2017 Boston Conference

The World History Association will hold its 26th annual conference in Boston, Massachusetts from June 22-24, 2017.

The conference will be held at Northeastern University, the new headquarters of the WHA. Northeastern University, established in 1898, is a global, experiential, research university located in Boston’s Fenway, Roxbury and Back Bay neighborhoods near the Museum of Fine Arts and Symphony Hall.  It is considered a model of design for urban universities, having twice won the “most beautiful new or renovated exterior space” award from the American Institute of Architects.

As stated on our homepage, the WHA supports the statement on the recent executive order issued by the American Historical Association.  We wish to affirm that all people are welcome to participate in events sponsored by the WHA, and we sincerely hope to see you in Boston this June.  However, if any scholars who wish to attend the 2017 WHA conference are prevented from doing so by their immigration status or nationality, please contact us at info@thewha.org or 617-373- 6818, and we will work to find a way for you to participate virtually.


Information about the conference can be found below. Additional information will be posted as it becomes available.

*Please note: It is our hope to contact presenters and panelists regarding the acceptance of their proposal by February 28, 2017.  If you have any questions, or do not receive a response from us by this date, please contact the WHA Office at info@thewha.org.



The 26th Annual World History Association Conference Call for Papers
Northeastern University, Boston, Massachusetts  |  June 22-24, 2017
Submission Deadline  |  November 30, 2016

This year’s conference themes are: “The Atlantic World” and “Food in World History”.


The World History Association eagerly invites proposals from students, scholars, and teachers around the world on topics related to the conference’s themes and topics of general interest to world historians:

  • Organized Panels (up to 3 panelists, one chair, and optionally, one discussant)
  • Individual papers, maximum of 20 minutes in length (panels of 4 have a maximum of 15 minutes in length for papers)
  • Single papers (not part of an Organized Panel)
  • Roundtables (between 4 to 6 participants) – 5 minute opening statements from participants and then conversational dialogue with the audience
  • Workshops on specific teaching techniques or practices
  • Meet the Author sessions—an excellent opportunity for exchanges between authors and endusers of books and texts, explanations of methods, and suggestions for use

PLEASE NOTE: Prearranged (organized) panels/roundtables/workshops are given priority in the program and receive earlier notification of acceptance. Individual papers will also be considered and, if accepted, are arranged into suitable panels by the Program Committee. Individual papers will receive later notice of acceptance by the nature of finding appropriate placement.

The World History Association encourages proposals on original research and pedagogy. The WHA is an interdisciplinary organization that seeks to create conversations about scholarship and teaching within and outside the field of history. Work in anthropology, political science, literature, art, and other humanities and social sciences is welcomed and encouraged.

This year’s conference will include presentations by: John Chavez, Ross Dunn, Chris Ehret, Trevor Getz, Candice Goucher, Alan Karras, Rachel Laudan, Pat Manning, Marcy Norton, Jeffrey M. Pilcher, Rebekah E. Pite, Mark Ravina, Vicki Ruiz, Rick Warner, and Merry Wiesner-Hanks. Each proposal should include: a maximum 250-word abstract for each paper, a one page curriculum vitae for each participant or a brief biographical statement. All papers should be presented in English. Please be thoughtful of A/V requests. While we should have ideal technological facilities, A/V is subject to failure, regardless of location. As always, handouts are welcome.


Thank you for your interest in submitting a paper for the WHA Boston Conference. Please click on the appropriate guidelines below for assistance in submitting your proposal.

The submission portal can be accessed by clicking here.


Thank you for considering presenting, chairing, or discussing at a panel at a WHA conference or symposium. We have assembled some guidelines to help make the process smoother and easier. Each conference or symposium will have specific FAQs, which should also be reviewed, but the following guidelines are universal to any event. Please read the relevant section before submitting or joining a panel in any capacity, and contact us with any questions you may have.

