University of Manitoba - Faculty of Arts - History - Fort Garry Lectures 2016
Fort Garry Lectures 2016

May 5 - 7, 2016
University of Manitoba, Fort Garry Campus, Winnipeg

The History Graduate Students' Association, in conjunction with the University of Manitoba Student Chapters of the Association of Canadian Archivists is proud to present the 2016 Fort Garry Lectures.

Registration Form (pdf) - Registration deadline extended to April 29, 2016

Conference Program

Opening Event - May 5, 5:15 pm, 330 Elizabeth Dafoe Library, UM:

A roundtable discussion on the impact of archives on Canadian historical research. Participants: Andrew Burke (English, UW), Shawna Ferris (Women's & Gender Studies, UM), Len Kuffert (History, UM), Anne Lindsay (Library & Archives Canada), Mary Jane McCallum (History, UW), and Vanessa Warne (English, UM).

Friday Keynote speaker: Adele Perry, History, UM - May 6, 4:00 pm, 108 St. John's College, UM

"The Water We Drink and the Histories We Carry:  Municipal Water and Settler Colonialism in early 20thC Winnipeg". 
: Between 1913 and 1919 the Greater Winnipeg Water District built an aqueduct to carry water from Shoal Lake, bordering Ontario and Manitoba, to the city of Winnipeg, 150 kilometers away. This was an expensive, ambitious and widely celebrated project that had very different consequences for the city of Winnipeg than it did for the Annishinaabe community of Shoal Lake 40. In this talk Perry will explore the building of the Shoal Lake Aqueduct as a critical moment in the history of twentieth-century colonialism.

Saturday Keynote speaker: Tom Nesmith, History, UM - May 7, 12:30 pm, Manitoba Boardroom, 2M70, UW

"Archives and the History of Our Time."
: What we might call a new archival history has come to the fore in recent years – one that sees archives more as a factor shaping historical developments and our understanding of them than simply as a repository of historical information. Archives have thus become a subject of study for archivists, historians, and many other types of scholar as well. When historians look back on our time, what might they study with this archival perspective in view? This paper will discuss a sampling of these subjects -- ranging from genetics to space exploration, Indigenous rights to human rights more generally, and from popular culture to opera. The paper will also discuss the challenges digital communication presents to doing the history of our time.


Call for Papers
Presentations on ALL HISTORICAL TOPICS are welcome. All students from undergraduates to doctoral candidates are welcome to submit a paper for consideration.

Submission Deadline is (extended to) March 7, 2016
Submit proposals or any questions to

Keynote speakers: 
     Friday, May 6: Dr. Adele Perry, History, University of Manitoba
     Saturday, May 7: Dr. Thomas Nesmith, History, Univeristy of Manitoba

The presentations will be on the University of Manitoba campus on May 6th and on the University of Winnipeg campus on May 7th.




Manitoba Student History Talks

Prof. David Churchill, History, University of Manitoba

Recognition, Recovery and the Politics of Decolonization in Writing Queer and Trans Histories

Thursday, April 23, 2015
6:30 pm
Charisma of India Restaurant,
83 Sherbrook Street, Winnipeg

Free Event. Those planning to attend MUST contact to confirm a place.

Friday, April 24, 2015
8:30 am - 5:30 pm
Cross Common Room (rm. 108), St. John's College
University of Manitoba

Everyone is welcome. Registration is Free.
Registration forms email:



23 - 24 April 2015
University of Manitoba, Fort Garry Campus, Winnipeg

Presentations on ALL HISTORICAL TOPICS are welcome

Call for Papers

Submission Deadline is 2 March 2015
Submit proposals or any questions to

Fort Garry Lectures/Manitoba Student History Talks Facebook Group



May 1 - 3, 2014
University of Manitoba, Fort Garry Campus, Winnipeg


CONFERENCE PROGRAM (PDF, subject to changes)

Keynote Address (poster PDF)
given by Sarah Carter, University of Alberta
"The Spade Work of Empire: The Imperial Aspirations, Frustrations and Follies of British Women Farmers in Western Canada to the 1930s"


Friday, May 2, 5:30 pm in Convocation Hall, University of Winnipeg

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Keynote Addresses 2016

 Poster for Keynote Speakers - Fort Garry Lectures


Past Conference Programs

(The Fort Garry Lectures was formerly known as the Keewatin Country History Graduate Student Conference)

Fort Garry Lectures Program 2015

Fort Garry Lectures Program 2014

Keewatin Country Conference Program 2013

Keewatin Country Conference Program 2012

Keewatin Country Conference Program 2011

Keewatin Country Conference Program 2010

Keewatin Country Conference Program 2009