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.



TODAY: October 3, 2018 – First Cultural Memory Workshop

Food DeTouring with Sarah Chelchowski and Michael Melvill

Join us at The Table, 1230 Wellington Street, 6-8pm on Wednesday, October 3rd.

Sarah and Michael will be introducing their ideas for a new DeTour on food waste in Ottawa. Check out DeTours at

October 4, 2018 – India: Questions & Answers. An interactive session with India’s High Commissioner to Canada and the author of Q&A/Slumdog Millionaire

Mr. Vikas Swarup High Commissioner of India to Canada, & Author. Mr. Swarup will talk about different dimensions of Indian politics and society seen through the prism of his novels.

Talk from 2.30 pm- 3.30 pm, followed by reception. All are welcome.

Mr. Vikas Swarup’s career in the Indian Foreign Service has spanned more than 30 years. He has served in diplomatic assignments in Ankara, Washington DC, Addis Ababa, London, Pretoria and Osaka-Kobe. After serving as Joint Secretary United Nations (Political), he was appointed the official spokesperson of the Ministry of External Affairs until being appointed as the High Commissioner of India to Canada.

Mr. Swarup is also the author of three novels, Q&A, which was adapted as the multiple Oscar-winning film Slumdog Millionaire, Six Suspects, and The Accidental Apprentice. His books have been translated into more than forty international languages.

October 4, 2018 – GSA Annual Social Justice Speaker Series

From Tehran Streetstyle to the War on Terror: A Conversation on Gender, Feminism, Orientalism, White Supremacy, and Empire through Fashion

Presentation by: Hoda Katebi
Thursday October 4th, 2018 @ 6:00pm (608 Robertson Hall; Carleton University)

Besides being used as a measure of one’s clout, fashion is a powerful means of communication, oppression, and resistance. Between Kanye West’s ‘refugee camp’ collection and miniskirts being used as a sign of Afghanistan’s modernization, the way we chose to present our bodies for public consumption is more powerful than might meet the eye. Starting with the images of illegal fashion she documented in her book “Tehran Streetstyle”, Hoda Katebi will guide participants through an engaging conversation exploring the politics of fashion and what it reveals about contemporary structures of violence – and modes of resistance.

Hoda Katebi is a radical anti-capitalist, intersectional feminist, and Muslim-Iranian creative and community organizer living in Chicago. She is also the founder of JooJoo Azad, a radical publication that aims to challenge the narratives that fuel anti-muslim racism. She has recently launched her international book club #becauseWeveRead which now has thousands of participants around the world.

This event will be free and open to all students and community members.

Please check out the GSA Facebook link for more info and to order your free tickets:


October 4, 2018 – Book Launch: “Human Rights in Africa” by Bonny Ibhawoh, McMaster University

When: October 4, 2018 at 1:30 PM to 3:30 PM

Where: Room 482 (Discovery Centre) MacOdrum Library, Carleton University


  • Meredith Terretta, University of Ottawa;
  • Dominique Marshall, Carleton University;
  • Paul Ugor, Illinois State University

About the Book. Human rights have a deep and tumultuous history that culminates in the age of rights we live in today, but where does Africa’s story fit in with this global history? Here, Bonny Ibhawoh maps this story and offers a comprehensive and interpretative history of human rights in Africa. Rather than a tidy narrative of ruthless violators and benevolent protectors, this book reveals a complex account of indigenous African rights traditions embodied in the wisdom of elders and sages; of humanitarians and abolitionists who marshalled arguments about natural rights and human dignity in the cause of anti-slavery; of the conflictual encounters between natives and colonists in the age of Empire and the ‘civilizing mission’; of nationalists and anti-colonialists who deployed an emergent lexicon of universal human rights to legitimize longstanding struggles for self-determination, and of dictators and dissidents locked in struggles over power in the era of independence and constitutional rights.

