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Graduate History Students' Association invites submissions for 20th Annual McGill-Queen's Graduate History Conference

The Graduate History Students’ Association in the Department of History at Queen’s University is pleased to invite submissions for its 20th Annual McGill-Queen’s Graduate History Conference, which will be held virtually April 28-29, 2023.

The conference theme this year is Time and Memory: Communicating the Past.

The 20th McGill-Queen’s Conference welcomes scholars to examine how our relationships with time and memory influence our discussions about, dissemination of, and interactions with the past. Historiography and biographies, heritage sites and commemorations, music and oral histories, television shows and theatrical performances have all been used as avenues to discuss the past by both academics and non-academics. These avenues have highlighted an interest in representations of the past and have prompted scholars to ask about the influence of time and memory on how the past is represented. Additionally, emerging discussions on the future of humanities and social science disciplines, professions, and PhDs have prompted serious consideration of what the future of the discipline should look like. Participants are encouraged to engage with questions such as: how do we, as emerging scholars, think of the past? What influences our relationship with and discussions of the past? How do we communicate the past to each other and the general public? And, how do the ways we currently communicate the past help us look towards the future of our disciplines? 

We welcome proposals in English or French from emerging scholars from across a variety of regions, time periods, and disciplines. Our conference aims to create a space for graduate students to contribute to a meaningful, interdisciplinary and interuniversity conversation about the ways we interact with the past, as we look forward to the future. Potential participants should propose 15-20-minute presentations. Areas of enquiry may include, but are not limited to: 

  • The Future of the History PhD
  • Historiography/-ies 
  • Tourism & Heritage Industry
  • Institutional Memory 
  • Remembering & Forgetting 
  • Public History
  • Commemoration
  • Oral Histories & Non-Textual Histories
  • Visual & Material Cultures
  • Folk Culture & Intangible Cultural Heritage
  • Historical Representations in Popular Culture & Media
  • Official Narratives, Counter Narratives, and Propaganda 
  • Collective Memory, Social Memory, Public Memory
  • Historical Memory versus History versus Memory 
  • War and Memory


Please submit an abstract of no more than 250 words as well as a brief academic biography in Word or PDF format to with “Submission” included in the subject line by February 21, 2023.

For all other information and inquiries, including requests for accommodations: 

Registration for the conference is free. 

Queen’s University is situated on the traditional unceded territory of the Haudenosaunee and Anishinaabe. We acknowledge that due to the virtual nature of this conference attendees may be on different lands. We encourage those attending to be conscious of the land which they are situated on. 

Department of History, Queen's University

49 Bader Lane, Watson Hall 212
Kingston ON K7L 3N6


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Queen's University is situated on traditional Haudenosaunee and Anishinaabe territory.