IBHA 2024 Conference

Tara C. Trapani

The next International Big History Association conference will take place on June 28-30. It will take place at the NCED Conference Center in Norman, Oklahoma, near the University of Oklahoma campus. The theme this year is “Expanding Perspectives: How Big History Connects Different Levels of Understanding (Individual, Organizational, Planetary, and Cosmic).” The keynote speech on June 28 will be given remotely by Mary Evelyn Tucker. 

From the event site:
We look forward to seeing you in person at our 2024 conference from June 28 to 30, where we can discuss all of our latest work on the cosmos, Earth, life, humanity – as well as exoplanets, astrobiology, the multititude of life forms, culture, and the potential of a multiverse – throughout all of the known past as well as in what we might reasonably expect in the future. We have in the past met in an entirely on-line conference (2023), a hybrid on-line / in-person conference in India (2021), and in-person conferences in Pennsylvania (US, 2018), the Netherlands (2016), California (US, 2014), and Michigan (US 2012).

The center of North America is another great place to discuss big history. The geology of Oklahoma is formed by Carboniferous rocks in the east, Permian rocks in the center and towards the west, and a cover of Tertiary deposits in the panhandle to the west. The panhandle of Oklahoma is also noted for its Jurassic rocks as well. Cretaceous sediments are found in the south east. There are also some areas with older outcrops dating back to Cambrian, and even one area of Precambrian igneous rocks. The Great Salt Plains are the remains of an ancient inland sea. The Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History is a world class, state-of-the-art natural history museum with wings about flora and fauna, the evolution of life, and the peoples of Oklahoma from precolumbian times to the present. The First Americans Museum presents the many nations of Oklahoma.  The Oklahoma City Science Museum, Museum of Art, Zoo, and the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum, add more opportunities. And have fun at the Hurricane Harbor Water Park!

The conference fee is $325. You can find out more information and register here.  

See videos from last year's IBHA conference here