SEWHA Call for Papers: Extended to Sept. 30

SEWHA 2021 Conference: Crisis and Recovery in World History

Please join us on October 22 and 23, 2021 for the annual meeting of SEWHA, the Southeastern regional affiliate of the World History Association. Our conference this year will again take place virtually, and we will waive our normal conference fee. (Presenters and moderators are still required to pay our modest membership fee.) Arkansas Tech University has graciously agreed to allow us access to their institutional subscription to WebEx as our virtual platform. SEWHA will provide dedicated technical support for all of our panels and presentations.

Participation in SEWHA conferences and membership in our organization are NOT restricted to individuals in the southeastern US. We invite scholars from around the world to take advantage of this year’s virtual format.

Submission Details

We encourage proposals for individual papers, panels, roundtable discussions, information sessions, interactive media presentations, pedagogical demonstrations, and simulations on the general theme, “Crisis and Recovery in World History.” Proposals may address, but are not restricted to, the following questions: When is it appropriate to describe a crisis as “global,” and how might crises localized in specific regions, networks, or nation states spread to the world system? How do environmental factors like climate, disease, and ecology cause, intensify, or accelerate critical turning points in economic, political, and cultural history? Can crises also be catalysts of positive change? Crisis has often been associated with (mostly Western) modernity, the modern experience of time, and modern economic and political forms. How does the meaning and applicability of the crisis trope change if looked at from the point of view of non-Western societies, and how was the metaphor used in premodern and ancient societies?

As always, we also welcome panel and individual proposals dealing with any topic in world history. The extended deadline for submissions is Thursday, September 30, 2021.

Please submit proposals of not more than 250 words, contact information, and relevant affiliation as a single Word Document or PDF. Panel proposals should be submitted as a single document with a short abstract for the panel, along with abstracts for each individual paper and contact information for each presenter, moderator, discussant, etc. Panels may include three or four presenters and a chair/moderator. Paper presentations should be no longer than fifteen minutes. Due to the virtual format, panel sessions will be limited to sixty minutes for a three-person panel and seventy-five minutes for a four-person panel. Roundtable and other discussion-based presentations should submit a list of participants, affiliations, and a single abstract outlining the general theme. Please send submissions and correspondence to Nick Di Liberto, President of SEWHA,