StFX to host History and Classics conference


This March, StFX will be hosting the 2017 Atlantic Universities’ Undergraduate History and Classics Conference (AUUHCC). The conference will take place from March 3-5 and will be held at The People’s Place Antigonish Town and County Library.

The AUUHCC is not exclusively for History and Classics students; papers from any discipline will be accepted on the basis of historical investigation. All undergraduate students enrolled at an Atlantic university are invited to submit a paper that they wish to present.

Presentations will be organized into thematic sessions, with time for questions and discussion among presenters and peers. This conference is an excellent opportunity for Honours students or those planning on attending graduate school. The AUUHCC provides an approachable platform for gaining experience in an academic conference setting. This is also a chance for students to provide and receive feedback about their research with a group of similarly motivated peers.

The theme for this year’s conference is “Resistance and Revolution” but any topics or subjects are welcome. Possible topics related to the theme include colonial/post-colonial resistances, challenges to cultural hegemonies, revolutions within social, political, cultural and intellectual worlds, and responses to resistance and revolution. This is just a small selection of potential angles; the theme is very much open to interpretation and creativity is encouraged!

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The keynote speaker for this year’s conference is StFX’s own Dr. Ronald Charles, Assistant Professor in the Religious Studies Department. His current book project is focused on slavery in early Christianity.

This is the ninth year that the AUUHCC has been held and its second time at StFX. The first year StFX hosted the conference was in 2012.

The role of host university changes each year and is decided on a volunteer/rotating basis. Last year, Mount Saint Vincent University hosted the AUUHCC and welcomed over 35 student panelists, including one student from StFX.

In keeping with the tradition of previous years, there is no cost for students to attend the conference. Students from out of town will be offered discounted accommodations through the conference organizers.

It was a high priority for the student organizers that the conference is as affordable as possible so that any student who wished to participate would be able to.

Students submitting their work are asked to include a 200-300 word abstract including the title, focus and argument of your paper along with your name, year of study and contact information. Submissions are to be e-mailed to by January 4, 2017.