Conferences and Symposia 2008-2009

Faculty of Humanities




Conferences and Symposia 2008-2009


1. The Humanities Research Institute's Holiday Symposium was held on December 17, 2008 in the Dr. Charles A. Sankey Chamber. The title of the symposium was "Challenging Boundaries through Exploration, Voice, Song and Narrative". The speakers were as follows:
Session I:
Federico Fernandes and Tamer Thabet (Visiting International Scholars): Local and Explorer Identites: A Comparison Between Oral and Computer Game Narratives
Ning Wang (History): The Making of a National Hero: Chinese Eulogization of Quian Xuesen
Cristina Santos (Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures): Vampire, Witch, Serial Killer or Killer or All of the Above?: The Bloody Countess Elizabeth Bathory
Elizabeth Greene (Classics): Mapping a 7th Century BCE Ship Wreck at Kekova Adasi, Turkey
Session II:
Virginia Reh (Dramatic Arts): Finding a Canadian Voice in Musical Theatre: How the Mega-Musicals Fostered the Growth of the Canadian Musical
Karin Di Bella (Music): Variants: Solo Piano Music of Jack Behrens
Ron Thomson (Applied Linguistics): Learning to Hear in a New Language
Keri Cronin (Visual Arts): Launch of the Brock Review

2. The Humanities Research Institute's Spring Symposium was held on April 17, 2009 in the Dr. Charles A. Sankey Chamber. Faculty and staff welcomed new and innovative research ideas while celebrating the many accomplishments of the Faculty of Humanities. The title of the symposium was "Libertinism: Ancient, Medieval and Modern". The speakers were as follows:
Session I:
Holt Parker (Classics, University of Cincinnati): From Sons of Freedom to Sons of Satan: The Etymology and Many Meanings of Libertine
Allison Glazebrook (Classics): The Hetaira-only Drinking Party: Libertine Ladies?
Angus Somervile (English Language and Literature): Vikings: World Class Libertines?
Commentator: Leah Bradshaw (Political Science)
Session II:
Michael Driedger (History): Early Modern Mennonites and the Antinomies of Freedom
John Sainsbury (History): Death of a Libertine: Lord Rochester's Final Act?
Leslie Anne Boldt (Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures): Georges Bataille and the Seduction of Communication: The Libertine Undone
Commentator: Mathew Martin (English Language and Literature)