Below is general information for all WHA conferences/symposia for:

A. Panel Organizers
B. Panel Chairs
C. Panel Discussants/Commentators
D. Roundtable Panelists
E. Individual Presenters

A. For Panel Organizers

  1. It is your responsibility to make sure that a full panel proposal has been sent in, on time, to the WHA, with all fields answered in the submission form.
  2. If your proposal is accepted, it is your responsibility to ensure that the chair(s) of your panel(s) know the contact addresses (usually email and telephone) of all panelists and are sent the individual abstracts and short bios of each panelist.
  3. Should a panelist have to withdraw, you should, in consultation with the WHA Program Committee, make every effort to find a replacement.
  4. It is your responsibility to remind your panelists of the registration cut-off date. Given human frailties, in some cases multiple reminders are needed.
  5. All panelists in any capacity must register for the conference and pay the appropriate fee.

B. For Panel Chairs

Please understand that you play a key role, and much of the panel’s success depends on you.

  1. If there is no panel organizer the WHA will reach out to you with the contact addresses of your panelists.
  2. Please be sure to secure from the panel organizer, or the Program Committee/website, materials submitted by each panelist including his/her CV and abstract.
  3. Please be in communication with your panelists. Each presenter will have only 20 minutes (for a session of 3 papers) or 15 minutes (in those cases of sessions with 4 papers).  As chair it is your responsibility to keep track of time for each panelist, and to not allow the session to run over (this may mean cutting off a panelist before he/she is done. It is useful to have some sheets of paper with 10, 5, 2, 1 minutes left/conclude now. Others will set a watch to beep at 14 minutes or use both strategies.
  4. If your session has a discussant, please make sure the panelists have submitted their papers to this person at least 30 days in advance. Discussants should feel prepared to adequately comment on all of the presentations (even if presenters choose to present without a script).
  5. For Roundtables panelists need no more than 10 minutes for each opening statement, and 7 or 8 minutes is optimum. If there are more than 5 panelists, you will have to impose a less generous maximum amount of time in order to allow for sufficient discussion. See below under “Round Table Panelists.”
  6. Please arrive at the assigned room at least ten minutes before the scheduled starting time to make sure that all necessary A/V equipment is in full operating order and that there is water for the panelists. If you do not know one or more of the panelists, please introduce yourself before the session begins.
  7. Please begin on time! Do not wait for late arrivals.
  8. It is always good to take notes and be prepared to offer contextual thoughts or questions when the panelists are done. This will engage the audience and give valuable feedback to each panelist.
  9. Please briefly introduce each panelist.
  10. Audience involvement is a crucial part of these sessions, and sufficient time must be allowed for discussion, and decide and announce in advance that all three/four papers will be delivered before discussion begins, or, decided that discussion will follow each paper. Either way, please strictly keep to the allotted time so that each presenter is treated equitably.
  11. Whether it is a paper panel or a roundtable, do not allow any single member of the audience or the panel to monopolize discussion, and encourage a balance in the discussion so that at least one issue raised by each paper or panelist is addressed (if all papers are discussed simultaneously).
  12. Please end on time and encourage further informal discussion, as time and circumstances allow.
  13. At all times insist on collegiality and a tone of respect.

C. Commentators/Discussants

  1. Please keep your comments to a total of 10 minutes.
  2. Remember that this is not an opportunity to show what you know; it is an opportunity to offer constructive criticism and to raise provocative questions.

D. Roundtable Panelists

  1. If the round table has 5 or fewer panelists, keep your opening statement to 10 minutes or less. If there are more than five panelists, the chair will divide 45 minutes equally among them for opening statements.
  2. Please be aware of the time you have spoken and do not monopolize the discussion. Many times, your co-presenters will not be native English speakers and may need more time to form their thoughts in English. Collegiality demands that we never interrupt anyone and that we listen, as well as talk.

E. Guidelines for Individual Presenters

Presenters of Papers: 
No presentation can exceed 20 minutes, and the Chair and any Commentators/Discussant must receive your paper in a timely manner (30 days in advance, keeping him/her aware of any substantive changes).

