CFP - Pathways to the Past: Consuming History

Published on: 11 Dec 2019

Graduate Student History Conference at Western University
March 13 - 14, 2020


The History Graduate Students’ Association in the Department of History at Western University is pleased to invite submissions for its annual ‘Pathways to the Past’ graduate student history conference, scheduled for March 13-14, 2020.

Historians consume the past in order to produce it. In our methodologies, we consume literature and primary source materials of all kinds, consider how people in the past have consumed information and ideas, and explore how the consumption - of food, resources, land, and power, among many other things - has defined the human condition.  The relevance of these questions has never been more evident than now as we confront urgent climate change and the pandemic of fake news.  We invite all graduate students who think about consumption – as a historical methodology and as a subject of study – to attend our conference and be part of a critical and creative discussion. 

We are pleased to announce that Professor Donica Belisle of the University of Regina, author of Purchasing Power: Women and the Rise of Canadian Consumer Culture (UTP, 2020) as well as Retail Nation: Department Stores and Making of Modern Canada (UBC Press, 2011) will be delivering our keynote address.

New this year, our conference offers two professional development opportunities on publishing strategies and digital history, led by experts at Western University. Pathways to the Past will also host several social events including a formal reception, lunch-time discussion groups, and gatherings at historic sites where students can network with the next generation of Canada’s historians.  

We welcome applications from graduate students from disciplines across the social sciences and humanities, including philosophy, sociology, political science, international relations, history of medicine, gender studies, and literature. Prospective participants should propose a 15-20 minute presentation that speaks to the theme of consumption and explores the question of how historians understand the world as it has been consumed in the past and the present. We welcome both panel proposals and individual proposals. There is no fee to attend the conference.

Panel Proposals                                                                                 Individual Proposals
Panel title                                                                                            250-word abstract
250-word abstract for each presenter                                                 1-page CV
1-page CV for each presenter

Please submit all proposals to historygsa@uwo.ca by January 13, 2020.

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