2012 International Big History Association Inaugural Conference

August 2-5, 2012

“Teaching and Researching Big History:
Exploring a New Scholarly Field”

The deadline for the Call for Papers was Sunday, April 1, 2012.

 

It is our honor to announce the Inaugural International Big History Association Conference, hosted by Grand Valley State University and the Global Institute for Big History, in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The main theme of the conference will be "Teaching and Researching Big History: Exploring a New Scholarly Field." The conference will offer excellent keynote speakers, a variety of interesting panels, and stimulating discussions. In addition to the largest ever gathering of Big History scholars, scientists, professors, teachers and graduate students, many other influential figures in the field of Big History will also be participating in the conference. The conference seeks to initiate and generate dialog through a series of panels, roundtables, workshops and general discussions with a significant focus on the expansion of scholarship in the pedagogy of Big History. Among the topics that will be addressed at the conference are:

  • Graduate Work in Big History
  • Research Agendas in Big History
  • The History of Big History
  • Little Big Histories
  • Teaching Big History (all levels and formats, including E-learning)
  • Big History and Ethics
  • The Politics and Future of Big History

The IBHA is excited to announce that the Midwest World History Association will also be hosting their Third Annual Conference concurrently with the IBHA conference: "The Reshaping of Planet Earth: Connections Between Humans and the Environment in World History."

 

Click here to download the pdf for this announcement.

 

Main Conference Events


Registration begins: Thursday, August 2, at 2:00 pm (All times Eastern Standard Time)

Thursday, August, 2, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm Combined Opening Reception, Grand Rapids Public Museum

Friday, August 3 – Sunday, August 5, (Sessions begin at 9:00 am) Ongoing Panels, Discussions and Workshops, DeVos Center & Honors College, Grand Valley State University

Friday, August 3, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm Combined Reception, Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum, featuring MWWHA Keynote Speaker, Dr. Lawrence Gundersen (Environmental Historian and Professor, Jackson State Community College, Tennessee)

Saturday, August 4, 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm Combined Conference Dinner, Kirkhof Center, GVSU, featuring IBHA Keynote Speaker, Dr. Walter Alvarez (Professor of Geology, University of California Berkeley)

Sunday, August 5, 1:30 pm – 5:00 pm Combined Wrap-up Session w/Keynote (TBA), followed by Combined After Glow Reception, DeVos Center, GVSU

 

Conference Registration Fees

IBHA Members: Early $195 | Regular $220 | Late $245
Non-Members: Early $335 | Regular $360 | Late $385
Non-Members Seniors: (65+): Early $160 | Regular $185 | Late $210
IBHA Full-Time Student Members: Early $100 | Regular $120 | Late $140

Early Registration runs from April 1 - June 1, 2012
Regular Registration runs from June 2 – July 19, 2012
Late Registration begins on July 20, 2012

Guest Pass (good for entry to Evening Social Events only): Early $105 | Regular $130 | Late $155

Conference Registration Fees include all of the following:
- Entry to all Conference Panels including the IBHA and MWWHA Essential Panels
- Attendance at the Opening Reception
- Attendance at the Friday Reception
- Attendance at the Conference Dinner
- Optional IBHA Business Meeting
- Lunch Provided for the 3 Full Days of Conference Activities
- Morning and Afternoon Coffee Breaks
- Wrap-up Session w/Keynote Address and Closing Remarks
- After Glow Reception
- And much more

 

Refund Policy

Conference Refunds for Presenters and Panelists: Presenters and Panelists who are unable to secure funding from their institutions to attend the conference may request a full refund if notice is received by July 19, 2012. After this date, a $30 administrative fee will be applied. Requests must be made in writing or via email.

Conference Refunds for General Conferees: The last day for Conference Fee refunds (less $30 administrative fee) is July 19, 2012. Requests must be made in writing or via email.

 

Housing Accommodations

All housing accommodations are in downtown Grand Rapids, close to Grand Valley State University and the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum and Grand Rapids Public Museum. The discount rates won’t last. Please note: All Conferees need to make their own accommodations reservations.

Grand Valley State University Campus Housing
GVSU offers 2 or 4 bedroom capacity / twin beds w/shared bath @ $60 per night w/$5.00 linen charge. Please contact Leslye Allen at ibha@gvsu.edu for booking information. Student accommodations are strictly limited.

Holiday Inn
The IBHA has a block of 60 double rooms at a discounted rate of $112 per night (single/double/triple/quad occupancy). Room Reservations are on an individual call-in basis at 888-465-4329 (toll-free) or 616-235-7611. In addition to a restaurant and indoor pool, more details of amenities can be found at the following link: http://www.holidayinn.com/grandrapidsdt. Reference: International Big History Association. Discount rates are not guaranteed after JULY 2, 2012.

City Flats Hotel
The IBHA has a block of 8 double (1 w/handi-cap facilities), 5 King, and 7 Queen rooms at a discounted rate of $129 per night on Thursday and $155 per night on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday (single/double/triple/quad occupancy). Room Reservations can be made by calling 616-451-1892. Reference: International Big History Association Conference. In addition to being a green/sustainable hotel, more details on amenities can be found at the following link: www.cityflatshotel.com. Discount rates are not guaranteed after JULY 25, 2012. per night on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday (single/double/triple/quad occupancy). Room Reservations can be made by calling 616-451-1892. Reference: International Big History Association Conference. In addition to being a green/sustainable hotel, more details on amenities can be found at the following link: www.cityflatshotel.com. Discount rates are not guaranteed after JULY 25, 2012.

Courtyard by Marriott (Amway Hotel Collection)
The IBHA has a block of 25 double rooms at a discounted rate of $139 per night (single/double/triple/quad occupancy). Room Reservations can be made by calling 800-971-4762 (toll-free) or 616-242-1500. Reference: International Big History Association Conference. Hotel amenities can be found at the following link: www.Marriott.com/Courtyard. Discount rates are not guaranteed after JULY 2, 2012.

JW Marriott (Amway Hotel Collection)
The IBHA has a block of 20 double rooms at a discounted rate of $159 per night (single/double/triple/quad occupancy). Room Reservations can be made by calling 888-844-5947 (toll-free) or 616-242-1500. Reference: International Big History Association Conference. Rooms may also be booked online through the website at: www.ilovethejw.com. Enter Group Code: ibhibha. Discount rates are not guaranteed after JULY 2, 2012.

Experience everything Grand Rapids has to offer at www.experiencegr.com. We are looking forward to seeing you in Grand Rapids, Michigan!

Registration


Registration begins April 1, 2012. Please check the website on April 1, 2012 for mail-in PDF registration form and online-registration details.

Note re Membership: Although non-presenters do not have to be members of the IBHA to register for the conference, if you are not currently a member and would like to take advantage of the discounted member registration fees, please consider joining the IBHA before completing your conference registration. Please note that all presenters and panel chairs and commentators WILL need to be members of the IBHA before we can confirm their participation.

For more information on the conference, membership, accommodations, transportation, extra activities, and the International Big History Association, check the IBHA website at www.ibhanet.org.

If you have any problems with registration or have any further questions, please e-mail us at: ibha@gvsu.edu.

Program Committee: David Christian, Cynthia Brown, Craig Benjamin, and Fred Spier

"The IBHA 2012 conference is intended to be a forum for open, honest, and wide-ranging academic discussions. All views and opinions expressed by participants during the IBHA conference are their sole responsibility. The IBHA does not assume any responsibility and/or liability for facilitating the expression of any views and opinions."

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