RAPID NEWS UPDATE:

The 2016 Graduate Student Committee Social Event

SAVE THE DATE! Sunday, May 29th @ 7 p.m. - This soirée will be held at the Kilkenney Irish Pub, located near the University of Calgary campus at #500-3630 Brentwood Rd NW. This space is wheelchair accessible.

The date & time of the 2016 AGM are as follows: June 1, 2016 from 11:45 to 12:45 in Science B-142 at the University of Calgary. Lunch provided!



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GSC News Update: Spring 2016

Hello fellow graduate students!
We have several updates of relevance to graduate students, particularly regarding events at the upcoming Canadian Historical Association meeting in Calgary.

Also please note that you can follow our committee on Twitter @CEDGSC and use #CHASHC2016 to follow online discussions during Congress.

1) Call for candidates - Elections of Co-chair and Webmaster
The Graduate Student Committee of the Canadian Historical Association is looking for one co-chair and one webmaster as current executive members terms will end on 1 July 2016. We are still seeking candidates for all positions. The results will be announced at the AGM to be held in Calgary during the CHA.

THE ELECTORAL PROCESS
1. Individuals wishing to serve in the available positions must nominate themselves by e-mailing a brief personal introduction to the current Co-Chairs. This information will be posted on the GSC’s website.

2. If more than one person has volunteered for a given position, there will be an election. An online ballot link will be send to you via email after the nominations have closed. The results will be announced at the AGM. The deadline to register their vote will be May 25, 2016 at noon.

3. If no more than one person volunteers for a given position, no election will be necessary. This person will win by acclamation. An official announcement to that effect will be made at the AGM.

If you would like more information on the responsibilities and obligations related to positions to be filled, please contact Joanna Pearce and Jasmine Proteau: jlp@yorku.ca & proteaujasmine@gmail.com

2) Social Event and Annual General Meeting:

Please take note of these two events to be held in Calgary during Congress 2016:

Sunday, May 29th @ 7 p.m. - The Graduate Student Committee Social Event. This will be held at the Kilkenney Irish Pub, located near the University of Calgary campus at #500-3630 Brentwood Rd NW. This space is wheelchair accessible. You can check their menu out by clicking here

The date & time of the AGM are as follows: June 1, 2016 from 11:45 to 12:45 in Science B-142. Lunch provided!

3) Updates from the CHA Council

Marc-André Gagnon, the graduate student representative on the CHA Council, reports some very important updates:

A) The CHA Executive has voted to put $20,000 from this year budgetary surplus in the Students' Travel funds. This will allow for more students to be reimbursed for their expenses for their participation in Congress in the future.

B) On the same topic the CHA will keep pressuring SSHRC to re-establish student travel funds for participation at Congress. A report has been produced by the CHA staff that shows a link between student participation and (lack of) reimbursements.

C) The CHA Council has voted a special fund to reimburse students, post-doc and underemployed members that need daycare at Congress. 2016 will be a pilot-project and we expect this to become permanent for 2017.

D) Jean-Marie Fecteau Prize for the best graduate student paper published in a peer-reviewed journal has now been made permanent. In the future, it will be the responsibility of the awards committee.

E) Special effort will be made toward the Institut d’histoire de l'Aémrique française vis-à-vis francophone student membership and involvement within the CHA.

F) The CHA Council will ask the Congress organizing committee to implement some measures making our meeting space more accessible for persons with disabilities or difficulties (microphones stand, font, access, and so on). The CHA will also ask the Federation of Humanities and Social Sciences to make sure the volunteers are aware of services regarding accessibility. In addition the CHA will review its organizing guide to include accessibility provision in it for 2017.

Thank you, and see you in Calgary!
Joanna & Jasmine

GSC News Update: Winter - Spring 2016

Hello fellow graduate students!
We have several updates of relevance to graduate students, particularly regarding events at the upcoming Canadian Historical Association meeting in Calgary.

Also please note that you can follow our committee on Twitter @CEDGSC and use #CHASHC2016 to follow online discussions during Congress.

1) MY CHA 2016 – Call for participants

Once again in 2016, the Graduate Student Committee of the Canadian Historical Association is offering two students a chance to blog about their experience at Congress. In exchange, the GSC will pay for their registration (including CHA membership fees!).

We are seeking one Anglophone blogger and one Francophone blogger.

To learn more about the My CHA project, please check out the posts written by our bloggers in the previous years.

