Midwest World History Association


Conference Program

Please, click here to see a draft of the conference program. The final version of the program with Zoom links will be emailed to conference registrants.

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Presenters will be 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.

Details about the Conference Location

The 2022 conference is co-sponsored by the Great Lakes History Conference at Grand Valley State University. Please, see their website for information about the keynote speakers and attending the conference in person or virtually (as information becomes available). https://www.gvsu.edu/glhc/

The Middle Ground Journal's Call for Submissions

The Middle Ground Journal will give extra consideration to papers presented at the 2021 MWWHA conference for a special issue of the journal. If you would like to download the journal's Call for Submissions as a pdf, please do so by clicking this link: MGJ Special Issue Call 2022-2023.pdf.

The deadline for submissions to the journal for this special issue is December 15, 2022.

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Conference 2022 - Call for Proposals


Difficult Histories

Call for Proposals

The Twelfth Annual Conference of the Midwest World History Association, held in conjunction with the Great Lakes History Conference

September 23-24, 2022

Grand Valley State University (Grand Rapids, MI)

Extended Proposal Deadline: May June 15, 2021

The Midwest World History Association, in collaboration with the Great Lakes History Conference, is pleased to announce a call for paper, poster, panel, roundtable, and workshop proposals for its annual conference to be held at Grand Valley State University in Grand Rapids, Michigan on September 23-24, 2022. The conference theme is “Difficult Histories.” During a time when growing numbers of people are becoming conscious of the politicization of history, this theme is intended to invite presentations and discussions on how world historians can successfully engage with contested topics. 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, along with GLHC, seeks to bring together college and K-12 faculty, and welcomes proposals from K-12 teachers, college faculty, graduate and undergraduate students, and public historians, as well as scholars and teachers working in allied fields.

This conference will be held in a hybrid format, with panels running in-person on the campus of Grand Valley State University while streaming simultaneously via Zoom. Although the organizers hope for robust in-person turnout, presenters and attendees are welcome to participate in-person or remotely as best fits their schedule and abilities.

Please submit a 250-word proposal abstract and short CV to http://www.mwwha.org by May June 15, 2022.

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. 

Please note that during past iterations of the Great Lakes History Conference, all presenters have been given a small honorarium as compensation for their participation. Presenters must register for the conference by September 1, 2022 to be included in this program, and the total amount of the honorarium will not be known until after that time. The MWWHA will also 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 and GLHC, including membership and conference registration (when it becomes available) can be found at http://www.mwwha.org and https://www.gvsu.edu/glhc/.


If you would like to download the CFPs as a pdf, please do so by clicking this link: 2022 Conference CFP.pdf

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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: Dave Eaton (chair of the committee and host university representative), Jennifer Morris, Steve Glazer, Andrew Magnussen, Nat Godley, Andrea Marak (MWWHA president),  Jeanne Grant, and Charlyn Worthem and Megan Koeman-Eding (both of GVSU).

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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