SEWHA 2019 Conference

Please join us on November 15-16, 2019 for the 31st annual meeting of SEWHA, the Southeastern regional affiliate of the World History Association. This year’s conference will take place in Athens, Georgia at the T.R.R. Cobb House, a historic home that critically explores the life and times of this prominent Georgia nationalist, secessionist, and defender of slavery.

This conference will center around three themes, each loosely connected to the Cobb House and its mission:

  1. Nations and Nationalism in an Interconnected World,
  2. Slavery and Abolition in World History
  3. World History in Public History

The first theme explores the relationship between globalism and nationalism. The second examines how the international institution of slavery manifests itself at local levels. The final, pedagogical theme considers how local museums and historic homes like the T.R.R. Cobb House may help the public engage with world history, and how world historians may help internationalize public history in the United States and beyond.

Panel and individual paper proposals concerning these themes or any other aspect of global history are welcome. In addition to traditional panel and individual paper proposals, we accept and encourage proposals for nontraditional formats such as roundtables, information sessions, interactive media, etc.

The deadline for proposal submissions is Friday, August 2, 2019.

Proposals are welcome from scholars, teachers, and advanced students of world history and should not exceed 250 words. Please include contact information and affiliation for each presenter. For panel proposals, please submit a single document with a short abstract for the panel, along with abstracts for individual papers. Please send submissions and correspondence to doug.sofer@maryvillecollege.edu.

Through careful restoration, judicious recreation and responsible interpretation, the T.R.R. Cobb House will seek ways to preserve, explore and present the life and legacy of its owner as a legal scholar, a civil leader, a statesman, a slave owner, and a military officer in an effort to cultivate a greater understanding and recognition of the full implications of nineteenth century southern life.

The Southeast World History Association (SEWHA) is a regional affiliate of the World History Association, serving the Southeastern United States (Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Tennessee, Kentucky, Virginia, South Carolina, North Carolina and Arkansas). Founded as the Georgia World History Association in 1989, SEWHA has become a true regional organization and a highly active WHA affiliate. SEWHA promotes the study of World History that transcends national, regional, and continental boundaries.

Download a PDF version of this call for papers.