Be sure that your paper can be presented within the allotted time. Each presenter will have only 20 minutes (for a session of 3 papers) or 15 minutes (in those rare cases of sessions with 4 papers). If your paper runs longer, you will run the risk of being cut off without finishing, and may usurp another panelist’s time. Please be considerate.

Some thoughts on well presented papers:

Present your thesis, your main arguments, and a few salient details in the hope to excite your audience with a desire to discuss this issue with you in greater detail, beyond the confines of the session.

  1. Rehearse your paper before an audience—preferably an audience of colleagues. This will allow you to time your paper, test the rhythms and tone of your presentation, gauge audience receptivity, discover possible flaws in your arguments, anticipate other potential problems, and experience a bit of feedback from this rehearsal audience.
  2. The spoken word is not the written word. Avoid overly complex sentences, in which you and your audience can find yourselves lost in a maze of verbiage. Write simply and clearly.
  3. Try to avoid a monotone.
  4. Make eye contact with your audience and engage them.
  5. Do not rush through your presentation in a blur of words.
  6. If at all appropriate and relevant, bring handouts for the audience. About 35 copies are normally more than sufficient.
  7. If you are using a powerpoint or any other A/V device, please plan to arrive at the room at least 10 minutes in advance in order to make sure that everything is in working order. Many persons who use power point bring not only a flash drive, but also their own laptop with the file on its hard drive—just as back up. If you are a Mac user, it is a good idea to bring your own cables.
  8. In all cases where you plan on using A/V, assume total power failure—could your presentation survive a power outage?
  9. Relax and breathe—your colleagues are supportive of your research efforts and want you to succeed at having an excellent presentation!


Conference submission portal opens  |  October 1, 2016

Deadline to submit individual paper and panel proposals |  November 30, 2016

All early submitters will be notified regarding the acceptance status of their proposals  |  January 31, 2017

Preliminary schedule will be published online  |  May 15, 2017

Early conference registration ends  |  March 15, 2017

Regular conference registration rate ends  |  May 15, 2017

Late conference registration begins  |  May 16, 2017

All scheduled participants must be registered for the conference or have their names withdrawn from the program  |  April 15, 2017


The comprehensive conference schedule can be downloaded here – schedule.pdf

General Conference Schedule:

Thursday, June 22

4pm: Opening Reception with Keynote Speaker

Friday, June 23

9:00am – 5:30pm: Conference Sessions

Saturday, June 24

9:00am – 5:30pm: Conference Sessions
5:45pm – 7:30pm: Closing Reception


We are delighted to announce the Keynote Speaker at our Opening Reception will be John K. Thornton, Professor of History and African American Studies at Boston University.  Professor Thornton will be presenting a talk entitled, “Measuring Economic Development in Pre-Colonial Africa.”

John K. Thornton currently directs the African American Studies Program at Boston University. He received a BA from the University of Michigan and MA and PhD from UCLA, and has taught at the University of Zambia, University of Virginia, Allegheny College and Millersville University.

Thornton has published extensively, including five published books and another in press. His most recent book, A Cultural History of the Atlantic World won the WHA Bentley Book Prize in 2012. In addition, Thornton has published over 60 articles and chapters in scholarly journals.


Hotels rates in Boston often exceed $300 per night in the summer months, however, the WHA is pleased to offer a number of discounted group rates at qualities in Boston’s Back Bay area at the best possible rates. Please see below for the full list of our partner hotels where blocks have been specifically reserved for conference attendants.

The WHA is committed to providing every assistance to conference attendees and presenters.  This year, we are offering a roommate matching program for anyone who would like to share the cost of a hotel room/suite.  Please contact us at info@thewha.org or call 617-373-6818 if you wish to take advantage of this program.  We will do our best to provide the most suitable roommate matching, however, please let us know about any specifications you have in terms of roommates when requesting this service.


