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49th Annual Conference
hosted by Portland State University, Portland, Oregon
5-7 April 2018

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Click here for the conference program.

The 49th Annual Conference of the ASPHS will take place at the University Place Hotel and Conference Center at Portland State University in Oregon. The theme is “Converge,” a word that evokes the contacts and intersections that make history happen, and that can serve as a reflection point for our conference.

This year’s conference will feature keynote speaker Daniela Bleichmar of the University of Southern California. Bleichmar is an award-winning Historian and Art Historian of botanical expeditions in the 18th century and an authority on science in the Spanish and Portuguese empires more generally.

A second luncheon address will be given by historian Josep Calvet, of the University of Lleida, Spain. Calvet’s research focuses on the Franco dictatorship as well as the history of Pyrenean escape routes used by Jews and other refugees fleeing Nazi terror in the Second World War.

Participants in the conference must be members of the ASPHS.  Graduate students presenting a paper for the first time at an ASPHS conference will receive a free membership for their first year, but must still submit the necessary paperwork.  Membership information may be found on the Membership section of this website.  Please direct further questions about membership to Membership Secretary, Scott Eastman (

The conference local organizers are Patricia Schechter (, Carmen Ripollés ( and Gina Herrmann (  Following the success of last year’s innovative schedule, conference panels will again run from Thursday afternoon through Saturday evening, leaving Sunday for return travel or for attendees to enjoy the natural, cultural and culinary wonders of Portland.

Registration is now open; click here to register. The price is $60 for graduate students and $95 for everybody else. Prices will go up to $90/$120 after Mar. 16. We cannot provide refunds of conference registration fees after March 16.

Banquet tickets are $40. We are pleased to offer a paella dinner with wine. Banquet tickets must be reserved and purchased by March 16.

Those wishing a box lunch to eat during during Dr. Calvet’s lunchtime talk should also pay when they register. Box lunch is $16.

We are happy to report that there will be some on-site childcare for interested parties. Please indicate on the registration form if you would like to avail yourself of that option, including the number and age of children and whether you need mornings or afternoons. Daycare spots will be subject to availability, so if you are interested, register early. The cost will be approximately $50/day, $30/half day.

For the conference program and the exhibits/display area, please indicate on the registration form if you have published a book or major article in the last two years.  Include publisher and date.

Hotel Information:  The hotel is on site at Portland State’s University Place Hotel and Conference Center. ASPHS members will get a discounted rate from April 2-11.  Follow this link and enter promo code: GROUP. The rates are as follows and do not include the 15.3% taxes):  Economy: $76, Standard: $86, Comfort: $125.

A final note: The ASPHS is a small organization that relies on the hard work of volunteers and on its membership and registration fees to organize and keep the conference humming along every year. Therefore, as a response to the large number of conference participants who have cancelled at the last minute over the last few years, we have put in place the following rule to sustain the high quality our conference participants provide year after year: All people participating as panelists in Portland must have their membership and registration fees paid by March 16, 2018 or they will be dropped from the program.