Throwback Event; Book Launch; Feminist Summer School: Manufacturing Urgency; A Glimpse Into The Past; Shannon Lecture Series 2017; Brown Bag Occasions;  …

Below are events taking place soon as well as announcements that may be of interest. (A bulletin will now be sent out each week with upcoming events and announcements.) Departmental events are also posted on our website.


TONIGHT: September 20, 2017

Manufacturing Urgency: The Development Industry and Violence Against Women

Do campaigns to end violence against women fulfill their promises? Please join Dr. Corinne L. Mason (Gender & Women’s Studies and Sociology, Brandon University), author of Manufacturing Urgency: The Development Industry and Violence Against Women (2017) and Rita Morbia (Executive Director, Inter Pares), as they discuss anti-violence policies intended to help women and girls across the globe.

Through careful consideration of anti-violence initiatives–“The Hillary Doctrine,” the World Bank’s “The Cost of Violence” campaign, and the United Nations’ “UNiTE To End Violence Against Women” and “Say NO” campaigns–Mason reveals how these projects are technocratic, depoliticized, and executed in a manner that serves neoliberal interests and the security concerns of nation-states, at the expense of those they are intended to protect.

Wednesday, September 20, 7-9 pm, @25 One Community, 251 Bank Street, 2nd Floor

Sponsored by Octopus Books, Inter Pares, the Joint Chair in Women’s Studies (University of Ottawa / Carleton University), and University of Regina Press. More info: For more information, please contact Octopus Books at (613) 233-2589.

September 21, 2017

A glimpse into the past: Using historical censuses to research Canadian families

On behalf of Statistics Canada, you are invited to attend A glimpse into the past: Using historical censuses to research Canadian families, the second of a four-part speaker series organized to mark the 150th anniversary of Confederation, at the Sheraton Ottawa Hotel in Ottawa, Ontario.

The guest speaker, Lisa Dillon, Full Professor, Department of Demography from the Université de Montréal, will showcase highlights of historical research beginning with the 1666 enumeration of Québec by the first Intendent of New France, Jean Talon, and will discuss her early research findings from a new project on the 1831 Census of Quebec and the 1852 Census of Canada. She will also present research on intergenerational relations and living arrangements from the late 19th-century and on single persons’ residential autonomy in the 1921-1951 Censuses of Canada.

Her presentation will be followed by a panel discussion with experts from various fields. At the end of the discussion, participants will be invited to ask questions. Joining us on the panel are:

The presentation will be mainly in English, with simultaneous interpretation in French. Participants will be invited to ask questions in the official language of their choice.

Please register no later than September 19, as space is limited.

September-December 2017

Shannon Lecture Series for 2017

The History Department’s Shannon Lecture Series for 2017, will commence on September 22, 2017. This year’s lecture series looks at Expo 67 as the highlight of Canada’s centennial. A world’s fair held in Montreal, it dazzled the world with its daring architecture, innovative exhibits, and high-minded theme, “Man and His World.” Many Canadians regarded it as Canada’s coming-out party, a moment when the young nation burst into the international limelight and strutted its stuff to universal acclaim. Substitute “Quebec” or “Indigenous Peoples” for “Canada” in the previous sentence and it would be equally true – Expo 67 was a rich, multivalent spectacle that generated diverse messages. In Canada’s 150th anniversary year, the Carleton Department of History is revisiting Expo 67 to reflect upon the meaning of it all. A select group of lecturers will address key topics such as Expo’s intellectual origins, how it became a proud emblem of modernization for both Canadian and Quebec nationalists, its impact on Indigenous rights and culture, and its iconic stature in the histories of architecture and cinema. X out the dates in your calendar to experience exposition by Expo experts that will expand your mind exponentially. Visit the Shannon Lectures website for more information or click the individual event listings below.

September 25, 2017

EU Cooperation on Security and Anti-Terrorism

CES is pleased to invite you to attend a special Jean Monnet event, “EU Cooperation on Security and Anti-Terrorism” with Mr. Anders Vistisen on Monday, September 25, 2:30-3:30PM, in the Senate Room, 608 Robertson Hall, Carleton campus.

