The 2015 Asia Pacific Economic and Business History Conference will be held at UNSW Canberra, Australia from Thursday 12th February to Saturday 14th February 2015.

Canberra is a modern city just over one hundred years old, chosen as Australia’s national capital in 1908 as a diplomatic solution when both Melbourne and Sydney wanted the role. Its name comes from the local Aboriginal word ‘Kamberra’ meaning ‘meeting place’. Situated on the shores of Lake Burley Griffin, Canberra is home to many national cultural institutions including the National Gallery of Australia and the National Portrait Gallery as well as the National Archives of Australia and the National Library of Australia, all on the lake foreshore.

The venue of the conference is the Canberra campus of the UNSW Australia, located at the Australian Defence Force Academy (ADFA). Part of the Australia’s Group of Eight institutions and Universitas 21, UNSW is ranked 48th in the 2014 QS World University Rankings. UNSW Canberra provides high quality undergraduate education to the Australian Defence Force, and to both military and civilian students at a postgraduate level. The conference is being jointly hosted by the School of Humanities and Social Sciences and the School of Business.

A map of the campus can be found here, with the conference location being the newly refurbished Lecture Theatre South suite marked as building 30. The hub contains a number of smaller lecture theatres, break-out seminar rooms, and central areas for conversation with laptop recharging areas and wifi available.

The organising committee consists of Professor Tom Frame (ACSACS) and Miesje de Vogel (HASS), with administrative support from Patsy Sheather. The conference is being hosted by the Australian Centre for the Study of Armed Conflict and Society (ACSACS) with generous support from the School of Humanities and Social Sciences and the School of Business, UNSW Canberra. In addition grateful thanks are extended to Professor Martin Shanahan, Dr Pierre van der Eng and Dr John Tang from the Economic History Society of Australia and New Zealand.