The World History Association

The World History Association Please visit http://www.thewha.org/ and become a member! The WHA is the foremost organization for the promotion of world history through the encouragement of teaching, research, and publication.

It was founded in 1982 by a group of teachers and academics determined to address the needs and interests of what was then a newly emerging historical sub-discipline and teaching field. The new world history emerged out of the shift in higher and secondary education away from a sole emphasis on national and regional histories toward broader cross-cultural, comparative, and global approaches. By the 1980s, instructors who had been asked to create new courses in this field, as well as scholars who had already begun laying its theoretical groundwork, came together in founding a new type of professional association, one that united the schools and the universities, teaching with research. Since then, the WHA has grown four-fold, has garnered accolades for its award winning Journal of World History, and has played a seminal role in shaping the field in the U.S. and around the world. Important for American secondary education, WHA members have been instrumental in establishing standards for World History teaching at the national and state levels as well as designing the AP World History course. At present, although its membership is still predominantly North American, the WHA is represented in over 35 countries and has an affiliate relationship with world history societies in Europe and Australia. Most important, the WHA brings together university professors, college and community college instructors, school teachers, graduate students, and independent scholars in a collegial camaraderie rarely found in more narrowly focused academic and professional societies. Still motivated by a larger sense of mission in preparing students and the public for an interdependent world, the WHA has been unique in bridging the gap between secondary and post-secondary educators.

Mission: The WHA supports and works to advance scholarship and teaching within a trans-national, trans-regional, and trans-cultural perspective. Through the researchers, teachers, students, independent scholars, and authors who are its members, the WHA fosters historical analysis undertaken not from the viewpoint of nation-states, discrete regions, or particular cultures, but from that of the human community. To this end, the WHA supports four different media for the dissemination of the most up-to-date scholarship and pedagogical advances in the field and sponsors annual public forums for the exchange and discussion of changing approaches to the study and teaching of world history at all levels. Moreover, as a founding member of the international Network of Global and World History Organizations (NOGWHISTO), which was admitted to full membership in the Comité International des Sciences Historiques (CISH) on 22 August 2010, it works with other associations across the globe to foster support for research and teaching in world history.

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The WHA will be at the American Historical Association's 2022 annual meeting from January 6-9 in New Orleans!  The WHA a...
02/02/2021

The WHA will be at the American Historical Association's 2022 annual meeting from January 6-9 in New Orleans! The WHA always has a presence at the AHA Meeting, most significantly with panels on World History, which we co-sponsor. Please send your proposed session to us for consideration.

Since the AHA deadline is February 15, please send us your proposals by February 10 at [email protected]. We will respond quickly!

The World History Bulletin is calling for submissions of quality essays, lesson plans, and classroom activities for its ...
01/28/2021

The World History Bulletin is calling for submissions of quality essays, lesson plans, and classroom activities for its spring 2021 issue! This issue focuses on “the Ottoman Empire Since the Time of Kanunî Sultan Süleyman,” and will be guest edited by Djene Rhys Bajalan at Missouri State University. Interested parties can direct inquiries or submissions to Micheal Tarver, WHB Editor-in-Chief, by February 15, 2021 at [email protected].

Last call for WHA Bentley Book Prize submissions!  All submissions for the WHA Bentley Book Prize are due on Monday, Feb...
01/26/2021

Last call for WHA Bentley Book Prize submissions! All submissions for the WHA Bentley Book Prize are due on Monday, February 1. The WHA Bentley Book Prize was created in 1999 to reward significant contributions to the field of world history and the World History Association. Authors, publishers, WHA members, or other interested parties may nominate books published during a calendar year. Please note that only books published in the immediately preceding calendar year are eligible (e.g., only books published in 2020 are eligible for the 2021 prize). For more information, please visit our website: https://www.thewha.org/awards/bentley-book-prize/

We are extending the Call for Papers deadline for our 2021 WHA Conference: Health, Globally.  Papers will now be due on ...
01/25/2021

We are extending the Call for Papers deadline for our 2021 WHA Conference: Health, Globally. Papers will now be due on 15 February! In addition, if you had registered for our 2020 Conference in Utah and would like your paper to be rolled over, please contact us at [email protected].

For more information on our conference, please visit the conference page on our website: https://www.thewha.org/conferences/2021-wha-conference-health-globally/

The WHA will have a presence at the American Historical Association's 2022 annual meeting from January 6-9 in New Orlean...
01/21/2021

The WHA will have a presence at the American Historical Association's 2022 annual meeting from January 6-9 in New Orleans! The WHA would be happy to co-sponsor panels regarding world history topics, so please let us know if you have a proposed session.

