2023 World History Association Conference: Energies

2023 World History Association Annual Conference

The World History Center is pleased to announce that the 2023 World History Association annual conference will be held at the University of Pittsburgh on 22-24 June 2023. 

The theme of this year's conference is: Energies. The production and expenditure of energy is at the heart of world history. Energy—its creation, distribution, and use—has made the complex world we live in today, often at immense cost to the human and non-human world alike. Energy history is tied locally and globally to histories of food, labor, technology, and environmental exploitation as well as histories of racism and inequalities of various sorts. 

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania has a unique energy history. The three rivers at whose confluence the city was built had long shaped the diplomatic, commercial and migration histories of the indigenous peoples from the region and beyond. Throughout history, the city’s human and natural landscape have been utterly and repeatedly transformed in the pursuit of energy, always in the context of struggles between labor and capital and often incommensurable debates over land use and human well-being. 

The theme of energies encourages for scholarship from the widest range of topics and geographic locales creating the opportunity to plan activities around the topics of energy technologies, energy and globalization, and teaching in a time of climate change. The call for proposals offers more discussion topics and information on how to apply. Read the full call for proposals here. 

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This year's annual meeting is sponsored by the World History Center and World History Association with addition support from the OER Project, Senator John Heinz History Center, Carnegie Mellon Department of History and the University of Pittsburgh's Dietrich School of Arts and SciencesDepartment of History, University Center for International Studies, Global Studies Center, Asian Studies Center, Center for Latin American Studies, Center for European Studies, Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies, Mascaro Center for Sustainable Innovation and Nationality Rooms & International Exchange Programs

More information will be made available soon detailing information regarding keynote speakers, lodging and external tours.


More about the WHA and Pitt

The World History Association (WHA) is a professional organization of scholars, teachers, and students organized to promote world history through research, publication, and teaching. Its mission is to advance scholarship and teaching within transnational, transregional, and transcultural perspectives. The WHA is the preeminent professional organization in the field of World History. Each year, the WHA’s annual meeting brings together more than three hundred academic historians, college instructors, and secondary school teachers to share new and innovative research and teaching in the field of World History.

The University of Pittsburgh has a long tradition of supporting globally-facing teaching and scholarship. Based at Pitt, the University Center for International Studies (UCIS) and the Nationality Rooms and Intercultural Exchange Programs provide students and scholars with opportunities to enhance their global competency and networks.  All six centers affiliated with UCIS – Global Studies, African Studies, Asian Studies, Latin American Studies, European Studies, and Russian, Eastern European and Eurasian Studies – have received Department of Education Title VI funding to serve as National Resource Centers this fall. Pitt’s Graduate School of Public and International Affairs is highly ranked in its field. Pitt participates in the Pittsburgh Network for Threatened Scholars (PiNTS), which convenes diverse local and national partner organizations to bring threatened scholars, artists, and practitioners to Pitt and Pittsburgh.

Please check the WHC website for more information about the conference in the coming months. Learn more about past conferences here!

Images: The Mill Yard, part of the series Ten Views in the Island of Antigua by William Clark. Originally published/produced in Thomas Clay: London, 1823;  La Albolafia Mill photo by Ell Brown; Ancient windmills in Nashtifan Village. Photo: Mohammad Hossein Taghi; Palm Springs Wind Mills photo by Prayitno;