Thanks to Dr. Audrey Hudson!

A big thank you to Dr. Audrey Hudson, who gave an enlightening and well-attended GHSA sponsored talk this afternoon. Dr. Hudson presented on the ways in which hip-hop acts as a vehicle for relationship-building among black and indigenous communities.


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Call for Papers: Canada 150: Defining the Nation in a Transnational World

Call for Papers: Canada 150: Defining the Nation in a Transnational World
The 13th Annual Graduate History Symposium
May 11-12, 2017, University of Toronto

What is a nation? What is national identity? Is the concept of the nation-state still a relevant analytical tool in an increasingly global world? Where do milestone events in a single nation’s history, such as the Confederation of Canada in 1867, fit into our approaches to the study of history? Why have such events acquired the status of national myth? Which individuals and stories have been marginalized in the writing of national histories?
Please join us for the thirteenth Annual Graduate History Symposium to be held on May 11-12, 2017 in the Department of History at the University of Toronto. While the overarching theme will be Canada 150, we welcome participants from all geographic, temporal and thematic backgrounds to submit paper or panel proposals considering the ways in which their research intersects with the concept of nation and/or the following themes:
·      State formation
·      Nations and nationalism
·      The Atlantic World
·      Transnational History
·      Citizenship and rights
·      Statecraft
·      Histories of sexualities and intimacies
·      Race and ethnicity
·      Gender and family histories
·      Colonialism/postcolonialism
·      War and/or revolution
·      Labour, work and economies
·      Ideas in multiculturalism
·      The role of America, Britain, and France in North or South American history
·      Upper and Lower Canadian history
·      Provincial (or state) and federal political tensions
·      Geographies and environments
·      National indifference
·      Federalism
·      Religions, spiritualties and beliefs
·      Memory/commemoration
·      Constitution building
·      Indigenous histories and indigenous worlds
·      Nation building
·      Governmentality and subject formation
·      National myths
·      Welfare State histories
·      Immigration/migration
·      Technologies, science, medicine and health
·      Any other relevant theme
The conference will feature a keynote presentation by a leading historian of Canada, as well as a scholars’ roundtable to address the theme of Confederation and national myth making. We are also excited to renew our partnership with Past Tense Graduate Review of History to offer an essay competition for conference participants. The recipient of this award for the best conference paper will be published in an upcoming issue of Past Tense. This will be the second year for this competition.
Please submit a 250-word proposal and a short biographical sketch to by Monday February 27th, 2017. Successful submissions will be notified by the end of March 2017. The deadline for paper submissions for the Past Tense essay prize is Monday April 24th, 2017. For more information, please contact or visit

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CALL FOR PAPERS International Herbert Marcuse Society Conference


     International Herbert Marcuse Society Conference

    Oct. 26-28, 2017

        York University, Toronto, Canada

     “The Dialectics of Liberation in an Age of Neoliberal Capitalism”

In the summer of 1967 Herbert Marcuse gave a talk titled ‘Liberation from the Affluent Society’ at a London conference called The Dialectics of Liberation. The conference brought together a wide range of left and counter-cultural activists, thinkers, artists and poets –  Herbert Marcuse, R.D Laing, Paul Sweezy, Stokley Carmichael, Allen Ginsberg, Angela Davis and Lucien Goldman. It is in the spirit of that event, and to mark its 50th anniversary, that the International Herbert Marcuse Society seeks papers for its 2017 biennial conference. The conference, which is being held at York University in Toronto, Canada, Oct. 26-28, 2017, has as its theme: “The Dialectics of Liberation in an Age of Neoliberal Capitalism”.

For this year’s conference, we invite papers and panels that look at Marcuse’s work through multi-dimensional lenses.  How is Marcuse’s (and other critical theorist’s) work relevant to today’s struggles against neoliberal capitalism? How can it help build the capacity for new sensibilities, critical pedagogies and new ways of thinking and organizing on the left today? And what are the dialectics of liberation in a context marked by crises, deepening authoritarianism, economic distress, social disintegration, and forms of oppression that mark neoliberal societies today? How have recent movements – Black Lives Matter, Indigenous/Idle No More, ecological, anti-austerity and others – sought to theorize, understand, refuse and go beyond neoliberalism? How do radical critiques today echo and/or build on those that came together at the 1967 Dialectics of Liberation gathering?  In what ways are the challenges of liberation different today, against the backdrop of the Trump phenomenon and the rise of a neoliberal, neo-fascist right? And how does Marcuse’s critique intersect with current assessments of neoliberalism inspired by political economy, labour studies, feminism, Indigenous struggles, radical democratic and anti-racist theory, critical pedagogy and current debates within critical theory?  

We invite critical theory scholars and students–as well as scholar-activists and independent scholars from other critical traditions such as political economy, feminism, LGBTQIA studies, disability studies, post-colonial studies, Indigenous studies, critical race theory, and labour studies –  to engage in a dialogue with Marcuse, in the way that Blackpower, feminist, and ecological participants did at the 1967 Dialectics of Liberation event. We welcome interventions and reflections on how Marcuse and other critical theorists see the ‘dialectics of liberation’. And even though the emphasis this year is on liberation from neoliberalism, we also do not want to neglect the roots that the ‘dialectics of liberation’ have in the rich philosophical and social theory heritage of Marcuse’s work, in his own debates with Hegel, Marx, Freud, Fromm, even Nietzsche and Heidegger, as well as critical theorists such as Adorno and Benjamin. Papers and panels on Marcuse’s relation to these thinkers are welcome as well.

