McCaffrey Seminar Series

The Bruce McCaffrey Memorial Graduate Seminar Series

Bruce McCaffrey ImageThe History Department enjoys a vibrant graduate student culture, which has been energized by various students over the years. One important graduate activity is the graduate seminar series, which is organized by, and for, graduate students as a venue for their research and intellectual exchange. In 2002, the graduate students renamed their series in memory of M.A. student Bruce McCaffrey (1938-2002), whose love and enthusiasm for history reverberated throughout the department at Western.

Bruce McCaffrey left politics in 1987 and shortly thereafter relocated to London where he completed his honours upgrade and M.A. degree in History at Western. McCaffrey enjoyed studying the mid-19th century Canadian political era, with a special interest in Sir Francis Hincks (1807-1885). As a member of the history community, McCaffrey was friendly to all, with no pretensions and a great sense of humour. Fellow graduate students loved to hear his many (and sometimes bawdy) stories about the culture of politics.

Bruce McCaffrey died in August 2002 of lung cancer just days after completing his major M.A. research paper and graduated posthumously in October 2002. In memory of his spirit and enthusiasm for history, the seminar series continues to support historical research and graduate interchange.

2017-2018 Presenters

November 2:
Robyn Schwarz (PhD candidate, Western)
"Protecting the Nuclear Family: A Gendered Analysis of Canada's 1968 Divorce Act"

November 23:
Dan Manulak (PhD candidate, Western)
"A Marathon, not a Sprint: Canada and South African Apartheid, 1984-1990"

January 11:
Tristan Johnson (PhD candidate, Western)
"What I Learned Talking About History on YouTube"

February 1:
Samantha Desroches (PhD candidate, Western)
"Christmas Goes to War: The American Holiday in World War II "

March 1:
Todd Weiler (PhD candidate, Western)
"The Architects of Investor-State Law and Arbitration: Building a Not-So-Spontaneous Order "

March 22
Shane Roberts (MA student, Western)
"Engineering the Sands: A History of Early Technological Development in Alberta's Oil Sands "

2016-17 Presenters

November 10:
Frances Henry (Ph.D. Candidate, Western)
"'The best way to serve an Englishman': Sodomy and Race on the HMS Africaine, 1815"

March 16:
Michael O’Hagan (History, Western)
"Beyond the Barbed Wire: Prisoner of War Labour Projects in Canada during the 2nd World War"

April 6:
Nina Bozzo (History, Western)
"‘Somewhere in France’: A Case Study of the No. 3 Canadian General Hospital (McGill) Overseas"

2015-16 Presenters

November 5:
Graeme Phillips (History, Western)

November 26:
Nolan Brown (History, Western)

February 4:
Gregg French
"'Our Interests Here Are Identical': The American Overseas Empire Encounters the Spanish Imperial Legacy in Guam and the Philippine Islands”

February 18: – Reading Week

March 3:
Elliot Worsfold
"St. Louis in Germany: The Role of Ethnicity and Nationality in Missouri Synod Missionary Efforts in Postwar Germany”

March 24:
Frances Henry
"From Buggery to Unnatural Crime: British Newspapers, Sodomy and the Rise of Politeness”

April 6
Tristan Johnson
"Topic Modeling: Finding Connections in Large Digitized Sources”

2013-14 Presenters

October 3:
Erin Pocock 
- "Geographic Information Systems and the Mapping of Medieval Levantine Agriculture"

October 17:
Jamison Giangrande 
- "Men Looking at Women Looking at Men in Cars: [...] Why Men Believe Automobile Ownership Will Make Thyem More Attractive to the Opposite Sex"

November 7:
Jonathan Scotland
- "' Right up against it': Returned Men and the Ontario Canteen Fund, 1927-1939"

December 5:
Alex Souchen
- "Inconvenient Gifts of Useful Things: The Royal Canadian Army Medical Corps and the Disposal of Medical Supplies Overseas, 1944-1946"

January 9:
Chris Schultz
- " Reflections on the 40th Anniversary of John Keegan's The Face of Battle"

January 23:
Cayley Bower 

February 13:
Steve Marti
- "Frenemy Aliens: The National and Imperial Considerations of Jugo-Slavian Contingents in Australia, Canada and New Zealand during the First World War"

March 20: 
Gregg French and Tyler Turek
- TBA                  " Otto Laahanen's Passport: Diplomacy, Nationality and Mobility in the British Commonwealth, 1920-c. 1940"

April 3:
Dave Blocker