World history conference seeks proposals

By Stephanie New-Johnson
Posted March 2, 2016

The Midwest World History Association is calling for paper, poster, panel, roundtable and workshop proposals for its annual conference being held Sept. 23–24 at Metropolitan State University.


This year’s theme is “Mapping Migrations in World History.” Proposals that focus on any period of world history are welcome, particularly those that explore such themes as the migration of peoples globally, the impact of such migrations and the ways in which humans have mentally and physically mapped who they are (or who they think themselves to be). However, presentations don’t have to exactly match the theme.

Proposals from K-12 teachers, faculty, students, historians and scholars from allied fields are encouraged to submit. Proposals must be submitted as a 250-word abstract with a curriculum vitae by May 16 to be considered. Send submissions and questions to Dr. Louisa Rice at If you are unable to complete a proposal by May 16, contact professor and History Department Chair Jeanne Grant before the deadline at

Click here for more information about submission guidelines. For more information about the conference, visit Open spots are available for students to attend gratis if they are presenting or volunteering. For volunteer opportunities, e-mail Prof. Jeanne Grant,

Metropolitan State students who would like to present a paper or a poster at this conference should contact Prof. Grant as soon as possible. Grant will help students with their proposals and prepping for presentation. This is a very friendly group of world historians who love to encourage young scholars!

The conference will feature a keynote presentation by Dr. Erika Lee, Rudolph J. Vecoli Chair in Immigration History and Director of the Immigration History Research Center of the University of Minnesota. Dr. Lee’s conference will also feature an Archival and Cartographic Seminar at the University of Minnesota for a limited number of attendees.

The Borchert Map Library ( and the Immigration History Research Center Archives ( will lead tours and discussions of their extensive collections based on the interests of the attendees who sign up for this three- hour seminar.

We hope that such mapping allows us to consider how migration has helped to form or even to dismantle cultural identity, trade, political authority, social groupings, or other aspects of human interaction.