History Graduate Student Association (HGSA)

Welcome to the HGSA at Western!

The History Graduate Student Association plays a key role in the graduate community at Western. We act as a liaison between the Department of History and graduate organizations across campus. The HGSA plans social events, network opportunities, and assists professional development opportunities within the department. The HGSA holds bi-monthly meetings to discuss department concerns, plans, and ideas. Membership is free. All graduate students enrolled in the Department of History are considered members of the HGSA.

Our Constitution


Call for Papers: Communities in History
8-9 March, 2024

The History Graduate Student Association at Western University in London, Ontario, invites submissions for our in-person, 2024 interdisciplinary history graduate conference. The theme of this year’s conference is “Communities in History: Thinking Globally, Acting Locally”.

Communities are more than collections of people: their members come together because of shared experiences, interests, backgrounds, beliefs, religions, or adversities. Frequently, communities nurture their members by offering spaces of safety and acceptance and facilitating learning. Sometimes, these social structures amplify activism or generate conflict when members' beliefs or opinions collide with those of another community. Always, by the very nature of their form, communities both include and exclude. As a topic of particular interest to a
myriad of scholars, academics should seek to understand what role communities have played throughout history, and how they have been shaped by internal or external forces over time.

Possible topics could be:

→ A marginalized community based on factors of gender identity, sexual orientation, race, religion, language, class, and/or ethnicity.
→ Political mobilization in communities.
→ Communities based on socioeconomic status and class.
→ Communities and colonialism.
→ How communities remember.
→ Community arts and culture.
→ Local, national, or global communities.

We welcome submissions from graduate students of all disciplines who engage with the topic of historical communities. Both works in progress and submissions outside this theme will also be considered. To apply, please submit an abstract no longer than 250 words and a brief 150-word academic biography to  uwocommunitiesconference@gmail.com  by 11:59 pm EST on 5 January 2024.

Presentations should be at most 20 minutes in length. Those wishing to be considered for the best paper prize will need to submit their finished paper by 1 March 2024


Select Committees and Groups

The HGSA holds elections each fall and spring.  There are a number of committees affiliated with the HGSA that are open for members to join.

McCaffrey Speakers Series

The McCaffrey seminars are a lecture series held once a month in the history department and offer graduate students the opportunity to share their research. Upper year graduate students are encouraged to apply in the summer before the school year begins in the fall. The HGSA elects a student in the spring term each year to organize the seminar series with the department.

Executive Positions

Chairs: Ambjorn Adomeit & James Caldwell
Secretary: Shaun Hislop
Treasurer: Charles Christensen
Social Committee Co-Chairs: Leah Kottwitz & James Caldwell
Graduate Committee Representative: Rose Giles
Public History Representative: Lily Zitko
EDI Committee Representative: Mabel Gardner
Advisory Committee Representative: Ambjorn Adomeit

Social Media Coordinator: Zaynab Jivraj
Undergraduate Liaison: Charan Mandur
PSAC Local 610 Departmental Stewards: Colter Rosborough & Hazel Scott Pankratz
SOGS Councillors: Charles Christensen & Shaun Hislop
McCaffrey Series Coordinator - Ryan McLachlan

Contact Information:

If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to email us at historygsa@uwo.ca 

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