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Upcoming Events

Date & Time:
January 23, 2019 | 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Who should have the right to vote? Are proportional voting systems desirable? Should policymaking be entrusted to technical experts? Who should have the power to govern? Dr. Jack Lucas’ research shows that through much of the twentieth century, Western Canadian cities led North America in their willingness to experiment with new answers to these questions – experiments that included proportional electoral systems and the early enfranchisement of women. Join Dr. Lucas and the CIH on Jan. 23 at 7 p.m. at the University of Calgary (Senate Room, Hotel Alma) for a provocative exploration of Canadian history and politics. RSVP:

Date & Time:
February 8, 2019 | 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

The Vendler Reading Group is hosting a one-day workshop. Please RSVP with Dr. David Liebesman by email:

10-10:50 AM: David Liebesman (University of Calgary) ‘Partialhood, Distributivity, and the Mass/Count Distinction’.
11-11:50 AM: Kyumin Kim (Cheongju University) and Elizabeth Ritter (University of Calgary) ‘Number Contrasts in Blackfoot’.
1:30-2:20: Jonathan Payton (University of Calgary) ‘Composition, Counting, and Commitment’.  
3-5 PM: Francis Jeffry Pelletier (University of Alberta) ‘What’s Wrong With Everyone’s Story About the Mass/Count Distinction?’

Date & Time:
February 12, 2019 | 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Dr. Amelia Kiddle investigates the influence of the 1938 Mexican oil expropriation on resource nationalism in Latin American history.  “A decision of transcendent importance for the Americas,” this event became a touchstone in Latin American history, reverberating throughout the world, changing business practices, government policies, labour relations, and discourses of resource nationalism.  Join Dr. Kiddle and the CIH on Feb. 12 at 7 p.m. at the University of Calgary (Senate Room, Hotel Alma) to learn more about this pivotal event in energy history that continues to have repercussions in the present. RSVP:

Date & Time:
March 5, 2019 | 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm


Dr. Hendrik Kraay examines pre-Lenten celebrations in nineteenth-century Brazil, from the repression of entrudo to the early celebrations labeled carnaval (carnival). Castigated as a “barbarous game” after independence (1822), entrudo was nevertheless practiced by people of all classes; it involved banquets, practical jokes, and water fights with syringes and waxen balls filled with perfumed water or other less savory liquids. After tracing entrudo’s Iberian origins, the criticisms (and defenses) of it, and police repression, this talk turns to the new forms of “civilized” celebration that reformers advocated: balls and public parades by societies of upper-class men. The conflicts over entrudo constituted a struggle about Brazil’s very nature at a time when new notions of citizenship and nationhood, challenges to slavery, and openings to outside cultural influences provoked numerous social anxieties involving questions of race, class, and gender. RSVP:

Date & Time:
March 26, 2019 | 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Digital technologies of various kinds are now the means through which many cities are made visible and their spatialities negotiated. From casual snaps shared on Instagram to elaborate photo-realistic visualisations, digital technologies for making, distributing and viewing cities are more and more pervasive. This talk will explore some of the implications of that digital mediation for the bodies assembled in digitally mediated urban spaces. 

Events Archive

Date & Time:
January 17, 2019 | 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

This accessible presentation centers around a seemingly absurd question: ‘Do languages really exist?’ Though the answer seems perfectly apparent, recall that until very recently it seemed obvious that genders and races “really existed”. What’s more, many influential linguists and philosophers have recently provided plausible grounds for answering ‘No’. The aim of the talk is not to answer the question, but rather to consider i) what exactly is at issue (in particular, what is meant by ‘languages’ and ‘really exist’) and ii) why it matters, academically and socially, whether the skeptics are right. RSVP:

Date & Time:
December 5, 2018 | 7:00 pm - 8:15 pm

Using memoirs of Partisans in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH), Dr Sabrina Perić will argue that texts and practices of literacy were critical to the process of radicalization. Partisans do not distinguish between political, literary and military work – dubbing it all ilegala, or 'that which is illegal.' Understanding the multifacted nature of ilegala is critical for understanding how literacy, as well as cultural forms more broadly, can be a force for radicalization and militarization.

