Friday, November 28, 2003

Jim Miller delivered a paper entitled "Compact, Contract, Covenant: The Evolution of Indian Treaty Making in Canada" to the Biennial Conference of the Association for Canadian Studies in the United States, held November 19-23 in rainy but otherwise lovely Portland, Oregon.
Pam Jordan has just published "Does Membership Have Its Privileges? Entrance into the Council of Europe and Compliance with Human Rights Norms." Human Rights Quarterly 25 (2003): 660-688. Read it at
Meanwhile, Pam Jordan also presented a paper entitled "The New Russian Criminal Procedure Code and Adversarialism: Are Defense Attorneys Benefiting?" at the annual conference of the American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies, which met in Toronto on November 21. John McCannon was there, too, chairing a panel entitled "Possibilities and Practices of Rehabilitation under Stalin," and providing the comment for another, "Building a Soviet Collective: Participation in Sport, Art, and Song in the 1920s-1940s."
New France, New Horizons: On French Soil in America is a vast documentary corpus developed by Canadian and French archives, consisting of a virtual exhibition and an impressive database with 22,000 documents reproduced in more than 400,000 digitized images. It offers maps and plans, letters and reports, and other archival documents related to New France, a fundamental period in Canada's history. Many documents previously inaccessible to the public may now be consulted online, and some are available in English translation. Check it out at

Tuesday, November 25, 2003

Thesis Defence: Jennifer Milne will defend her M.A. thesis, "Cultivating Domesticity: The Homemaker's Clubs of Saskatchewan, 1911 to the Post-War Era", on Tuesday, 2 December, in the College of Grad Studies boardroom.
The History Cooperative is a pioneering nonprofit humanities resource offering top-level online history scholarship, including several leading journals in such fields as American, environmental, and labour history. Besides full text, the site also contains collateral content, including multimedia elements that could not be reproduced in the print versions of some articles. Intended for history scholars, researchers, and students, check it out at .

Monday, November 24, 2003

Early Encounters in North America The library is sponsoring a free trial of a web source offering 40,000 pages of primary material dedicated to early encounters between Europeans, Africans, and native peoples in North and Central America. Check it out at
Usernames and password in effect during the trial are as follows:
Username: reviewer
Password: extremities108
The trial ends November 30. Please send any comments to Donna Canevari de Paredes, Collections Librarian, at
Ever wonder what on earth people were talking about? Then you need (hell, we all need) the New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, 6,900 entries intended to "form the touchstone of what it means to be not only just a literate American but an active citizen in our multicultural democracy." Be that as it may, this site could prove useful as a basic starting point for all sorts of investigations. .

Saturday, November 22, 2003

Library Acquisitions: The October 2003 list of newly processed Library materials is now available in a wonderfully convenient format at Having clicked on the link, you can track items under various main headings tied to call numbers. Remember that cataloguing conventions are such that a card-carrying history book could well be stashed under another heading. Remember, too, that on any given web page the command "Ctrl F" will bring up a search option, so that you can quickly check a particular list for, say, "early modern" or "Scotland".

Thursday, November 20, 2003

Research Fellowships: Applications are invited for research fellowships and travel grants for 2004-2005 at the Lewis Walpole Library, a department of the Yale Uiversity Library with significant holdings of 18th-century prints, drawings, manuscripts, books, and paintings. Visiting fellowships are normally for four weeks, and there are travel grants of lesser duration for scholars engaged in post-doctoral or equivalent research and for doctoral candidates at the dissertation stage. In the current year, nine awards were made. For further details, see

Wednesday, November 19, 2003

HUSA Film Extravaganza! HUSA and Sharon Wright present The Lion in Winter, a medieval epic about appalling royal people behaving very badly towards one another. The film shows on Wednesday November 19 at 6:30 in ARTS 134. Everyone welcome. For the full scoop on the film, see

