2020 UTAH conference

The World History Association’s 29th Annual Conference will be held in Salt Lake City from June 25 – 27 2020, where the conference theme will be “Sustainability & Preservation: Local + Regional + Global.”

We will gather in the Foothill Cultural District (http://www.foothillcd.com/) where museums meet nature.

UTAH 2020 Info Utah CFP Submission 2020 Program


The hotel registration for the WHA 29th Annual Conference in Salt Lake City is now available! To take advantage of hotel block pricing, click here.  Click here for student rooms at the Marriott.

The conference opens Thursday, June 25 at the Marriott with the Keynote Speaker and Opening Reception in the gardens and the sessions commencing Friday at the University of Utah.  The hotel offers guests a complimentary shuttle within a two mile radius, a Starbuck’s and restaurants and is approximately a 10 minute walk to WHA sessions.  

The pricing for the WHA block of hotel rooms are $149 per night for conference registrants and $115 per night for students with a 3pm check in time. Rooms in the WHA block must be booked by June 2, 2020 and are managed directly through the Marriott. These prices are based on single or double occupancy. The room tax rate is 13.82% per day.

Our block of rooms will be available from Tuesday, June 23 through Sunday, June 28. To accommodate all registrants, the WHA office can connect people seeking roommates. If interested or if you have any questions, please email us at info@thewha.org.


10 January 2020: Revised deadline for conference Call for Papers.

1 March 2020: Last day to register at early registration rate.

15 March 2020: Last day for scholarship applicants to apply for UTAH 2020 awards.

15 April 2020: Preliminary UTAH 2020 schedule will be published online, which will be updated weekly through June.

15 May 2020: Last day to register at the regular registration rate.

25 June 2020: Conference begins. Join us for opening ceremonies starting with the Keynote Address, followed by the Opening Reception at the Marriott University Park, Salt Lake City. Sessions will begin on Friday, June 26 at the University of Utah Campus.


The UTAH 2020 Keynote Speaker will be announced by March 15, 2020.


Registration for the 29th Annual WHA Conference is now available. The easiest way to register for the UTAH 2020 WHA Annual Conference in Salt Lake City is through online registration. In addition, a registration form is available for those who wish to register by post or fax, or with email attachments. For this conference, session technology is available at the University of Utah and will be covered within the registration fee.  Registration is also available by calling the WHA telephone number with your credit card.

The conference registration rates are:

(until 1 March)
(2 March–15 May)
(16 May & after)
WHA member$225$325$355
WHA student member$125$170$190
Guest pass$75$90$100


Our programming for UTAH 2020 will also include local tours & events. Registration for all tours and events begins the week of January 20, 2020.

Capitol Reef National Park and Topaz Museum Overnight Excursion

Tuesday, June 23rd & Wednesday, June 24th 2020

Cost: $360 per person includes transportation, lodging, park entry and museum entry

Join us for a beautiful and engaging overnight trip to take in the wonderful Capitol Reef National Park and the poignant Topaz Museum. Departing from the Marriott Salt Lake City University Park, the minibus will take you though the gorgeous Utah scenery before arriving at the National Park. Upon arrival, attendees will be treated to a scenic walk along one of the Park’s many trails, as well as a ranger talk on Fremont culture. Guests will then stay overnight at the Capitol Reef Resort hotel in Torrey and enjoy dinner in one of the town’s delightful restaurants. The next morning, guests will be driven to the Topaz Museum in Delta UT. The Museum recounts the history of the Topaz Japanese American internment camp during World War Two. The guided tour will take visitors through the Topaz Museum and out to the camp site which housed over 11,000 people of Japanese ancestry during the three years it was open. The visit will be a stimulating end to the excursion before guests are driven back to Salt Lake City.

Tour of the Family History Library

Thursday, June 25th 2020, 10am 

Location: Family History Library, Salt Lake City

Cost: Free

Join us for a tour of the Family History Library in Salt Lake City on June 25th. At 10am, we will enjoy a tour of the Library’s collections before beginning an interactive session with the Library’s archivists at 11am. Attendees are asked to bring the records of a deceased family member for this session, including names, dates, and locations, so they may engage in hands on archival research. 

Sustainable Food Night

Friday, June 26th 2020, 7pm 

Location: Caputo’s Market & Deli Test Kitchen

Cost: $50 per person, $75 per person including spirits

Join former WHA president Rick Warner, professional chef, and other professor/chef WHA members as we embark on a tasty night of sustainable food.  Sustainable foods have a positive impact on the environment and social systems across the globe.  Menu will be revealed soon.  This event will be located at the spacious test kitchen of Caputo’s Market & Deli in downtown Salt Lake City. 

Swaner Preserve and Ecocenter tour

Sunday, June 28th 2020  

Minibus departs Marriott University Park at 9:15 am, returning to the hotel at 3:30 pm.

Cost (based on 12 person minimum): $82.50 with additional charges for any registrants wanting to be dropped directly at the airport after the tour. 

Join us at the Swaner Preserve & Ecocenter, an extension site of Utah State University, located in Park City. They boast an EcoCenter/museum and 1200 acre nature preserve with wetlands and 10 miles of trails. Our visit includes a walking tour of the Preserve with an introduction to its ecology and wildlife, then free time to explore the Preserve and EcoCenter further or take a quick excursion to Park City’s downtown.

Moab Area Overnight Excursion

Sunday, June 28th & Monday, June 29th, 2020

Cost: $472.20 per person includes transportation, lodging, Arches National Park, Dinosaur Park, kayaking, breakfast

Join us for an action-packed overnight excursion that will take in some of Utah’s most breathtaking sites. Departing the Marriott Salt Lake City University Park, the minibus will first take you for an adventure 65 million years in the making at Moab Giants Dinosaur Park. After learning more about the excavation of fossils and other prehistoric wonders, guests will be driven to the town of Moab for lunch before embarking on a group tour down the Colorado River on kayaks or stand-up-paddleboards. The tour offers an excellent way to see the true beauty of the Utah landscape and connect with nature. After dinner in Moab and a stay at the beautiful Red Cliffs Lodge, the next morning guests will enjoy a scenic walk through the world famous Arches National Park to conclude their trip. The walk through the breathtaking scenery will be a perfect conclusion to the WHA Conference, before your return to Salt Lake City in late afternoon. 

CFP UTAH Submissions

UTAH 2020 Conference – Individual Paper Proposal Submission

UTAH 2020 Conference – Organized Paper Panel Session Proposal Submission

UTAH 2020 Conference – Organized Round Table Session Proposal Submission

UTAH 2020 Conference – Organized Workshop Session Proposal Submission