This conference will inaugurate a new version of the Western Canadian Studies conferences, which in the 1970s and 1980s helped generate energy and vitality in the field through bi-annual rendezvous. The conference is an opportunity to 1) reflect on and assess the writing and teaching of historians of Western Canada of the past and present, 2) showcase the work of a new generation of scholars, and 3) chart new directions for the future. We seek papers from history and related disciplines in each of these categories. Papers that address the diversity of the social landscape of the West, the themes of memory and commemoration, environmental history, and the modern, post World War II West, are particularly welcome. For the purpose of this conference, organizers have decided not to define the “West.” If you think your work pertains to the West (your West might include B.C., northern Ontario, borderlands or comparative approaches) we welcome your submission.
We invite proposals for individual papers and sessions. If proposing a session, please include an abstract that outlines the purpose, and designate one participant as the contact person. Please send your abstract of 150 words, along with an abbreviated (1 page) c.v. to Sarah Carter and Peter Fortna
at firstname.lastname@example.org by October 1, 2007.
Sarah Carter and Peter Fortna
University of Alberta
Department of History & Classics
2-28 Henry Marshall Tory Building
Edmonton AB T6G 2H4
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