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We have started a new website called activehistory.ca to help connect historians with the public, policy makers and the media.  This is a part of an effort to facilitate and disseminate the ideas developed at the  Active History conference. Please visit and send us your feedback by email (jimclifford (at) activehistory.ca) or in person at the Canadian Historical Association meeting in Ottawa.  We are looking for historians to join our network and to submit short paper for the website.

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Travel Funding

The organizers of Active History: History for the Future are pleased to announce that we have received funding from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council. Part of this funding is being allocated to help fund travel and accommodation for historians who do not have access to institutional travel funding. Preference will be given to independent historians. Forms must be submitted by August 31st in order to receive consideration. For more information please contact tpeace@yorku.ca.

Travel Support form:active-history-travel-funding-form

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Travel and Accommodation Information

Rail and bus: Participants travelling by train or bus will arrive at either Union Station (train) or the Toronto bus depot. Both of these stations are located downtown. To get to Glendon College from downtown, take the Yonge Street subway up to Lawrence Station and bus 124 to Bayview Avenue.

Air to Toronto: Participants travelling by air have a few options to choose. If travelling from Ottawa, Montreal, Halifax, Quebec City, or New York City you can take Porter Airlines (www.flyporter.com). This small full-service airline flies into Toronto City Centre Airport and is generally cheaper than most of the larger Canadian airlines. Porter offers a complimentary shuttle to Union Station where you can catch the subway up to the conference or your hotel. All other airlines fly into Pearson International Airport. This airport is located in Mississauga in the west end of the city. The TTC offers an express bus service (route 192) from the airport to Kipling subway station ($2.75) and GO Transit offers service to Yorkdale and York Mills Stations ($4.20). Both buses pick up passengers near column Q2 in terminal one. For more information visit their websites at www.ttc.ca and www.gotransit.ca.

Air to Buffalo: Participants from the United States may find cheaper flights by flying in and out of Buffalo International Airport. There is a shuttle run by Coach USA/Coach Canada between the airport and downtown Toronto. The price is fairly reasonable. The website is: http://www.megabus.com/us/

Travel within Toronto: The easiest way to get to Glendon College is by taking the 124 bus from Lawrence station (Yonge subway line) to Bayview Avenue. Participants staying in the Best Western Roehampton or elsewhere near the college can take the 34 bus along Eglinton to Bayview and then the 11 up Bayview to Lawrence.

Glendon College directions: http://www.glendon.yorku.ca/english/directions/direction.html

Accommodation: We have blocked off 5 smoking and 5 non-smoking rooms at the Best Western Roehampton Hotel & Suites. The rooms cost $125/night and can be booked by calling the hotel at 1-800-387-8899. The rooms will be held by the hotel until August 26. When booking make sure that you tell the attendant that you are with the Active History conference at Glendon College. Thomas Peace (tpeace@yorku.ca) can provide more specific information about these bookings. Graduate students who would like a more affordable option (like a pull-out couch) can contact Thomas Peace (tpeace@yorku.ca) for more information.

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We will be accepting proposals until the 10th of April.

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I was taking a quick look through the back issues of the Radical History Review today and came across an older issue with a great forum called: Reflections on Radical History (Winter 2001). Those of you at a university should be able to access the forum through your libraries. This forum is similar to a recent issue of Left History (Vol. 11, no. 1, 2006) that asked the question “What is Left History?”. We are hoping to start a similar discussion on this website about what is Active History or what is a history for the future. If you have some thoughts about what active history is or what it should be please send them to us through the Organizers page. This blog should provide an opportunity to both start the discussion in the months leading up to the conference and to allow those who cannot make it to Toronto in September to contribute.

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More Sponsors

Today we received the support of two more organizations:

University of Toronto Aboriginal Studies Program

Centre for Aboriginal Initiatives, University of Toronto

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Call for Presentations

I have created a permanent page with our Call for Presentations in both English and French (see the link above). We are also sending the CFP out across lists serves in the next few days. Please forward this information to anyone who might be interested.

We look forward to receiving your proposals. Please feel free to contact us for further information.

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Glendon College, York University, September 27-28th 2008

Call for Presentations

Active History: History for the Future is a two-day symposium designed to bring together university-based and community-based historians interested in assessing the ways in which historians engage with communities beyond the academy. Given that historians are also inevitably community members, it is important to consider not only the ways in which our work is taken up by the media, the courts, and so on, but also how we engage with and are responsible to communities in our research. How do, and how can, historical investigations of the past transform both historians and communities in the present and for the future?

The organizers define active history variously as history that listens and is responsive; history that will make a tangible difference in people’s lives; history that makes an intervention and is transformative to both practitioners and communities. We seek a practice of history that emphasizes collegiality, builds community among active historians and other members of communities, and recognizes the public responsibilities of the historian.

The purpose of Active History: History for the Future is to make connections and to foster the development of working relationships among people doing active history within and between the many historical subfields. In this spirit, the symposium will provide an opportunity for graduate students and junior scholars interested in pursuing historical projects that will make an imprint beyond the academy to connect with and learn from colleagues who have been engaged in such historical pursuits for a long time.


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