Thursday, March 10, 2011

Keewatin Country Graduate Student History Conference 

Each year the Universities of Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Winnipeg sponsor the Keewatin Country Graduate Student History Conference, which offers graduate and top undergraduate students the opportunity to present their research in a collegial and scholarly environment. This year the Keewatin Conference returns to Saskatchewan and brings more than thirty presenters as well as faculty, guests, and supporters to the Temple Gardens Mineral Spa Resort in Moose Jaw from 28-30 April 2011.

Moose Jaw Homestead Rush, c. 1908 (Source: University of Alberta Libraries Flickr Stream)

The name “Keewatin,” a Cree/Ojibway word for the Cold North Wind that blows across the Prairie Provinces and Northern Plains states, was chosen for its powerful local resonance and demonstration of a commitment to inclusivity beyond our individual institutions. As in previous years, this year’s conference is committed to remaining accessible to all students regardless of historical theme, geographic area or region. Organizers are committed to fostering an inclusive and collegial atmosphere welcoming papers on all historical subjects. So successful has this become, in fact, that this year the Keewatin Conference promises to see the widest participation yet as we are set to welcome presenters from no fewer than six provinces, two U.S. states, and Europe!

Our keynote speaker this year will be Professor Sterling Evans, holder of the Louise Welsh Chair in Oklahoma, Southern Plains, and Borderlands History at the University of Oklahoma. His address will be based on his book Bound in Twine, which won the Theodore Saloutos Best Book Prize from the Agricultural
History Society in 2008. Professor Evans’s talk “Nothing New About NAFTA” speaks to issues of particular interest to Saskatchewan, its agricultural history and the borderlands region.

Postcard from Moose Jaw, c. 1913 (Source: University of Alberta Libraries Flickr Stream)

Organizers of year’s Keewatin Conference are also excited to introduce a number of innovations. We now have Facebook and Twitter pages, including a dedicated hashtag (#keewatin2011), in order to maintain informal contact with presenters, as well as provide an opportunity to continue links and connections among presenters even after the conference is over. This year we are also introducing participant commentating, giving PhD candidates the opportunity to comment on panels.

Anyone interested in joining us in Moose Jaw for all or part of Keewatin 2011 can still register. Until 31 March there is also a special conference rate at the Temple Gardens Mineral Spa and Resort for those participating in Keewatin 2011. Contact for registration forms or more info.

Please come support us in Moose Jaw! We look forward to seeing you there.

Mac the Moose in Moose Jaw (Source: "Mac the Moose", Wikipedia, photo by Lisa from Bloomfield Hills)