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WHA 31st Annual Conference

23-25 June, 2022 in Bilbao, Spain on the Campus of our Co-Sponsors UPV/EHU

The WHA is headed to Spain! Situated seven miles inland from the Bay of Biscay, the city of Bilbao is the capital of Bizkaia Province in Spain’s Basque Autonomous Region.  Over the past 700 years, the city has been an inter-imperial trading hub, a key to Imperial Spain’s maritime infrastructure, a center of resistance to fascism’s global rise, and a modern exemplar of the power of cultural tourism as an engine of urban renewal.  With such a storied past, world historians should find Bilbao a compelling and exciting location in which to discuss and debate the topic of this year’s conference “Distance, Mobility, and Migration.”

Thank you to our co-sponsors at the University of the Basque Country.

Check out the newly announced cultural excursions and tours in Bilbao!

Annual Conference Keynote Speakers Announced!

Dr. Joseba Agirreazkuenaga
Dr. Joseba Agirreazkuenaga

The WHA is pleased to announce two exciting keynote speakers for this year’s conference: Dr. Tatiana Seijas (Associate Professor of History, Rutgers University) and Dr. Joseba Agirreazkuenaga (Professor of History, University of the Basque Country). Follow the link below to learn more about our esteemed keynote speakers.

Photo of Dr. Tatiana Seijas with recent publication
Dr. Tatiana Seijas

To register for this exciting conference, apply for scholarships, or see lodging options, we encourage you to visit the conference homepage on our website.

Bloomsbury-WHA New Monograph Prize

Bloomsbury Publishing and the World History Association are excited to announce a brand new joint initiative which will further our commitment to promoting publications in the field of world history. Beginning with workshops focused on the ever-timely topic of converting a PhD thesis or dissertation into a monograph, the initiative will invite early career scholars to submit their theses to be considered for the “Diversity in World History First Monograph Prize,” which awards its winner with a publishing contract from Bloomsbury.

The first prize workshop will be on Wednesday 30th March 2022, at 18:00 hours CET//12 noon EST/9 am PST. It will be virtual and free to access. If you are interested in attending, register here: 

https://bit.ly/3KP0jbO

Under the Baobab

Our “Under the Baobab” Series Commences Again on April 26!

Under the Baobab Series logo
Conversations and Community
in World History

This lecture series addresses a variety of topics related to teaching and learning in a world still experiencing the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic.  Each monthly session features practical advice and offers the opportunity for engagement with friends and colleagues of the World History Association as they share new research, timely insights, and help spark lively conversation.  Archived on our website, past sessions have included issues such as the intersection of history and journalism, new approaches to the structure of world history survey courses, and the role maritime history plays in defining world history.

Upcoming Session

Baobab convenes again on Tuesday, April 26 with #13, The Dissertation Edition. If you are seeking a window into the most recent cutting-edge scholarship in World History, this session delivers. This Under the Baobab features live discussion with our three 2021 Dissertation Prize winners.

To learn more about these scholars and the upcoming session, visit the Baobab homepage. If you have ideas or suggestions for future sessions, contact the WHA office directly.

Registration Details

Advanced registration is required and is entirely free for current WHA members.  If you are not a member of the WHA yet but would like to participate in “Under the Baobab,” there is a $10 registration fee.

Register today!


Thanks to the OER Project for their generous support of Under the Baobab!

Additional Items

The WHA Becomes the New Home for History for the 21st Century (h/21)

An organic collaboration begun in early 2021, WHA President Jonathan Reynolds says, “[This is] the kind of partnership that will help us to develop and share innovative teaching ideas – and at the same time make the lives of teachers everywhere just a bit easier.” Visit their website to learn more and to find opportunities to contribute to the project.

Logo of the h/21 project

The World History Association Joins Statement in Support of Afghan Scholars and Students

The World History Association is a co-signer of Middle East Studies Association’s appeal to US President Biden, Secretary of State Blinken and Secretary of Homeland Security Mayorkas, seeking immediate action to enable the safe and speedy relocation of Afghanistan’s students and scholars in the United States. Read the full statement on MESA’s website.

WHA Members Take Note!

Login to thewha.org to gain special streaming access to the award-winning film “The Silence of Others” during Spring of 2022.

Why join the WHA?

Members receive a significant discount on the registration fee for the annual WHA conference, including our exciting 2022 conference in Bilbao, Spain. Members also get free online access to the Journal of World History, in addition to other benefits like our new prize partnership with Bloomsbury Academic.

For more information, see the membership information page—or join or renew now!


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