Call for Proposals - Midwest World History Association Annual Conference

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September 24, 2021 to September 25, 2021
Illinois, United States
Subject Fields: 
History Education, World History / Studies, Teaching and Learning

Crisis and Recovery in World History

Call for Proposals

The Eleventh Annual Conference of the Midwest World History Association

September 24-25, 2021

Lewis University (Romeoville, IL)

Proposal Deadline: May 15, 2021

The Midwest World History Association is pleased to announce a call for paper, poster, panel, roundtable, and workshop proposals for its annual conference to be held at Lewis University in Romeoville, Illinois on September 24-25, 2021. The conference theme is “Crisis and Recovery in World History.” The perspective that world history can provide on contemporary events is vital, and this theme is intended to invite presentations and discussions on how teaching and research in the field can offer perspective on the challenges of our own times. While intended to spark discussion, the conference theme is not intended to limit possibilities: paper and panel proposals on any theme and time period in world history are welcome. Similarly, proposals that focus on teaching and those that showcase research are equally encouraged. The MWWHA seeks to bring together college and K-12 faculty, and welcomes proposals from K-12 teachers, college faculty, graduate and undergraduate students, and public historians, as well as scholars and teachers working in allied fields.

This conference will be held in a hybrid format, with panels running in-person on the campus of Lewis University while streaming simultaneously via Zoom. Although the organizers hope for robust in-person turnout, presenters and attendees are welcome to participate in-person or remotely as best fits their schedule and abilities.

Please submit a 250-word proposal abstract and short CV to by May 15, 2021.

Questions about the conference can be directed to MWWHA's public discussion forum on its site. Where a complete panel of papers, roundtable, or workshop is proposed, the convener should also include a 250-word abstract of the panel theme. Individual paper presentations should be planned to last no longer than 20 minutes. Presenters must register for the conference by September 1, 2021 to be included in the program. The MWWHA will offer up to three competitive Graduate Student Awards to offset travel costs. Graduate students interested in applying should include a letter with their conference proposal explaining how the conference helps them with their studies, teaching, and/or future career plans as well as how their paper fits with the conference theme and the mission of the MWWHA. 

We also invite accepted papers to be submitted to our journal, The Middle Ground Journal, for potential publication: Extra consideration will be given to papers for a special issue of the journal based on the conference theme.

Further information about the MWWHA, including membership and conference registration (when it becomes available) can be found at

Contact Info: 

Mark Soderstrom

President, Midwest World History Association

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