8 November 2003

History, Turning Points, and Ordinary Lives

The University of Guelph, Wilfrid Laurier University and the University of Waterloo present the 2003 Tri-University History Conference in the Ontario Veterinary College’s Lifetime Learning Centre.

This year’s conference theme seeks to explore the interconnections between ordinary people, their ordinary lives and historic moments or grand earth-shaking events and developments.

More than 25 speakers will present papers on topics ranging from aboriginal women to Jews and immigrants in Germany and Canada.

Program Highlights:

Early Morning Sessions:

  • “Lives Lived, Lives Lost: World War One and Its Aftermath”
  • “Hate, Redemption and Devaluation: Jews and Immigrants in Germany and Canada”
  • “Masquerading and Nudity: Cultural Interpretations in Canada and Africa”
  • “Death and Defence: Ireland and the United States”

Late Morning Sessions:

  • “Saints and Sinners? Publicans and Nuns in Ontario’s History”
  • “Subjects and Objects of Imperialism”
  • “Dependents and Trusteeship: Aboriginal Women and International Relations”
  • “Slavery, Captives and Captive Labour”
  • “The Body Alive and Dead: Insane Cadavers, Women Students in Canada and Disease in Angola”

Beverly Lemire, a history professor at the University of New Brunswick and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, will give the keynote address. She will speak on “Accounting for the Household: Gender and Culture of Household.”