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



ON NOW: November 28-30, 2018 – History Book Sale

Get a head-start on your holiday shopping and come peruse a grand selection of inexpensive books! History, Politics, Literature, and more – New, Used and Rare(ish).

Large selection in the History Lounge (433 Paterson) along with a smaller selection in the University Galleria . We look forward to seeing you there.

10:00am-4:00pm on November 28th, 29th, and 30th.


November 29, 2018 – “Kristallnacht: An After History”

Thursday November 29th, 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Room 503 MacOdrum Library

Speaker: Dr. Helmut Walser Smith, Martha Rivers Professor of History at Vanderbilt University

The November Pogrom of 1938, the Night of Broken Glass, was one of the decisive moments of the history of the Third Reich. For the first time, tens of thousands of ordinary people, if not more, participated in a ritual of violence and degradation directed against their Jewish neighbors. In more than a thousand communities, synagogues were burned down, destroyed, and desecrated. Historians know a great deal about the event. They know less about how this event became part of collective memory in the postwar years. Using method from digital humanities, this talk will address the question of when and how Germans in the Federal Republic thought about and memorialized a central event that had shown Nazi Germany to be a persecuting society.


November 30, 2018 – Shannon Lecture with Morag M. Kersel , “The Pathways of Pots: The movement of Early Bronze Age vessels from the Dead Sea Plain, Jordan”

The lecture will take place in room 2017 Dunton Tower (20th floor) starting at 1:00 p.m. followed by a reception at 2:30 p.m.

Lecture abstract: What is the pathway of a pot? How do Early Bronze Age (3600–2000 BCE) pots from Jordan end up in Canadian institutions – and why does it matter? These particular pots are from sites along the Dead Sea Plain in Jordan, which have been identified as the “Cities of the Plain” mentioned in Genesis. One of the sites, Bab adh-Dhra’ is thought to be, by some, the original city of sin – biblical Sodom. “Who doesn’t want a pot from the city of sin?” declared one interviewee when I asked why they were purchasing (legally) what most would consider a fairly unattractive, non-descript pot. Over 15 years of investigation have led to interesting insights related to why individuals and institutions want to own artifacts from the Holy Land?

Tracing how pots move (both legally and illegally) involves archaeological survey, aerial investigations using unpiloted aerial vehicles, archival research, and ethnographic interviews in order to understand better the competing claims for these archaeological objects and the often deleterious effects of demand on the landscape. In this talk, I will look at how artifacts go from the mound to the market to the mantelpiece or museum vitrine and why this matters.


November 30, 2018 – FASS Film Screening – Michael Curtiz’s Captains of the Clouds – A WWII Hollywood Epic Set and Shot in Ottawa

Please join us on Friday, November 30th at 6:00pm for the FASS Film Screening Event in the Richcraft Hall Theatre. This event will feature Dr. Marc Furstenau of the Film Studies Department.



December 5, 2018 – The Book Launch for A Companion to Public History

6:00 PM – 8:00 PM, DT 2017
Join us to celebrate the launch of A Companion to Public History, edited by our very own David Dean. Refreshments and food (vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free friendly) will be provided. Stick around after the short opening remarks to meet and mingle with alumni and current Public History students.
A Companion to Public History is a cutting-edge volume for a developing area of study, offering some essays in teachable forms – an interview, a roundtable discussion, a document analysis, a photo essay – and discusses the continuing challenges presented by history within our broad, collective memory, including museum controversies, repatriation issues, ‘textbook’ wars, and commissions for Truth and Reconciliation.
Please RSVP by November 30:

December 11, 2018 – Book Launch: Roots of Entanglement

Please join Kerry Abel at a reception at Library and Archives Canada on December 11 to honour historian J.R. Miller, who has made major contributions to the field of Indigenous history in Canada, and recently retired from teaching.  At the event, we will launch a collection of essays published as a tribute to him by the University of Toronto Press (edited by Kerry Abel, the late Myra Rutherdale, and P. Whitney Lackenbauer).  Refreshments will be served and copies of the book will be available for sale.  See the attached poster. The event is free but advance registration is required at:

December 13, 2018 – Film: Thermae Romae

Time: 6:15 p.m.