Tuesday, November 18, 2003

REMINDER: HUSA Film Extravaganza! HUSA and Sharon Wright present The Lion in Winter, a medieval epic about appalling royal people behaving very badly towards one another. The film shows on Wednesday November 19 at 6:30 in ARTS 134. Everyone welcome. For the full scoop on the film, see
HUSA Christmas Charity: The history undergrad society's Christmas initiative this year involves a collection drive for new or used warm clothing for children ages 0-12 and for new toys, which will go to the Saskatoon Society for the Protetion of Children Crisis Nursery Program. The collection will take place in the tunnel from 10:30 to 2pm, November 24-28. While making your donation, also be sure to buy tickets for the HUSA Charity Kegger, to be held December 3, 7pm, at Winston's Pub. Tickets for that event are $10 for HUSA members and $12 for non-members, or $10 for anybody with a donation to the clothing and toy drive.

Monday, November 17, 2003

Bill Waiser and Paul Dederick received a certificate of Honorable Mention from the 51st annual Columbus International Film & Video Festival for their CBC TV series "Looking Back". This is at least the second such award for Bill and Paul and their fine series.
History Student Discussion Forum: This Thursday, Nov. 20th, from 3:30 to 5:30 in ARTS 134, HUSA is hosting a forum in which history students can discuss their experiences with the History program and department, and any possible changes they would like to see. "Please come and be heard", says HUSA, "this is your education and you deserve to have a say."
Alumni sighting: Judy Rendek (BA, 1988) has recently completed her MBA and been appointed President of the B.C. Institute for Studies in International Trade. The BCISIT is located in downtown Vancouver and offers courses and programs in affiliation with UBC and the B.C. Institute of Technology. Besides presiding, Judy teaches the occasional course in international trade. She tells us that she made sure to include shelf space for history books when she moved into her new home: "a reminder of how much I value those years at U of S." Check out the BCISIT web site at, and you can contact Judy at
Reminder to faculty and grad students: the November Grad Colloquium will be held this Thursday, November 20 at 7:30 pm in the Faculty Club, Club Room. Nathan Elliott and Allyson Stevenson will be presenting papers.

Saturday, November 15, 2003

Jameel Hampton (BA 2002) presented a paper entitled "Montrose and the Covenanters: A Reappraisal" at a recent Scottish Studies conference at the University of Guelph. The paper was based on research he understook last year during his MA studies at Queen's. Jameel is currently an editing assistant with the Canadian Journal of History.

Friday, November 14, 2003

Call for Papers: The Centre for the Cultural History of War in conjunction with European Review of History/ Revue europ enne d histoire is sponsoring an interdisciplinary conference, War, Culture & Humanity From Ancient to Modern Times, to be held at the University of Manchester,15-17 APRIL 2004. For further details, see

Thursday, November 13, 2003

Attention Honours Students: undergraduate director Martha Smith Norris will be available on November 19 at 3p.m. in Arts 710 to answer any questions related to the Michael Swan Colloquium, the wonderful capstone event of the honours program in which students present a version of their finest essay to an appreciative audience of peers, friends, and faculty.
An early reminder that the HGSC Christmas Party is scheduled for Nov. 29. All history grad students, faculty, and partners are invited, and should have received an invitation with further details in their mail box. The party will feature a White Elephant Gift Exchange (don't ask!), and cash donations will be collected for the Saskatoon Food Bank. RSVP to Bonnie Wagner or Kim Duong.
Historians in the News: check out the College of Arts and Science news site for coverage of the Saskatchewan Book Awards nominations for books by department members Bill Waiser (nominated in three categories) and Janice MacKinnon, as well as alum and university secretary Gordon Barnhart (Ph.D. 1996). The story is accompanied by a fetching photo of Bill. Check it out at . The same site carries a story on the way that Keith Carlson's work impacts treaty negotiations between the government and B.C.'s First Nations. See that story at

Wednesday, November 12, 2003

Peter Scott in the library alerts us to an amazing new web site: BOPCRIS is the British Official Publications Collaborative Reader Information Service. You can use this web site to search and browse information from British Official Publications over the period 1688-1995. You can also read abstracts, and view detailed consistent subject indexing, of key documents. You can then read the digitised full-text version of a limited number of these documents. BOPCRIS currently contains 23,279 references

Tuesday, November 11, 2003

Jim Handy was interviewed by the Globe and Mail regarding the recent election in Guatemala and the attempted return to power, via the ballot box, of elderly former general and dictator Efrain Rios Montt. To read the story from the paper of Saturday, November 8th, see

Monday, November 10, 2003

CMRS colloquium: Avi Akkerman of the Department of Geography will speak on "Femininity and Masculinity in Urban Design: Western Thought and the Built Environment", Thursday, Nov. 13, in STM 344B (formerly known as the Chelsea Lounge). Refreshments start at 3:30, talk at 4:pm. All are welcome (especially students).