If you'd like to participate, write us before April 15 at: jlp (at) yorku.ca In the subject heading, please put MY CHA - Anglophone or MY CHA - Francophone. Thank you!



2) Call for candidates - Elections of Co-chair and Webmaster

The Graduate Student Committee of the Canadian Historical Association is looking for one co-chair and one webmaster as current executive members terms will end on 1 July 2016. The deadline for applications is 1 May, 2016. The results will be announced at the AGM to be held in Calgary during the CHA.

THE ELECTORAL PROCESS
1. Individuals wishing to serve in the available positions must nominate themselves by e-mailing a brief personal introduction to the current Co-Chairs. This information will be posted on the GSC’s website.

2. If more than one person has volunteered for a given position, there will be an election. An online ballot link will be send to you via email after the nominations have closed. The results will be announced at the AGM. The deadline to register their vote will be May 25, 2016 at noon.

3. If no more than one person volunteers for a given position, no election will be necessary. This person will win by acclamation. An official announcement to that effect will be made at the AGM.

If you would like more information on the responsibilities and obligations related to positions to be filled, please contact Joanna Pearce and Jasmine Proteau: jlp (at) yorku.ca & proteaujasmine (at) gmail.com



3) Social Event and Annual General Meeting:

Please take note of these two events to be held in Calgary during Congress 2016: Sunday, May 29th @ 7 p.m. - The Graduate Student Committee Social Event. This will be held at the Kilkenney Irish Pub, located near the University of Calgary campus at #500-3630 Brentwood Rd NW. This space is wheelchair accessible. You can check their menu out in advance here: http://calgarysbestpubs.com/kilkenny/menus/ The date & time of the AGM have yet to be confirmed by the CHA, but we will inform you ASAP.

4) Updates from the CHA Council

Marc-Andre Gagnon, the graduate student representative on the CHA Council, reports some very important updates.

A) The CHA Executive has voted to put $20,000 from this year budgetary surplus in the Students' Travel funds. This will allow for more students to be reimbursed for their expenses for their participation in Congress in the future.

B) On the same topic the CHA will keep pressuring SSHRC to re-establish student travel funds for participation at Congress. A report has been produced by the CHA staff that shows a link between student participation and (lack of) reimbursements.

C) The CHA Council has voted a special fund to reimburse students, post-doc and underemployed members that need daycare at Congress. 2016 will be a pilot-project and we expect this to become permanent for 2017.

D) Jean-Marie Fecteau Prize for the best graduate student paper published in a peer-reviewed journal has now been made permanent. In the future, it will be the responsibility of the awards committee.

E) Special effort will be made toward the Institut d’histoire de l’Am&eacure;rique françise vis-a-vis francophone student membership and involvement within the CHA.

F) The CHA Council will ask the Congress organizing committee to implement some measures making our meeting space more accessible for persons with disabilities or difficulties (microphones stand, font, access, and so on). The CHA will also ask the Federation of Humanities and Social Sciences to make sure the volunteers are aware of services regarding accessibility. In addition the CHA will review its organizing guide to include accessibility provision in it for 2017.



Thank you, and see you in Calgary!

Joanna & Jasmine





GSC News Update: Spring 2015 and Congress in Ottawa





1) MY CHA 2015 – Call for participants

Once again in 2015, the Graduate Student Committee of the Canadian Historical Association is offering two students a chance to blog about their experience at Congress. In exchange, the GSC will pay for their registration (including CHA membership fees!). We have already received much interest for the English language blogger position. To learn more about the My CHA project, please check out the posts written by our bloggers in the previous years. We welcome applications in both official languages.

please note we need French bloggers!
It’s the end of the May 2015 and we have yet to receive a single French language nomination. If you are willing and able to blog in French to provide the francophone perspective of the annual meeting, please get in touch with us as soon as possible!!
Send us an email: cedshc.gsccha@gmail.com.

2) Call for candidates - Elections of Co-chair and Treasurer

The results of the election will be announced at our annual business meeting on June 2, 2015.

3) Social Event and Annual General Meeting:

Please join us for our two events held in Ottawa during the 2015 Congress:

Sunday, May 31 at 7PM - The Graduate Student Committee Social Event. This event will take place in the basement of the Royal Oak Pub, 161 Laurier Av. East, Ottawa. The pub is within a 5 min walking distance from most of the uOttawa campus.

Tuesday, June 2 at Noon - AGM of the GSC. Venue to be announced.