  • Northeastern University Campus

Northeastern University offers enhanced semi-private single and double accommodations in fully air-conditioned state-of-the-art residence halls. Each room adjoins another room via a shared bathroom. Rooms are equipped with twin-sized beds, desk, chair, dresser and closet. Linens are provided for all participants. All buildings have complimentary Wi-Fi.  Rooms are located on Northeastern’s main campus, and are a short walk from the conference venue.  For more information on these lodgings, please see the Participant Pre-Arrival Guide.
(Nearest Green Line Stop: Northeastern University; Nearest Orange Line Stop: Ruggles)

Single Rooms Available: 55
Double Rooms Available: 12

Single Room Rates: $75 per night
Double Room Rates: $60 per person per night

To Book:

  1. Access the WHA Online Store
  2. Scroll down to access the NU (Single) or NU (Double) Lodging
  3. You will need to select each night you wish to book individually, but will be able to pay for your whole stay at once.
  4. For those booking a double room: each guest should make their reservations individually.  Once you have made your reservation, please contact the WHA Office at info@thewha.org, and let us know with whom you will be sharing a room.

Please Note: If you need assistance arranging a roommate for a double room, please contact the WHA at info@thewha.org.


  • The Chandler Inn Hotel

The Chandler Inn Hotel offers 56 sparkling clean guest rooms in Boston’s sought after South End.  Surrounded by beautiful brownstones, brick sidewalks and within easy walking distance to the city’s finest shopping and dining.  Guests can also enjoy The Trophy Room, a new American Bistro and Bar that has already become a neighborhood favorite (menus for The Trophy Room can be found here).  The Chandler Inn Hotel is approximately 20 minutes from the Northeastern Campus by foot.
(Nearest Green Line Stop: Arlington; Nearest Orange Line Stop: Back Bay, Tufts Medical Center)

Rooms Available: June 21 – June 25, 2017

Room Rates: $200 per night, plus tax

To Book: Guests can call  617-482-3450 or within the continental US (outside of MA) at 800-842-3450. Please mention they you are with WHA at time of booking.


  • The Chandler Studios

Located in Boston’s uber hip South End, The Chandler Studios are just steps from Tremont Street’s restaurant row, fashionable Newbury Street, Back Bay Station, Copley Square and the Prudential Center, and feature beautifully appointed efficiency Studios.  Please note that our staff is located at our sister property, The Chandler Inn Hotel, (less than 1 block from Chandler Studios) and are available 24 hours a day.  Guests can also enjoy neighborhood-favorite American Bar and Bistro, The Trophy Room (menus for The Trophy Room can be found here).  The Chandler Studios are approximately 20 minutes from the Northeastern Campus by foot.
(Nearest Green Line Stop: Arlington; Nearest Orange Line Stop: Back Bay, Tufts Medical Center)

Rooms Available: June 21 – June 25, 2017

Room Rates: $230 – $250 per night, plus tax

To Book: Guests can call  617-482-3450 or within the continental US (outside of MA) at 800-842-3450. Please mention they you are with WHA at time of booking.


  • The Colonnade

Centrally located and exquisitely appointed, The Colonnade Hotel in Boston’s iconic Back Bay neighborhood is the contemporary luxury hotel of choice for the modern traveler. Nestled at the intersection of a quaint residential community and Boston’s main shopping districts in Copley Square and Newbury Street, our Back Bay address offers prime access to the Boston Symphony, Hynes Convention Center, Northeastern University and nearby transit, allowing you to get out and explore the best of Boston. The Colonnade also boasts Brasserie JO, one of the most authentic Back Bay restaurants, offering flavorful, creative, and carefully crafted French cuisine (menus for Brasserie JO can be found here).  The Colonnade is approximately 15 minutes from the Northeastern Campus by foot.
(Nearest Green Line Stop: Prudential; Nearest Orange Line Stop: Back Bay, Massachusetts Avenue)

Rooms Available: June 21 – June 25, 2017

Room Rates: $279 per night, plus tax

To Book: Guests can click on the following link to book at the WHA Conference rate:
World History Association 26th Annual Conference Reservation Booking Link for June 21st to 25th 2017


