CFP: WHA Conference, Ghent, Belgium; July 2016

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Call for Papers
November 20, 2015
Subject Fields: 
World History / Studies, Rural History / Studies, Military History, History Education, Diplomacy and International Relations

World History Association’s 25th Annual Conference in Ghent, Belgium

2- 5 July 2016

This year’s conference themes are: “Global Conflict” and “Transformation of the Global Countryside”

The WHA is pleased to announce that with regard to the theme “Transformation of the Global Countryside” historian and scholar Sven Beckert (Harvard University) will be presenting a Keynote Address. The keynote speaker for the “Global Conflict” theme will be announced later.

Deadline for submissions: 20 November 2015

The World History Association eagerly invites proposals from students, scholars, and teachers around the world on topics related to the scholarly and/or pedagogical nature of the conference’s themes:

  • Organized Panels (up to 3 panelists, one chair, and optionally, one discussant) – Individual papers, maximum of 20 minutes in length (panels of 4 have a maximum of 15 minutes in length for papers)
  • Single papers (not part of an Organized Panel)
  • Roundtables (between 4 to 6 participants) –5 minute opening statements from participants and then conversational dialogue with the audience
  • Workshops on specific teaching techniques or practices
  • Proposals for poster displays and presentations
  • Meet the Author sessions—an excellent opportunity for exchanges between authors and end-users of books and texts, explanations of methods, and suggestions for use

All sessions will be assigned to 90 minute slots. If you would like to propose something outside the guidelines listed herein please contact the program committee ( to discuss the options. In your subject line please also include the phrase: “Ghent 2016”

Each proposal should include: a maximum 250-word abstract for each paper, a one page curriculum vitae for each participant, and biographical details for use in the introduction by the chair. Please be thoughtful of A/V requests. While we should have ideal technological facilities, A/V is subject to failure, regardless of location. As always, handouts are welcome.

The WHA is an interdisciplinary organization that seeks to create conversations about scholarship and teaching within and outside the field of history. Work in Anthropology, Political Science, Literature, Art, and other Humanities and Social Sciences is welcomed and encouraged.

PLEASE NOTE: All presentations should be delivered in English. Prearranged (organized) panels/roundtables/workshops are given priority in the program and receive earlier notification of acceptance. Individual papers will be considered and, if accepted, are arranged into suitable panels by the Program Committee. Individual papers will receive later notice of acceptance by the nature of finding appropriate placement.

Contact Info: 
Maryanne Rhett
400 Cedar Ave.
Monmouth University
West Long Branch, NJ  07764
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