Date & Time:
November 27, 2018 | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

The short documentary Almost Home traces the story of Yvonne Hepditch and Jim Cahill as they travel back to an abandoned rural fishing village and to the home they have built together over the last decade on the former site of Yvonne’s family land. As part of a growing trend of people travelling to and building structures on their family’s former land, Yvonne and Jim’s desire to return to Clattice Harbour is connected to a larger search for home and belonging among many children of the resettlement era. This screening is free and open to the public. SS203, Nov 27 @ 7 p.m. 

Date & Time:
November 2, 2018 - November 3, 2018

What are the cities that haunt our cities and our imaginations: lost cities, forgotten cities, ideal cities, imaginary cities? This two-day conference of the Western Humanities Alliance will feature talks by Alberto Manguel, Ato Quayson, Abraham Akkerman and Larissa Fassler at the new Calgary Central Library and Studio Bell. Register here:

Date & Time:
October 30, 2018 | 11:30 am - 4:00 pm

Please join us for a talk by Dr. Ian Wereley (Carleton University) entitled “Imagining the Age of Oil: Past, Present and Future” followed by lunch reception and graduate student/Postdoctoral Fellow workshop.

Talk: October 30, 2018 | 11:30 am - 13:00 p.m. (Biological Sciences 561)

Graduate Student / Postdoctoral Workshop: October 30, 2018 | 13:00 am - 16:00 p.m. (Biological Sciences 588 - Calgary Institute for the Humanities Seminar Room)

Please join us for a talk by Dr. Ian Wereley (Carleton University) entitled “Imagining the Age of Oil: Past, Present and Future” followed by lunch reception and graduate student/Postdoctoral Fellow workshop.

Date & Time: October 30, 2018 | 11:30 am - 13:00 pm (talk, Biosciences 561)

Date & Time: October 30, 2018 | 13:00 am - 16:00 pm (workshop, Biosciences 588)

Date & Time:
October 26, 2018 - 9:00 am to October 28, 2018 - 11:00 am

The Calgary Institute for the Humanities is supporting an academic conference about the performative aspects of preaching. Tickets from $45 - $75. Register on Eventbrite:

Date & Time:
October 17, 2018 | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

The 3rd Annual McCready Lecture will feature Dr. Susan Cahill, who will explore the racial and colonial inequalities of surveillance structures in Canada. Her talk addresses what and how creative projects can contribute to this discussion by focussing on a particular artwork, Thomas Kneubühler’s Access Denied (2007). Register on Eventbrite.

Date & Time:
October 17, 2018 | 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Please join us for our second lunch meeting of the Performance and Business Research Working Group, created to explore and debate how performance theory illuminates performance in a business setting. Our October meeting will focus on"Scriptive Things and Consumer Experience" and will look at brands such as Ikea and Apple.

Date & Time:
October 12, 2018 | 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

We will have the first meeting of our renewed Calgary Institute for the Humanities (CIH) Interdisciplinary Working Group "Social Justice and the Smart City" and we invite new members to the group, from across the Social Sciences and Humanities and beyond. All are welcome.

Date & Time:
August 24, 2018 - 3:00 pm to August 25, 2018 - 5:00 pm

The Italian-Canadian Archives Project (ICAP) aims to preserve the history of Canadians of Italian heritage and background. A great program has been lined up for this year's conference, which is free and will be held in Bridgeland at the Calgary Italian Cultural Centre on the Friday and at the UofC on the Saturday. All are invited to attend. Please visit the ICAP website for more information and to register for this event:

Date & Time:
June 21, 2018 | 6:15 pm - 8:00 pm

This event is part of an energy transition workshop. You will have the opportunity to meet workshop presenters and our international collaborators from the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science (MPIWG) at the reception after the talk.

Date & Time:
June 21, 2018 | 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

The Han did not own the land in Mongolia they farmed, but as more of them arrived they were emboldened to defy Mongolian authorities and wage rent strikes, eventually “changing from guests into hosts."

Date & Time:
June 20, 2018 | 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Although not intended as a formal history of this period of migration, the fifth-century collection Shishuo xinyu contains many anecdotes that relate the harrowing journey eastward after the the destruction of the capital city of Luoyang in the early fourth century.

Date & Time:
May 18, 2018 | 9:30 am - 3:30 pm

What are the systems of interdependency that bind all living things together? Join our final community seminar on the environmental humanities. 

Date & Time:
May 17, 2018 | 2:00 pm

Today’s Silicon Valley smart-city disruptions are the culmination of the philosophies of Friedrich von Hayek, fused with World War II cybernetics...