October 4, 2018 – The Gouzenko Affair: A Watershed Moment in Canadian History

Lecturer Dr. Patryk Polec, through the Learning in Retirement program (open to all ages)

On September 5, 1945, Igor Gouzenko, a 26-year-old cipher clerk who worked for a branch of Soviet intelligence in Ottawa, decided to defect. He left the Soviet Embassy with over 100 documents stuffed under his shirt. After several unsuccessful attempts, Gouzenko convinced Canadian authorities that an elaborate Soviet spy ring was operating in Canada. The Gouzenko Affair, as it became known, sparked the Cold War, and it changed the way Canadians saw the chilling relations between East and West after the Second World War. This lecture will examine the Gouzenko Affair, and its impact on both international Cold War-era relations and the Canadian government’s approach to dealing with an extensive espionage network in Canada.

Time: 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Cost: $30.00 (HST included)   Register online today using our online registration form or call us at 613-520-3699.  For a complete listing of all class descriptions, dates, times and lecturer biographies for fall 2018, please visit our website.


October 9, 2018 – Guest Lecture by Jean-Luc Fournier on Toponymy

Canadian Studies invites you to a guest lecture by Jean-Luc Fournier on Toponymy both from the perspective of someone who works at NRCAN and as someone who has spent a decade working with and for Algonquin communities.

The lecture is on Tuesday Oct 9 from 9:00 – 12:00 noon in DT 2017. See attachment for more details.


October 10, 2018 – Beyond the Academy: CU History Community Mentor and Networking Night

A community mentorship and networking night intended for Carleton University undergrad history students to meet with and hear some of the stories of others trained in history, now working as professionals in various fields of work. Four speakers will each share stories of their career trajectory and how their training in history helped them achieve their goals. This will be followed by a ‘speed dating’ session when students will have an opportunity to speak with these individuals in small groups, ask questions and learn more about the wide range of opportunities that are potentially open to history students. Those who attend will learn new perspectives of what they can do with their history degree and potentially build connections with those out in the world of work ‘beyond the academy’.

Numbers are limited and registration is required! Please RSVP by October 1st or before:

6:30-9:00pm, 482 MacOrdrum Library

October 11, 2018 – Hungry Listening, Ethnographic Redress

The 2018 Vickers-Verduyn Lecture entitled Hungry Listening, Ethnographic Redress  is set to go for Thursday Oct 11 at 6:00 p.m. in DT 2017. Please see attached poster for more details.


October 11, 2018 – From C.L.R. James to Tomás Gutiérrez Alea: Radicalism, Conservatism, and the Haitian Revolution

October 11, 2018 at 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM

Gordon Wood Lounge, Room 1811 Dunton Tower


October 12, 2018 – Shannon Lecture with Donna Yates, “Ancient Art and Modern Crime: How Stolen Antiquities End Up In Our Most Respected Museums”

The History Department invites you to the first talk of the 2018 Shannon Lecture Series at 2:30pm in 252 MacOdrum Library. A reception will follow.

Lecture abstract: In 2011 a visitor walked into the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts and stole a 2500-year-old relief of a guard’s head valued at over $1.2 mil. In July of 2018, the New York Supreme court ordered that the sculpture, which had been seized by the District Attorney of New York from a London-based antiquities dealer, be returned to Iran. How the artefact was stolen from the famous archaeological site of Persepolis and ended up in Canada, and what happened after the piece was stolen again give us a glimpse of the dark underbelly of the art world. This is where high culture meets smuggling, desire, greed, and white collar crime.

Many of our most respected museums house stolen antiquities. High-end auction houses and antiquities dealers sell loot on a daily basis. Upstanding and elite citizens freely engage in this criminal market. But unlike with most illegal commodities, trafficked antiquities can be openly bought and sold, and are often put on public display. How is this possible? Using the Persepolis relief as a case study, this lecture will discuss how research from criminology can be used to understand white collar crime in the art world.

October 12, 2018 – Tear Gas Epiphanies: Protest, Culture, Museums

Guest Lecture by Dr. Kirsty Robertson, Western University.

This talk, drawn from a forth coming book of the same title, traces the as-yet-untold story of political action at museums in Canada since the early twentieth century. Robertson looks at how museums archive (or not) protest actions, and at a range of responses to actions taking place at their thresholds, from active encouragement to persuasive dismissal.

