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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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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