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OI 20th Annual Conference



The Twentieth Annual Institute Conference will convene 12–15 June 2014 in Halifax, Nova Scotia, a city founded in 1749 in the aftermath of the War of the Austrian Succession (1741–48) as the new capital of Nova Scotia and the site of a new North Atlantic naval base for the British Empire. Hosted by Dalhousie University and Saint Mary’s University, the Conference’s signature theme will be the “Consequences of War,” with panels on topics ranging from child soldiers in the American Revolution, to Loyalism, to Native struggles to protect their homelands, to war and humanitarianism. Many panels deal with topics not touching directly on war, such as cartography, communications in the early modern world, and the French Atlantic, but suggesting the diverse strategies deployed to achieve control in a contested world.

Justin Roberts (Dalhousie University) and Elizabeth Mancke (University of New Brunswick) chaired the program committee, which also included John Reid (Saint Mary’s University), and Jerry Bannister and Padraig Riley (Dalhousie University). Other members of the organizing committee included Jonathan Fowler and Peter Twohig (Saint Mary’s University), and Catherine Cottreau-Robins (Nova Scotia Museum).

Jackie Logan (Saint Mary’s University) helped plan conference logistics and accommodation bookings at Saint Mary’s University. Several graduate students at Dalhousie University offered valuable assistance with the conference planning, particularly Connor Coles, Michael Hatton, David Martin, and Daisy Ramsden.

The Conference organizers would like to express their appreciation for financial support from the following contributors:

  • Saint Mary’s University President, Colin Dodds
  • Office of the President at Dalhousie University
  • The Gorsebrook Institute for Atlantic Canada Studies
  • Elizabeth Mancke from the University of New Brunswick
  • Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research, Saint Mary’s University
  • Alumni Fund from the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Dalhousie University
  • Afua Cooper, Chair, Black Canadian Studies Program, Dalhousie University
  • Department of English, the Department of History and the Department of Classics, Dalhousie University
  • Early Modern Studies Program at King’s College, Halifax