Since the AHA deadline is February 15, send us your proposals by February 10 at [email protected]. We will respond quickly!

Registration is open for Baobab VII: "Rethinking the World History Survey: New Approaches!"  Join colleagues from a rang...
01/20/2021

Registration is open for Baobab VII: "Rethinking the World History Survey: New Approaches!" Join colleagues from a range of institutions (public, private, community college), as we think about how to renew and invigorate the World History survey to make it meaningful and relevant to today’s students. In this session, we will examine ways to transform the world history survey beyond trade, states, and larger scale connections. After the initial presentations, participants will be asked to share their own innovations and practices in reinvigorating the survey.

This session will be held on Friday, February 5 at 12:00 pm-1:30 pm PST/3:00 pm-4:30 pm EST. Register now at: https://www.thewha.org/conferences/under-the-baobab/

Happy Tuesday everybody!  Submissions are open for the 2021 WHA Conference: Health, Globally.  To insure the health and ...
01/19/2021

Happy Tuesday everybody! Submissions are open for the 2021 WHA Conference: Health, Globally. To insure the health and safety of conference registrants, this conference will be held online from July 5 to July 11, 2021.

The WHA invites teachers, scholars, and activists to reflect broadly on the many historical meanings of health, to both include and transcend bodily and biomedical applications of the term. Global health is a particularly important theme in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, but we also accept papers relating to last years' cancelled theme, "Sustainability + Preservation" and other world history-related projects. Sessions will not run continuously, but will be scheduled so some live content is optimal in a variety of time zones.

If you proposed an accepted paper for 2020, email us to rollover for this year at [email protected].

To propose a new paper, panel, roundtable, workshop, or other session, please submit your proposal by February 1, 2021 via the link below:

https://www.thewha.org/2021-wha-conference-health-globally/

Now announcing, Baobab VII: "Rethinking the World History Survey: New Approaches!"  Join colleagues from a range of inst...
01/14/2021

Now announcing, Baobab VII: "Rethinking the World History Survey: New Approaches!" Join colleagues from a range of institutions (public, private, community college), as we think about how to renew and invigorate the World History survey to make it meaningful and relevant to today’s students. The scholar-teachers on this roundtable discuss how to infuse perspectives from postcolonial history, urban history, Big History, local history and migration studies into world history survey classes, as well as how best to assess students in the survey. After the initial presentations, participants will be asked to share their own innovations and practices in reinvigorating the survey.

This session will be held on Friday, February 5 at 12:00 pm-1:30 pm PST/3:00 pm-4:30 pm EST. Register now at: https://www.thewha.org/conferences/under-the-baobab/

Submissions for the WHA Bentley Book Prize are due by February 1st!  The WHA Bentley Book Prize was created in 1999 and ...
01/12/2021

Submissions for the WHA Bentley Book Prize are due by February 1st! The WHA Bentley Book Prize was created in 1999 and was renamed in memory of Jerry H. Bentley and his significant contributions to the field of world history and the World History Association. Authors, publishers, WHA members, or other interested parties may nominate books published during a calendar year. Please note that only books published in the immediately preceding calendar year are eligible (e.g., only books published in 2020 are eligible for the 2021 prize). For more information, please visit our website: https://www.thewha.org/awards/bentley-book-prize/

To start the new year, we remind World History Association members & friends of our 2021 online conference: Health, Glob...
01/06/2021

To start the new year, we remind World History Association members & friends of our 2021 online conference: Health, Globally.

The WHA invites teachers, scholars, and activists to reflect broadly on the many possible meanings of health, to both include and transcend bodily and biomedical applications of the term in order to consider the health of our world and the history of our planet that brings us to our online conference July 5–11, 2021. Sessions will not run continuously, but will be scheduled so some live content is optimal in a variety of time zones.

If you proposed an accepted paper for 2020, email us to rollover for this year at [email protected].

To propose a new paper, panel, roundtable, workshop, or other session, please submit your proposal by February 1, 2021 via the link below:
https://www.thewha.org/2021-wha-conference-health-globally/

Wishing WHA members a joyous holiday season, a well-deserved break and great optimism for 2021.  Our office will be clos...
12/23/2020

Wishing WHA members a joyous holiday season, a well-deserved break and great optimism for 2021. Our office will be closed December 24 thru January 3, and we look forward to connecting with you again during January as we continue to plan for our online 2021 conference.

