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WHA 31st Annual Conference

23-25 June, 2022 | Bilbao, Spain

The Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao
The Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao

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 conferenceDistance, Mobility, and Migration.

Bilbao’s recent engagement with international tourism also means that when not participating in a conference session, attendees are within walking distance of many historic sites and modern attractions.  More information will be made available soon on the conference homepage detailing opportunities for lodging, keynote speakers, and external tours and cultural events.

Logo of the 2022 conference.  Shows profile of La Salve Bridge and dates 22-25 June

To read more on this exciting conference, to view the full call for proposals (in English, Spanish, and Basque), or to submit a proposal for the conference, visit the conference homepage on our website.

Baobab is Back!

Our “Under the Baobab” Series Continues with New Guests and Topics for this Autumn

Under the Baobab Series logo
Conversations and Community
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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

Fall 2021 continues on November 18 at 6pm (EST) with Baobab XI: Bodies Under Inter-Imperial Duress.  This forum will offer a roundtable-style discussion considering what an “inter-imperial” model brings to analyses of world history and politics. How does this model complement, challenge, or reconfigure other models (comparative, connected, postcolonial, world-system) within the multi-vectored field of empires? What emerges when considering the discursive-material legacies of successive empires as co-constituted with the sustaining, resisting practices of conscripted peoples? How have aesthetic and knowledge formations interacted with political-economic formations to enable justice-seeking transformation–as well as imperial interpellation?

For thoughts on these questions and more, join scholars Laura Doyle (University of Massachusetts-Amherst), Hayrettin Yücesoy (Washington University-St. Louis), Jessica Wang (University of British Columbia), and Augusto Espiritu (University of Illinois) on November 18 as they continue a line of thought developed in their roundtable discussion from the 2021 WHA Annual Meeting. To learn more about the scholars, visit the Baobab homepage.

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.

Registration is open now for Baobab XI: Bodies Under Inter-Imperial Duress.

Mark your calendars! The final “Under the Baobab” of 2021 will be held on December 7. More details about this session will be released soon.

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

Additional Items

Read Archived Editions of Our Blog: “Pandem Mondus”

A view into the year of 2020, Pandem-Mondus features thoughts on teaching, researching, and living in the midst of a pandemic and other global challenges.

Pandem Mondus

The World History Association Opposes the Ransacking of American Democracy.

The World History Association is a signatory of the American Historical Association’s statement condemning “the actions of those who, on January 6, stormed the United States Capitol.” Click here to see the full statement.

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, the largest city in the Basque Country. Members also get a free on-line access to the Journal of World History, in addition to other benefits.

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

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