Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Reminder: Keewatin Country Graduate Student History Conference Deadline

The deadline to submit your abstract for the conference is fast approaching: January 31.  Re-posting the full call for papers below!

Presentations on ALL HISTORICAL TOPICS are welcome. The conference aims to promote interdisciplinary dialogue and is open to submissions from any relevant discipline. We encourage papers addressing a diverse range of regional, methodological, and thematic topics.

Over the past two years, the Keewatin Graduate Student History Conference has attracted graduate students and outstanding undergraduates from across Canada, the US and abroad. We look forward once more to welcoming young scholars to this opportunity to present exciting new work in an engaging and supportive academic environment.

This year we are excited to welcome keynote speaker Professor Sterling Evans, Louise Welsh Chair Oklahoma, Southern Plains, and Borderlands History at the University of Oklahoma. Author and editor of four books, Professor Evans is a leader in the fields of transnational borderlands and environmental histories. His address "Nothing New about NAFTA: Connecting the Prairies to a Larger North American History" will be based on his book Bound in Twine, which won the Theodore Saloutos Best Book Prize from the Agricultural History Society in 2008.

In addition to sharing exciting new scholarship and collegial interaction, the conference venue offers opportunities for physical relaxation and mental rest as well. Hotel accommodation at the conference venue includes complementary access to the rooftop mineral pool overlooking Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan.

Applicants are invited to submit proposals of 250 words along with a short (one page maximum) CV. The submission deadline is January 31, 2011. Please submit your proposals, and any questions, to keewatin2011@gmail.com .
Publishing Workshop: How to Turn Your Dissertation into a Book

When: February 9
Time: 1:30-4:30
Where: Grad Commons

Attention Grad Students -- and anyone else who might be interested!  Ever wanted to know how your PhD thesis could be turned into a book?  For some helpful advice, why not attend a publishing workshop...  Snacks will even be provided.

1:30 Introduction: Erika Dyck and Michael Kirkpatrick

1:30-2:15: Presentation by University of Manitoba Press, Editors David Carr and Jean Wilson

2:15-2:45: Questions, Answers, Discussion

2:45-3:00: Refreshment Break

3:00-3:45: Panel on Experiences Turning Dissertations into Books
Lucas Richert, Postdoctoral Fellow (History), "Using my Post-Doc to Revise My Book"
Simonne Horwitz, Assistant Professor (History), "Balancing Work and Revisions"
Valerie Korinek, Professor and Head of History, "Dissertation to Book: Some Suggestions"

3:45-4:15: Questions, Answers, Discussion

For more information, contact Michael Kirkpatrick (kirpak@hotmail.com)

Monday, January 17, 2011

14th Annual Michael Swan Honours Colloquium

The Honours Colloquium will be held on Friday, January 21 from 9:00 to 4:30 in Agriculture 1E80.  Come see what our undergraduate students have been researching.  And as an added incentive: lunch is provided if you show up between 12:00 and 1:00!

Session One (9:05—9:50 a.m.): Questionable Practices in Modern US Policy
Shannon Colville. “‘Grave Moral Doubts’: The Tuskegee Syphilis Study and the Nuremberg Code.”
David Guenther. “Duck and Cover: The Effects of the U.S. Civil Defense Movement during the Cold War.”
Bradley Wickert, “U.S. Intervention in Guatemala: Did it ‘Work’?”

Session Two (10:00—10:55 a.m.): Dimensions in Canadian Social History
Scott Dumonceaux. “The California Gold Rush and the Fraser River Gold Rush: A Comparison.”
Ferron Olynyk. “A Changing Landscape: Impacts of Postwar Suburbanization in Canada.”
Myles Shingoose. “‘This Needs to be Stopped, But Where?’: The Decision to Stop the On-to Ottawa Trek in Regina.”
Kristi St. Laurent. “From ‘Je me souviens’ to “je ne me souviens pas’: The Historian’s Responsibility in Reconciling and Rehabilitating Canadian History.”

Session Three (11:05 a.m. —12:00 p.m.): Indigenous Practices and Minority Populations
Melissa Armstrong. “African and Western Constructions of Disease with Witchcraft in Mind.”
Laura Champ. “Re-imagining the Lewis and Clark Expedition: A Process of Shared Exploration with the Mandan and Hidatsa Indians.”
Julie Sapsford. “Reflections on the Silver Screen: American Indians and the Hollywood Musical in the 1950s.”
Jason Stockfish. “Epitomizing the Canadian Mozaic: A Brief History of Multiculturalism in Saskatchewan.”
Session Four (1:00—1:55 p.m.): Rumors of War
Aaron Birkland.  “Frank Beecher Doran: The Perspective of a First World War Canadian Casualty.”
Filip Cupial. “The Priceless Horse: The Use of Cavalry in Two 17th- and 18th-Century East European States.”
Justin Fisher. “Uneasy Allies: The Soviet Union, China, and the Vietnam War.”
Isaac Mills. “A Decisive Factor? The Value of Intelligence in the Battle of the Atlantic.”

Session Five (2:05—3:00 p.m.): Ancient Texts, Tales, and Monuments
Keely Bland.  “The Vatican Vergil: Poetry, Art and the Historical Perspective.”
Victoria Hiebert. “The Building Program of the Emperor Maxentius.”
Guy Hucq. “Salesman and Statesman: The Senate’s Role in Promoting the Julio-Claudian Principate.”
Scott Tomkins. “Marco Polo and the ‘Old Man of the Mountain.’”

Session Six (3:10—4:05 p.m.): Women in Art and Reality
Melissa Allan.  “Making Something Out of Nothing: The Great Depression and Gendered Relief Policies in Canada.”
Chantal de Medeiros. “Erotic Imagery in Corinth’s ‘Boston Mirror,’ ca. 350 BC.”
Jannaya Friggstad. “Colouring Inside the Lines? Female Artists and Gender Boundaries in 17th-Century Europe.”
Sara Wright. “A Modern-Day Moses and the Freeing of the Israelites: Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad.”

For more information about the event, please contact our undergraduate director, Dr. John McCannon (john.mccannon@usask.ca).