2022: Distance, Mobility, and Migration

Bilbao, Spain | 23-25 June, 2022

The Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao as seen from the "La Salve" Bridge
The Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao
as seen from the “La Salve” Bridge

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.

This year’s conference is entitled: Distance, Mobility, and Migration and is being co-sponsored by University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU). For the Basque people of Bilbao, the experience of movement across great distances is a central element of their history and identity.  For WHA members and friends, our conference in Bilbao offers the opportunity to present research and spark conversation addressing issues of: borders, territoriality, diaspora, industrialization, resistance, and tourism.  See the call for proposals below for a full list of potential discussion topics.

Bilbao’s more recent engagement with international tourism also means that when not attending a conference session, attendees are within walking distance of many historic sites and modern attractions (among which is the famous Guggenheim Museum designed by Frank Gehry).  More information will be made available soon detailing opportunities for lodging, keynote speakers, and external tours and cultural events.


Registration for our 31st Annual WHA Conference, Bilbao 2022, is available below. Rates for both in-person and virtual attendance are the same, due to the expense of virtual components. Unlike past years, we have extended our early registration rate through March 31, 2022. To secure the best rate, register during Early Registration as a WHA member.

WHA Members: early $195 | regular $275 | late $280
Student Members: early $90 | regular $125 | late $145
Non-Member Rates: early $350 | regular $440 | late $470
Guest*: early $75 | regular $90 | late $100

If needed, registration refunds are available through May 15, 2022.

Live registrants will be required to submit proof of vaccination or negative Covid results prior to attending the conference on June 23. Details will be forthcoming in the coming weeks. Mask mandates may be in place per University of the Basque Country and/or the city of Bilbao.

*Guests must be accompanied by a full paying registrant and can only attend beverage breaks, receptions and keynote.

Important Dates

Times in Bilbao Local Time

November 30, 2021: Proposal Deadline I (hard deadline to be considered for expedited evaluations)

January 15, 2022: Proposal Deadline II (final submission deadline)

January 24, 2022: WHA members and conference registrants receive digital access to 2018 documentary on the Franco dictatorship: The Silence of Others. This documentary is the subject of the first publicly announced roundtable of Bilbao 2022!

February 1, 2022: Lodging options in Bilbao launch on WHA website, as well as conference scholarship information.

February 15, 2022: Bilbao 2022 day tours schedule and registration launch on website.

March 15, 2022: Scholarship applications due.

April 1, 2022: First day of regular registration begins.

May 15, 2022: First day of late registration begins.

June 23, 2022: Conference begins

June 25, 2022: Conference concludes

This year’s conference logo features
the iconic profile of Bilbao’s “La Salve” Bridge,
which connects the city center to its suburbs
Logo of the University of Basque Country
Thank you to the University of the Basque Country,
our co-sponsors for the conference.

More details and registration information will be released soon!

Conference Proposals


See the call for proposals available here in English, Spanish, and Basque (leer en español OR irakurri euskaraz).

Submit a Proposal

To submit a proposal for the 2022 conference, follow the appropriate link to complete a proposal form.

Please note: Organized Panels, Roundtable Sessions, and Workshop Session are given priority in the program and may receive earlier notification of acceptance. Individual Papers will also be considered, and if accepted, are arranged into suitable panels by the Program Committee.

The principal conference language will be English, but the University of Basque Country and the World History Association will make every effort to accomodate Basque and/or Spanish language proposals (within the bounds of budgetary and logistical constraints).