Listserv: Jan 11, 2016


Throughout the history of mankind there have been murderers and tyrants; and while it may seem momentarily that they have the upper hand, they have always fallen. Always.
– Mahatma Gandhi

Tweet of the Week!


The Preamble
Welcome back! I hope everyone had a fun and relaxing holiday break with your loved ones. This week, the HSA is back at work this week to plan exciting events and create opportunities adapted to your needs for the winter semester.
The association wishes you a happy (denial) week and stay tuned for all the activities the department has to offer. If one of your New Year resolutions was to get more involved at McGill, take the time to write us your questions, speak to your profs and experiment the budding student life on campus.

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

Winter Workshops
Centre for Oral History and Digital Storytelling of Concordia University

Introduction to Oral History and Interviewing
January 14, 12:00-2:00 PM (in French)
January 15, 12:00-2:00 PM (in English) 

This workshop will provide you with some of the fundamentals in the interdisciplinary field of oral history. Participants will learn about the evolution of the field, its approach to interviewing, ethics in research, and the many ways that oral historians now go public with their research and recorded stories. Sign up online!

Rethinking the Differences between Oral and Written Evidence
January 22, 12:00-2:00 PM (in English) 

James P Howley’s The Beothucks has been an essential source for historians, archaeologists and novelists for a century, but most people have mined his book for traces of the eradicated indigenous people of Newfoundland without reflecting upon him as a historian. He compiled evidence from both the material culture and textual records, and from oral tradition he personally collected. This workshop will explore his treatment of evidence and breaks down the dichotomy between textual and oral evidence. Most of the documents Howley used, in fact, had their origins in oral sources. Sign up online!

Montreal British History Seminars

Now in its 19th year, the MBHS provides a forum for faculty and graduate students sharing a research interest in any phase of British History (very broadly defined!). Papers of about 45-50 minutes are followed by discussion and adjournment to less formal venues.

“Grandma’s Lost Her Teeth!”: Tracing the Origins of the Domestic Sit-Com in Britain,

Thursday, January 14, 4:00 PM, Thomson House 404
Talk delivered by Jen Purcell, associate professor of History, Saint Michael’s College, Vermont

History Thursdays of the Montreal History Group
with Mathieu Lapointe @ McGill University

Comprendre les campagnes de « moralité publique » dans leurs contextes : le cas de Montréal, 1940­-1954
Thursday, January 29, 5:00 PM, Ferrier Building, room 230 (Beaverbrook)

Call for Submissions

Back to school and the January 15th submission deadline for QUEUC 2016 is right around the corner! We encourage you to submit your best research essay at:

QUEUC is an excellent opportunity for students to connect with peers, share their ideas, and celebrate undergraduate Humanities culture. The 2016 conference will feature presenters from across Canada and the United States, along with meals, speakers, and Humanities-themed social events. We invite young scholars who wish to stand out to attend this unique event in the academy. For more information, please check out the the QUEUC website.


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