Annual CAC Lecture – Prof. Peter Toohey: “Mental Illness in Ancient Rome”

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Women, Men, and Plants in 19th-Century Canada: New Resources, New Perspectives

Two-day workshop hosted by the Centre for Feminist Research

York University, Toronto

 October 19-20, 2017

Location: George Spragge Classroom, Archives of Ontario

York University-Keele campus

134 Ian MacDonald Boulevard

Who shaped access to knowledge of plants in 19th-century Canada? 

Led by Professor Ann B. Shteir, the workshop will convene academics, botanists, graduate students, and other researchers engaged by the topic of “plants,” understood here as botanical and horticultural objects.

The workshop will emphasize the women and men who involved themselves in the world of plants in 19th-century Canada. Colonial, imperial, and comparative dimensions of this history will be apparent, as will the intersecting social formations of gender and class that brought plant-related activities into the lives of women and men at that time. The workshop’s focus on new resources signals scholarly commitment to searching out materials about the role of plants in 19th-century Canada.

Visit the workshop website and the About Our Presenters page to learn more.


Interested in attending?

Please click here to RSVP for the workshop and the public lunch

Click here for transit directions to York University

Click here for the York – Keele Campus map (Archives of Ontario are #96 on the campus map)



Women, Men, and Plants in 19th-Century Canada poster Oct 11

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Call for Papers: McGill-Queen’s Graduate Conference in History – “Violence and the Mind”.

The History and Classics Graduate Student Association at McGill University is excited to announce that the 15th annual McGill-Queen’s Graduate Conference in History, will be taking place in Montreal on March 1-3, 2018. The theme of this year’s conference, “Violence and the Mind”, provides a platform for graduate students to situate these problems as they continue to explore violence historically by foregrounding the interior lives of historical subjects. We welcome emerging scholars from across the disciplines to present research that questions how violence is produced, elaborated, interpreted and experienced by the mind. For more on this year’s theme, please refer to the attached PDF. To learn more about the McGill-Queen’s Graduate Conference in History, please visit

This year’s keynote speaker is Dagmar Herzog, Distinguished Professor of History and Daniel Rose Faculty Scholar at the Graduate Center, City University of New York. Her book, Cold War Freud: Psychoanalysis in an Age of Catastrophes, was published by Cambridge University Press in 2016.

We encourage proposals that present historiographical, theoretical, and comparative approaches to such forms of violence across a variety of regions and time periods. Hopeful participants should propose 15-20 minute presentations that speak to the following questions and themes: How are the interior lives of human beings shaped, historically, by violence? What distinguishes violence committed against bodies from violence committed against minds? How can historians study the relationship between violence and subjective experience? What is distinct (and what is similar) about violence produced or directed towards the mental realm? To what extent can the various subfields of history, which explicitly study violence, be approached together when inner experiences are taken as the point of departure? How can the notion of structural violence contend with individual psychologies?

Potential areas of enquiry may include (but are not limited to):

  • The history of ideology
  • The history of psychoanalysis
  • The history of medicine, including psychology and psychiatry
  • Colonialism
  • Slavery
  • Racism and Critical Race Theory
  • Military history, including trauma
  • Queer theory and the history of sexuality and gender
  • Philosophy of Mind
  • Disability Studies
  • History of emotions

Please submit an abstract of no more than 400 words as well as a brief academic biography in Word or PDF format to by 8 December 2017.

