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Conference 2023 - Call for Proposals


Outcasts, Pariahs, Criminals: Histories of Others and Othering

Call for Proposals

The Thirteenth Annual Conference of the Midwest World History Association

September 22-23, 2023

Roosevelt University (Chicago, IL)

This conference will be held in person at Roosevelt University in Chicago’s South Loop.

Proposal Deadline: May 15, 2023 June 15, 2023

The Midwest World History Association is pleased to announce a call for paper, poster, panel, roundtable, and workshop proposals for its annual conference to be held at Roosevelt University in Chicago, Illinois on September 22-23, 2023. The conference theme is “Outcasts, Pariahs, and Criminals: Histories of Others and Othering.” This theme builds off of last year’s “Difficult Histories” by highlighting the histories of and by those who have been othered. As many political leaders move to “shield people from feeling ‘discomfort’ over historic actions by their race, nationality or gender,” this theme is intended to invite presentations and discussions on how world historians at all levels – high school, community college, or university - can best create spaces within which to explore, share, teach and learn about contested topics. This year’s theme is also a recognition of the change in federal law that once again makes incarcerated citizens eligible for Pell grants and the hopeful increase of educational opportunities for those most impacted by the carceral state. As always, while designed to spark discussion, the conference theme is not intended to limit possibilities: paper and panel proposals on any theme and time period in world history are welcome. Similarly, proposals that focus on teaching and those that showcase research are equally encouraged. The MWWHA seeks to bring together college and K-12 faculty, and welcomes proposals from K-12 teachers, college faculty, graduate and undergraduate students, high school students, and public historians, as well as scholars and teachers working in allied fields.

This conference will be held in person at Roosevelt University in Chicago’s South Loop.

Please submit a 250-word proposal abstract and short CV to http://www.mwwha.org by May June 15, 2023.

Questions about the conference can be directed to MWWHA's public discussion forum on its site, or you can email the conference chair at chair@mwwha.org. Where a complete panel of papers, roundtable, or workshop is proposed, the convener should also include a 250-word abstract of the panel theme. Individual paper presentations should be planned to last no longer than 20 minutes. 

The MWWHA will offer up to three competitive Graduate Student Awards to help offset travel costs. Graduate students interested in applying should include a letter with their conference proposal explaining how the conference helps them with their studies, teaching, and/or future career plans as well as how their paper fits with the conference theme and the mission of the MWWHA. 

We also invite accepted papers to be submitted to our journal, The Middle Ground Journal, for potential publication: http://themiddlegroundjournal.org/. Extra consideration will be given to papers for a special issue of the journal based on the conference theme.

Further information about the MWWHA, including membership and conference registration (when it becomes available) can be found at http://www.mwwha.org.


If you would like to download the CFPs as a pdf, please do so by clicking this link: MWWHA Conference CFP 2023.pdf

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Presenters are asked to become MWWHA members to be included in the conference. Please, join the MWWHA to support the services that the MWWHA provides and to have full access to the MWWHA website.

The Middle Ground Journal's Call for Submissions

The Middle Ground Journal will give extra consideration to papers presented at the 2023 MWWHA conference for publication in the journal. Please see the journal's Submission Guidelines before submitting your paper for consideration.

The deadline for submissions to the journal for a special issue is December 15, 2023.

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Thanks go to the conference committee whose hours of volunteer work make the annual conferences possible.

Thank you, this year's conference committee members: Tony Baker, Eileen Baranyk, Kathleen Duffy, Dave Eaton, Sarah Eltabib, Steve GlazerNat Godley, Jeanne Grant, Nikki Magie, Andrea Marak (MWWHA president and chair of the committee), Andrea Moerer, Karin Steinbrueck, and Jim Tallon.

If you want to help out with this conference or future conferences, please email chair@mwwha.org or come to the business meeting of the Executive Committee at the conference.

MWWHA supports and is affiliated with The Middle Ground Journal.

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