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Aug 05, 2015 7:30 PM
Toronto, ON

The title of the fifth annual Toronto History Lecture is "Returned Men: Toronto’s Veterans in the Great War’s Aftermath". Historian Jonathan Scotland will look at how Toronto’s “returned men” tried to reintegrate into civilian life. He will reveal how individuals, the city, and the province all played a much bigger role in assisting veterans and their families than previously recognized. Admission is free but advance reservation is required and space is limited.

Event Host: Toronto Branch, Ontario Genealogical Society

Sep 01, 2015
Web based submission, YT

The North and the First World War Conference
9-12 May 2016 in Whitehorse, Yukon Territory

Co-sponsored by the Yukon Historical and Museum Association (YHMA) and the International Centre for Northern Governance and Development, University of Saskatchewan, in association with Yukon College.

The role of the North in the First World War will receive long-overdue attention in this international conference. In addressing a significant gap in the historical understanding of the Yukon and Canada, the event will explore the role of the Yukon and other Northern North American regions in World War One. Over two hundred speakers and participants from across Canada, the United States, and Europe are expected to attend.

This multi-disciplinary conference will explore themes through historic study, museum studies, heritage conservation and artistic endeavours---in doing so, it will appeal to both academic and popular historians, the broader heritage community and those with an interest in the subject matter.

This conference will offer a forum for the exchange of new research, old memories, and the different ways of presenting them to the public. The event also includes interesting visits to community historical sites and museums, First Nation cultural centres and the great Yukon outdoors. Study tours to important Yukon sites associated with WWI will be organized.

Call for Papers

Proposals are invited for the following themes:

The North Goes to War: Action in the World Beyond the North
The Canadian North responded with enthusiasm to WWI, sending large numbers of men to the front, developing extensive civic organizations to support the war effort, and investing heavily in War Bonds. The Yukon used the war to draw attention to their commitment to Canada and the Empire, but they paid a substantial socio-economic cost for their enthusiasm.

Presentations should cover such themes as WWI military participation, Alaska and WWI, the war in the northern provinces, the economic and social impact of wartime engagement, northern impressions of WWI and Canadian involvement in the war effort, and related topics.

The First World War Remembered
World War I was one of the most important experiences in the history of the still young Dominion of Canada. The involvement of northern soldiers, Joe Boyle's remarkable wartime activities, the impact of the war on northern society, the Princess Sophia disaster and the end of WWI in the North are but a few of the wartime stories that have resonated through the years.

Presentations should address these and other themes, focusing on the manner in which the North's experience in WWI has been remembered and memorialized in the North. There is particular interest in the manner in which these stories have been recounted in oral history, historical works, the popular media, television and movies.

World War I was one of the most important experiences in the history of the still young Dominion of Canada. The remote Yukon responded in a big way to the call of the British Empire, yet suffered a sharp decline at war's end as well as many lost lives. Stories of Yukon homefront citizens, soldiers and the exploits of personalities like Klondike Joe Boyle, Robert Service and George and Martha Black are lenses through which a more informed history can be told. Elsewhere across the North there are similar compelling pasts to spotlight and interpret.

Papers that bring these or other stories to the forefront in a new way or with new information are encouraged.

Presentation Format

  • Session panels
  • Individual papers (15-20 minutes) and ‘pecha kucha’-style presentations (5-7 minutes)
  • Workshops
  • Poster presentations, exhibits or other interesting forms of presentation/participation (be creative!)
  • Proposal Package

    Please include the following with your submission:

  • Title of proposed presentation, format and 500-750 word (approximately) summary
  • How your proposal aligns with the conference themes
  • Author(s) name(s), contact information and brief CV
  • The deadline for abstracts is September 1, 2015. Abstracts may be submitted via email toconference@heritageyukon.ca, or by mail to: Yukon Historical & Museums Association
    3126 Third Ave., Whitehorse, YT Y1A 1E7

    Event Host: Yukon Historical & Museums Association

    Oct 01, 2015
    Submit online, ON

    Call for Papers

    83rd Annual Meeting of the Society for Military History

    “Crossing Borders, Crossing Boundaries”

    April 14–17, 2016, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

    The Society for Military History is pleased to call for papers for its 83rd Annual Meeting, to be hosted by the Canadian War Museum and the Canadian Museum of History.

    “Geography as history” is one of the Canadian War Museum’s overarching themes, reflected throughout its permanent galleries in discussions of topography and its influence on battle, and the gradual conquest of distance by technology, population movement and communications. Wars are now fought on and over the surface of the earth, on and under its adjacent oceans, in space, in the electromagnetic spectrum and on the Internet. Traditional boundaries are regularly transgressed, imperfectly administered and unevenly acknowledged. Moreover, fighting forces can blend with civilians in asymmetric warfare, blurring the lines between combatants and non-combatants. Borders and boundaries — geographic, political or conceptual — remain important to the study of military history. For the 2016 annual meeting of the Society for Military History, the program committee will consider paper and panel proposals on all aspects of military history, while especially encouraging submissions that reflect on this theme.

    Panel proposals must include a panel title (along with the full names and institutional affiliations of each participant and the full title of each paper), a one-page abstract summarizing the theme of the panel, a one-page abstract for each paper proposed and a one-page résumé for each panelist (including the chair and commentator), with email addresses and other contact information provided for all participants. Submissions of pre-organized panels are strongly encouraged and will be given preference in the selection process. Individual paper proposals are also welcome and must include a one page abstract of the paper, a one-page résumé and contact information, including email. If accepted, individual papers will be assigned by the program committee to an appropriate panel with a chair and commentator. All submissions should be sent in a single PDF document that includes all elements (abstracts, résumés and contact information). Submissions sent in other formats will not be accepted.

    Participants may present one paper, serve on a roundtable or provide panel comments. They may not fill more than one of these roles during the conference, nor should they propose to do so to the Program Committee. Members who act only as panel chairs for one session may deliver a paper, serve on a roundtable or offer comments in a different session. Members who serve as both the chair and commentator of a single session may not present in another session.

    All proposals must be submitted electronically by October 1, 2015 to the program committee at SMH2016@warmuseum.ca. All presenters, chairs and commentators must be members of the Society for Military History as of December 31, 2015.

    The meeting will be held at the Ottawa Marriott Hotel, which is located near the Canadian War Museum and Canada’s Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

    Event Host: Canadian War Museum and the Canadian Museum of History

    Oct 03, 2015
    Vancouver, BC

    Based on the huge success of the inaugural 100 Year Journey gala, the 2nd annual event will take place on Saturday, October 3rd, 2015. Returning to Vancouver’s Fairmont Pacific Rim Hotel, the gala will be attended by 500 of Greater Vancouver’s top South Asian “movers & shakers”.

    This year the 100 Year Journey gala will begin the transition from past to future, by recognizing those South Asians that are today’s successes - the trail blazers that are making contributions and are continuing the legacy of the pioneers that came before them.

    Net proceeds from last year’s gala went towards establishing a $100,000 Endowment at Kwantlen Polytechnic University. You can read more about that at: http://www.kpu.ca/news/100000-endowment-established-vig-family

    Nationwide demand for the publication has been overwhelming and our relationship with BC's education system has created a greater need right here at home. So, partial proceeds from this year's event will support a full re-print of the 100 Year Journey book for distribution to schools in BC, and to support the Royal Columbian Hospital Foundation.

    Limited Seating Available
    As before, the gala event is expected to sell out within days. To reserve a table or for single tickets please contact Rupa Vig at rupa@mehfilmagazine.com.

    Event Host: 100 Year Journey

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