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2015 Savannah Conference

June 30, 2015 - July 2, 2015

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The World History Association will hold its 24th annual conference in historic Savannah, Georgia from June 30-July 2, 2015.

The conference will be held at the Hyatt Regency Savannah, the official conference hotel, which offers deluxe accommodations, stunning views, and free internet access, all at low conference rates. Located in the very heart of Savannah’s river-front street, the hotel provides an ideal setting and easy access to explore the city by foot, by trolley, or tram.

Please plan on joining us for a wonderful conference and experience true Southern hospitality!

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



The 24th Annual World History Association Conference Call for Papers
Savannah, Georgia  |  June 30-July 2, 2015
Submission Deadline  |  February 6, 2014


This year’s conference themes are: “Art in World History” and “Revolutions, Rebellions, and Revolts.”

The World History Association eagerly invites proposals from students, scholars, and teachers around the world on topics related to the scholarly and/or pedagogical aspects of the conference’s themes:

•  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

•  Proposals for poster displays and presentations

•  Meet the Author sessions—an excellent opportunity for exchanges between authors and end-users 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 scholarly and pedagogical proposals. 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.

Each proposal should include: a maximum 250-word abstract for each paper, a one page curriculum vitae for each participant, and biographical details for use in the introduction by the chair. 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.



Please read the entire submission instructions before proceeding to submit your abstract(s).



If you are submitting an ORGANIZED PANEL, ROUNDTABLE OR WORKSHOP, please read the definitions below to select the appropriate category and click on the correct link to submit your proposal.

An Organized Paper Panel consists of three (but no more than four) paper presenters, one chair, and optionally, one discussant, and lasts for 90 minutes. Individual papers should not exceed 20 minutes in length and will be followed by 10 minutes of discussion time.

Please note that ALL paper presenters on an Organized Paper Panel will also need to submit an individual paper abstract, using the Individual Abstract link immediately below.

The Panel Organizer should submit information about the organized panel, using this link: Organized Paper Panel Abstract Submission.

Individual presenters on Organized Paper Panels should submit their individual paper abstracts using this link:
Individual Paper Abstract Submission.

An Organized Roundtable Panel, where typically 3-6 people will discuss a common theme, idea or topic with moderation provided by a Chair, consists of each participant presenting a five-minute opening statement, preceded by a conversational dialogue with the other panel members and the audience.

Roundtable Panel Sessions do NOT have individual papers presented. If individual papers will be presented, please submit the proposal using the regular ORGANIZED PAPER PANEL abstract submission links in the previous section.

To submit information for an Organized Roundtable, click here: Organized Roundtable Panel Abstract Submission.

Workshops on specific teaching techniques or practices and may have between 1-4 panelists. Individual papers may or may not be presented in a workshop.

If Individual Papers will be presented in the WORKSHOP, please note that EACH presenter will also need to submit an Individual Paper abstract, using the Individual Abstract link below.

The Workshop Organizer should submit information about the workshop panel using this link: Organized Workshop Panel Abstract Submission.

Workshop panelists who intend to present an individual paper should submit their individual paper abstracts using this link:
Individual Paper Abstract Submission.

Organized Paper Panel Abstract Submission
Organized Roundtable Panel Abstract Submission
Organized Workshop Panel Abstract Submission



ALL paper presenters will need to submit an Individual Paper Abstract, whether part of an Organized Paper Panel or not. If your paper is part of an Organized Paper Panel, there will be a field to indicate the Organized Panel title and the panel organizer’s name. If your paper is not part of a pre-organized panel, leave the field blank. Submit your abstract using this link: Individual Paper Abstract Submission.

Poster sessions present a different way to convey information on the teaching of world history. Click here for Guidelines for Creating Conference Posters. Submit your abstract using this link: Individual Poster Abstract Submission.

Meet the Author sessions provide an excellent opportunity for exchanges between authors and end-users of books and texts, explanations of methods, and suggestions for use. Each author is free to decide how to best utilize this session. Authors are asked to provide a brief description of how they intend to use this time to attract the most appropriate audience. Submit your abstract using this link: Meet the Author Proposal Submission.

Individual Paper Abstract Submission
Individual Poster Abstract Submission
Meet the Author Proposal Submission

Please note: ALL paper presenters, whether part of an organized panel or not, will need to submit an individual abstract using the “Individual Paper Abstract Submission” link above.


To download the Abstract Submission Instructions in hardcopy format, click here: Submission Instructions.

If you have any questions regarding your submission please contact Maryanne Rhett, Conference Program Chair, at: mrhett@monmouth.edu.



