Pittsburgh 2023: ENERGIES

From June 22-June 24, 2023, the World History Association, in partnership with the University of Pittsburgh’s World History Center, will be holding our 32nd Annual Meeting in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.


From June 22-June 24, 2023, the World History Association, in partnership with the University of Pittsburgh’s World History Center, will be holding our 32nd Annual Meeting in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. As one of the earliest developers of coal and oil energy and home to one of the country’s top World History programs, the “Steel City” is the perfect locale for the Meeting’s overarching theme, ENERGIES, where scholars from across the globe will have the opportunity to present new and innovative research on a vast array of energy-related topics. In addition to a weekend of stimulating intellectual pursuits, participants will also be treated to an Opening Reception at the historic Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, complete with 23 distinctive gardens spread across 15 acres just a few miles from the very heart of downtown Pittsburgh. For more information on this stunning architectural and botanical marvel, please visit https://www.phipps.conservatory.org/.

Information on paper status should be to all submitters by February 10. The conference program will be published on the online platform starting in April, therefore, those wishing to give their paper at our Pittsburgh ENERGIES Conference should have conference registration paid no later than March 15, 2023.  Please go to our registration & rates pages, or email us, for specific information: https://www.thewha.org/conferences/2023-energies/.

Additional Information

Individual Paper




Meet the Author Session


Organized Panel Session


Roundtable Session


Workshop Session


The 32nd Annual WHA Conference, ENERGIES, features two keynote speakers who bring a wealth of knowledge and expertise in environmental history.  Opening the proceedings on June 22 will be Dr. Brian Black of Penn State – Altoona.  On June 24, Dr. Victor Seow of Harvard University will deliver the conference’s concluding address.  


Brian Black is distinguished professor of Environmental Studies and History at Penn State Altoona, where he also currently serves as Head of the Division of Arts and Humanities.  Most of his research and writing emphasizes petroleum and energy history, and he is the author or editor of several books, including: Petrolia: The Landscape of American’s First Oil Boom, Crude Reality: Petroleum in World History and most recently, To Have and Have Not: Energy in World History (THHN).  Black’s articles have appeared in the Journal of American History, Environmental History, USA Today, and the New York Times. His comments will tie these larger efforts to the regional stories of western Pennsylvania, birthplace of the American oil industry.

Seow Profile Pic

Victor Seow is a historian of technology, science and industry, specializing in China and Japan in global contexts and in histories of energy and work.  His first book, Carbon Technocracy: Energy Regimes in Modern East Asia(Chicago, 2021), uses the history of what was once East Asia’s largest coal mine to explore the rise of the fossil fuel economy and the technocratic state in China and Japan and more generally, the relationships between energy and power in the industrial modern age.  He is currently writing a new book on industrial psychology as a science of work and a technology of production in China.


To register for the Pittsburgh 2023 Conference, please visit https://netforum.avectra.com/eweb/DynamicPage.aspx?Site=WHA&WebCode=EventList&FromSearchControl=Yes.

The conference registration rates are as follows:

Early rates through 3/15/23:

WHA members: $195

Student members: $50

High school teacher members: $50*

Non-members: $350

Guest rate: $75

* Due to a generous grant from the OER Project, high school teachers receive a reduced rate of $50 and a $50 WHA membership rate through 3/15/2023. 

Regular rates through 5/15/23:

WHA members: $275

Student members: $100

Teacher members: $100

Non-members: $440

Guest rate: $90

Late rates starting 5/16/23:

WHA members: $280

Student members: $145

Non-members: $470

Guests: $100

The Conference scholarship application deadline is February 15, 2023, and more information on this will be forthcoming soon. Eligible applicants include those specified by the scholarship description, and those who have not received scholarships in the past. 

32nd Conference Scholarships

WHA World Scholar Travel Fund

The WHA invites applicants to apply for the World Scholar Travel Fellowship.  This fund enables the primary recipient to attend with round-trip air fare and conference registration paid by the WHA.  Additional funding may or may not be available; that will be determined at a later date.  If there is a secondary recipient, the WHA will fund their registration and conference accommodations.  Priority is given to conference attendees residing outside North America who do not have travel funding from their home institutions.  All possible attempts at securing other funding should be made prior to applying for the fellowship.

The World Scholar Travel Fellowship is offered on a competitive basis.  Eligibility for the fellowship is based on acceptance by the Conference Program Committee of an individual paper, whether or not part of an organized panel, or a poster for the poster session.  No person who has received a travel fellowship in a previous year may apply for another fellowship.  Applicants must be willing to apply for and finance their own visas to the conference site.

Applicants must include the following: 1) CV (two pages maximum); and 2) a statement of no more than 250 words describing economic need and how the applicant would benefit from attending the annual meeting.  Fellowships are awarded by a selection committee appointed by the WHA President.

The application deadline is February 15, 2023. Applications for the World Scholar Travel Fund should be submitted directly to the Executive Director <info@thewha.org>.

NERWHA WHA Travel Grant

The New England Regional World History Association is now accepting applications for its WHA Travel Grant, which offers two $500 travel grants meant primarily for college-level adjuncts. Adjuncts who are NERWHA members are given first priority, although other applications are still eligible. You can become a member here: https://www.nerwha.org/.

In order to apply, please send a single MS Word document to the WHA Executive Director (info@thewha.org) with the following:

  • 1) a brief statement of your need;
  • 2) a travel budget with all sources of funding indicated;
  • 3) a one-page CV;
  • 4) a copy of the abstract/proposal that you presented to the WHA.

The deadline for applications is February 15, 2023.


Blocks of rooms for Pittsburgh ENERGIES the 32nd annual WHA conference are available below.  

For air travel, the Pittsburgh International Airport (code: PIT) is the largest airport in the region.  Tours related to the conference will begin on Thursday, June 22 through Friday, June 23.  Tour information will be published by mid-February. 

University of Pittsburgh Housing

Bouquet Gardens is located a short walk from the heart of Pitt campus and Posvar Hall, where much of the World History Association Conference will take place. Single rooms in apartment style units are available. All four person apartments in Bouquet Gardens include two bathrooms and are furnished with a living room, dining area, and kitchen. All buildings have air conditioning. 

For more information visit: https://www.pc.pitt.edu/housing-services/university-owned-housing/bouquet-gardens 

The link to sign up for Bouquet Gardens housing via University of Pittsburgh is here: https://panthercentralpitt.wufoo.com/forms/xo58bu61jh3a5h/

Wyndham Pittsburgh University Center

This hotel is a stone's throw from the University of Pittsburgh campus and the preferred hotel of the university.  WHA members have been extended a special block rate of $149 per night and the choice of rooms with one king or two queen beds.  The hotel not only has a gym, but an indoor pool as well.

Go to this link to reserve: https://www.wyndhamhotels.com/wyndham/pittsburgh-pennsylvania/wyndham-pittsburgh-university-center/rooms-rates?&checkInDate=06/20/2023&checkOutDate=06/25/2023&groupCode=062123WHA

Rooms are available for booking through May 30th.  If you need reservation assistance, call the hotel at (412)682-6251. 



The World History Association has organized a conference every year since 1992, bringing together academic historians, college instructors, and secondary school teachers of world history, as well as occasional symposia on special topics.