The Architecture of History: Conference Schedule
Thursday February 21st 2008
8:30 - 8:40: Opening Remarks, ETLC E1 001
Daniel Grigat, Special Projects Coordinator, Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research
8:40 - 10:00: Keynote Address, ETLC E1 001
Introduction by Neil Ashton
Dr. Adam M. Kemezis. Department of History & Classics, UofA.
Dr. Kemezis is originally from New York and completed his PhD in Classical Studies at
the University of Michigan. His research interests include ancient historical writing
Greek culture and literature in the Roman Empire, historical memory and narrative, and
the theory and practice of monarchy in antiquity. Dr. Kemezis has a forthcoming article
on Roman histories of the early 3rd century CE.
10:20 - 11:40: Panel I “Nationalism & Identity”, ETLC E1 003
Panel Chair: Dr. Heather Coleman
“Germans on the Russian Throne: Peter III and Catherine II”
Maria Artemtsuk. Department of Modern Languages and Cultural Studies, UofA.
Maria Artemtsuk is a second year PhD student from the department of Modern
Languages and Cultural Studies. She completed her bachelors and masters degrees at the
University of Tartu, Estonia, specializing in Russian poetry of 19th century.
"Who are these people? Problematizing Romani Discourses of the Past, Present,
Melaena Allen Grierson. Department of Music, UofA.
Melaena Grierson is a second year doctoral student in Ethnomusicology. Her Master's
thesis focused on Canadian Romani traditional song and methods of song transmission,
and her doctoral dissertation will examine the use of music as discourse in the emergence
of a Canadian Romani.
"Architects of Past. Nation's Memory Institute in Post-communist Slovakia"
Nina Paulovicova. Department of History and Classics, UofA.
Nina Paulovicova received her masters degree in English Language and History at the
University of Konstantin Filozof in the Slovak Republic in 1997. She has also completed
a program in Holocaust Studies in Yad Vashem, Jerusalem. Her current research
examines the nature of rescue efforts in the period of the Slovak clerico-fascist state
(1938 – 1945).
10:20 - 11:40: Panel II “First Nations”, ETLC E1 007
Panel Chair: Dr. Gerhard Ens
“By Means of Native Agency Alone: Native Missionaries on the Eastern Canadian
Katie Pollock. Department of History and Classics, UofA.
Katie Pollock is currently a graduate student in the department of History and Classics at
the UofA. Her primary area of research includes aboriginal history in the borderland
region of Western Canada and the United States; particularly the impact that enforcing
the international boundary had on Metis people. Originally from a small family farm in
south-western Manitoba, she is also interested in government land policy and
“Histories of Aboriginal Edmonton”
John D. Crookshanks. Department of Political Science, UofA.
JD Crookshanks completed degrees in Ottawa and Manitoba before coming to the UofA
as a doctoral student in Political Science. His main area of research focuses in the
interaction of politics, gender, and Aboriginal issues in Canada. JD is an active member
of numerous organizations such as the Graduate Students' Association and Fair Vote
"Seeing with new eyes: R. vs.. Powley and the Historic Community of the St. Albert
Valeria Knaga. Department of Interdisciplinary Studies, UofA.
Valerie Knaga is currently pursuing a Master's program in Interdisciplinary Studies at the
UofA. This allows her to combine Canadian and Native Studies to explore issues
surrounding Metis land claims and rights. Valerie spent three years as a member of the
Metis Aboriginal Title Research Initiative.
11:40 - 12:40: Break for lunch
12:40 – 2:10: Panel III “Historical Methodologies”, ETLC E1 003
Panel Chair: Dr. Andrew Gow
“The Duties of the Historian and the Claim of the Past”
Patrick Gamez. Department of Philosophy, UofA.
Patrick Gamez is currently in the final year of his masters program in Philosophy at the
UofA. His Thesis focuses on the concept of history in the work of Walter Benjamin.
Patrick’s previously presented his research on topics such as Leibniz and Judith Butler.
“The Axiomatic of Belief: Gonzalo Fernández de Oviedo y Valdes and Bartolomé de
Filip Ani. Department of History and Classics, UofA.
Filip Ani is a masters student in the department of history and classics at the UofA. His
research focuses on medieval and early modern Spain, principally the ideologies of
religion, community, and empire. Filip is interested in combining diverse disciples in
order to cultivate a dynamic concept of historicity and historical consciousness.
“Competing Narratives of the American Civil Rights Movement”
Brian Daley. Department of History and Classics, UofA.