  • Boston Marriott Copley Place

Experience Boston’s Back Bay like never before at this stylish, perfectly located hotel. The Boston Marriott Copley Place has everything you need for a wonderful visit. Walk from the hotel to famous attractions including Boston Common and the Shops at Prudential Center, as well as beautiful Copley Square.  Beautifully appointed rooms and suites are designed to make your stay as comfortable as possible, and hotel perks include an indoor pool and a fitness center.  The Boston Marriott Copley Place is approximately 15-20 minutes from the Northeastern Campus by foot.
(Nearest Green Line Stop: Copley Square; Nearest Orange Line Stop: Back Bay)

Rooms Available: June 21 – June 24, 2017

Room Rates: $269 per night, plus tax

To Book: Guests can click on the following link to book at the WHA Conference rate:
Boston Marriott Copley Place Booking Site


  • The Midtown Hotel

Located at 220 Huntington Ave, The Midtown Hotel blends comfort and convenience with affordability. This moderately priced hotel, nestled in the heart of Boston’s Back Bay offers guests a comfortable and centrally located stay, complete with an outdoor pool, that is just steps away from The Prudential Center, Copley Place and the Hynes Convention Center, is near three subway stops on both the green and orange lines, and is approximately 5-10 minutes from the Northeastern Campus by foot.
(Nearest Green Line Stop: Prudential; Nearest Orange Line Stop: Massachusetts Ave)

Rooms Available: June 21 – June 24, 2017

Room Rates: $159 (single or double), $169 (triple), $179 (quad)

To Book: Guests can call The Midtown Hotel directly at 617-262-1000, or 800-343-1177 to speak to the Reservation Department, and ask for a reservation by identifying the block name: NEU World History Association, or by logging onto their website: www.midtownhotel.com and typing the block code HISTORYBOSTON into the “Group Code” box.


A Note to Conferees:

To keep registration fees and room rates affordable, we request that you make your hotel reservations at one of our contracted hotels. The WHA is committed to a contractual obligation in order to bring the room rate below the normal rate. If you stay at a hotel other than one of the official hotels, we may fall short of our housing obligations and will be financially responsible for any unfulfilled rooms. We thank you for this additional support.


We also suggest checking www.Booking.com or www.TripAdvisor.com for other reasonably priced accommodations.






  • Self-parking available by the hour (rate varies)
  • $48 overnight


  • Off-site parking: $40 daily
  • Valet parking: $54 daily (includes in-and-out privileges)


  • Guest overnight: $29
  • Hourly Rates:
    • 0-1 hours: $10
    • 1-2 hours: $19
    • 2-3 hours: $26
    • 3-6 hours: $31
    • 6-10 hours: $36
    • 10-24 hours: $40


Copley Place Garage
100 Huntington Ave.

Regular Rates:

  • 0-1 hours: $12
  • 1-2 hours: $20
  • 2-10 hours: $36
  • 20-24 hours: $40

Westland Parking Garage/ Symphony Hall Parking
35 Westland Ave.

Regular Rates:

  • 0-30 minutes: $8
  • 30 min-1 hour: $12
  • 1-1.5 hours: $18
  • 5-10 hours: $25
  • 10-12 hours: $28
  • 12-14 hours: $30
  • 14-24 hours: $33

Early Bird Special:

  • Monday-Friday: Enter before 9am and exit by 6pm: $20


Renaissance & Gainsborough Garages:

Hourly Rates:

  • 0-1 hour: $11
  • 1-2 hours: $18
  • 2-3 hours: $20
  • 3-4 hours: $24
  • 4-8 hours: $26
  • 8-12 hours: $28
  • 12-24 hours: $32

Renaissance Garage ONLY:

