Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Guy Vanderhaeghe Lecture at St. Thomas More College
Thursday October 24, 2013 7:30 p.m.
Father O'Donnell Auditorium

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Blogs promoting more blogs, long may the blogs proliferate! New blog announcement.

The History Graduate Students Committee (HGSC) has started a research blog.   The address is . Be sure and check it out!

Thursday, September 05, 2013

Our friend, colleague, and globe-trotting scholar, Jim Handy, will be on hand for a three-day celebration September11-13 commemorating Jacobo Arbenz to be held in Guatemala City at the Universidad de San Carlos de Guatemala. The second day of the celebration will be devoted to a round table discussion of Jim's book,.Revolution in the Countryside: Rural Conflict and Agrarian Reform in Guatemala, 1944-1954. Jim will then make his way to the "Food Sovereignty: A Critical Dialogue" International Conference at Yale University, September 14-15. Jim's paper is titled "The ‘non-economy’ and the Radical Dreams of Food Sovereignty” and will no doubt elicit serious dialogue. Good luck Jim!

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Former University of Saskatchewan History undergraduate student Jameel Hampton awarded Mellon Fellowship. 
History Department graduate (B.A. Hons.), Dr. Jameel Hampton, has won a prestigious Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship to be held at the University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg.
Dr. Hampton completed his Queen’s University M.A. thesis, “The Old RĂ©gime in New Jerusalem: Inequality in the United Kingdom, 1945-1951,” before taking a SSHRC and British ORS to Bristol University where he completed his Ph.D. under the direction of Professor Rodney Lowe, Official Historian on the Service of her Majesty the Queen. The book based on his doctoral thesis, “Disability and the Classic Welfare State,” is under contract with The Policy Press UK.
Dr. Hampton will utilise resources at Witwatersrand’s Historical Papers Collection to study Organised Labour, Human Rights, and Disability under Apartheid.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Mitchell Smith wins Margaret E. Vanderhaeghe Award in History and Art History

The Department is pleased to announce that the winner of the inaugural Margaret E. Vanderhaeghe Award in History and Art History is our own Mitchell Smith, for his essay “Alaskan Orthodoxy: The Culturally Distinct Christianity of the Aleut, Alutiiq, Yupiit, Athabaskan, Tlingit, and Creole Peoples of Alaska,” which was submitted to the awards committee by Professor Gary Zellar. This award is presented each year to the best essay on social history, intellectual history, the history of Saskatchewan, or the history of art. It has been instituted by Guy Vanderhaeghe in memory of his wife Margaret, who earned a B.A. in History at the UofS before going on to become a renowned painter and an active member in the Saskatchewan arts community.

Congratulations Mitchell!

Wednesday, June 05, 2013

Announcing the institution of the Saskatoon Latin School

The Classical, Medieval, and Renaissance Studies program is instituting
a non-credit course in high-school level classical Latin.

During the 2013-2014 academic year The Saskatoon Latin School will
offer a non-credit course in Beginner's Latin to students aged 14 and up.

The course is designed to be an enjoyable and informative exploration of
the Latin language and the Roman world. In addition to learning how to
read and write Latin, students will be introduced to various facets of
Roman civilization, including history, art, architecture, literature and
daily life. While the course is directed at high school students, adults are
also welcome.

The course will not be offered for high school credit in 2013-
14, but we are working on that option for future years.

Classes will be held on Saturday afternoons, 1:30 to 3:30,
on the University of Saskatchewan campus from late
September through June.

For more information, please visit our website at or contact

Tuesday, May 07, 2013

Food For Thought

Join our own Valerie J. Korinek, along with co-editors and authors, Franca Iacovetta, Marlene Epp, James Murton, and Ian Mosby as they discuss food issues and food politics featured in their recently published Edible Histories, Cultural Politics: Towards a Canadian Food History on this podcast from NICHE.

Franca Iacovetta, Valerie J. Korinek, and Marlene Epp. Edible Histories, Cultural Politics: Towards a Canadian Food HistoryTorontoUniversity of Toronto Press, 2012.

Thursday, March 21, 2013

From Katherine Katherine Zwicker comes this announcement for the upcoming Manitoba-Northwest Ontario-Minnesota-Saskatchewan (MOMS) & Society for the Social History of Medicine sponsored conference.

Manitoba-Northwest Ontario-Minnesota-Saskatchewan (MOMS) & Society for the Social History of Medicine Postgraduate/Early Career
History of Medicine Conference
September 12th-14th, 2013
University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Canada

Connections and Communities in Health and Medicine

In September 2013 the University of Saskatchewan will host the Society for the Social History of Medicine (SSHM) Postgraduate/Early Career Conference in conjunction with the 4th Manitoba-Northwest Ontario-Minnesota-Saskatchewan (MOMS) History of Medicine Conference.  This conference marks the first occasion upon which the SSHM Postgraduate Conference will be held in Canada and hosted by the newest institution to join the MOMS community—the University of Saskatchewan. 
Highlighting both organizations’ commitment to crossing borders, whether regional or disciplinary, the theme of the 2013 conference is “Connections and Communities in Health and Medicine.”  The conference will provide graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and faculty the opportunity to present papers that consider issues in the history of medicine including, but not limited to professionalization; medical research, technologies and institutions; and networks in health and medicine.  Submissions from all eras and regions of the world are welcomed, as are submissions from various disciplinary perspectives.