All the best, Marc-Andé & Joanna

GSC News Update: Summer 2014.

The Graduate Students' Committee welcomes Joanna Pearce, PhD candidate at York University, in the role of co-chair. Joanna was selected by the committee during its annual meeting on May 26, 2014. We would also like to thank Daniel Ross for his service. His term as co-chair ended upon the election of his replacement.

Finally, the GSC commends its members for its social media usage and presence during Congress 2014. We look forward seeing your live tweets and warm bodies at Congress 2015 in Ottawa! Enjoy the summer research months!
-Émilie Pigeon, webmaster.

GSC News Update: Spring 2014.

Congress 2014 Update: Elections of co-chair position

Fellow graduate students,
The two-year term of one Co-Chair of the Committee (Daniel Ross) will end as of 1 July 2014. We are now calling elections to fill this position.

The deadline for nominations will be May 6, 2014, and the deadline for casting ballots online will be May 23, 2014. The results will be announced at the GSC’s annual general meeting in Victoria. Graduate students who are members of the CHA are invited to put forth their candidacy and strongly encouraged to vote!

WE WANT YOU FOR THE GSC!
What does this position entail, you ask? This is volunteer work, but it is very flexible and by no means onerous. It is not mandatory to attend any meetings: most of the work is done by e-mail and telephone. (That said, members of the executive are strongly encouraged to attend the CHA Congress to participate in the GSC’s annual general meeting.)

The Co-chairs oversee the operations of the GSC, chair the AGM, write an annual report and an annual newsletter, explore issues and conduct advocacy as needs arise, and pursue whatever initiatives are of special interest them. The GSC has two co-chairs, so the workload is generally light. Co-Chairs entering or finishing the second year of their mandate are also automatically put on the ballot to become student representative on the CHA’s Council (this involves attendance at meetings, generally held in Ottawa and at Congress, for which the CHA reimburses travel expenses.)

Generally speaking, working on the GSC’s executive is an excellent opportunity to play a leading role in the investigation and discussion of issues of significance to graduate students, and to create resources that can enhance the graduate student experience. Needless to say, it is a great opportunity to meet fellow students and professionals from across the country.
If you would like more information on the specific duties and commitments involved, please feel free to contact Marc-André Gagnon and Daniel Ross at cedshc.gsccha@gmail.com.

WHAT ABOUT THE ELECTORAL PROCESS?
1. Individuals wishing to serve in the available positions must nominate themselves by e-mailing a brief personal introduction to the current Co-Chairs. This information will be posted on the GSC’s website ( http://www.chashcacommittees-comitesa.ca/gsc-ced/en/g2/elections.html ) and sent out by e-mail. Nominations must be submitted by 6 May 2014.

2. If more than one person has volunteered for a given position, there will be an election. An online ballot link will be posted on our website after the nominations have closed. The results will be announced at the AGM.

3. If no more than one person volunteers for a given position, no election will be necessary. This person will win by acclamation. An official announcement to that effect will be made at the AGM.

Please think seriously about getting involved! Thanks in advance.
Marc-André Gagnon & Daniel Ross

Congress 2014 Update: The Grad Social
As always, we are organizing a grad student social the evening before the start of the CHA meeting at Brock University. Snacks and scintillating conversation are on us! The grad student social will take place on May 25th, 7PM at the Merchant Ale House - 98 St. Paul street in downtown St. Catharines, Ont. See you there!

GSC News Update: Winter 2014.

Dear grad student reps,
Happy New Year! With so many student conferences in the works for this winter, we’re sure 2014 will be a busy year for you. Below are a few bits of Graduate Student Committee news that might interest you and your colleagues. Please share the news!

Funding
Last October the executive sent department chairs across the country a letter asking if they could find it in their hearts to support the GSC financially in 2014. We're happy to report that both York University and the University of Manitoba have pledged their support. If you'd like to make a personal appeal to your department head, please do! Contact us for more information.

Congress: The Jean-Marie Fecteau Prize
We're also pleased to announce that the Jean-Marie Fecteau prize for the best student article published in a peer-reviewed journal will be awarded for the first time at Congress 2014. The prize brings with it not just recognition, but also a cheque for $250. Nominations are closed for this year, and the winner will be announced at Brock University in May.

