Underhill Graduate Student Colloquium

The 2024 Underhill Graduate Student Colloquium has officially wrapped!

For 30 years, graduate students in Carleton’s Department of History have organized an annual colloquium in which master’s and doctoral students from all disciplines are invited to present on any history-related topic. The primary objective of Underhill is to facilitate the original research of graduate students by providing a public forum for the presentation of their work. In addition, the Colloquium is designed to promote dialogue between those in different disciplines and to encourage interaction between faculty and graduate students.


This year’s theme was Echoes: Memory, Narrativity, and Dimensions of Historical Discourse. Just as echoes can be shaped by the contours of a landscape, the dimensions of historical discourse are guided by how both narrative and memory are positioned, remembered, and transmitted. The relationship between history and memory, collective and individual, has opened profitable and often contested avenues for inquiry. In turn narrativity – how stories are told and retold – has unlocked epistemic space for scrutiny, reevaluation, and creation. 

Thank you to all who joined us for this year’s Colloquium. We had a great day of student presentations and keynote speeches (our full schedule of events can be found here). We are excited to see what the future of Underhill holds!

The Underhill is made possible each year by the generous annual contribution of the Frank H. Underhill fund.

We wish to acknowledge that this Colloquium (and Carleton itself) takes place on the traditional and unceded territory of the Algonquin Anishinaabek/ Omàmiwininiwag.