Location: Embassy of Japan, 255 Sussex Drive, Ottawa

Lucius, an architect of spa baths for the Roman Empire, inadvertently travels through time and finds himself in a modern Japanese bathhouse. He takes elements of Japanese culture back to Rome and is hugely successful, leading the Emperor to command him to build a massive spa. (Director: Hideki Takeuchi, 2012, 108 min.)
The film is in Japanese with English subtitles. This event is free and open to the public!


January 17-19, 2019 – Conference – Canada 1919: A Country Shaped by War

Thursday, January 17, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. (doors open at 6:30 p.m.)

Friday, January 18, 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Saturday, January 19, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

LeBreton Gallery, Barney Danson Theatre, Ateliers C and D

Full conference: $175; $125 for students, seniors and members.

One-day registration: $100, $75 for students, seniors and students.

Join world-renowned historians to explore different aspects of the First World War and its many legacies: the return of Indigenous veterans, the conflict’s impact on French Canada, the contributions of nurses, the challenges of forging peace from the ashes of war, and much more. Scholars and history buffs won’t want to miss this bilingual academic conference, organized by the Canadian War Museum in conjunction with the exhibition Victory 1918 – The Last 100 Days and in commemoration of the centenary of the end of the conflict.

Speakers include international and Canadian experts like Michael Neiberg, Catriona Pennell, J. L. Granatstein, David Bercuson, Tim Cook, and Margaret MacMillan, author of Paris 1919. For more information, to see the conference schedule or to register, visit




United Way 50/50 Tickets For Sale

There are still some tickets left for the United Way 50/50 draw this year. Buy your tickets from Tanya in the main office (400 Paterson). Tickets are 3 for $5. Last year’s winner took home $1,320!


Carleton University’s Annual United Way Campaign

Each year, Carleton runs a campaign to raise funds for the United Way.

In 2017, we raised $113,276 for United Way! Thank you to everyone who donated!

Your donation will help kids be all that they can be; move people from poverty to possibility; help people in crisis and create healthy people and strong communities. 100% of your donation stays in Ottawa.

Donations through Payroll Deduction can be set up through Carleton Central (found under the Employee Services tab). A couple of dollars per pay adds up!

Check the website for more details about the campaign and events happening around campus.

Call for Papers

HEART (Humanities Education and Research in Teaching) and SOULS (the Scholarship of Undergraduate Literary Studies) conference, which showcases the best in undergraduate student research in the Humanities, and excellence in humanities teaching. This year’s conference, which marks the tenth year, will take place March 15th and 16th at Bishop’s University in Sherbrooke, Quebec.

All submissions will undergo a double-blind peer review process and will potentially be included in a special journal issue on teaching and learning in the humanities.

Submit online at:

Deadline for submission is January 11th, 2019.

Deadline to register as a presenter or a delegate is February 15, 2019.

For more information, please visit

If you have any questions, please email, or visit the website at

Call for Papers:

4th Biennial Conference of the IABA Americas Chapter, hosted by The Department of Literatures in English at The University of the West Indies, Mona.

This interdisciplinary conference will be held June 13-15, 2019, at the University of the West Indies in Kingston, Jamaica, and the theme is “Lives in Transition: Negotiating the Currents in a Changing World”.

Interested students (and all interested parties) are invited to submit biographies, and abstracts related to the conference theme. Please submit your proposals to by December 1, 2018.

Viv Nelles History Prize

The Wilson Institute for Canadian History at McMaster University is proud to, once again, award the $1,000 Viv Nelles Essay Prize. This prize is awarded to the graduate student term paper that best places Canada in a transnational framework. To be considered for the award, a paper must be nominated by a graduate student or his/her instructor and submitted electronically, to the institute (, no later than 30 January 2019. The winner will be selected by the Institute’s Director, in consultation with Wilson fellows and associates. Each winner will receive a $1,000 award. A plaque with their name engraved commemorating the achievement will also be displayed at the Wilson Institute.  We will present the award in Spring 2019 at the annual meeting of the Canadian Historical Association in Vancouver.


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