The conference organizers are particularly interested in encouraging undergraduate and graduate student participation. To this end, we encourage faculty colleagues to bring students of all levels to the conference. Undergraduate students are invited to present papers in special concurrent sessions.


Abstracts due May 1, 2017

The conference is an interdisciplinary, multimedia engagement with the many dimensions of Herbert Marcuse’s work. In addition to the presentation of papers, the conference will also present artistic/cultural work, including an installation/exhibition by documentary film maker Peter Davis, who filmed the 1967 Dialectics of Liberation event. Further details on performances and installations will be announced in the coming months. A website for the conference, with registration and other details, will also be up in the coming weeks.

         For more information, and to submit proposals for individual papers and panels (in the form of a 150-word abstract), contact the conference organizers by e-mailing:

Prof. Terry

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UVic CSPT Graduate Student Conference 2017

The University of Victoria’s interdisciplinary Cultural, Social, and Political Thought (CSPT) program is currently seeking conference abstract submissions for its annual graduate student CSPT Conference – “Indeterminacy: un\knowing a body in space.”
We are pleased to announce that our key note speaker is author and storyteller Ivan Coyote.

This year we have interest from publisher Vernon Press to compile a book of the collected conference proceedings. We are also seeking experimental, performative, and creative conference presentations and submissions. Please indicate interest to submit your paper for potential publication as a book chapter following the conference.


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Call For Papers: McGill University Centre of International Peace and Security 2017 Graduate Conference

Dear Sir/Madam,

    The McGill University CIPSS (Centre of International Peace and Security Studies) Graduate Student Conference is an annual conference which invites graduate students from all disciplines to present papers on topics related to International Security Studies, International Relation Theory and international politics in general.
    We are currently accepting abstracting submission for the 12th CIPPS graduate student conference, to be held at McGill university (Montreal, Quebec) on March 31st, 2017. We would appreciate your kind assistance in distributing this call for abstracts to graduate students in your institute.

    We would greatly appreciate your help in forwarding this email to any individuals or research institutes that might find this information of interest.

    Thank you very much for your time and support!

Sincerely, The CIPSS Graduate Conference Committee


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TRRC Talk: “The Jesuits as Agents of the Gutenberg Revolution”

The first talk of 2017 at the Toronto Renaissance and Reformation Colloquium will take place next week, on Thursday, 19 January, at 4 pm in the Victoria College Senior Common Room.

The speaker will be Prof. Francesco Guardiani (Italian, UoT) who will talk
about ““Apostles of Modernity: Italian Jesuits As Agents of the Gutenberg Revolution.”

This talk combines several of Professor Guardiani’s interests (the early modern Jesuits, the print revolution, early publishing) and is sure to offer fascinating new insights into the Jesuits’ use of the print medium in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries.


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Call for Papers Streets, Routes, Methods I: Reflections on Paths, Spaces and Temporalities

Call for Papers
Streets, Routes, Methods I: Reflections on Paths, Spaces and Temporalities

A Conference organized by the Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz and eikones NCCR Iconic Criticism, University of Basel
by Hannah Baader, Adam Jasper, Stefan Neuner, Gerald Wildgruber, Gerhard Wolf
Florence, 5-6 May 2017

Deadline: January 31, 2017

Paths can be serpentine, straight and anything in between; they might traverse barely accessible mountains, like the Inca Trail, or be straight, like desire lines. Paths come before roads, survive into the time of roads, or reappear in response to them. Paths tend to be overgrown, to disappear—in the desert sand—to be overbuilt or abandoned. They have their temporalities, seasons and spatialities, between proximity and distance. Paths are therefore not purely spatial affairs. Paths have a genuine temporal dimension beyond the duration of a traveler’s journey. Paths can be seen as chronotopoi, with literary, pictorial and cinematographic histories. Paths must be trodden in order to survive, exemplifying the Heraclitian formula μεταβάλλον ἀναπαύεται (‘it is in changing that things find repose’). The temporal dimension of paths ultimately allows us to overcome the sterile dichotomy between real and imagined paths (metaphors, allegories, models). They have a rich life in the world of metaphors, intrinsic to the notion of met-hodos, based on the Greek word for way, or path. This allies paths to language and, more specifically, writing, whose elements are also repetitions, tracks that are ‘inked in’. It is the remembered, the described, and thereby the reusable and transferable path. Paths within language can become ritual tools for the creation of new ones.

Beyond the above mentioned approaches to paths, the conference will explore their relationship to the environment, in line with the eco-art historical project at the Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz. How do paths, trails and routes shape or even create landscape? What is the interplay of geomorphology, flora and fauna, animal and human agency? Paths introduce directionalities, itineraries and nets into the environment, they are linked to technologies of transport and movement; they offer viewpoints, changing horizons or deep immersion into flora or architecture; experiencing them is a multisensorial endeavor. Under the hodological conditions of global urban environments and post/industrial landscapes, paths run across streets, they can be subversive, democratic or pragmatic. They can be reinstalled as nostalgic evocations of a lost or overcome past, of rural or pastoral life, or serve mass tourism as well as new ecological approaches.

In search of enlightening new theoretical frameworks, as well as informative case studies, we therefore make this call for papers as open as possible. We invite contributions that touch upon questions not only on paths, mapping, urbanism, but also on metaphor, method, allegory, ritual and auguration.

Presentations will be of a spoken length of 30 minutes, followed by a discussion of 15 minutes. Please send your proposals (max. 300 words), preferably in English language, and cv by 31 January 2017 to


Further information:

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