Sunday, November 09, 2003

Tonya Lambert (BA, MA), now a Ph.D. candidate at Alberta, writes to say that she has been busy preparing encyclopedia entries this past year: “Definitions of Rape”, “Virgins/Virginity”, “Gang Rape”, “Pregnancy (and Conception) as a Result of Rape” for Encyclopedia of Rape, ed. Merrill D. Smith (Greenwood, forthcoming in 2004); “Rape in War” for Women and War: An Encyclopedia, ed. Bernard Cook (ABC-Clio, forthcoming in 2006.)

Friday, November 07, 2003

Congratulations to Keith Carlson, co-investigator on a $1,000,000 five year CURA (SSHRC funded) project to investigate Metis land tenure systems and traditional ecological knowledge in Northern Saskatchewan (grant awarded November 5, 2003). This consortium project is a community-university partnership involving the North West Saskatchewan Metis Council, the Metis Nation of Saskatchewan, the University of Alberta and the University of Saskatchewan. The principal investigators are Dr. Frank Tough of the University of Alberta Native Studies Department, Dr. Lawrence Martz of the University of Saskatchewan Geography Department, and Clem Chartier of the Metis Nation of Saskatchewan.
Call for papers: The 10th annual Underhill Graduate Student Colloquium will be held in Ottawa at Carleton University on March 4-5, 2004. We invite proposals for papers from all areas of history, Canadian and non-Canadian, and those from other disciplines touching on historical issues. Please submit your proposals by December 19, 2003 to the following address:
Organizing Committee for the Underhill Graduate Student Colloquium
Department of History
Carleton University
1125 Colonel By Drive
Ottawa, Ontario, K1S 5B6
or by e-mail to: For more information, check their website at:
Myra Ruthedale will participate in a symposium called Through A Glass Darkly: Art, Architecture and Empire this Saturday, November 8 at Vancouver's Canadian Memorial Church. The purpose of the symposium is to explore ideas about War and Memory with a particular focus on how Canadians after World War One came together to build monuments to those lost at the front. Rutherdale's paper is on women, war and imperialism.

Wednesday, November 05, 2003

Call for papers: The second Fort Garry Lectures in History conference will be held at the University of Manitoba, April 29-May 2, 2004. Submissions are invited from graduate and honours students on any topic relevant to historical study. The conference provides a forum in which students can present their current research in a relaxed and supportive setting modeled around other learned symposia. The organizers welcome panel submissions, which should include three papers united by a common theme or geographical/chronological focus, although each of the three papers will be judged on its individual merit. They also invite professors to act as chairs for panels. Please send a 500 word abstract and one-page curriculum vitae (presumably for each presenter), via email to Jarrett Henderson at no later than 15 December 2003.
John Tomayer will defend his MA thesis in an Oral Examination on Monday, November 10, 2003 at 1:30 in Arts 249. The title of John's thesis is "Ingvar Widefarer".

Tuesday, November 04, 2003

Frank Klaassen and Gordon DesBrisay are just back from presenting papers at the Sixteenth Century Studies Conference in Pittsburgh. Frank's paper was entitled "Sex, Learning, Fraternity and Influence: Masculinity in Fifteenth- and Sixteenth-Century Ritual Magic Manuals", and Gordon's was "Inside and Out in Aberdeen: Alexander Skene and Civic Government in Early Modern Scotland". Tonya Lambert (MA 2001), now a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Alberta, also presented a paper. For a sense of what's up in early modern history, check out the conference program at