today. This conference aims to promote academic discussion and to explore new research trends on the political, economic, and institutional legacy of the Great Depression, from its origins in the twenties to the New Deal’s response over the following decade. Papers on the conference theme addressing a wider chronological context beyond World War II are also encouraged.
The conference organizers welcome the work of advanced doctoral students and both young and established
scholars in the fields of history, political science, and economics, especially those engaged in the study of
American Political Development (APD). Proposals — which should include a 500-word abstract, a brief curriculum vitae, and current contact information — should be sent by April 2, 2011, to the following address:
Dr. Robert G. Ingram, Director, The George Washington Forum, Department of History, Bentley Annex 415, Ohio University, Athens, OH 45701–2979, USA. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Notifications of a paper’s acceptance will be mailed in early April.
The conference is supported primarily by a grant from the Thomas W. Smith Foundation.
Dr. Robert G. Ingram
Director, The George Washington Forum
Department of History
Bentley Annex 415
Athens, OH 45701–2979, USA.
Email: email@example.com. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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