Weekend Guest Rates: 6pm Friday – 11:59pm Sunday

  • First 24 hours: $8
  • Whole weekend: $16


  • Most meters in the City have a 2-hour parking limit (if a meter is broken, you can park free for 1 hour)
  • Please check the area in which are parked carefully. Some of the streets around Northeastern, including Forsyth Way & Hemenway Street, are cleaned on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month.  Parking is prohibited on these streets between 12-4pm on these days
  • The price for metered parking is $1.25 per hour
  • Meters are in operation between 8am-8pm, and free on Sundays and holidays
  • Meters can be paid with the app available from park.boston.gov (a $.15 charge applies)
  • Parking tickets can be paid online at: https://www.boston.gov/departments/parking-clerk/how-pay-parking-ticket


Quick Eats:

Au Bon Pan
369 Huntington Ave. (Marino Center)
Always reliable, this counter-service chain serves soups, salads and sandwiches along with bread, pastries, and other baked goods, as well as coffee drinks and other beverages.

369 Huntington Ave. (Marino Center)
Northeastern is pleased to welcome this small chain to campus. Devoted to making fast food ‘real’ by offering salads, kale & quinoa bowls, burgers, sandwiches, and smoothies sourced only from local produce and farmers, and seasonal menu options that reflect the best that the region has to offer.

Panera Bread
289 Huntington Ave.
Revolutionizing the idea of “feel good food”, this counter-service chain offers hot and cold sandwiches, soups, and salads, bagels and pastries with no artificial preservatives, sweeteners, colors or flavors, and also serves delicious fair-trade coffees, teas, smoothies, and other beverages.

393 Huntington Ave.
This counter-service restaurant offers high-quality Mexican style food including tacos, custom burritos, and more. Vegetarian and healthier options are also available, making this a excellent choice for those in need of a quick refill.

There is also a food court located within the Northeastern Curry Student Center, offering a selection of fast foods, coffee, and prepared sandwiches, salads, and sushi.

Dine-In Options

* = Indicates a restaurant that accepts Husky Dining Cards

Bangkok Pinto*
1041 Tremont St.
A recent addition to the Northeastern neighborhood, this small, wonderfully friendly restaurant offers delicious traditional Thai cuisine with allergy-friendly options.

Boston Shawarma
315 Huntington Ave.
A no-frills family-run restaurant offering delicious and traditional Middle Eastern fare, including kebabs, falafel, and dolmas. This restaurant has quickly become a local favorite for its hearty dishes, fresh ingredients (including Halal meats) and affordable prices.

Conor Larkin’s Grill and Tap*
329 Huntington Ave.
A public house that offers a wide variety of beer and cocktails, burgers, and sandwiches, as well as brunch.

Five Horses Tavern
535 Columbus Ave.
A welcoming bar and restaurant serving 40 draft beers and cocktails, and modern American comfort food that incorporates locally-sourced ingredients. Also offers a number of vegetarian, vegan, and gluten free options.

Ginger Exchange
250 Huntington Ave.
A sure-fire bet for Pan-Asian cuisine, including sushi, a raw bar, a snazzy cocktail menu, and gluten-free options.

Lucy Ethiopian Café
334 Massachusetts Ave.
Named after the oldest-known Australopithecus woman, this warm and welcoming hidden gem offers traditional Ethiopian food and platters, with plenty of vegetarian options, along with plenty of homemade injera bread. Ethiopian coffee services are also offered on Fridays and Saturdays.

Mumbai Spice
251 Massachusetts Ave.
This new and delicious restaurant offers Indian and Indo-Chinese cuisine, bringing new and flavorful twists to well-loved dishes.

New American Café
465 Huntington Ave. (Located within the Museum of Fine Arts)
Situated below the soaring atrium of the Museum of Fine Arts, this trendy restaurant boasts a menu that features creative regional dishes from the Americas that are prepared with fresh, local ingredients, as well as North and South American wines and craft beers. This restaurant was selected as one of the best museum restaurants in the US by Food & Wine in 2014.

Pavement Coffeehouse
44 Gainsborough St.
A much-beloved local coffee house reflecting all the creativity of the Avenue of the Arts to heart with flavorful coffee drinks, hearty sandwiches. Comfy seating and free wifi encourages customers to linger and savor.

Pho & I*
267 Huntington Ave.
A fabulous local restaurant offering a wide variety of delicious and affordable Vietnamese and Thai cuisine—a campus favorite!