Date & Time:
May 8, 2018 | 10:00 am

Amidst a chorus of citizens concerned about environmental and health impacts of hydraulic fracturing, advocates of development must not only manufacture consent, they must silence dissent.

Date & Time:
April 25, 2018 | 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

What does medieval literature have to do with environmental sustainability? How does a partnership between university and community promote socioecological welfare?

Date & Time:
April 4, 2018 | 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Join Whitney Wood, CIH Visiting Fellow and recently-named Associated Medical Services (AMS) Postdoctoral Fellow in the History of Medicine for a presentation on Canadian women’s grassroots efforts to achieve birth reform. From the mid-1940s onwards, these women spoke out against what they saw as the harmful or abusive features of Canadian obstetric practice, and described their efforts to secure respectful and compassionate medical care.

Date & Time:
March 28, 2018 | 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Indigenous peoples are usually at the receiving end of the scientific gaze. Biomedical and policy interventions aimed at Indigenous populations have often been structured by colonial worldviews. This talk highlights Indigenous resistance to colonial research and both researchers and Indigenous peoples’ efforts transform scientific research, technology development, and training in order to increase the benefit of technoscience for Indigenous peoples. It also highlights Indigenous governance of and through technoscience.

Date & Time:
March 21, 2018 | 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Join us for the next Calgary Institute for the Humanities Visiting Fellows' Lecture. Julia Smith is a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of History at Rutgers University

Although the term “women’s movement” is often used to describe feminist activity, in reality distinct differences exist between the people and groups who engage in feminist activism. This talk will examine the feminist unions and labour organizations that women in Western Canada established in the 1970s and 1980s to address gender inequality at work and in society. 

Date & Time:
March 21, 2018 | 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Uta Hinrichs will examine visualization as a creative, sometimes speculative, sometimes tedious thinking process, rather than a means to an end. Based on different visualization case studies, she will illustrate how embracing visualization as a process – be it from-scratch or using established visualization tools – can bring to the fore rich, but unexpected discoveries that are born out of synergies emerging from collaborations between visualization and humanities researchers. An emphasis on "process" may open up new ways of discussing the role of visualization across disciplines and contexts.

This talk is co-hosted with the Calgary Institute for the Humanities' "Thinking Data, Data Thinking" working group.

Image: HaithamS (WMF), Wikimedia Commons (CC BY-SA 3.0)

Date & Time:
March 20, 2018 | 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Western agriculture experienced a socio-ecological transition from traditional organic agriculture at the end of the nineteenth century to modern industrial agriculture at the end of the twentieth century. Nowhere was this transformation more profound than the U.S. Great Plains. Drawing on research from the Sustainable Farm Systems project, this talk presents social metabolism methodology as a means of exploring the role of energy in the history of agroecosystems, and uses case studies from the Great Plains to draw conclusions about the sustainability of industrial agriculture in the twentieth century.

Date & Time:
March 6, 2018 | 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm

While the explosion of new sources of data and analytical techniques has left cities clamoring to become ‘smart’, the availability of this data hasn’t led to an inexorable shift towards either more rational governance nor more equitable outcomes. This talk explores how the rise of data-driven urban governance has corresponded with the emergence of a kind of ‘post-truth’ politics, where appeals to data and scientific expertise carry even less weight than they might have previously.

Date & Time:
March 1, 2018 | 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Join us for a provocative talk on the relationship between art and commerce in the 20th Century. Russell Smith is a freelance journalist and cultural commentator, publishing in The New York Review of BooksThe Globe and MailDetailsToronto LifeNOWFlareToro, and Sharp. An expert on language, he was the host of the popular CBC Radio One program “And Sometimes Y” for two seasons.  He has twice won the National Magazine Award for fiction, and his novel Muriella Pent was selected as best fiction of its year by 

Date & Time:
February 28, 2018 | 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

In this paper, I present some of my most intriguing detective cases from the period of my CIH Fellowship and some solutions. In the description of Sir Gawain's antagonist in the Middle English Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, two colour words are used that are of uncertain meaning, "fade" and "enker." I spent my Humanities Institute Fellowship investigating the language used in this poem and the three other poems that exist in the same 14th century manuscript, PearlCleanness, and Patience, none of which is known in another copy.

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