Current News and Events

Pittsburgh 2023: ENERGIES

From June 22-24, 2023, the World History Association, in partnership with the University of Pittsburgh’s World History Center, will be holding our 32nd Annual Meeting in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. As one of the earliest developers of coal and oil energy and home to one of the country’s top World History programs, the “Steel City” is the perfect locale for the Meeting’s overarching theme, ENERGIES, where scholars from across the globe will have the opportunity to present new and innovative research on a vast array of energy-related topics. In addition to a weekend of stimulating intellectual pursuits, participants will also be treated to an Opening Reception at the historic Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, complete with 23 distinctive gardens spread across 15 acres just a few miles from the very heart of downtown Pittsburgh. For more information on this stunning architectural and botanical marvel, please visit

Thank you to our co-sponsor at the University of Pittsburgh World History Center.

Honoring the Memory & Legacy of Jerry H. Bentley

In 2012, the WHA lost a pioneer in Jerry Bentley. His widow, Carol Mon Lee, has honored his commitment with a generous gift to the World History Association.

Read more about him here.

Bloomsbury-WHA New Monograph Prize

Bloomsbury Publishing and the World History Association are excited to announce a brand new joint initiative which will further our commitment to promoting publications in the field of world history. Beginning with workshops focused on the ever-timely topic of converting a PhD thesis or dissertation into a monograph, the initiative will invite early career scholars to submit their theses to be considered for the “Diversity in World History First Monograph Prize,” which awards its winner with a publishing contract from Bloomsbury.

To learn more, go to

Baobab XIV and WHB Spring 2023

In a prelude to the World History Bulletin’s Spring 2023 issue, the “Under the Baobab” series returns November 16, 2022, with “Baobab XIV: “Dishing about World History: Food and Feasts” at 8:00pm Eastern/5:00pm Pacific. Moderated by WHA president Dr. Jonathan Reynolds and featuring Dr. Cynthia Ross, Dr. Rick Warner, and WHB Guest Editor Dr. Jeffrey Pilcher, this session will explore unique holiday cuisines and their historical and cultural significance.

To register, please visit Registration is free for WHA members and $10 for non-members.

Additional Items

The WHA Becomes the New Home for History for the 21st Century (h/21)

An organic collaboration begun in early 2021, WHA President Jonathan Reynolds says, “[This is] the kind of partnership that will help us to develop and share innovative teaching ideas – and at the same time make the lives of teachers everywhere just a bit easier.” Visit their website to learn more and to find opportunities to contribute to the project.

Logo of the h/21 project

The World History Association Joins Statement in Support of Afghan Scholars and Students

The World History Association is a co-signer of Middle East Studies Association’s appeal to US President Biden, Secretary of State Blinken and Secretary of Homeland Security Mayorkas, seeking immediate action to enable the safe and speedy relocation of Afghanistan’s students and scholars in the United States. Read the full statement on MESA’s website.

Why join the WHA?

Members receive a significant discount on the registration fee for the annual WHA conference, including next year’s conference at University of Pittsburgh with the theme ENERGIES, and many teaching-focused panels. Have you heard about our new department memberships? You can save significantly on costs and accommodate several instructors. Members also get free online access to the Journal of World History, in addition to other benefits like our new prize partnership with Bloomsbury Academic.

For more information, see the membership information page—or join or renew now!

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