For members and friends still interested in year-end giving options, and to view the advancement priorities of our association, go to:
https://www.thewha.org/support/giving-2020/

The WHA is pleased to announce our 2021 online conference: Healthy, Globally.What are the metrics and meanings that desc...
12/17/2020

The WHA is pleased to announce our 2021 online conference: Healthy, Globally.

What are the metrics and meanings that describe health: for individuals, communities, institutions, governments, economies, cultures, ecosystems, epistemologies, or philosophies? The WHA invites teachers, scholars, and activists to reflect broadly on the many possible meanings of health, to both include and transcend bodily and biomedical applications of the term in order to consider the health of our world and the history of our planet that brings us to a online conference July 5–11, 2021. Sessions will not run continuously, and will be scheduled so that some live content is optimal in a variety of time zones.

To propose a paper, panel, roundtable, workshop, or other session, please submit your proposal by February 1, 2021 via the link below.

https://www.thewha.org/2021-wha-conference-health-globally/

This week for WHA initiatives, please consider giving to our scholarship fund, which allows us to support a variety of a...
12/14/2020

This week for WHA initiatives, please consider giving to our scholarship fund, which allows us to support a variety of awards, including our: Phi Alpha Theta/World History Association Student Prize, World Historian Student Essay Competition, the Dissertation Prize, and the Bentley Book Prize, thereby recognizing outstanding scholarship at all levels in our field, from undergraduate research to newly published monographs.

This year, Jian Gao, a doctoral candidate in history at the University of Texas-Austin, won the WHA-Phi Alpha Theta Best Gradudate Paper Prize for his work, "Political Mobilizations and Cultural Spaces: Transnational Chinese Associations in Mexico, 1922-1945."

Alan Strathern, an associate professor at Brasenose College, Oxford University, won our Jerry Bentley Book Prize for best book in World History with his monograph, "Unearthly Powers: Religious and Political Change in World History."

For more on our 2020 winners, please visit: https://www.thewha.org/2020-scholarly-award-winners/

For more on how to donate to the WHA, please visit our advancement page: https://www.thewha.org/support/giving-2020/

WHA giving continues this week.  Any person or business donating in this 3-week window will be listed in the spring edit...
12/09/2020

WHA giving continues this week. Any person or business donating in this 3-week window will be listed in the spring edition of the World History Bulletin Last week, we began with a successful Giving Tuesday with 20% of donations sent to the charity, Direct Relief.

This week, we highlight another advancement priority, the WHA Endowment. Gifts to the endowment help us sustain the long-term financial stability of the association. However, donors can give to any of the WHA priorities as you wish. For more information, please visit our advancement page: https://www.thewha.org/support/giving-2020/

Registration is now open as the WHA continues the Under the Baobab series. This month, Baobab VI is entitled "Comics, Wo...
12/07/2020

Registration is now open as the WHA continues the Under the Baobab series. This month, Baobab VI is entitled "Comics, World History, and the Classroom," and it focuses on the opportunities and pitfalls of using comics in the World History classroom. During breakout sessions each room will deconstruct an example comic, exploring the pedagogical utility of the medium and considering the broader themes of discussion, like: the tension between historicity and formalism, what archival access looks like, and how language offers barriers and opportunities for our World classroom. This session will run on Wednesday, December 16, 7:00 pm EST/4:00 pm PST.
Go to: bit.ly/wha-baobab.

Today, Thursday, Dec. 3 @ 1 pm EST/10 am PST is the WHA Business Meeting.  Please join us to learn about proposed change...
12/03/2020

Today, Thursday, Dec. 3 @ 1 pm EST/10 am PST is the WHA Business Meeting. Please join us to learn about proposed changes to the Constitution and about the general state of the organization. A link was sent to all members via email on Dec. 2. We hope to see you all there!

WHA Giving Tuesday is today - Tuesday, December 1.   Twenty percent of all donations given to the World History Associat...
12/01/2020

WHA Giving Tuesday is today - Tuesday, December 1. Twenty percent of all donations given to the World History Association will be passed on to Direct Relief, an organization dedicated to "improving the health and lives of people affected by poverty or emergency situations by mobilizing and providing essential medical resources needed for their care." This important non-profit scored a 100% on Charity Navigator! The remaining 80% goes to the WHA operating budget.

There are two links for WHA Giving Tuesday. For more information about Advancement priorities and a variety of ways to give, see our revamped Advancement page: https://www.thewha.org/support/giving-2020/. To donate through the secure WHA database, go to the donation option (upper left) on the landing page: https://bit.ly/3fWbuBa. Please note you will need your database username and password.

