The World History Association Ninth International Conference, meeting at
Northeastern University in Boston on 22-25 June 2000, focuses on three
plenary sessions addressing major issues in the current study of global
connections in history.
The opening plenary session emphasizes the importance of new research in
world history, through the balance of two presentations. Victor Mair
reviews recent work on Eurasian cultural connections in pre-modern times,
while Dennis Flynn and Arturo Giraldez address new research on global
economic connections in early modern times. The opening plenary session
meets in historic Faneuil Hall in Boston's civic center.
The second plenary presents major efforts to advance the conceptualization
of gender as a global factor, by a distinguished senior historian and by an
accomplished young scholar. Gerda Lerner and Pamela McVay each address key
issues in the study women in world history.
The third plenary illustrates the accomplishments and the further potential
of historical linguistics in revealing both broad patterns and specific
details of the past. Christopher Ehret links African examples to data on
other world regions to show the benefits of expanded linguistic study.
Details of WHA Plenary Sessions:
Plenary 1. Thursday, 22 June, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Faneuil Hall, at City Hall Plaza
WORLD HISTORY AS A RESEARCH FIELD
"Eurasian Interactions: Their Implications for World History" Victor Mair, University of Pennsylvania
"Cycles of Silver: Global Economic Unity through the mid-Eighteenth Century" Dennis O. Flynn and Arturo Giraldez, University of the Pacific
Prof. Mair's numerous studies of language and literature make him the leading interpreter of pre-modern connections among China, India, and Iran. He edited The Mummified Remains Found in the Tarim Basin (1996), and this work led to television documentaries for NOVA and the Discovery Channel on linkages in Eastern Eurasia.
Profs. Flynn and Giraldez have stimulated the current wave of research linking the global economy of the 17th and 18th centuries through attention to flows of silver. They are co-editors of Metals and Monies in an Emerging Global Economy (1997) and other works.
Plenary 2. Friday, 23 June, 11:00 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.
Snell Engineering 108, Northeastern University
GENDER IN WORLD HISTORY
"Women's History as Part of World History" Gerda Lerner, University of Wisconsin-Madison, emerita
"Strategies for Including Women in World History"
Pamela McVay, Ursuline College
Prof. Lerner, a pioneer and prolific author in the study of women's history, followed her studies of white and black women in U.S. history with wide-ranging studies including The Creation of Patriarchy (1986) and subsequent works.
Prof. McVay, a specialist in the early modern history of the Netherlands and Indonesia, has published in such journals as Itinerario, The Sixteenth Century Journal, and Thematica. She is an active contributor to H-WORLD.
"How Linguistic Evidence Helps History Go Global"
Christopher Ehret, University of California - Los Angeles
Prof. Ehret is a leader in the reconstruction of early African history through analysis of linguistic evidence. In addition to numerous specialist articles and books, he has written An African Classical Age (1998), a survey of Eastern Africa showing the broad uses of evidence on language.
The full conference program is on-line at the conference website:
Conference registration may be completed by visiting the conference website.
For those seeking housing in conference hotels (Hilton and Colonnade) or in
university dormitories, it is advisable to register early to get the
desired placement. Information and dormitory registration are also
available at the conference website.
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