NEXT EVENT: 2013 Master's Colloquium

The History Graduate Student Committee is pleased to invite you to the 2013 Master's Colloquium. Please come and join us in support of Melissa Davidson, Scott Dumonceaux, and Sarah York as they present on their research.

Friday, February 1
4:00-7:00 PM
GSA Commons


Melissa Davidson
“Fruit of Peace, Seeds of Development”: An Assessment of Guatemala’s Land Fund, 1996-2012

In 1996, the final peace agreements were signed and Guatemala’s thirty-six-year civil war officially ended. In addition to formally establishing peace, these agreements identified inequitable land ownership as a root cause of the conflict and outlined responsibilities to rectify this historical problem. The agreed-upon resolution was, effectively, the implementation of a market-led agrarian reform, an approach whose proponents argued could most efficiently and peacefully distribute land by facilitating the functioning of transparent land and credit markets. Since it began in 1997, this market-led agrarian reform has allowed over 380,000 families to access land. But what does that mean? My paper seeks to answer this question by exploring who has gained access to land and how? What quality of land has been accessed and where? What have been the costs, benefits, and conditions of access? And how have these results measured up to various responsibilities, commitments, objectives, expectations, and needs?

Scott Dumonceaux
Crossing the Border: The North West Mounted Police, the Order of the Midnight Sun, and the 'Disputed Jurisdiction'

In September 1901 the North West Mounted Police (NWMP) discovered that a group of American miners were planning to take over the Yukon. Since the Order of the Midnight Sun’s influence stretched across the Alaska border, undercover officers and secret agents had to work outside their jurisdiction and cooperate with United States authorities to effectively investigate the threat, revealing that the Alaska boundary was less strictly enforced than has previously been recognized by historians.

Sarah York
Babe Belanger, Knockout Duffy, Pussy Jake and their Johns: Histories of, Factors Influencing, and Social Responses to Saskatchewan's Sex Trade, 1880-1920

During the first waves of colonial settlement, Canada's prairie west was a male-dominated landscape made up largely of homesteading bachelors and urban-dwelling labourers. It was a time when men openly visited brothels with the same casualness that they frequented the bar or poolroom. But as the population increased and the middle-class grew, attitudes toward the sex trade shifted and moral reformers became concerned with "trafficking" and called for abolition. Efforts to end "trafficking" dwindled with the onset of the First World War and attitudes shifted again as responsibility for venereal diseases was placed solely on women who sold sex. This examination of Saskatchewan’s sex trade investigates three primary sites of social response to the buying and selling of sex, revealing the complex and, at times, contradictory place of sex workers and the sex trade in Saskatchewan’s early history.

Coffee, tea, and sweets will be in ample supply. It will be a great occasion to come together as a Department and exhibit solidarity for the presenters!

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2012-2013 Dave De Brou Memorial Lecture

The University of Saskatchewan’s History Department and the History Graduate Students Committee are proud to host the fifth annual Dave De Brou Memorial Lecture. This annual lecture is a tribute to the late Professor Dave De Brou, who was the head of the History Department.

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