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Conference on World History at the Crossroads of the Pacific, Honolulu, Hawaii, February 17–20, 2017

The World History Association Regional Affiliates for Hawaii, the Northwest and California are sponsoring a conference on world history to be held at Hawaii Pacific University's new campus center on the vibrant downtown Honolulu waterfront at the historic Aloha Tower.

The Conference organizers invite the submission of proposed presentations that investigate any aspect of world/global/comparative/trans-national and trans-regional history. The conference especially welcomes proposals that address topics suited to the conference locale, such as Trans-Pacific Encounters and Exchange; Indigenous Peoples and Movements; Language and Cultures of Hawaii, Oceania and the Pacific Rim; Migrations and Immigration, displacement; Asia-Pacific Diplomacy, Military History and Security Regimes; and the relationship between Asia-Pacific Studies and World History.

Please submit an abstract (less than 500 words) and a cv to the Program Chair, Marc Jason Gilbert, at with the subject line 2017 Conference, your last name, and a suggestive word or two from the title of your proposed presentation by the final, extended deadline of November 27, 2016.

Some proposals thus far received, "The ASEAN – Pacific Alliance Relations: An Economic Perspective"; "Why the Great Eastern Ocean (大東洋) had to be renamed the Pacific Ocean (太平洋): Conceptual Changes in East Asian Nautical Terms in Late Nineteenth Century Japan"; "Hawaii Welcomes the Great White Fleet: The Economic and Political Dimensions of Festivity Making;" "Internal Migration as an Answer to Rural Insurgency: State-Sponsored Homesteading and the Philippines' Transition to Independence," "Global Intersections in Pacific Island History: The case of Chinese indentured servants in 19th century Guam," "Anti-Colonialism Along the Pacific Rim: The Radical Politics of Indian Immigrants at the Turn of the Century" and "Fresh off the Boat: Wartime Chinese Overseas Students among Allies, 1937–1945".

Please note that the language of the conference is English and there are no funds available to support presenters' travel or lodging.

Conference Registration:

  • All presenters must register to be included in the program.

  • General Registration: $ 75.00

  • Registration for members of the sponsoring organizations: $50.00 (includes membership renwal)

  • Registrationfor Local Teachers, $15.00 (includes membership renewal in the World History Association of Hawaii).

  • Registration or student panelists, $15.00.

  • Registration for non-presenting college and university students with ID $10.00.

  • Registration for local Middle or Secondary school students with ID from any school, $5.00.

  • Payment is by cash or check only, a receipt will be supplied. Mail to 855 Dr. Vera Parham, Local Arrangements Chair, Kainui Drive. Kailua HI 96734. Checks should be made out to the World History Association of Hawaii.

Inquiries about the conference, including dining and lodging options, possible tours, parking and operational program matters, may be directed to Dr. Vera Parham at

Please visit the Conference website at There is also a Facebook page at

The Conference Organizers are grateful for the assistance and support of the following:

  • Hawai Pacific University, Office of the Provost

  • Phi Alpha Theta Chapters at Hawaii Pacific University and the University of Hawaii

  • The History Club of Honolulu



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