2018 Milwaukee Conference

[photo of Milwaukee Art Museum]

The World History Association’s 2018 conference will be a joint meeting with the Midwest World History Association in Milwaukee, 21–23 June 2018, sponsored by the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee, Marquette University, and other partners.

Check this space for more information as the conference date draws closer.

Important Dates

  • 20 December 2017: Deadline to submit individual paper and panel proposals
  • 31 January 2018: All early submitters will be notified regarding the acceptance status of their proposals
  • 1 March 2018: Last day to register at the early registration rate
  • 15 April 2018: All scheduled participants must be registered for the conference or have their names withdrawn from the program
  • 15 May 2018: Preliminary schedule will be published online and last day to register at the regular registration rate
  • 21 June 2018: Conference begins


Gregory T. Cushman, associate professor of international environmental history at the University of Kansas, will deliver the 2018 keynote address. Prof. Cushman earned his Ph.D. in history from the University of Texas and has been a member of the faculty at KU since 2003; he has also taught at Southwestern University in Texas and Pannonia University in Hungary. His most recent book, Guano and the Opening of the Pacific World: A Global Ecological History (Cambridge, 2013) has received multiple awards, including the AHA’s 2014 Jerry Bentley Prize.


The 2018 WHA conference will be held at the UWM School of Continuing Education building at 161 W. Wisconsin Ave in downtown Milwaukee. Thanks to this facility’s size and amenities, we will be able to hold all conference sessions, vendor displays, and breaks under one roof this year.


Discounted parking at the conference venue (a $6 daily rate) is available to conference attendees. Validation instructions will be available at conference registration.


InterContinental Milwaukee

Our host hotel in Milwaukee is the InterContinental Milwaukee, located on 139 E. Kilbourn Ave in downtown Milwaukee. Centrally located, the hotel is 0.4 miles from the conference venue, a half mile from the Milwaukee Public Market and one block from the Milwaukee Riverwalk. In addition to the fine dining restaurants in the hotel, they also offer an experience restaurant concept called Table 75. All of the ingredients at Table 75 are sourced within 75 miles.

A special conference rate of $149 per night ($99 per night for students) is available:

Marquette University

As a hotel alternative, we are offering lodging at Marquette University’s Straz Tower at 915 W. Wisconsin Ave. This building sits on the eastern edge of the Marquette University campus and is 0.8 miles from the conference venu. These single rooms are spacious and air-conditioned with private bathrooms. Furnishings include extra-long twin beds, dressers, desks, and chairs. Bed and bath linens, an alarm clock/radio and complimentary wi-ii are also provided. The building boasts 24-hour front desk services, common areas on each floor, coin-operated laundry and vending machines. Room rates are $56 per night. To book, contact Carrie Enea at carrie.enea@marquette.edu or by telephone at +1.414.288.7887.


A variety of organized tours and other outings will be available to conference participants, including tours of the Milwaukee Public Museum and the Pabst Mansion. Further outings will be posted here as they are confirmed.

Exhibitor Information

Sponsorship and exhibit opportunities are available, including (inter alia) receptions, focus groups, and publishers’ tables. For more information, see the 2018 exhibitor form.