Disappearances and Preservations (2024)

36th ANNUAL MEETING (24-27 OCTOBER 2024)



Please join us from 24-27 October 2024 for the annual meeting of SEWHA, the southeastern regional affiliate of the World History Association. The Department of History and Anthropology at Southeast Missouri State University (Cape Girardeau, MO) is our generous institutional sponsor for this year’s gathering. The conference will be held in face-to-face format only.

Our non-binding theme for this year’s conference is “Disappearances and Preservations.” We invite participants to consider how our understanding of the past evolves as we revisit, reconsider, and preserve history for future generations. We invite presentations that explore historical disappearances or preservations in all their forms. Presenters might examine our changing view of historical concepts, events, experiences, or processes. Papers might also address new discoveries, frameworks, or methods that fill gaps in the historical record. Likewise, we welcome papers concentrating on the preparation, maintenance, or restoration of historical resources. SEWHA stresses an interdisciplinary approach to the past. As always, we accept proposals relating to any aspect of world history or historical study through allied fields. Pedagogical demonstrations that advance the study and teaching of world history are also welcome.

INDIVIDUAL PROPOSALS should include an abstract (250 words maximum), contact information, affiliation, and a current CV. GROUP PROPOSALS should be submitted as a single document containing a panel abstract (150 words maximum), brief abstracts for each presenter (150 words), the organizer’s contact information, and a current CV with affiliation for each presenter, moderator, discussant, etc. Paper sessions are 75 minutes in length, and each session may include three presenters and a chair/moderator. The deadline for proposals is 1 JULY 2024.

In an effort to encourage future scholars, SEWHA is proud to offer awards for BEST UNDERGRADUATE PRESENTATION and BEST GRADUATE PRESENTATION (1st place–$300; 2nd place–$200; 3rd place–$100). We will also introduce a new UNDERGRADUATE POSTER AWARD (three–$50 EACH). Awards are conferred for presentations that make an original and noteworthy contribution to our shared understanding of the past. Winners are chosen based on research presented at the conference, and they receive recognition on the SEWHA website. Judges will consider the thesis (or controlling idea), method, historiographic setting, interpretation of evidence, craft (including visual elements), and time management. All undergraduate and graduate presenters are automatically entered in the appropriate competition. Contestants must be students enrolled during the 2024 calendar year.

Please send proposals, panel submissions, or questions to Michael Proulx (SEWHA President, University of North Georgia) at michael.proulx@ung.edu.

Cape Girardeau, Missouri, is located next to the banks of the Mississippi River. Founded as a trading post in 1733, the city features well-preserved historic districts and numerous attractions of interest to visitors, including the Cape River Heritage Museum, the Crisp Museum, Historic Glenn House, the James Reynolds House, the Civil War-era Fort D, Red House Interpretive Center, and the Common Pleas Courthouse. Southeast Missouri State University, our host institution, also celebrates its 150th anniversary this year.  Conference accommodations are available at the Courtyard Cape Hotel and the Fairfield Inn & Suites using this reservation link. Several alternative accommodations are also available within a short drive from the campus.

The Southeast World History Association (SEWHA) is a regional affiliate of the World History Association, serving the Southeastern United States. SEWHA promotes the study of World History that transcends national, regional, and continental boundaries. Participants from all regions of the United States and the world are invited to attend.