Brian Daley is a PhD student in the department of History and Classics at the UofA. His
historical interests include Russia, East Europe, and Historiography. Brain hails from
Spokane, Washington and is an avid follower of the 2008 US elections.
12:40 – 2:10: Panel IV “Racism & Othering”, ETLC E1 007
Panel Chair: Dr. Susan Smith
“Tracing the Neandertal Other through History”
Ben Collins. Department of Anthropology, UofA.
Ben Collins graduated from the University of Manitoba before coming to the UofA for
his masters degree in Anthropology. His research analyzes Middle Stone Age sites in
Tanzania to provide insight into the subsistence patterns of early modern humans. Ben is
particularly interested in comparative behaviour debates of Neandertals and modern
“The ‘Noble Savage’ in Rousseau and Montaigne: from Classical to Modern
Stephanie B. Martens. Department of Political Science, UofA.
Stephanie Martens is currently a Ph.D. candidate and sessional lecturer in the Department
of Political Science at the UofA. Her fields of specialization are political theory and
comparative politics. Her thesis is entitled "Genealogy of Aboriginality in Early Modern
Political Theory" and consists of a revaluation of contemporary debates in the history of
political thought and applies the genealogical method to the issue of Aboriginality.
”The Hijacking of Darwinian Evolution: How a Scientific Theory ‘Evolves’ into a
Amy Klassen. Department of Sociology, UofA.
Amy Klassen is a Master’s student in the Department of Sociology at the UofA and holds
degrees in Education and Arts. Her current research focus is the stigma of mental illness
and the effect that scientific labeling has on the lives of people who suffer with mental
health problems, as well as their family members. She has 5 years experience teaching
junior and senior high school Social Studies across Alberta.
2:30 – 3:50: Panel V “Conflict & Propaganda”, ETLC E1 003
Panel Chair: Dr. Greg Anderson
“The Dawn of the War Correspondent: The Isle of Rhe Campaign of 1627”
Greg Koabel. Department of History, U of Regina.
Greg Koabel is currently in his first year of work on his MA Thesis at the University of
Regina focusing in the Anglican Clergy’s attitude towards riot in the 18th century, with a
particular focus on the Loyalist Association movement of 1792-1793 and the reaction
against republican and radical elements within England.
“Wounded Royalist Veterans and the Politics of Civil War Memory in England,
Matthew Neufeld. Department of History and Classics, UofA.
Matthew Neufeld completed degrees in Religious Studies (Canadian Mennonite
University), and History (Universities of Winnipeg and Manitoba) before coming to the
UofA. His research interests include violence and theology in political thought, and the
theories of John Milton.
“Rational and Irrational Anti-Americanism in the Muslim World”
John McCoy. Department of Political Science, UofA.
John McCoy completed his bachelors degree at the University of Calgary and his Masters
of Security Studies at the Centre for Military and Strategic Studies before coming to the
UofA. His areas of interest are Western European politics, nationalism, multiculturalism,
sovereignty and political Islam. John’s current research is focused on youth extremism in
“western” countries and on existing discourses on integration and identity.
2:30 – 3:50: Panel VI “Material Culture”, ETLC E1 007
Panel Chair: Dr. Beverly Lemire
"Plastic Fantasmatics: Globalization and the Japanese Cultural Imaginary”
Jason Wallin. Department of Secondary Education, UofA.
Jason Wallin, a Ph.D. student and Killam Scholar in the Department of Secondary
Education at the UofA. His teaching and research are in the fields of media and visual art
“Participatory design: Designing Toward Positive Futures”
Leslie Robinson. Department of Art and Design, UofA.
Leslie Robinson is a masters student of Visual Communication Design at the UofA. Prior
to her masters she worked in the thriving artistic and multicultural environment of
Montreal where she combined graphic design with community involvement and artistic
ventures. She is particularly interested in a critically empathetic approach to design – one
that includes end-users in the design process through their active participation in creating
strategies to improve their own lives and communities.
5:30 – 7:30: Interdisciplinary Wine & Cheese Social at “The Faculty Club”,
11435 Saskatchewan Drive
Friday February 22nd 2008
8:30 - 9:50: Keynote Address, ETLC E1 001
Introduction by Dr. Andrew Gow
"Casualties of Translation: The Bayrouk of Southern Morocco"
Dr. Mohamed Hassan Mohamed. Department of History, U of Windsor.