Kirsty will be delivering a lunch time talk on political action at Canadian museums, titled: Tear Gas Epiphanies: Protest, Culture Museums

Time: noon to 1:30pm, Friday, October 12th

Location: Richcraft Hall, 4400 (Reader’s Digest Resource Centre)

RSVP here


October 13, 2018 – 4th Annual IAS Undergraduate Research Conference

The Institute of African Studies (IAS) at Carleton University is hosting its 4th Annual IAS Undergraduate Research Conference, organized by the Institute of African Studies Students Association (IASSA).

The goal of this one-day interdisciplinary conference is to provide a platform for emerging researchers in the field of African Studies.

Keynote: Professor Chris Russill, School of Journalism and Communication, Carleton University

Date: Saturday, October 13, 2018 | 8:00am to 4:00pm
Location: 2017 Dunton Tower, Carleton University, Ottawa

For additional information


October 15, 2018 – Feminist Futures Talk: #Feminism: Popular Culture and the Representation of a Movement

Feminist Futures: Dr. Katharine Bausch

October 15, 2018 from 10:00am-11:30am, 1811 Dunton Tower

Over the 20th and 21st centuries feminism has been represented in multiple ways in popular culture. Somewhat surprisingly, the movements around feminism have been at times celebrated in film, television, and music. However, a very specific version of the movements prevail; ones that focus on white, middle-class, neo-liberal narratives, ultimately denying the role of many people who did not fit this narrative.


October 16, 2018 – Keynote Speech: Invasion of the Digital Humanities – or why this might be a useful thing for your museum

Shawn Graham, Carleton University
Shawn Graham is a digital archaeologist interested in methods, teaching and generative art and games. He is currently Associate Professor of Digital Humanities in the Department of History at Carleton University, and also a Carleton University Provost’s Teaching Fellow. His major research project at the moment, ‘The Bone Trade’, uses computer vision to map out the visual
tropes, social networks, and cultural impact of the buying and selling of human remains over social media. He is founder and editor of the open access journal, Epoiesen: A Journal for Creative Engagement in History and Archaeology. He is also the lead author on a collaborative open access textbook with live computational environment for the teaching of digital archaeology,

Tuesday, October 16
CSTM all day

9:00 am – 10:00 am


October 18, 2018 – Psychology Mental Health Day

The Department of Psychology at Carleton University is hosting Psychology Mental Health Day on Thursday, Oct. 18, 2018. This Day’s event is a follow up to World Mental Health Day (Oct. 10, 2018) and is intended to continue the conversation on mental health, as it affects all of us. We hope our event will raise awareness, educate on current mental health issues, and promote well-being. Our goal is to connect our community to resources that promote well-being on and off-campus. Join us for an expert panel discussion on mental health today, a variety of workshops (such as personality types and mental health, anxiety disorders, etc.), followed by a keynote address on “Stress and Coping”. This event is free, and all are welcome to attend. Attendees may drop-in to events throughout the day as they are available.


October 19, 2018 – Shannon Lecture with Steph Halmhofer, “#InventedFantasies – Using Social Media to Talk About Pseudoarchaeology”

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: Skeletons of giants in British Columbia. People using psychic abilities to find proof that the empire of Atlantis included Nova Scotia. A cult in Quebec proposing aliens invented life on Earth. These sound like something you would find Dana Scully and Fox Mulder investigating in The X-Files. But I’m not Dana Scully, I’m an archaeologist. So why am I talking about aliens and giants? Because pseudoarchaeology, which includes the topics I’ve mentioned above, is a real concern facing both archaeologists and non-archaeologists. These theories can be found in books, television shows, and on social media but their negative impacts reach far beyond these pages and screens.

With rising popularity in social media and a currently combined total of around 440 million monthly users on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, it’s not difficult to imagine how quickly pseudoarchaeological theories can spread online. But just as we use our knowledge and trowels, social media can also be a powerful tool in the archaeological toolkit, a toolkit I want to share through this lecture. We’ll talk about what pseudoarchaeology is, focusing largely on Canadian examples, and how you can identify it. We’ll talk about the racism of pseudoarchaeology. We’ll also talk about how various media platforms are used to spread pseudoarchaeology. And finally, we’ll talk about how archaeologists and non-archaeologists can use social media to talk about and de-bunk pseudoarchaeology.

