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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Visions, Collaborations, & Transformations: The First Annual York University Graduate Student Research Conference in the Social Sciences & Humanities.

Graduate students are invited to submit a proposal for Visions, Collaborations, & Transformations: The First Annual York University Graduate Student Research Conference in the Social Sciences & Humanities. This conference is a special multidisciplinary event that aims to connect participants within the social science communities at York University and beyond. The York Graduate Student Research Conference (GSRC) will take place on April 6 and 7.

Canada will celebrate the 150th anniversary of Confederation in 2017. The York GSRC will focus on the Canada 150 themes identified by the Government of Canada: the environment, diversity and inclusion, Indigenous people, and youth. Proposal submissions are for panel presentations, and approximately 15 minutes will be allocated to each presentation.

Topics can include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Canada’s past, present, future
  • social justice, diversity and equity
  • experiential learning, participatory methods, community-situated learning
  • (de)colonizing theory and practices
  • urban education
  • disability studies
  • early childhood
  • childhood studies
  • K-12 and postsecondary education
  • psychoanalysis, sexualities, feminist studies, queer theory
  • cultural studies
  • philosophy
  • arts
  • ethnographic research
  • literacy and linguistics
  • global and international relations and perspectives
  • sustainability and environment
  • mathematics, science, technology
  • media and communications
  • alternative education
  • other

Proposals must be submitted no later than Wednesday, Jan. 18, using the GRSC Proposal Submission Form.

For submission guidelines and conference details, visit

Questions about the Graduate Student Research Conference and the proposal submission process can be sent to

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GHSA Meetings

A message from Chelsea Bauer:

Hello folks,

We have several important meetings and events coming up in the next few weeks!!
Historian’s Craft is taking place at 1:00pm on Thursday January 12th in the History Department Common Room, Vari Hall 2183. The talk is being given by Alison Norman and it is entitled, “Doing History that Matters: My Career as a Scholar of Indigenous History in the Government.” Light refreshments will be served.
The next union meeting is taking place on January 19th at 12:30pm in Leith Room, 004 Atkinson Building. The first GMM of the new year is also the closing of nominations for the bargaining team elections and Grievance Officer and VP Unit 3 by-elections. These are exceptionally important elections as the bargaining team is the group of individuals that will be negotiating your next collective agreement with York!! Come out and meet the candidates and familiarize yourself with the goals for bargaining!
The next GHSA meeting is taking place on January 24th at 12pm in the History Department Common Room Vari Hall 2183. I have attached the agenda for the upcoming meeting and the minutes from the last meeting that we will be voting on.  This meeting is important as we will be voting on the proposals submitted for the Black History budget line. If you would like to add anything to the agenda please contact me or come to the meeting!!
Please join the TA Liaison Committee on February 2, 2017, from 12:30-2:30 in the Common Room (VH2183), for a special workshop on teaching skills for faculty and TAs alike! Confirmed speakers include: Professors Ben Kelly, Deb Neill, and Sean Kheraj, and TAs Sara Howdle and Paul Aikenhead. Participation at this seminar is EXTREMELY IMPORTANT FOR ALL TAs so please please please come out to this event.
Participation at these meetings is vital so please come out!! If you attend all four events please let me know and you will be in the running for ANOTHER super secret GHSA mystery prize.
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Fw: Call for Papers: CERES Graduate Student Conference 2017 | Feb 9-10 | Munk School of Global Affairs

The conference will consist of a keynote address by Anna Dolidze that will begin the evening of February 9. Professor Dolidze is a professor of law at Western University and is currently the parliamentary secretary to the President of Georgia. In the past, Dolidze has worked with a number of international organizations, including Human Rights Watch, Russian Justice Initiative, the Permanent Court of Arbitration and Save the Children. She is an expert in international law and has written on the situations in South Ossetia and Abkhazia. On the second day of the conference, graduate students from Canada and abroad will present their research and be given constructive feedback by faculty mentors, who will also serve as paper discussants.


Call for Papers
We are still accepting papers! Please submit a 150-200 word abstract of your paper and a short biography to by January 16, 2017. We highly encourage papers from a variety of disciplines! 
The annexation of Crimea and the secessionist movements in Eastern Ukraine, bolstered by Russia, have dramatically reminded everybody that the territorial order in the former Soviet Union is still far from stable. Instead, the region – same as the territory of the former Yugoslavia – has the potential for violent conflicts that pose a threat not only to European stability, but to the international peace order. Apart from the “hot” or “unfrozen” conflict in Ukraine, there are a number of “frozen” conflicts that, after a violent phrase have later been de-escalated. However, these conflicts can be “unfrozen” at anytime.

Panel discussions can be based on:
1) the role of the EU, Russia and other international factors for the development of these conflicts
2) the resources employed by local/regional elites for separatist policies
3) the role historical, institutional and socio-economic factors play
4) peace building efforts and the attempts to stabilize these regions

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The Document Holiday Edition


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Call for Papers – 23rd Annual Underhill Graduate Colloquium

REMINDER – CALL FOR PAPERS Underhill Graduate Student Colloquium March 9, 10, and 11, 2017.

The Underhill Graduate Student Colloquium is one of the longest running history graduate conferences in Canada. In March 2017, the Department of History, Carleton University, will be hosting the 23rd Annual Colloquium. This year’s theme, “Revealing the Past” aims to highlight how self-conscious historical work reveals the past.

In order to be considered, submissions must include a proposal of no more than 300 words, along with a brief biographical statement. Please send your submission to no later than January 15th, 2017.

See attached document for more details about the colloquium and CFP requirements. Should you have any questions, please contact the above address.


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