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WHA 31st Annual Conference

Co-Sponsored with UPV/EHU | 23-25 June, 2022 in Bilbao, Spain

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.

The Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao
The Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao
Logo of the University of Basque Country

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. This conference is being co-sponsored by University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU).


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

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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 December 7 at a new time of 7pm (EST) with Baobab XII: The Thai Monarchy in Global Affairs. This session will begin with an informative talk from Dr. Michael G. Vann (Professor at California State University). Following that, we’ll hear from Dr. Pavin Chachavalpongpun (Assoc. Professor at Kyoto University), on the historically significant role the Thai monarchy has played in global affairs. From the 19th to 20th century, the Thai monarchy fully engaged in a conduct of diplomacy at the critical time when colonialism attacked Southeast Asia, and thus, caught in the middle of two powers: Britain and France, kings of Siam (former name of Thailand) “bent with the prevailing wind” to save the kingdom and his throne from external threats. In the later 20th century, political interests between the United States and the monarchy were forever intertwined. Thailand, as a result, implemented a pro-US, anti-communist, pro-monarchy and pro-military policy, a standpoint that placed Washington at the heart of Thai affairs.

To learn more about these scholars and the upcoming session, 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 XII: The Thai Monarchy in Global Affairs.

Session 12 will be the final Under the Baobab of 2021. The series will return in early 2022 with new sessions addressing a wide variety of topics. Follow us on social media for the quickest updates, or check this page later.


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.

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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