Mohamed Hassan Mohamed was born in the Republic of the Sudan where he completed
his bachelors and masters degrees at the University of Khartoum. Upon arrival in Canada
he completed a second master degree at the University of Saskatchewan, and his PhD at
the UofA. Dr. Mohamed is currently teaches African history at the University of
10:10 – 11:30: Panel VII “Post-Colonial Economics”, ETLC E1 003
Panel Chair: Dr. Ann McDougall
“International Isolation and Economic Development in Zimbabwe, 1940 – 2007”
Maxwell Zhira. Department of History and Classics, UofA.
Maxwell Zhira completed a BA in Economic History at the University of Zimbabwe in
2002, and his masters in History at the UofA in 2005 before starting his PhD. His
research interests encompass colonialism and its legacies in Africa, with an emphasis on
Zimbabwe, where he focuses on postcolonial political, economic and social development.
Zhira also compares the implementation and impact of neo-liberal policies in Latin
America, drawing lessons for developing countries like Zimbabwe.
“Securitizing Development: Exploring its Concepts and Tensions”
Chris Dyck. Department of Political Science, UofA.
Chris Dyck completed his masters degree at Dalhousie University before beginning his
PhD in Political Science at the UofA. His areas of academic interest include conflict/post-
conflict studies pertaining to Africa and Latin America, and covers a variety of topics
including the security-development nexus as a strategic policy option for post-Cold War
10:10 – 11:30: Panel VIII “Gendering History”, ETLC E1 007
Panel Chair: Dr. Sarah Carter
“Of Moths and Men”
Clinton Lawson. Department of History, U of Missouri.
Clinton Lawson is a resident of Missouri, USA where he plans to complete his masters
degree in history in the spring of 2008. His thesis deals with real estate developer J.C.
Nichols and focuses on gender, architecture and the environment in turn-of-the-century
US cities. Mr. Lawson plans to earn a Ph.D. in history and continue to discover new
ways to probe his topics of interest.
“Circulating a Culture of Fear?: Cold War Propaganda in Redbook, Ladies Home
Journal, and Good Housekeeping, 1950 –1955”
Erica Lyons. Department of History, U of Windsor.
Erica Lyons graduated from the Odette School of Business at the University of Windsor
before pursuing her masters degree in history there. Her change of discipline was
motivated by the keen interest she took in her minor in Classical Studies. Erica’s major
historical interest is North American social history in the 20th century; specifically gender
history, propaganda history, cold war history and the history of the media.
“Dirty Laundry: Gender, Morality, and the Chinese in Newfoundland, 1895-1906”
Krista Li. Department of History, U of New Brunswick.
Krista Li is currently a Doctoral Candidate at the University of New Brunswick in
Fredericton. Under the supervision of historian Dr. Linda Kealey, she is studying the
impact of gender on Chinese immigration to Newfoundland and how the Chinese
negotiated their positions within Newfoundland society during the time period concerned
(1895-1955). Krista obtained a Bachelor of Arts (Honors) from Memorial University of
Newfoundland in May of 2004 and a Master of Arts at Memorial in August of 2005.
11:30 – 12:30: Break for Lunch
12:30 – 1:50: Panel IX “Methodology & Narrative”, ETLC E1 003
Panel Chair: Dr. John-Paul Hinka
“Vernacular Bibles and Bible Translation in the Later Middle Ages and
Reformation: Triumphalist Myths and Apologetics in Protestant Historiography”
Dr. Andrew C. Gow. Department of History and Classics, UofA.
Dr. Gow is a Professor of History at the UofA, Mercator Professor of the Deutsche
Forschungsgemeinschaft at the University of Augsburg, and a Humboldt Research
Fellow. His research interests and publications focus on topics as diverse as late medieval
German anti-Semitism, late medieval and Reformation-era apocalypticism, Hebrew
Scripture in Christian exegesis, the history of Antichrist, ethnographic traditions and
cartography, among other cultural and religious topics. Dr. Gow is currently working on
the importance of late medieval vernacular Bible reading and interpretation.
“The Architecture of Whiggery: From The Renaissance to The War on Terror"
Daniel William Grigat. Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research, UofA.
Daniel Grigat completed an honours degree in Philosophy and a masters degree in
History at the UofA before joining the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research as their
Special Projects Coordinator. His interests include the intersection of philosophy and
history in methodologies, and the influence of ideology on conflict situations. Daniel is
currently pursuing a part-time Master of Business Administration degree at the UofA.
12:30 – 1:50: Panel X “The Legacy of Greece”, ETLC E1 007
Panel Chair TBA
"Greek Philosophy and Contemporary Political Theory: Narrativity and Historicity
Matt Gordner. Department of Political Science, UofA.
