Intersections and Crossings is a joint meeting of the Western Canadian Studies Conference and the Northern Great Plains History Conference. It takes place in Brandon from the Wednesday, September 25 to Saturday, September 28, 2019. Brandon University is located on Treaty 2 Territory, the traditional homelands of the Dakota, Anishanabek, Oji-Cree, Cree, and Métis people.
The Western Canadian Studies Conference (WCSC) was re-established in 2008 with a meeting at the University of Alberta and, since that time, has met approximately every two years to bring together scholars studying Western Canada’s past from a range of disciplinary perspectives.
The Northern Great Plains History Conference (NGPHC), which meets annually, was formed over 50 years ago by the History Departments at the University of Manitoba and the University of North Dakota and now provides a venue for historians working across the Northern Great Plains States and the Canadian Prairies to interact and to present their research.
These two conferences have different, but overlapping, interests and traditions. Participants will note some specific features of this meeting resulting from the mix of these traditions. Papers will not have an exclusively regional focus. While the mandate of the WCSC calls for a historically informed yet interdisciplinary focus on the region, the NGPHC is a general conference, including not only historians of the northern grasslands, but also invites those who live and work in the region but study any area of history across time and around the world. There will be several sessions that reflect this broader focus.
This joint meeting brings together scholars from both sides of the U.S.-Canadian boundary and beyond including a large number of students of the northern grasslands of the continent. it is our hope that this will reinvigorate regional historical studies and strengthen the network of researchers on each side, and along, the borderlands.
See you in Brandon!