About the lecture: Terror committed by various radical groups threatens the security, the democratic values and the rights and freedoms of the EU citizens. What are the lessons learned from the EU’s experiences with radical Islamic groups in Europe since 9/11? The speaker will share his expertise about the characteristics of the environments and socioeconomic conditions which may have fostered growth of terror cells. The methods of shared cooperation will be further discussed as an effective policy in the prevention of terror attacks.

About the speaker: Mr. Vistisen is a member of the Danish People’s Party and a representative for European Conservatives and Reformists in the European Parliament for Denmark. He is First Vice-Chair of the European Parliament’s Foreign Affairs committee and a substitute member of the Committee for Civil Liberties and the Special Committee on Counterterrorism.

No registration is required to attend. Light refreshments will be provided.

For more information and upcoming CES events:


September 25-26, 2017

Conference on the History of the International Joint Commission

The Historical Section (PORH) and the U.S. Transboundary Affairs Division (NGB) of Global Affairs Canada, in partnership with the University of Ottawa, the University of Western Michigan, and Library and Archives Canada, is pleased to sponsor a two-day conference on the history of the International Joint Commission.

Monday and Tuesday, September 25 to 26, 2017

Pellan Room, Library and Archives Canada, 395 Wellington Street, Ottawa

Almost everywhere in North America, water is in crisis. Drought across the west. Floods in parts of the U.S. More important, water is fundamentally tied to some of the largest challenges global society faces in the near future: clean energy, pollution, and climate change.

This conference brings together leading diplomatic, environmental, and Indigenous scholars from Canada and the United States to explore the century-long evolution of the International Joint Commission, a binational Canada-US body playing a key role in helping both countries prevent and resolve transboundary environmental and water-resource disputes.

The conference begins on Monday, September 25, at 8:30 a.m. For full details, please see the program. There is no fee, but as space is limited, we ask participants to register in advance.

September 2017– March 2018

History Department Brown Bag Occasions

The History Department invites you to a series of Brown Bag Occasions taking place in our History Lounge (433 Paterson), starting at 12:30. Bring your lunch and join us for any of the following talks:

October 12, 2017

I don’t know where paradise is. An artist talk with Benny Nemerofsky Ramsay

The event will begin with Benny Nemerofsky Ramsay’s performance lecture The Five Ages, a floral archaeology that explores the symbolic relationships between human history and plant life, specifically within the context of a queer aesthetics. Nemerofsky selects five flowers to symbolize distinct moments in the history of El Dorado, referencing both its incarnation as interwar Berlin nightclub and early 80s art exhibition, as well as its general application as a legendary, faraway site of utopian longing. The flowers stand in a ceramic vase designed by the artist to provide each flower with its own distinct opening. The artist arranges the flowers to interact contrapuntally, creating a bouquet of colliding and overlapping temporalities. The performance will be followed by a conversation between the artist and History’s Jennifer Evans.



Discussion with Dr. Gary Miedema – History Lounge, Friday at 1 pm

Dear History Graduate Students and Faculty:

The invited lecturers for this year’s Shannon Lecture series have agreed to spend some time discussing their lecture topic with interested graduate students and faculty.

These discussion sessions will be held in the history lounge at 1:00 pm on the afternoon of the Shannon lecture (which commences at 2:30 pm).

The discussion with this week’s lecturer, Dr. Gary Miedema, will be relevant to those with an interest in Canada in the 1960s, particularly Expo 67, or Canadian religious history, especially the secularization debate. Dr. Miedema’s highly original book, For Canada’s Sake:  Public Religion, Centennial Celebrations, and the Re-making of Canada in the 1960s, argues that the emergence of pluralism as a national identity marker was anticipated and facilitated by a strengthening ecumenical ideal among Canada’s Christian churches in the 1960s.

Dr. Miedema’s work will also be of interest to students of public history and commemoration. He has over a decade of experience working as a public historian for the City of Toronto and has been deeply involved in the planning of the city’s Sesquicentennial celebrations this year.

If you have any questions or would like more background information, please contact Paul Litt at



Memory Project

The Memory Project is a volunteer speakers bureau that arranges for veterans and Canadian Forces members to share their stories of military service at school and community events across the country. There are over 1500 speakers across the country who have served in numerous conflicts from the Second World War to Afghanistan, as well as peacekeeping missions.

If anyone is teaching a course that coincides with any of these topics and would like a speaker, please visit our website and make a request there. Amanda Bellissimo ( would be happy discuss the program and any questions that may arise.