States and the movements between them not only shape the present world, but they often become the way that we organize the teaching of world histories. How integral is the state in world history? How has the notion of borders shifted over time? What are the best ways to understand migrations as they intersect in time and space? Most importantly, how do states and borders frame teaching in the world history classroom?
St. John's University's History department convenes its first World History Theory and Practice conference on May 3, 2014, on its Manhattan (New York, New York) campus, in order to advance theories and to consider practices of world history. The conference will offer panels on both research and teaching with the aim of fostering research-driven conversations on the teaching of world history. Topics for the first conference on "States, Borders, and Migrations" may include, but are not limited to, the development of the state and sovereignty in global perspective, empires and imperialism, the migration and exchange of popular culture, the erosion of state power, political culture and mass movements, the global history of coerced and free migrations, and the application of theory, research, social media, and other technologies to classroom practice.
We welcome paper proposals from world history practitionersóworld history instructors, advanced graduate students, public historians, librarians, archivists, and museum curatorsówho research and teach world history and study how states and borders have shaped our histories. In particular, we are interested in proposals that highlight the significance of research for the practice of world history or how the practice of world history affects the way that we conceptualize research.
Please submit a 250 word abstract for a 20-minute presentation and a brief resume to conference organizers at firstname.lastname@example.org by December 31, 2013.
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