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RIPPLES-Underhill Graduate Student Colloquium

March 7, 2019 — March 8, 2019
Time: 10:00 AM — 4:45 PM

Location:433 and 436 Paterson Hall
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The Department of History at Carleton University is excited to announce the Underhill Graduate Student Colloquium, for its 25th consecutive year. We invite you to join us on March 7-8, 2019, when we will be recognizing a quarter-century of continued academic excellence and dedication to graduate student research with our conference: Ripples.

This year’s theme “Ripples” traces the paths of the stories that we study. Ripples speak to both the consequences that follow historical events, and consequences of the interventions made by those writing about them. They show the persistence of stories demanding to be told, and how they push against other disciplines. They ask the historian to reflect on the consequences of producing their own work, and the distortions within those histories. Themes and topic relating to Ripples could include (but are not limited to) the following:

  • Memory Studies
  • Activist histories
  • Generational/identity studies
  • Social and cultural history
  • Environmental history
  • Heritage
  • Local histories
  • Transnational history
  • Popular history
  • Historiography
  • Digital history
  • Trauma history /studies

We encourage proposals framed in the terms of the theme and reflect on a scholar’s original research and the ripples it has within its given field; however, we welcome submissions on any topic related to history. The Underhill Graduate Student Colloquium strives to be an interdisciplinary forum where scholars from different fields can come together and share their scholarship.

We are pleased to announce that this year’s keynote speaker will be Dr. Joshua MacFadyen, Associate Professor and Canada Research Chair in Geospatial Humanities in the Faculty of Arts at the University of Prince Edward Island. Dr. MacFadyen’s research examines “ripples” in his transnational study of border-crossing seeds, commodities, and communities between Canada and the U.S. Dr. MacFadyen’s address about his new book, Flax AmericanaA History of the Fibre and Oil that Covered a Continent (McGill-Queen’s University Press, October 2018) will take place in the evening of Friday, March 8. His talk will be preceded by a cocktail hour to celebrate the conference’s 25th year.

Submissions must include a proposal of no more than 300 words, as well as a brief biographical statement. We welcome submissions and presentations in either official language. Please send your submission to no later than January 14, 2019. Students whose proposals are accepted should prepare a 10-15 minute presentation. The student-chaired graduate panels will take place on Thursday, March 7, and Friday, March 8, 2019. The conference will come to a close on Friday evening with the keynote address.