Any person or business donating in the 3-week window will be listed in the spring edition of the World History Bulletin. We are happy to accept donations via mail, but the university mail service has a longer delay time in 2020. Should you need assistance making a donation, email us at [email protected] or call the office number at 617-373-6818 and your call will be returned promptly.

Since last spring, the World History Association has partnered with Amazon Smile to enable a new way for members to dona...
11/23/2020

Since last spring, the World History Association has partnered with Amazon Smile to enable a new way for members to donate to the organization. Amazon Smile donates 0.5% of your spending to the WHA when you shop through smile.amazon.com. After opening the webpage, simply enter the WHA as your chosen charity and confirm. Donations through smile.amazon.com will go directly into our operating budget and will help to support expenses such as our website and webmaster, publications, awards and conferences. To date, Amazon has donated more than $215 million to numerous charities.

We have already received numerous donations through Amazon Smile. Thank you to all who have already donated!

WHA Giving Tuesday is coming soon!  On Tuesday, December 1, 20% of all donations given to the World History Association ...
11/18/2020

WHA Giving Tuesday is coming soon! On Tuesday, December 1, 20% of all donations given to the World History Association will be passed on to Direct Relief, an organization dedicated to "improving the health and lives of people affected by poverty or emergency situations by mobilizing and providing essential medical resources needed for their care." This important non-profit scored a 100% on Charity Navigator!

The link for Giving Tuesday will be sent out to members on December 1. Giving Tuesday kicks off 3 weeks of opportunity to give to the WHA - with a different fund highlighted weekly. Moreover, any person donating in the 3 week window will be listed in the spring edition of the World History Bulletin.

Baobab VI is coming soon! "Comics, World History, and the Classroom!"  This event will focus on the opportunities and pi...
11/16/2020

Baobab VI is coming soon! "Comics, World History, and the Classroom!" This event will focus on the opportunities and pitfalls of using comics in the World History classroom. Taking a broad approach to what constitutes a “comic,” this discussion will lead off with brief examples from our panelists about how they’ve used comics in the classroom and the most common questions we face.

This session will be held on Wednesday, December 16 at 4:00 pm-5:30 pm PST/7:00 pm-8:30 pm EST. Registration is free for WHA members. Register now at: https://www.thewha.org/conferences/under-the-baobab/

COMING SOON: The New England Regional World History Association (NERWHA) is concerned about the lack of historical conte...
11/10/2020

COMING SOON: The New England Regional World History Association (NERWHA) is concerned about the lack of historical context whenever there is public discourse about race and racism. Racism represents core threads in the socio-cultural fabric of our world; as such, it is our obligation to continually learn about the history of racism and to share what we learn and how we teach with colleagues. With that objective in mind, on Saturday, November 14 from 11:00am to 12:30pm EST, NERWHA’s 2nd Workshop will be devoted to a discussion on ways to teach about race and racism. We invite you to join us in our workshop on racism! We encourage you to RSVP as soon as possible, given that this event will take place on Saturday. All participants can join free of charge here: https://netforum.avectra.com/eWeb/DynamicPage.aspx?Site=WHA&WebCode=EventDetail&evt_key=2056082b-c228-49a5-b110-8a0bdf10fbeb&fbclid=IwAR3h6qsv7mQmUIUTwAfAqyKFQF0pqwsRfQOf6bsLpqB8_JtTjwWMf5Ab6bQ

Dear all WHA Members: Voting for the WHA Council continues to remain open until this coming Wednesday--November 11.  We ...
11/09/2020

Dear all WHA Members: Voting for the WHA Council continues to remain open until this coming Wednesday--November 11. We ask that all WHA members vote, even if you may be unfamiliar with the candidates. Please pay close attention to the bios of each candidate and what you see as priorities for the WHA. This year, there are three seats open on the WHA Council, as well as one for Treasurer. Per the WHA Constitution, two of the Council seats MUST be filled by high school teachers. If you have not received an email from EZ-Vote, or you cannot find your email, please let us know at [email protected]. Thank you in advance!

