10 November 2007

‘Nationalism, Identity and International/Cross-Cultural Conflict.’

The 2007 Tri-University History Conference was held at St. George Hall in Waterloo. Thirty faculty and students from Canadian, American, European and Middle Eastern universities presented at the conference. Topics included, but were not limited to:

  • West and East, “Old Europe”, “New Europe” and the US (dialogues and strains)
  • Imperialism, colonialism, multiculturalism and globalisation
  • Borderlands (ethnicity, culture, religion, migrations and diasporas)
  • Ideologies and their impact
  • Radicalism, violence and war (conventional, religious and ethnic conflicts, genocide, trauma, civil, human rights and peace movements)

In addition, there were two plenary speakers: Professor Francine McKenzie, associate professor of history at the University of Western Ontario, spoke on the subject of ‘Peace, Prosperity and Power: The GATT and Global International Relations 1947-1968.’ Dr McKenzie is the author of two books: Parties Long Estranged: Canada and Australia in the Twentieth Century [with Margaret MacMillan] (2002) and Redefining the Bonds of Commonwealth, 1939-1948 (2002).

The second speaker was Geir Lundestad, professor of history at Oslo University and President and Director of the Nobel Prize Institute. Dr Lundestad addressed the ‘Crisis in American-European Relations Since the End of the Cold War.’ Among Professor Lundestad’s dozen works are: The American Non-Policy towards Eastern Europe 1943-1947 (1975); America, Scandinavia, and the Cold War 1945-1949 (1980); East, West, North, South: Major Developments in International Relations since 1945 (1985); and ‘Empire’ by Integration: the United States and European Integration, 1945-1997 (1998).