October 29, 2018 – War Art or War Memorial? What Exactly is Canada’s War Art?

Lecturer Dr. Laura Brandon, through the Learning in Retirement program (open to all ages)

The Canadian War Museum possesses one of the finest twentieth-century official war art collections in the world. Until relatively recently, however, the collection has received limited public attention. This lecture explores Canada’s official First World War art as art history and war memorial. Better known and recognized as an accessible and meaningful visual record of the conflict, over the past 100 years Canada’s official war art has struggled to retain any substantive position in Canadian art history. Does it matter?

Time: 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Cost: $30.00 (HST included)   Register online today using our online registration form or call us at 613-520-3699. For a complete listing of all class descriptions, dates, times and lecturer biographies for fall 2018, please visit our website.

Mondays, October 29 to December 3, 2018: We Shall Overcome: The Civil Rights Movement Through Song (6-week lecture series)

Lecturer Dr. Stephen Richer with Janine Smith, through the Learning in Retirement program (open to all ages)

The aim of this lecture series is to examine some key songs and singer/song-writers associated with the Abolition and Civil Rights movements in North America. Among the musicians to be discussed are Paul Robeson, Billie Holiday, Pete Seeger, Joan Baez, Bob Dylan, Nina Simone, and Buffy Sainte-Marie. Our focus will be on how the biographies of such key personalities interact with historical context to produce protest songs affiliated with the above social movements.

Days: Mondays, October 29th – December 3rd (6-week lecture series)

Time: 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Cost: $140.00 (HST included)   Register online today using our online registration form or call us at 613-520-3699. For a complete listing of all class descriptions, dates, times and lecturer biographies for fall 2018, please visit our website.

October 31, 2018 – African Studies Brown Bag: Annette Isaac, Adjunct Research Professor and former Instructor in the Department of Political Science at Carleton, “Missing the Cues. Tales of a Newcomer’s Life in Canada”

All Brownbag talks take place on a Wednesday, in The Discovery Centre (room 482 MacOdrum Library), 1:00pm – 2:30pm.


November 8-9, 2018 – RMC History Symposium 2018

The program for the Royal Military College’s history symposium, Manpower and the Armies of the British Empire in Two World Wars (8-9 November 2018) is set and we have a great schedule lined up this year!

More details and registration info is available at Fees: Regular $185, Students $125. Includes registration, lunch and coffee breaks for both days, and dinner at the Fort Frontenac Officer’s Mess on 8 November.

Recommended Hotel, Holiday Inn Kingston Waterfront, 2 Princess Street, Kingston, ON K7L. Preferred rate of $124 for a single occupancy room, breakfast included, available until 1 October. See attached poster.


November 9, 2018 – Shannon Lecture with Kisha Supernant, “Good Intentions, Bad Archaeology: The uses and abuses of Canadian archaeology against Indigenous people”

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: In the lands currently called Canada, archaeology is often used to tell stories about the history of this place, but often at the expense of Indigenous nations. Throughout our disciplinary history, archaeologists have positioned themselves as experts on and stewards of the past for the good of all, even though those pasts are sometimes not our own. In this talk, I explore how archaeology in Canada has been and continues to be part of the settler colonial state, centering knowledge from archaeologists and heritage practitioners rather than Indigenous peoples. I provide examples of how archaeological research has marginalized Indigenous voices, even when archaeologists have good intentions, and make some suggestions for how we can move toward a better archaeology for the future.

November 14, 2018 – African Studies Brown Bag: Logan Cochrane, Banting Fellow, Global and International Studies, Carleton University, “Bottom-up Change in a Top-down Government: Changing Policy and Law in Ethiopia”

All Brownbag talks take place on a Wednesday, in The Discovery Centre (room 482 MacOdrum Library), 1:00pm – 2:30pm.