Individual and panel proposals (3-4 papers) are invited and will be peer reviewed.  Please submit an abstract (no more than 300 words) and a one-page curriculum vitae with contact information to Katherine Zwicker,   For programming purposes, please indicate if you are a member of one of the MOMS institutions.  Deadline for submissions is April 30th, 2013.  We hope to notify participants by the end of May. 

*Though yet to be determined, travel assistance may be available for student participants.

Wednesday, February 06, 2013

Lisa Smith sends along this link to a blog--Larkfall---that gives our own Frank Klaassen recognition for his work on magician, and Elizabethan gentleman adventurer, Sir Humphrey Gilbert.

Friday, February 01, 2013

Battlefield Study Tour 26 May to 9 June 2013 Now in its 19th year, the Canadian Battlefields Foundation Study Tour is intended for Canadian university students who want to learn more about the role Canadians played in the liberation of Europe in the World Wars. This year’s tour, led by Prof. Andrew Iarocci (UWO) and Prof. Graham Broad (King’s University College, UWO) will visit Ypres, the Somme, Vimy Ridge, Dieppe, the Normandy battlefields, and participate in ceremonies marking the anniversary of D-Day. The Foundation offers a bursary to each successful applicant but requires them to contribute $1000 towards the cost of the tour, which includes air and ground travel from Toronto, accommodation, meals, and study materials. Students will be expected to prepare for the trip academically, to lead one on-site discussion, present a short biography of a Canadian soldier buried at one of the sites on the itinerary, and keep a detailed journal describing their experiences. Outstanding undergraduates, graduate students, and very recent grads are encouraged to apply. Submit five copies of the application form found at by February 25th, 2013, along with official university transcripts and two academic letters of reference to: Prof. Graham Broad, Dept of History King’s University College, UWO 266 Epworth Ave., London, ON N6A 2M3 For more info, contact Prof. Andrew Iarocci, Prof. Graham Broad

CBF Battlefield Study Tour, 26 May to 9 June 2013Canadian Battlefields Study Tour

Congratulations Christian Elcock

Congratulations to Christian Elcock, for winning the William M. Jones Award for the Outstanding Graduate Student Paper in American Culture for his paper, The Psychedelic Movement Beyond the Sixties: Continuity and Discontinuity. Christian is Erika Dyck's Ph.D. student in the History of Medicine. 

The award will be presented at the PCA/ACA Conference in Washington D. C. at the Wardman Park Marriott on Friday, March 29, 2013, at the 11:30A.M. special Awards Ceremony. 

Congratulations Melanie Racette-Campbell

Melanie Racette-Campbell (MA in CMRS 2007) is continuing to do us proud.
This past year (2011-2012) she was awarded the U of T CAMWS award for outstanding accomplishment by a student in Classical Studies.

She also helped to organize and chair a three-part international panel on "“Women and the Reception of the Classical World" at the Spring 2012 meeting of the Classical Association of Canada.

And, in addition to having just successfully defended her PhD thesis at the U of T, she now has an article based on her MA thesis that is set to come out out this Spring in Classical Journal: "Marriage Contracts, Fides, and Gender Roles in Propertius 3.20" (set to appear in vol. 108.3). 

Please congratulate Melanie if you have occasion to correspond with her.

Keewatin Conference

Magic in the Archives What do historians do in the archives? Read a lot, take a lot of notes… sometimes get excited (quietly) when they find something wonderful. But Wi-fi and social media can also allow historians to share their moments of archival thrills. The last couple days, Lisa Smith (who is on sabbatical) has been transcribing an eighteenth-century French witch’s spell book at the Wellcome Library, London. It’s a fascinating source, as you might expect, and she’s been sharing her delight. Why stop at transcribing, when you can tweet magical spells? Her spell tweets have been rounded up by Daniel Goldberg on Storify under the grand title, “In the Archives: Recipes, Remedies & Spells in #HistMed: An historian of medicine works with an 18th c. spellbook. Awesome in so many ways . . .” For some spells on talking to the animals, chasing away snakes, you can read the story as it emerges here: When asked what tweeting adds to the research experience, Smith noted that she thinks more closely about the meaning of each spell while she transcribes, in part because she is spending more time at an early research stage on closely translating each line. And besides, it’s fun.

Thursday, January 03, 2013

Looking for a 400-level seminar? And the chance for hands-on history...?

Then consider History 462.3 ("Orality, Literacy, Memory, Tradition and History") offered by Ph.D. candidate, Mandy Fehr, this term (Mondays, 2:30-5:20).

Explore ideas of orality, literacy, memory, tradition and history in a variety of temporal and geographic contexts! Conduct original oral and archival research for a project at the Diefenbaker Canada Centre!

In this course, you will...
  • Gain experience conducting oral interviews while working with a local museum.
  • Connect theory and practice  in intensive seminars, and while conducting original research. Research and write history for public and academic audiences on a topic that interests you.
  • Meet and work with people practicing history in a variety of settings.
For more information, and to learn how this course can compliment your interests contact Amanda Fehr,