Now announcing, Baobab VI: "Comics, World History, and the Classroom!"  This event will focus on the opportunities and p...
11/04/2020

Now announcing, Baobab VI: "Comics, World History, and the Classroom!" This event will focus on the opportunities and pitfalls of using comics in the World History classroom. Taking a broad approach to what constitutes a “comic,” this discussion will lead off with brief examples from our panelists about how we’ve used comics in the classroom and the most common questions we face.
This session will be held on Wednesday, December 16 at 4:00 pm-5:30 pm PST/7:00 pm-8:30 pm EST. Register now at: https://www.thewha.org/conferences/under-the-baobab/

In times of apparent crisis, it is important to think closely about both the longevity of the human species and the mann...
11/03/2020
A History of Humanity

In times of apparent crisis, it is important to think closely about both the longevity of the human species and the manner in which humans have persevered over the millennia. In his new book, A History of Humanity: The Evolution of the Human System, Patrick Manning brings these points to us with clarity. Relying on environmental, biological, cultural, and linguistic evidence, Manning emphasizes the importance of diversity and social institutions to the maintenance of humanity.
Find the book here: https://bit.ly/2JzoErN

Cambridge Core - Global History - A History of Humanity

The topic of career diversity has been a subject at WHA Conferences and will continue to be addressed by the association...
10/28/2020

The topic of career diversity has been a subject at WHA Conferences and will continue to be addressed by the association through sessions, website information and social media posts. An important additional source on the topic of career diversity is Katina L. Roger's new book, Putting the Humanities Ph.D. to Work, in which she probes both humanities career development outside of the academy and alternative career paths for those with humanities PhDs. Be sure to check it out!

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Hello everyone! I introduced a unit on indigenous peoples in the Indo-Pacific into my world history curriculum last school year, but I felt that it could be much better. Is anyone interested in collaborating, or if you've covered this topic in your own classes, sharing some of your ideas? Thanking you all in advance for your time and consideration!
Thanks to Kerry for posting about my book The Limits of Westernization winning the Baldridge Prize. To read the book, you can access a free online copy here: https://lnkd.in/gE-jjBh For those who prefer a more tangible experience, the hard copy is here: https://lnkd.in/gs7CD5t A much cheaper paperback will be out in October. #history #americanhistory #studentvoices #heritage
From WHA President Laura Mitchell: The World HIstory Association launched a blog today: Pandem-mondus. World historians make sense of #pandemic, + teaching & research tips for a #ChangedPlanet Take that #coronavirus #EverythingHasAHistory #WeHaveEachOther #PandemicPedagogy AP World History Teachers World History Association Teachers
Great news that the World History Commons Beta is now live! The WHA has been active in collaborating in this project, with many in WHA active in the creation of it and on the advisory board. Please explore and provide feedback.
SSEC welcomes paper proposals for its 2020 Conference in Kyiv, Ukraine (June 16-21). Complete info available at http://ssec-inc.org. Please RT
Something to share, on Achebe's Birthday!
The World History Association (WHA) will hold its 29th Annual Conference, UTAH 2020, from June 25 – 27, 2020. The conference theme will be "Sustainability & Preservation: Local + Regional + Global," although submissions on other historical themes are also welcome. We will be located in the Foothills District of Salt Lake City, where multiple cultural attractions, museums and the University of Utah converge. This location, in the valley of the Wasatch Mountains, affords registrants outdoor recreational options and beautiful views. At this time, the Call for Papers (CFPs) is open and submissions due by December 16, 2019. General information about the CFPs and the submission forms can be found on the WHA Homepage (www.thewha.org).
yes please let us know about the upcoming conference
The WHA Annual conference in Puerto Rico is about to start tomorrow! A few members gathered to catch up over a meal tonight.
Hello! A study abroad program for high school students is currently accepting applications for a number of teaching positions in Europe this summer. We are looking for inspirational and experienced instructors to teach a wide variety of academic disciplines, from foreign languages to history, from international relations to business and marketing. Currently we have openings for Modern Europe and Western Civ. The programs take place in the month of July in France, Italy, Spain, Germany, Canada, and the United States. Room, board, transportation and salary are provided.” For more information, please refer to https://www.goabbeyroad.com/summer-teaching-jobs-abroad/ If this post is not allowed please remove it, and I apologize. Thank you!
I just wanted to share this opportunity. For teachers in the following countries: Greece, Britain, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Ethiopia, France, Germany, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, South Africa, Sweden, and Turkey -- In August there will be a conference for educators about the teaching the Korean War. The Conference, hosted by the Korean War Legacy Foundation and funded by the Korea Foundation, will be in Athens, Greece and most expenses are covered (hotel, meals, and a travel allowance are provided). If you currently teach in one of these countries, please go to this site to learn additional information. This program is not open to teachers teaching in the US (they already sponsor many programs for US teachers in the states).
University or community college faculty (full-time or adjunct): Consider applying to this FUNDED National Endowment for the Humanities summer institute on Middle Eastern Millennials. One catch: The application is due THIS Friday, March 1 (but the application is not too hard)! Apply now!