From The Executive Director.
As soon as the first autumn leaf is spotted in Boston, our office is in full activity mode. Among the projects now in progress are the 27th Annual WHA Conference in Milwaukee, the WHA Giving Tuesday Campaign, the World History Online Library, and the WHA Reception at AHA Annual Meeting. Last week, the call for papers (CFPs) for the 2018 conference posted to our website, so we look forward to receiving proposals from you soon: The deadline for these submissions is Thursday, November 30. For the third year, we invite more members to join us for WHA Giving Tuesday on Tuesday, November 28. Details are forthcoming, but--simply put--it's our way of sharing generously with a chosen charity, as well as supporting our own endeavors with additional funds. An exciting new digital project in the planning stages is the World History On-line Library. Through our office and under the leadership of vice-president Merry Wiesner-Hanks, the WHA--along with George Mason University--are developing this future Web site, which promises to be a vital resource. For our members attending the AHA Annual Meeting in D.C. in early January, watch for an announcement about the WHA Reception. This reception offers a great opportunity, accompanied by food and drink, for our community to gather in the new year.
More specific information about our Milwaukee 2018 Conference will be posted on our website by November 1. There are many reasons for excitement about this event, including a significant fee reduction for members registering early, reduced-rate residence hall housing, conference scholarships, and tours and special events, including the Milwaukee Public Museum and the Pabst Mansion. Most important, the twin themes of the Anthropocene and Material Culture ensure that our curiosity will be well fed. Beyond Milwaukee, our 28th Annual Conference will be held under the palm trees in Puerto Rico, June 27-29, 2019.
We are thrilled to welcome our newest graduate student assistant to the WHA. Thanasis Kinias is a third-year Ph.D. student in Northeastern University's World History program working on the British Empire, and he is a participant in Northeastern's Digital Humanities Certificate program. His dissertation, under the direction of Prof. Heather Streets-Salter, is on the racial geography of the British Empire, c. 1870-1918, and the tension between, on the one hand, the time-space compression afforded by new transport and communication technology, and, on the other, the increasingly rigid distinction of "white man's countries" from the rest of the empire's colonies, with Queensland and Mauritius serving as examples of sugar plantation colonies on the two sides of the imperial color line. He is also a participant in the Oceanic Exchanges digital project studying the transnational reprinting of newspaper articles in the nineteenth century, along with other digital humanities collaborations.
Thanasis received his bachelor's and master's degrees in history from Arizona State University, the latter focusing on modern French history. After completing his master's degree, he taught the world history surveys at Chandler-Gilbert Community College in suburban Phoenix, where he discovered a deep love for world history teaching. His other research and teaching interests include the history of books and text, Islam and French national identity, and maritime history. Outside the academy, Thanasis's eclectic professional experience has included both education and information technology work, from teaching English as a foreign language in Egypt to systems administration in rural Colorado.
While our office dedicates significant time to planning for Milwaukee, there are other important objectives that are being explored and fulfilled. In the spring, our webmaster worked to modernize the design of our Web site, and this fall, we plan further improvements to design and performance. This past weekend, Thanasis and I participated in the New England Regional World History Association executive council meeting, keeping us abreast of the issues faced by our regional affiliate associations. This November, I will again convene with my fellow association directors from across the country to keep the WHA current and bring a wealth of ideas back to our office.
This meeting will be generously subsidized through ACLS and our host city, Fort Worth, making it financially accessible to the WHA.
As we continue to work to improve things for our members, our office received positive feedback when we saw many of you in Boston. We always welcome your ideas and visions and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 617-373-6818.
Administrative Coordinator/Executive Director
World History Association