Listserv: Oct 26, 2015


“Double, double toil and trouble;
Fire burn and cauldron bubble.”

– William Shakespeare

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The Preamble

Procrastination is surely a fascinating art, at which most of us become very good at as the semester unfolds. Fear not for this paper due this week that you haven’t started yet or for that grad application abandoned under a pile of textbooks, because the HSA will help you make all this procrastination a fun and productive (!) pastime. Caution: the events might involve candies and scary history.As always, don’t hesitate to contact me if you have questions, inquiries or complaints you wish to share with our lovely association.

– Charlotte

The Main Events

Four Lores is back for Halloween! 

Join us on Thursday, October 29th from 6 – 8 pm, for our spook-tacular second annual FourLores event! There will be food, fun, and history. Enjoy free snacks and listen to professors lecturing on cool Halloween/magic/supernatural related topics. It’s basically going to be a scary story night – so grab a cuddle buddy and come sit on the floor of Arts 160 with us and eat way too much junk food! There’s even gonna be candy for the kids! Happy Halloween!

Guest Lectures:
Prof. Michael P. Fronda (Classics)
Prof. Catherine Desbarats (History)
Prof. Bill Gladhill (Classics)
Prof. Alice Sharp (History)

RSVP on the Facebook event!

Debate | Artificial intelligence : A Real Danger ?

Come assist to an interesting debate on the implications of artificial intelligence delivered by researchers from various disciplines! The event will be held in French.

«Faut-il craindre le développement de robots tueurs? De robots capables de surpasser l’intelligence humaine? Ou faut-il, au contraire, se réjouir des autres progrès dans ce domaine? Qu’en est-il vraiment des capacités de nos machines? Quelles règles éthiques, quelles valeurs, va-t-on leur inculquer et qui sera responsable de leurs actes? Finalement, faut-il inciter nos gouvernements à agir? État des lieux et réflexions sur la pertinence de baliser les recherches en intelligence artificielle pour éviter les dérives.»

Thursday, October 29, 6:00 PM – FREE
Reservation required at

Montreal British History Seminar: Fiona Ritchie

“Women and Regional Theatre in 18th-Century England: The Account Book of the Jacob’s Wells Theatre in Bristol, 1741-1748.”

This talk will use a rare example of a theatrical account book to examine British theatre outside London in the eighteenth century. The document reveals that women were central to this regional theatre’s operations and had greater opportunities for involvement beyond acting than in the capital. Studying women and regional theatre therefore opens up a new line of inquiry which challenges the dominant models of theatre history of the period.

Thursday, 29 October 2015 at 4:30 PM, McGill: Thomson House 404. 

Call for Submissions

Call for Submissions: The Mirror 

The Mirror, Canada’s oldest undergraduate history journal is looking for paper submissions for its next edition ! The Mirror is published at Western University, but editors encourage submissions, and frequently publish papers, from all Canadian universities. Each year the journal contains undergraduate essays covering a wide range of historical topics, as well as historiography papers and book reviews. The overall quality of essays submitted, along with the number of submissions, increases each year. As such, having a paper published in The Mirror is a considerable accomplishment. Publication is an excellent opportunity to have your work read by members of Canada’s historical community, and The Mirror is archived in the National Library and Archives in Ottawa. It also looks fantastic on a resume, c/v, or application for graduate studies.

Original copies (with professor’s comments and final grade visible) are required. Anyone who lives outside of London, however, is more than welcome to mail a photocopy of their essay(s). Electronic copies are not preferred, but will be accepted in certain cases. The deadline for submitting essays is 7:00 PM on Tuesday, November 10, 2015, and publication decisions will be made by the end of the month of November. All authors, regardless of the end result, will be notified as soon as these decisions are made. For more information, you can contact The Mirror at

Call for Papers: Nouveau Reach. Past, Present and Future of Luxury

This three-day conference is co-organized by Brock University and The School of Fashion at Ryerson University. It features both traditional panels of 20-minute papers and interactive workshops led by leading industry experts. Nouveau Rach is looking for submissions of 4-member panel proposals that include 300-word (max) abstracts per presenter and a 200-word rationale for the panel, as well as a brief curriculum vitae for all presenters by 15 March 2016. Proposals for individual papers will also be considered. Graduate students are strongly encouraged to apply. Participants will be asked to submit completed papers in January 2017 for consideration for a special issue of Luxury: History, Culture, Consumption, by Bloomsbury Publishing.

Topics can include, but are not limited to:

The history of and new frontiers in luxury

Trajectories in Canadian luxury

Luxury and global markets

Luxury and the public

Luxury as business model

Curating luxury

Luxury and nation, race, and/or sex

Cultural/literary/artistic representations of luxury

Luxury consumption and/or production

Luxury and space

Scandals, ruptures, and slippages in the pursuit of luxury

Please submit proposals, in Word format, to:

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