Symposium on Africa in World History

From: Alfred J. Andrea
University of Vermont

NERWHA Symposium on Africa in World History: Integrating Research and Teaching, 22 September 2012


The New England Regional World History Association (NERWHA), an affiliate of the World History Association, invites proposals from teachers and scholars of world history for roundtable discussants and workshop presenters on issues related to the integration of research and teaching about Africa in the context of world history.

NERWHA is delighted to work with the African Studies Center at Boston University and Northeastern University’s World History Center in having as keynote speaker and workshop leader Trevor Getz, History professor at San Francisco State University. Getz, a popular lecturer and workshop leader, is co-author of Albina and the Important Men: A Graphic History (Oxford/NY: Oxford University Press, 2012), an illustrated history based on an 1876 court transcript of a West African woman who was enslaved and took her case to court.  One review notes that “This book takes college-level course material in a new and invigorating direction.”

NERWHA invites participants from the entire world history community, and hopes to foster connections among world history practitioners representing K-12, higher education, independent scholarship, and public history. NERWHA intends that discussions will explore the connections between research in and the teaching of world history and assess the challenges, needs, and opportunities that confront world history practitioners at all levels. In place of traditional 3-paper panels, this symposium will feature roundtables and workshops whose discussants will provide insights either into current scholarship or pedagogical methods for bringing Africa into the world history classroom.

1.) Roundtable Conversations:  Roundtable discussants-whether focusing on scholarship or pedagogy–should plan on informal, 10-minute  presentations in order to offer a collegial setting for interactive dialogue. The Program Committee plans to schedule an equal number of scholars and teachers so that each discussant should not feel compelled to speak on both issues.

Topics for roundtable discussants might include, but are not limited to:

  • The practical challenges that confront world history teachers
  • Cultural interactions, including musical, artistic, and literary exchanges
  • Optimal practices for training teachers of world history
  • New scholarly research
  • Pedagogical approaches in the classroom that have worked well

2.)  Workshops:

Topics for workshops might include, but are not limited to:

  • Specific methods for implementation of teaching and scholarship in teaching about Africa in world history
  • New scholarship about Africa in world history

Each proposal should include a 100-word abstract and a one-page CV for each participant. PROPOSALS ARE DUE NO LATER THAN 1 AUGUST 2012 and should be submitted in electronic format (MS Word) to Alfred J. Andrea, Presenters must register online for the conference by 10 September 2012 to be included in the program.

Further information about conference registration will be posted in the near future on the NERWHA website:

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