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 symposia 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 contact you with the 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 encourage a quite 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 that you can excite within your audience 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, to test the rhythms and tone of your presentation, to gauge audience receptivity, to discover possible flaws in your arguments, to anticipate other potential problems, and to 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 power point or any other A/V device 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  |  August 10, 2014

All early submitters will be notified regarding the acceptance status of their proposals  |  January 31, 2015

Preliminary schedule will be published online  |  March 15, 2015

All scheduled participants must be registered for the conference or have their names withdrawn from the program  |  April 15, 2015

Early conference registration ends  |  March 15, 2015

Regular conference registration rate ends  |  May 15, 2015

Late conference registration begins  |  May 16, 2015




Tuesday, June 30, 2015
9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.  |  Optional Morning City Walking Tour
8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.  |  Optional AP World History Teacher Workshop
9:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.  |  Executive Council Meeting
11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. |  Exhibitor Set-up
2:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.  |  Conference Registration
3:00 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.  |  Optional Conference Orientation/Mentor-Mentee Meet-Up
4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.  |  Opening Ceremony and Keynote Address
5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.  |  Opening Reception/Book Exhibit

Wednesday, July 1, 2015
8:00 a.m. – 5:45 p.m.  |  Conference Registration
9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.  |  Session A
10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.  |  Book Exhibit
10:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.  |  Morning Break
11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.  |  Session B
12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.  |  Lunch Break
12:30 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.  |  Optional Graduate Student Lunch Meeting
12:30 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.  |  Optional Teachers’ Lunch Meeting
2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.  |  Session C
3:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.  |  Afternoon Break
4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.  |  Session D
5:30 p.m.  |  Informal No-Host Reception Hyatt Regency VU Lounge

Thursday July 2, 2015
7:45 a.m. – 5:45 p.m.  |  Conference Registration
8:00 a.m. – 8:45 a.m.  |  Business Meeting
10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.  |  Book Exhibit
9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.  |  Session E
10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.  |  Morning Break
11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.  |  Session F
12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.  |  Lunch
12:30 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.  |  Optional Affiliates’ Lunch Meeting
12:30 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.  |  Optional Community College Lunch Meeting
2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.  |  Session G
3:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.  |  Afternoon Break
4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.  |  Session H
5:45 p.m. – 6:15 p.m.  |  WHA Awards and Closing Ceremony
6:15 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.  |  Closing Light Reception



The Keynote Speaker to be announced.



The Hyatt Regency Savannah, the conference venue and official conference hotel, offers deluxe accommodations, stunning views of the Savannah River, and free internet access at low conference rates. Located in the very heart of Savannah’s river-front street and encompassed within the famed Historic District, the largest historic district in the country, where you can view stately Georgia homes, landmark architecture, and historic Forsyth Park. The hotel provides an ideal setting to explore the city by foot, by trolley, or tram while being conveniently located only 10 miles from Savannah Hilton Head International Airport.

Rates are $154 single or double occupancy, exclusive of 13% sales tax, and $1 Savannah City rooming charge.

The discount code will be sent to you in the confirmation email you received when you register for the conference. Please note that conference rooms and rates are limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Click here for general information about the Hyatt Regency Savannah.


To keep registration fees and room rates affordable we request that you make your hotel reservations at our contracted hotel, the Hyatt Regency Savannah. 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 the official hotel we may fall short of our housing obligations and will be financially responsible for any unfulfilled rooms. We thank you for this additional support.


Savannah has an abundance of hotels at a variety of price, and an alternative list of hotels will be provided shortly. We also suggest checking www.Hotels.com or www.TripAdvisor.com for other reasonably priced accommodations.




• 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 $295 | Regular $325 | Late $355

Non-Members: Regular Registration*
Early $410 | Regular $440 | Late $470

*This includes a complimentary one-year membership to the World History Association.
The non-member conference rates also apply to retired, non-employed, and student conferees who are not current members.

WHA Members: Full-Time Students
Please email a current, valid I.D. that confirms your full-time student status.
Early $150 | 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 now through March 15, 2015
Regular Registration runs from March 16, 2015 – May 15, 2015
Late Registration begins on May 16, 2015



We ask that, in order to save time, eliminate potential errors, and reduce staff costs, you register online: Savannah Conference Online Registration.

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



The WHA strives to keep your total conference costs, including registration fees, as low as possible, even though the expenses to organize and implement the event have risen precipitously over the last few years. WHA conference fees are in line with many other ACLS organizations, and this year’s rates are the same rates as for our conference three years ago in 2012.

We listened to your suggestions on ways to improve the conference experience and have accordingly moved this year’s conference to a hotel setting. With that added convenience come some additional costs which are reflected in the registration fees. To offset this we are pleased to report that the WHA has negotiated very reasonable room rates at the conference hotel which will result in lowering your total costs.

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 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.

We know the conference in Savannah will be an enriching experience, both personally and professionally, for everyone in attendance, and we hope you feel the cost of registration is worth keeping the organization in good standing financially. We appreciate your understanding in this regard and looking forward to seeing you in Savannah.



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)

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, 2015. Requests must be made in writing or via email. Requests received after April 15, 2015 will incur a $75 administrative fee. Due to logistical reasons, refund requests received after May 15, 2015 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, 2015. Requests must be made in writing or via email. Due to logistical reasons, refund requests received after May 15, 2015 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.



Graduate level extension semester credits are available through the University of San Diego. Details about the program can be found on the USD Extension Credit Form Savannah. More information is available at pce.sandiego.edu/index.jsp.

Questions regarding registration and credits should be directed to:

Marilyn Green
University of San Diego, Professional and Continuing Education
619-260-5902  |  marilyngreen@sandiego.edu  |  pce.sandiego.edu



If you are interested in exhibiting, placing an ad in the Conference Program, sponsoring the Keynote Address, a coffee break, or a reception at the conference, information is available here: 2015 Savannah Conference Exhibitor Form.






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