World History Conference Explores a Spectrum of Topics

Posted: May 14, 2004 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Tara Laskowski

The World History Association will host its 2004 conference at George Mason this year. With themes of social history as world history, diasporas in world history, and empires in world history before 1500, history professors, scholars, and researchers will gather in Fairfax for a three-day conference, June 18-20, that includes a book exhibit, panels, and roundtable discussions.

Provost Peter Stearns will be a keynote speaker and will talk about how social history and world history relate and how they can interact more fruitfully. Joseph Harris, professor of history at Howard University and author of Global Dimension in the African Diaspora, and John Mears, associate professor of history at Southern Methodist University, will be the other keynote speakers during the conference.

Covering every continent, panelists will explore topics such as Asian American filmography, family history through photographs, American refugees (“draft dodgers”) during the Vietnam War, music and popular protest since 1800, and Afghanistan in world history. More than 40 events will take place throughout the conference.

The World History Association was founded in 1982, with a mission to promote the study of global history by encouraging and supporting research, teaching, collegial communication, and publication in world history. One of its primary missions is to assist teachers of world history at all academic levels by providing venues and media for discussion of innovative pedagogy and the best current research in the field. Previous conferences have taken place in Atlanta, Salt Lake City, and Seoul.

For more information and to register for the conference, click here. Preregistration is open until June 4.

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