November 23, 2018 – Shannon Lecture with Katherine Cook, “There is no ‘net neutrality’ in digital archaeology”

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: Colonisation, at its core, is the extraction of resources from those without power. What then gets extracted in digital colonialism and what does this have to do with archaeology in Canada? Considering the critiques, questions, and fallout regarding digital corporations, capitalism, and politics over the course of the past year, we are ever more acutely aware of the much darker underbelly of the digital world. Yet we still act as if digital technology is ‘the answer!’ to solving those ‘Great Challenges’ facing archaeology today, namely the lack of equity, inclusivity, access and the unwavering manifestations of (neo)colonialism. This discussion will consider the realities of digitally disrupting archaeology, the opportunities it presents but also the dangers it poses to argue that not all data, not all audiences, and not all archaeologists are treated equal in digital practice. Digital archaeology will not save us from bad archaeology, so we must decolonize the digital first.

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.




Looking for Speaker

Looking for a Canadian History speaker to deliver a 10-15 minute speech in a Veterans Week Ceremony.

We are looking for someone to speak on what started and what ended WWI and briefly the significance of this war.  Which country requested the armistice? Did factors related to the end of WWI lead to WWII?  Finally, any parallels (or not) between the WWI armistice agreement and the Korean War armistice agreement.

The ceremony would take place in Ottawa for Public Safety Canada.  The audience will include employees of all levels including executives, a Deputy Minister, Canadian Forces members, RCMP members, Veteran(s).  A light lunch will follow the ceremony for guests. Please email Maggie Brennan at Public Safety Canada ( if you are interested.


Call for Volunteer Speaker

The Canadian Federation of University Women of Kanata has an Interest Group called The History Group. They are currently looking for instructors or graduate studnets to come on Friday, March 22, 2019 to give a presentation. Suggested topics include:

  1. a) female aspect, as our members are retired professional women who like to stay educated about feminism
  2. b) an interesting untold Canadian story
  3. c) March 29– The United Kingdom‘s membership in the European Unionwill cease in accordance with Article 50 
  4. d) United Nations and the migrant problems
  5. e) British troops will leave Germany, having been stationed there since World War II.
  6. f) other topics of interest

Meetings take place at the Kanata Senior Center, 2500 Campeau Drive, between 9:30am and 11:30am

Computer equipment is available.  A token thank you gift is usually given to a charity of choice.

Interested speakers should contact Professor Dominique Marshall (

Canadian Nautical Research Society is looking for contributions

The Northern Mariner / Le marin du nord, is a fully refereed journal devoted to all maritime, coastal and littoral aspects of the North Atlantic and North Pacific. It publishes essays, notes and documents on a variety of naval and maritime history, including merchant shipping, maritime labour, naval history, shipbuilding, fishing, environmental history, ports, trade, nautical archaeology and maritime societies. TNM/LMN is published quarterly by The Canadian Nautical Research Society in association with the North American Society for Oceanic History (NASOH). The four issues of TNM/LMN published annually total about 500 pages. Each issue contains feature articles (often illustrated) that run the gamut of maritime subjects. There are also frequent research notes, memoirs, documents, and review essays.

Beginning with our 2019 volume, The Northern Mariner/ Le marin du nord will be available online without embargo. We can make your articles and research available to audiences more quickly than other journals. Further, starting in 2019 The Northern Mariner/ Le marin du nord will be open access, and so will satisfy an increasingly important requirement for funding organizations.

The style guide and publication guidelines can be found at this link: If you’re interested in publishing with The Northern Mariner, you can email the editor Dr William Glover at
The Canadian Nautical Research Society can be found online at, on Twitter at @CanNautResSoc, and on Facebook at

The Juno Beach Centre is recruiting its 2019 Guide Team!

We have seven positions to be filled for three periods of employment throughout the year. All contracts are seven months long, allowing for a substantial professional experience for students in a very unique historical setting. We’re looking for dynamic, fully bilingual students.
For details on dates and how to apply please visit our website. If this job opportunity must be posted online on the university’s career section, or if you have any questions regarding the guide program, please send us an email at
The application deadlines are coming up fast!

  • For periods 1 & 2 the deadline is October 13th 2018
  • For period 3 the deadline is November 24th 2018

Important News and Dates from the Canadian Historical Association

  • 2019 CHA Annual Meeting in Vancouver: The Call for Papers is now available. Deadline October 15.

Viv Nelles Essay 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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