Temptations Café*
313 Huntington Ave.
A family-owned and operated café serving great coffee, and even better homemade salads, soups, and sandwiches. Also serving delicious breakfasts, snacks, and smoothies

Symphony Sushi
45 Gainsborough St.
Not only offering fresh sushi options ranging from the traditional to the wildly creative, this local favorite also offers a wealth of Pan-Asian delicacies, along with a substantial drinks menu.


All accepted panelists for the 26th Annual WHA Conference in Boston must be registered by April 7, 2017. Those not registered will be omitted from the conference program.


• Entry to all Conference Panels
• Entry to Exhibits
• Attendance at Keynote Address and Plenary Sessions
• Opening and Closing Receptions
• Conference Materials
• Morning and Afternoon Tea & Coffee Breaks


WHA Members: Regular Registration
Early $245 | Regular $325 | Late $355

Non-Members: Regular Registration
Early $395 | Regular $440 | Late $470

WHA Members: Full-Time Students
Please email a current, valid I.D. that confirms your full-time student status.
Early $125 | Regular $170 | Late $190

Guest Pass
Good for entry to tea/coffee breaks and social events only if accompanied by registered conferee.
Early $75 | Regular $90 | Late $100


Early Registration runs through March 15, 2017
Regular Registration runs from March 16, 2017 – May 15, 2017
Late Registration begins on May 16, 2017



Online registration for Boston is available here.

For those who prefer to register by mail, a hardcopy registration form can be downloaded here: Boston Conference Registration Paper Form.


The WHA strives to keep your total conference costs, including registration fees, as low as possible, and in line with many other ACLS organizations, even though the expenses to organize and implement the event have risen precipitously over the last few years.  This year, we are pleased to announce that we have early registration rates have been decreased, and are now lower than they have been in five years.

For those in need of funding assistance to attend the conference, information on scholarships can be found here: WHA Conference Scholarships. We are also able to offer a limited number of full or partial waivers for conference registration. The deadline for conference scholarships and fee waivers is March 15, 2017. The survival of the organization depends on your registration fees, however, so we ask that only those with extreme financial hardship apply for a reduced rate.


The World History Association offers several scholarship to attend the annual conference:

• World Scholar Travel Fund (offered to scholars and teachers primarily outside of North America)
• The William H. McNeill Teacher Scholarship (offered to K-12 and community college teachers)
• Partial or Full Conference Registration Fee Waivers (a limited number offered to WHA members with economic needs)

The deadline for these three scholarships is March 15, 2017. Information about these scholarships can be found here: Conference Scholarships.


Conference Refunds for Presenters and Panelists

Presenters and Panelists who are unable to secure funding from their institutions to attend the conference may request a full refund if a refund request is received by April 15, 2017. Requests must be made in writing or via email. Requests received after April 15, 2017 will incur a $75 administrative fee. Due to logistical reasons, refund requests received after May 15, 2017 can not be honored.

Conference Refunds for General Conferees

The last day for conference registration fee refunds (less a $75 administrative fee) is May 15, 2017. Requests must be made in writing or via email. Due to logistical reasons, refund requests received after May 15, 2017 can not be honored.

If you have any problems with registration or have any further questions, please e-mail us at: info@thewha.org.
For more information about the World History Association, please go to our main website: www.thewha.org.


If you are interested in exhibiting, placing an ad in the Conference Program, sponsoring the Keynote Address, a beverage break, or a reception at the conference, information is available here: WHA Exhibitor Form 2017 Boston Conference

Please return this form as soon as possible, as exhibition space is limited, and several places have already been reserved.



Tours and programs during our 2017 Boston Conference are listed in full below.  To purchase tickets, go to our online shopping option under the registration tab.

  • Fenway Park Tour: Wednesday, June 21 (11:30am – 1:00pm)

Though generations have come and gone, Fenway Park remains, much like it did the day it opened on April 20, 1912. Find out more about “America’s Most Beloved Ballpark” in a one-hour walking tour that will detail the history and legends of Fenway Park, from Pesky’s Pole to the world famous Green Monster which stands 37 feet 2 inches high overlooking left field.

