“Teaching and Researching Big History: Exploring a New Scholarly Field,” is the inagural conference for the International Big History Association. The conference will be held on August 2-5, 2012 in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The conference is organized in conjunction with Grand Valley State University and the Global Institute for Big History. 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
•· Big History and the Future
•· The Politics and Future of Big History
The IBHA is excited to announce that the Midwest World History Association will also be hosting their Annual Conference concurrently with the IBHA conference: "The Reshaping of Planet Earth: Connections Between Humans and the Environment in World History."
Registration fee covers the full conference: 3 full-day conference sessions w/breaks and lunches, Opening Reception, Friday Reception, Saturday Dinner, and Sunday After Glow Reception.