Matt Gordner completed his bachelors degree in philosophy and political science at York,
and his masters degree in Middle Eastern History at Tel Aviv University before joining
the UofA. Matt is currently studying contemporary Western and Middle Eastern political
theory that focuses on Islamism and its relationship to theories of modernity, secularism,
and liberalism as manifestations of local experiences.
“The Rationalization of Lydian Identity in Herodotus’ Genealogies”
Neil Ashton. Department of History and Classics, UofA.
Neil Ashton graduated from the UofA’s Classical Languages Honours program in 2007.
His research interests in philology, poetics, and historical linguistics are focused on the
history of the Greek language and the development ofGreek poetry. Since writing his
honours thesis on connections between Archaic Greece and Lydia, Neil has also been
researching the Greece’s relationship with the cultures of Anatolia and the Near East and
the linguistic expression of cross-cultural interactions.
2:10 – 3:30: Panel XI “Foreign Policy: Past & Present”, ETLC E1 003
Panel Chair TBA
“Re-interpreting Sadat’s Decision to Expel Soviet Advisors”
Frederick Mills. Department of History and Classics, UofA.
Frederick Mills is a second year MA student at the UofA in the Department of History
and Classics. His thesis will examine the Soviet-Egyptian relationship between the Six
Day War and the Yom Kippur War. He is interested in 20th century Russian history and
Soviet foreign policy. He also likes romantic candlelight diners and moonlight walks on
“Theory vs. Practice: The Necessary Foreign Policy Dichotomy in Modern
Robert W. Murray. Department of Political Science, UofA.
Robert Murray completed an honours and masters degrees from Brock University before
joining the UofA for his doctoral program. His work uses a combination of political and
international theory to find relevance for the UN in the paradigm of human security.
Robert’s work has been presented at a number of forums, including the United Nations
Headquarters in New York and at a Summit on UN Reform and the Millennium
Development Goals in Geneva, Switzerland.
“Contrasting the US in the FTAA Negotiations with the EU’s Neighbourhood
Geert De Cock. Department of Political Science, UofA.
Geert De Cock is a Ph. D. Student in Political Science at the UofA. His research interests
focus on the security and defence policy of the European Union and the United States. He
holds a Bachelor of Law and a master of European Studies degrees from universities in
Belgium. He has worked for numerous governmental and inter-governmental
organizations, such as the Foreign Affairs Committee of the European Parliament, and
the Belgian Centre for Equal Opportunities
2:10 – 3:30: Panel XII “Religion & Law”, ETLC E1 007
Panel Chair: Dr. James Muir
“We are eager to hear the Gospel: Narrating the collapse of communism across the
Aileen Friesen. Department of History and Classics, UofA.
Aileen Friesen is a first year Ph.D student from the University of Alberta specializing in
Imperial Russian history. She graduated with a MA in history from the University of
Alberta and with a MA in European and Russian studies from Carleton University.
“Law and Civilization in Colonial India”
Sarah Nicholson. Department of History, U of Calgary
Sarah Nicholson received an honours degree in history from Queen’s University before
beginning her masters degree at the University of Calgary. Her masters thesis is entitled
entitled, “Legislating Empire—Colonialism, Codification, and Indian Law Reform”. Her
future projects include a transnational history of colonial law, and a study of codification
as related to the idea of Empire.
3:50 – 5:10: Keynote Address, ETLC E1 001
Introduction by Geert De Cock
"Prerequisites for Building Sustainable Peace"
Dr. W. Andy Knight. Department of Political Science, UofA.
Dr. Andy Knight is a professor of International Relations in the department of Political
Science, and is the editors of the Global Governance Journal. Knight’s many research
projects include the study of Children in Armed Conflict, and Post-Conflict Peace
Building. Dr. Knight was recently appointed by Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon to head
a UN Global Centre for the Responsibility to Protect, with the mission of preventing
genocide and other mass crimes.
"The Canadian Forces and the Challenge of Reconstruction in Afghanistan"
Major Tom Bradley. Chief of Staff, Joint Task Force Afghanistan 06-07
Major Bradley holds a Bachelor of Arts in Military and Strategic Studies from Royal
Roads Military College and is a graduate of the Canadian Forces Command and Staff
Course in 2006. His most recent employment included nine months in Kandahar as the
Chief of Operations for Task Force Kandahar; a Canadian-led headquarters established to
coordinate and control efforts within the Province by ISAF and other Afghan and
5:10 – 5:20: Closing Remarks
Dr. John-Paul Himka, Acting Chair, Department of History & Classics
6:30 – 8:30: Dinner for Conference Presenters and Invited Guests at “The
King & I”, 8208 107 street.
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