Price for Fenway Park Tour: $15.00 per person

  • Boston By Foot Walking Tours

Currently celebrating its fortieth anniversary, Boston By Foot is a non-profit educational organization dedicated to promoting public awareness and appreciation of Boston’s rich history and architectural heritage by offering a wide range of guided tours around the city. Join us as we stroll through this storied city and discover the rich seafaring heritage that links Boston with the world history of trade, culture, and immigration, learn the fascinating stories of Boston’s Brahmins and their enormous cultural and social impact on the city and its denizens, and savor the beauty of Huntington Avenue’s most famous art museums, performing arts locations, and cultural icons.
Tours on offer (please click on the title of the tour for a description)

Brahmins of the Back BayThursday, June 22: 9:00am

Avenue of the ArtsWednesday, June 21: 12:30pm

Historic WaterfrontThursday, June 22: 7:00 pm

Price each individual tour (Brahmins of the Back Bay, Avenue of the Arts, and Historic Waterfront): $16.00 per person

  • The Boston Women’s Heritage Trail Walking Tour: Thursday, June 22 (1:00pm – 3:00pm)

Like The Hub’s two extant walks—the Freedom Trail and the Black Heritage Trail—this new historic trek take visitors through fascinating slices and stories from Boston’s illustrious past. Unlike its predecessors, the Boston Women’s Heritage Trail highlights the work of women, from household names like Abigail Adams, Phillis Wheatley, Amelia Earhart, Louisa May Alcott, and Rose Kennedy, to less-familiar leaders like Chew Shee Chin, Julia O’Connor, Clementine Langone, and Melnea Cass.  In the twenty years since its founding, The Boston Women’s Heritage Trail (BWHT) has worked to restore women to their rightful place in the history of Boston and in the school curriculum by uncovering, chronicling, and disseminating information about the women who have made lasting contributions to the City of Boston.

Price for Boston Women’s Heritage Trail Walking Tour: $15.00 per person

  • North End Walking Tour: Friday, June 23 (Evening)

The North End is Boston’s oldest residential area, and a place where some 10,000 residents call home.  Settled in the early 1600’s by the English Puritans, it is home to famous historical attractions such as the Paul Revere House and Old North Church and a large part of the Freedom Trail goes through the neighborhood.  Many people know the North End as “Boston’s Little Italy” for its many restaurants and the famous religious feasts held on summer weekends.  Join us for a walking tour of this utterly unique neighborhood, and end with dinner at one of the North End’s world-famous restaurants.

Price for North End Walking Tour: $15.00 per person

  • Northeastern University’s Xhibition Kitchen Demonstration: Friday, June 23 (6:00pm – 8:00pm)

This is our signature conference event – Cooking World History: An Atlantic World Feast.  Five world historians will demonstrate the culinary flavors of food history in the Xhibition Kitchen of Northeastern University.  They are Dr. Rick Warner: Ceviche Chifa (Chinese-influenced Peruvian); Dr. Candice Goucher: Crab Callaloo (African-Jamaican); Dr. Jonathan Reynolds: Jollof Rice (West African); Dr. Rebekah Pite: Empanadas Santiaguenas (Argentinian) and Dr. Jeffrey Pilcher: Chicken Mole (Mexican). The cutting edge venue at the dining halls is the Xhibition Kitchen, Northeastern University’s version of a Food Network set, including a state-of-the-art exhibition kitchen complete with overhead cameras that project onto flat screen high-definition televisions, induction stove tops, yellow granite counters and round top tables for classroom style seating.  A limited number of tickets will be available.  Includes food and two drinks (Choice of wine and beer, sparking water).  This event is also supported by grants from WHA individuals and other sources.  Join us in exploring our conference theme of “Food in World History” in a whole new way.

Price for Xhibition Kitchen Event: $75.00 per person

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