Listserv: Oct 5, 2015

History: gossip well told.
– Elbert Hubbard, The Roycroft Dictionary
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The Preamble

Hello fellow students! Our sunny study breaks on the Lower Field are counted and midterm season is at our door but do not despair! The HSA has your back with great events coming up and other opportunities to polish your college experience and your CV. (And you can eat all the apples pies and butternut squash soups you want). If you have any questions, feel free to come say hi at the office or write me an email.

Have a great week!

The Main Events

The McGill Institute for the Study of Canada invites you to the 2015 Cundill Prize Lecture “Nixon, Kissinger and A Forgotten Genocide” by Gary J. Bass, on Thursday October 8th, 2015 at 5:00 pm.

“In his award-winning book The Blood Telegram, Gary Bass provides the first full account of Richard Nixon and Henry Kissinger’s secret support for Pakistan in 1971 as it committed shcoking atrocities in Bangladesh – which led to war between INdia and Pakistan, shaped the fate of Asia, and left major strategic consequences for the world today.”

Space is limited, please RSVP at

Johanna Drucker | Digital Humanities: From Speculative to Skeptical

A leading scholar of digital humanities, Dr. Johanna Drucker, takes a “skeptical” look at the field as a whole and at the transformations in the humanities being brought about by the digital revolution

Media History Research Centre invites you to a Project Arclight talk on Friday, October 9 at 3:30 PM. 

CJ 1.114 Communication and Journalism Building
Loyola Campus, Concordia University
7141 rue Sherbrooke Ouest

The challenge to Digital Humanities as a field is whether or not any of this activity has had an intellectual impact on any specific field or discipline. This skeptical talk looks at the methodological foundations of Digital Humanities, its development, and accomplishments, but poses a series of questions about what the future should or might look like, and whether there is an intellectual future for this field. Johanna Drucker is the Breslauer Professor of Bibliographical Studies in the Department of Information Studies at UCLA.

NEW PROGRAM: Minor concentration in Medieval Studies

The Minor Concentration in Medieval Studies facilitates undergraduate training in the interrelated branches of the discipline (e.g., history, literature, art history, languages, religion, philosophy), providing students with experience working in an inherently interdisciplinary filed and a valuable credential to pursue graduate study in the field (in any area). For more information, visit McGill’s website.
Ron Evans. “Louis Riel and Gabriel Dumont: A Métis Elder Tells Stories of the Riel Rebellion”
Department of Art History and Communication Studies, Department of History and Classical Studies, First Peoples’ House, MISC Distinguished Lecture Series

20 Oct 2015 18:00 to 19:00 PM. 855 Sherbrooke West, Leacock Building, room 232

The event is free and open to the public. RSVP required:

Wondering what to do after a BA in History? 
Here are interesting articles on the American Historical Association’s new blog!


Call for Submissions

A call for papers for the Canadian Historical Association / Société historique du Canada annual meeting at the University of Calgary, May 30-June 1. The conference theme is “Stories” and the application deadline is October 15. For more information.

The 18th Annual Graduate Strategic Studies Conference will take place February 25 to 26, 2016, at the University of Calgary. The graduate students at the Centre for Military and Strategic Studies welcome researchers from around the world to share their research on global security issues of the past, present, and future.

Suggested topics include, but are certainly not limited to the following: Middle Eastern politics and history, the “war on terror” and terrorism, irregular warfare, human security, intelligence, geopolitical issues, joint operations, strategic thought, military history, Canadian military and Canadian security.

Proposals including electronic contact information, a short biography, and a 250-word abstract should be sent to

Please confine presentations to a 15-minute format.

Deadline for Proposals: December 2, 2015.


The McGill Journal of Middle East Studies is seeking editors to sit on its editorial board for the 2015-2016 year! If you are interested, please send a C.V. and short statement of interest to The deadline for applications is October 10th, 2015.

Applications from all departments are welcome! Students in their first or second year are particularly encouraged to apply.

Canons, the undergraduate journal of religious studies is now accepting applications to be an editor for the 2015-2016 academic year. The journal is to be published in the Winter semester. You will be asked to submit a writing sample and to answer a short questionnaire. Please send all inquiries to You do not need to be in Religious Studies to apply. Experience is an asset but not required. The deadline to submit an inquiry is October 23 at 11:59 PM, and the final deadline to submit writing samples and questionnaires is October 25 at 11:59 PM.

Attention aspiring PLAYWRIGHTS and DIRECTORS! MDF is accepting applications for plays and directors!

MDF is a great opportunity to bring your theatrical dreams to life! MDF is entirely student written, directed, produced and acted and is a great way to get involved. Make it weird! Make it funny! Make it moving! Shows will happen in April.

Script Requirements:
– A cover letter including the author’s name, contact information, and artistic statement.
– Show duration is limited to one act only, but must run for minimum 20 minutes.
– For an unbiased selection process, the script must not contain the author’s name or any other identifiers.
– Scripts due October 20th to

Please submit a cover letter and CV detailing your relevant experience and why you’d like to direct to by November 20th.

For information please contact us by email or visit our website!

Meet your Exec! 

Josie Teed | President

Josie is a U3 History, Art History and Cultural Studies student. When Josie is not performing her presidential duties or studying, she enjoys going to the park and looking at dogs.

David Helps | VP Academics

David is a U3 Honours History student with a minor in English Lit, hailing from Kitchener, ON. Within history, his interests include social and political history (mostly American), collective memory, and the history of popular culture. As VP External and Academic he also sits on the AUS Council and AUS Curriculum Committee. He is completing an independent research tutorial on “Crime, Confession, and the Politics Identity in US Mass Print Culture” and relishes every opportunity to prove that he has memorized that title.

Charlotte Mercille | VP Communications

Charlotte is a U3 Major in History and Psychology (or has no idea what she’s doing). Her main areas of study are British early modern history, world history and revolution theory.  When she is not reading or going to class, she is either working at a small cultural marketing agency, or crying over fictional characters.

Ila Astren | VP Internal/Events

Ila is a U1 student in History and German. Her interests include social history, everything that went wrong in the 20th century, and historical memory and commemoration. She likes ice cream and running on frozen water.

The HSA and You

As always, if you have any questions, concerns, or comments, please contact your benevolent leaders!

President – Josie Teed

VP Finance – Oliver Björnsson

VP Internal/Events – Ila Astren

VP Communications – Charlotte Mercille

VP Academic/External – David Helps

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