Congress: My CHA
Once again this year, we’ll be sponsoring two students to attend Congress and blog about their experience. In exchange for your blogging expertise, we’ll pay your registration fees (including CHA membership!). If you’re interested in applying, write us an e-mail at cedshc.gsccha@gmail.com

Congress: The Grad Social
This year, as always, we’ll be organizing a grad student social the evening before the start of the CHA meeting in St. Catherines (May 25th). Snacks and scintillating conversation will be on us. Stay tuned for more info!

Student Database
As discussed during our last annual meeting, we’ve been talking to the CHA executive about modernizing or replacing the association’s student database in order to make it more useful and easier to use. A few possible ways of doing this have come up, but we’re always interested in hearing your thoughts at cedshc.gsccha@gmail.com.

Social Networks
Facebook: Please feel free to post on our GSC Facebook News Page. Questions, calls for papers or any other news are welcome.
Twitter: We often send out calls for papers, job listings and interesting articles and links for grad students on our GSC Twitter Feed. If you haven't already, follow us!

Renew Your CHA Membership
The CHA launched its annual renewal campaign. Don’t forget to renew your membership in time for Congress 2014. Also, check out the association’s new site!

Thanks!
The GSC co-chairs, Marc-André Gagnon and Daniel Ross

GSC News Update: Autumn 2013.

The CHA announces the Jean-Marie Fecteau Graduate Student prize
The Canadian Historical Association is pleased to announce the first Jean-Marie Fecteau Prize competition. The prize, in the amount of $250, will be awarded for the best article published in a peer-reviewed journal (including peer-reviewed student journals) by a PhD of MA-level member, in French or in English.

The award will be given in May 2014 at the Annual Meeting of the Canadian Historical Association that will take place at Brock University.

Students are encouraged to send only ONE complete submission to each jury member listed below on or before December 31, 2013. The article must present a historical perspective and contribute to scholarship in a subfield such as: political history, social history, the history of art, economic history, cultural history, etc. Geographically, it can focus on Canada or another territory or collectivity.

For information on how to apply, visit the CHA website: http://www.cha-shc.ca/en/Prizes_24/items/50.html

CALL FOR PAPERS CHA Annual Meeting - Brock University, May 26-28 2014 Boundaries of Historical Inquiry DEADLINE: FRIDAY 18 OCTOBER 2013

The fluidity of the boundaries of historical inquiry is a key feature of the discipline of history. Historians often contest or reaffirm the usefulness of chronological, territorial, thematic, topical and methodological boundaries of the discipline itself and its sub-fields. As students of the past, we are perhaps less inclined than other disciplines to jettison conventional distinctions in favour of moving beyond boundaries, yet we pay close attention to the historical construction of the boundaries that shape our discipline.

The Programme Committee for the 2014 Annual Meeting of the Canadian Historical Association at Brock University has selected the theme of “Boundaries of Historical Inquiry” to encourage the participation of scholars working in a wide range of periods and locations, as well as thematic, topical and methodological fields.

The Programme Committee invites proposals for papers, in English or French, which address the conference theme. We strongly encourage panel submissions of three papers and an animator, although we welcome individual proposals as well. We also welcome proposals for other session formats including roundtables, film screenings, and posters.For complete panels, please submit a 250-word panel abstract as well as a list of all participants, and separate 250-word abstracts for each presenter. Please identify and provide contact information for the panel organizer. For individual proposals, please submit a 250-word abstract, a one-page curriculum vitae, and your contact information.

Proposals should be sent to: cha2014congress@brocku.ca

Please note that presenters must be members of the Canadian Historical Association.

GSC News Update: Summer 2013.

Dear fellow graduate students,

A few bits of CHA news that should interest you!

1) Report on the CHA 2013 in Victoria

First of all, the grad social and business meeting of the CHA graduate student committee in Victoria were a great success. Around forty students from across Canada and abroad came out to the social at Canoe Brewpub, which was co-organized by UVic students Derek Murray and Megan Harvey, and the food provided by the GSC was definitely a hit. We also had a good crowd and a great discussion at the GSC meeting the next day. The minutes, taken by Mathieu Brulé, were emailed in both languages.

Two new officers joined the committee in Victoria. Outgoing chair Claudine Polisois (Laval) will be replaced by Marc-André Gagnon (Guelph), and treasurer Chris Miller (Concordia) will hand over his job to Paul Aikenhead (York). Thanks to Claudine and Chris for all their hard work, and to Marc-André and Paul for joining the GSC!

Starting next year, the CHA will be awarding a yearly prize for the best article published by a student member in a peer-reviewed journal. The award will include not just recognition, but a $250 prize. This is something the GSC has been pushing for for several years, and we are delighted to see it take shape. The CHA will send out information on how to apply in due course.

