“‘In Small and Large Things Remembered’: Material Culture and History”

9 March 2019

University of Guelph

50 Stone Road East

Guelph, Ontario N1G 2W1

Tri-U Conference registration:


Please join us for the 2019 annual Tri-University History Conference to be held on 9 March 2019 at the University of Guelph, in Guelph, Ontario. This year’s theme is “‘In Small and Large Things Remembered’: Material Culture and History”.


Whether medieval illustrated manuscripts, Manet’s paint box, statuary, or everyday items of the home, material objects have shaped and have had a tremendous influence on history. Physical objects, resources, and spaces reveal a great deal about the time in which they were useful and how people defined their culture. “‘In Small and Large Things Remembered’” invites graduate students and scholars to tell the stories of objects that have been uncovered through their research. The Tri-University History Conference welcomes submissions over a broad area of studies and time periods on the impact of material culture on history.


The organizers consider ‘material culture’ in its broadest definition and are interested in submissions examining (but not limited to) the following:

Business Shopping
Craft Museums/exhibitions
Mementos Memorials
Architecture Music
Art Colour
Repatriation of Indigenous artefacts Photography
Technology Archives
The book Objects
War symbols (e.g. poppy, medals, etc.) Furniture