Graduate History Conference

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 Jessi Gilchrist
Conference Chair
History Graduate Students Association
Department of History
The University of Western Ontario 

Event Postponed

Pathways to the Past: Consuming History

Western University - Graduate History Conference

March 13 - 14, 2020

Registration is now OPEN! 
Be sure to register for this free conference! 

 Preliminary Program

Friday, March 13th, 2020 (11:30am-9:00pm)

Registration: Coffee & Snacks
11:30-12:00, LWH 1227

Opening Remarks

12:00-12:20, LWH Room 1227
Francine McKenzie, Chair, Department of History
Jessi Gilchrist, Chair, Pathways to the Past Graduate Student Conference Committee

Concurrent Session 1: Consuming Media & Culture 
12:30-2:00, LWH Room 1227
Chair: Professor Keith Fleming

Even Better Than The Real Thing:  The Dichotomous Consumption of Authenticity and Excess in Popular Music
Michelle Johnston (Wilfred Laurier University)

Eisenhower vs. Stevenson: The Emergence of the Television Candidate, 1952-1956
Allen Priest (Western University)

I Wanna Be Your Menticide: Brainwashing and the Beatles
Andrew Woods (Western University)

Concurrent Session 1: Consuming Gender & Bodies
12:30-2:00, LWH Room 1218
Chair: Professor Robert MacDougall

(Gendered) Language?: Examining CEO demographics during times of change and what the media has to say about it
Nicole Taylor (Western University)

The Pervert’s New Statesman: Justice, Spanking, and Canada's First Out Queer Advocacy
Devon Harding (Trent University)

"There were always the beautiful dolls for company": Consuming Valley of the Dolls and prescription pills.
Erin Brown (Western University)

Refreshment Break

Workshop 1: Digital History Tools and Methods
2:30-4:00, LWH Room 1218

Evernote, Professor William Turkel

Voyant & Open Refine, PhD Candidate Lu Wang

Word Processors, Professor Robert MacDougall

Refreshment Break

Keynote Address: Eating Whiteness: Rogers Sugar, Racism, and Making “Canadian" Cane
4:30-6:00, LWH Room 1227
Prof. Donica Belisle, University of Regina
Introduced by Jessi Gilchrist

Evening Social at The Wave
6:30-9:00, UCC


Saturday, March 14th, 2020 (9:00am-4:00pm)

Coffee & Networking

Concurrent Session 1: Environment & Structures 
9:00-10:00, LWH Room 2270C
Chair: Professor Alan MacEachern

From Japan to Alabama and Back to Japan: The Sakae Bio Inc. Kudzu Farm
Kenneth Reilly (Western University)

From Conservation to Environmental Transnationality: Soviet Environmental History since the 1970s
Angela Capobianco (Queen’s University)

Concurrent Session 2: Consuming War & Memories
9:00-10:00, LWH Room 1227
Chair: Professor James Flath

The Cemeteries Should Be the Symbol of a Great Army and an United Empire': The Building of Cemeteries and Memorials by the Imperial War Graves Commission
Bryan McClure (Western University)

Sound and Colour: Examining ‘They Shall Not Grow Old’
Sarah Hart (Western University)

Break: Coffee & Snacks

Workshop 2: Publishing Strategies for Graduate Students
10:30-12:00, LWH Room 1227
Chair: Professor Alan MacEachern

Lunch: Discussion Groups, 12:00-1:15
Pick-up lunch outside 1227 and head to Discussion Group room!

Discussion Group 1: Challenges and Unexpected Finds: Research and the Archives
LWH Room 2270C
Chairs: Dr. Matthew Wiseman & Dr. Wes Kinghorn

Discussion Group 2: Gender in Academia
LWH Room 1227
Chairs: PhD Candidate Sara Khorshid & Dr. Ariel Beaujot

Discussion Group 3: Teaching in History
LWH Room 1218
Chairs: Professor Eli Nathans & PhD Candidate Heather Ellis

Concurrent Session 3: Consuming Land & People
1:30-3:00, LWH Room 2270C
Chair: Professor Shelley McKellar

'Our Most Valuable Weapon': Neville Chamberlain, Anthony Eden, and de jure Recognition of the Fascist Empire
Jessi Gilchrist (Western University)

The French-Canadian Public's Consumption of and Experience with Eugenics
Brigette Farrell (Western University)

Rabbi Samuel Cass and the Liberation of Westerbork Transit Camp
Sara Poulin (Western University)

Concurrent Session 3: Consuming Food & Drinks
1:30-3:00, LWH Room 1227
Chair: Dr. Matthew Wiseman

Learning to Consume "Correctly": The Leicester School of Cookery, 1877-1920
Luana Buckle (Western University)

Sugar Rationing in English Canada during the Second World War: Advertising Messages and Consumer Behaviour
Brandi Adams (University of Regina)

Whisky: A Political Pawn in Eighteenth Century Scotland
Sandra White (Western University)

Closing Remarks
3:15-3:30, LWH Room 1227
Jessi Gilchrist, Chair, Pathways to the Past Conference Committee


Donica Belisle 

On the afternoon of Friday, March 13th, leading historian in the field of consumption, Professor Donica Belisle of the University of Regina, will deliver our keynote address. Professor Belisle’s publications include 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). Her keynote address, Eating Whiteness: Rogers Sugar, Racism, and Making ‘Canadian’ Cane, explores her project on the history of sugar consumption in Canada.

New this year, our conference offers two professional development opportunities led by faculty at Western University. On Friday, March 13th, Professor William Turkel and Professor Robert MacDougall will be leading our second professional development workshop on digital history. This workshop will introduce graduate students to three digital history tools that can be used to solve common problems or challenges that we face in the researching, organizing, and writing process. On Saturday, March 14th, Professor Alan MacEachern will be leading a professional development workshop on publishing strategies. The workshop will explore different avenues available to graduate students to break into publishing, from blogs and magazines to peer-reviewed articles. Both of our workshops will be interactive and include ample time for questions.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact the Pathways to the Past Conference Committee at