Finally, our My CHA project was quite successful. Krista Barclay (Manitoba) and Émilie Pigeon (York) blogged about their experiences as grad students at the conference on the new CHA GSC blog. Extra thanks go out to Émilie, who is also our webmaster, for all the work she put into getting the new website and blog running so well!

2) Projects for 2013-14

We discussed a number of committee projects during the 2013 meeting. Several involve expanding our online presence: the CHA GSC plans to get its very own Twitter account, and would like to build a directory of grad students and their research projects to facilitate networking, setting up panels, etc. My CHA will happen again in 2014, and we’d also like to make our new website a bit more of a hub for grad student news, so don’t hesitate to send along information (calls for papers, notices of scholarships) that you think is relevant. There was also a lot of talk about organizing some grad-student specific roundtables at the 2014 CHA; one topic that was mentioned was “graduate student and faculty perspectives on teaching”. Think about this over the summer…

3) Feedback on the CHA Bulletin

The CHA Bulletin is one of the main ways that the CHA gets news out to its members. The CHA council would like your feedback as members on whether a print edition is worthwhile, or the Association should consider switching to a .pdf only. Please send your comments to Daniel at dgratyork (at) gmail.com or Marc-André at marcandr (at) uoguelph.ca.

4) Student Representatives

The following schools still need to appoint representatives to the grad committee: University of Alberta, Dalhousie University, Guelph University, Lakehead University, Laurentian University, McGill University, Memorial University of Newfoundland, Université de Moncton, Université de Montréal, University of Northern British Columbia, University of New Brunswick, University of Regina, Saint Mary's University, Université de Sherbrooke, University of Windsor.

If you are a student at one of these schools, why not have your student association elect/appoint you? It will help broaden our conversation, especially in the lead-up to Congress 2014. Thanks!

Marc-André Gagnon, Daniel Ross

Co-chairs, CHA GSC

GSC Spring News Update

Below are a few important bits of news regarding this year's meeting in Victoria. Take a look, and don't hesitate to contact us for more information at dgrdgr (at) yorku.ca or claudine.polisois.1 (at) ulaval.ca.

1. Grad student social
This year, the GSC has collaborated with history students at UVic and the CHA organizing committee to host a social specifically for graduate students. It's a chance to socialize, meet the locals, and see what Victoria has to offer. Plus there will be free snacks. The social will take place on June 2nd at 7pm at the Canoe Brewpub, 450 Swift Street. Look for it in the conference program, and on our Facebook page too.

2. GSC meeting and elections
The Graduate Student Committee is your voice in the CHA. We'll be meeting at 5pm on Monday, June 3rd in uVic's Clearihue building, room A308 to discuss graduate student issues within the CHA and the historical profession.
We need to fill two executive posts this year: We are looking for a new Treasurer to replace Chris Miller, and a new Co-Chair to replace Claudine Polisois.
These positions are great ways to get involved, not only in the GSC but in the CHA in general. Duties are light, but interesting. For more info, see our constitution. If you are interested in being a candidate for either post, e-mail Daniel at dgrdgr (at) yorku.ca or see our elections page for the call for candidates.

3. My CHA
This year two graduate students--Krista Barclay of the University of Manitoba and Émilie Pigeon of York University-will be blogging about their experience at the CHA conference on our website under the French and English "blog" rubric located on the top navigation menu.

4. Travel subsidy
Did you know that the CHA has a fund to subsidize travel to the annual meeting? And that graduate students get priority? See the following link for more details.

5. Berks for graduate students at the CHA
As president-host of the 2014 Berkshire Conference on Women's History, Franca Iacovetta of U of T was invited by the CHA Program Committee for Victoria this May to organize a lunch-time (or late-afternoon?) informal session on the Berks for graduate students and others who would like know more about them and might enjoy hearing stories, observations and reflections from a mix of senior, new scholars and grad students. It would also compliment the formal Berks session already on the CHA program on transnational feminist gender history and CCWH/Berks folks would be involved in both. But since the idea of a grad student session at the CHA came from the Program Committee, and not the grad students themselves, they'd like to run it by the CHA GSA for feedback. Are you interested in attending an informal Berks event for graduate students at the CHA? Let us know and we'll send your feedback along to Dr. Iacovetta.

That's all for now...

Claudine and Daniel, CHA GSC Co-Chairs