About FEEGI



The Forum on European Expansion and Global Interaction [FEEGI]  biennial conference will be held at the University of Minnesota on April 19-21, 2012. The conference is being held in cooperation with the Center for Early Modern History, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary, and the James Ford Bell Library, which will be holding an exhibit on "Encounters in the Pacific Rim."



Conference Schedule:

Thursday April 19th: Evening

On Thursday evening, the Bell and the CEMH are sponsoring a talk by Kris Lane of Tulane University

On the Mar del Sur: Early Spanish Trade in Pacific South America

followed by a reception. FEEGI members are invited to attend. 

Time: 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM

Location: Fourth Floor, Bell Library Wilson Library

Cost: Free and open to the public


Kris Lane is the Frances V. Scholes Professor of Colonial Latin American History at Tulane University and the General Editor of the Colonial Latin American Review. He specializes in the colonial history of the Andes, mining, piracy, and global trade.  Among other works, he is the author of "Gone Platinum: Contraband and Chemistry in Eighteenth-Century Colombia" (2011), The Colour of Paradise:  The Emerald in the Age of Gunpowder Empires (2010), Quito, 1599: City and Colony in Transition (2002), and Pillaging the Empire: Piracy in the Americas, 1500–1750 (1998).

Professor Lane's talk is offered in conjunction with the Forum on European Expansion and Global Interaction [FEEGI] conference which will be held at the University of Minnesota on April 20-21, 2012.


 Name: Center for Early Modern History

 E-mail: cemh@umn.edu

 Phone: 612-625-6303

 Sponsored by: Early Modern History, Bell Museum of Natural History


Parking is available at the 21st Avenue ramp and in the 19th Avenue ramp. Reciprocal contract parking is also available for those with contracts on the east bank or on the Saint Paul campus.

More information: http://www.cemh.umn.edu

        Disability Options:

To request disability accommodations, please contact the Center for Early Modern History.

Friday April 20th:

The conference begins with a full day of panels and then an evening reception at the Anderson Library hosted by FEEGI.


Saturday April 21st:

Another full day of panels at Anderson Library and then an evening dinner. The dinner will be in addition to the conference registration fee and we hope to be able to subsidize some of the dinner cost for graduate student presenters. Specific details in regards to the registration and dinner costs will follow as plans become finalized.

 The preliminary program is here

Hotel & Conference Location:

     Aloft Minneapolis

900 Washington Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55415

(612) 455-8400

A group rate of $99.00 is available until March 19.

For more hotel information and reservations, click here

     You can travel to the hotel from the MSP International airport by several options including the Light Rail, SuperShuttle or by taxi.

     If you are planning on attending the conference, and would be willing to serve as a panel moderator, please contact Ty Reese.

   Send any questions or comments to:  

Ty M. Reese, History Department, University of North Dakota ty.reese@email.und.edu