Best regards,
The McGill-Queen’s 2018 Planning Committee 
Department of History and Classical Studies
McGill University

L’association des étudiants diplômés en histoire et études classiques à l’Université McGill est heureuse d’annoncer le quinzième colloque annuel McGill-Queen’s pour les étudiants des cycles supérieurs en histoire qui se tiendra à Montréal, du 1er au 3 mars 2018. Le thème de ce colloque, «La violence et l’esprit», servira d’une plateforme par laquelle les étudiants des cycles supérieurs peuvent explorer ces questions et ces problèmes d’une façon historique privilégiant les vies intérieures des sujets historiques. Nous invitons tous les chercheurs émergents de toutes disciplines à présenter les résultats de leur recherche s’interrogeant sur la violence et comment elle est produite, développée, comprise et ressentie par l’esprit. Pour en savoir plus sur le thème du colloque, veuillez consulter le PDF ci-joint. Pour en savoir plus sur le colloque McGill-Queen’s, veuillez consulter

Cette année notre conférencière invitée est Dagmar Herzog, professeure distinguée et Daniel Rose Faculty Scholar au Graduate Center du City University of New York. Son livre, Cold War Freud: Psychoanalysis in an Age of Catastrophes, a été publié par Cambridge University Press en 2016.
Nous encourageons des propositions qui abordent de telles formes de violence d’une façon historiographique, théorique ou comparative à travers toutes les régions et les époques. Les candidats devraient soumettre une présentation de 15 à 20 minutes qui abordent les questions ou thèmes suivants : Comment la violence a-t-elle influencé les vies intérieures des êtres humains à travers l’histoire? Comment fait-on la différence entre la violence perpétrée contre le corps et contre l’esprit? Comment les historiens peuvent-ils étudier les relations entre la violence et l’expérience subjective? Quelles sont les distinctions (et les similarités) de la violence qui se produit ou se dirige contre l’état mental? Peut-on rapprocher les divers sous-domaines de l’histoire étudiant explicitement la violence les expériences intérieures servent de point de départ? Comment la notion de la violence structurelle peut-elle faire face aux psychologies individuelles?
Les domaines potentiels des recherches peuvent inclure (mais ne sont pas limitées à):

  • L’histoire de l’idéologie
  • L’histoire de la psychanalyse
  • L’histoire de la médecine, y compris la psychologie et la psychiatrie
  • Le colonialisme
  • Le racisme et la «Critical Race Theory» (théorie critique raciale)
  • L’histoire militaire y compris le trauma
  • La théorie queer et l’histoire de la sexualité et du genre
  • La philosophie de l’esprit
  • Les «disability studies» (études dans la domaine du handicap)
  • L’histoire des émotions
  • Les études autochtones, de la réconciliation et de la colonisation

Veuillez soumettre votre candidature sous forme d’une présentation d’un maximum de 400 mots et une courte biographie académique en format Microsoft Word ou PDF à avant le 8 decembre 2017.
Le comité de planification du colloque McGill-Queen’s 2018 
Département d’histoire et des études classiques
Université McGill

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Call for Papers: International Graduate Historical Studies Conference

“Real and Imagined Borders: People, Place, Time”

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Early submission period for abstract and short CV ends December 17, 2017. Final deadline for submission is February 11, 2018.

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Year-End Party 2017

Thanks to everyone for coming out to a great year-end party, and to our social officers Chris and Avram for organizing such great events this year! Also, Chelsea and Kevin would like to thank everyone who made this an awesome year of GHSA talks, presentations, workshops, meetings, fundraisers, etc. Congratulations to incoming co-president Jason Chartrand (2nd co-president TBA)–we’re looking forward to next year!

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New Frontiers 2017

We just wanted to send out a quick note to thank our wonderful New Frontiers co-chairs, Joanna Pearce, Desa Djonin, Cristiana Conti, Caroline Heather Butt and Daniel Xie for their tireless efforts planning and executing what was a fantastic graduate conference this past weekend. The conference this year was a raging success and it would not have been possible without all of their hard work and dedication throughout this academic year.

As well thank you to all the moderators, presenters, students and faculty that took time out of their busy schedules to attend and participate in the conference. As co-presidents of the Graduate History Student Association, Kevin and I are beyond proud to have been so well represented by all those involved with New Frontiers this year.
Chelsea Bauer and Kevin Burris
GHSA Co-presidents


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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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