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Canadian Studies Ph.D.

Students and faculty in discussion outside Kerr House, Traill College
School for the Study of Canada

Canadian Studies Ph.D.


The School for the Study of Canada runs a wide range of events at Trent and in the community. Our faculty and students are directly involved in shaping life in the Peterborough community as well as nationwide through their advocacy and outreach. 


History, Feminism, and Theory: Reflections on Women, Gender, Labour, and Colonialism

Registration is now open for this conference that will be held at Trent University in Peterborough, Ontario June 21-22, 2019.

There is no fee to attend the conference; however, we ask that people who plan to attend please register by May 27 so that we can keep track of numbers. Please send any dietary restrictions to fhtconference@gmail.com.

Tickets for the Saturday dinner can be purchased through the registration website. The cost for dinner is $52. The dinner will be held at Publican House Brew Pub, located approximately 15 minutes (walking) from the conference site. Please note: the dinner will be held on the second floor and is accessible only by stairs. If you require assistance, please email fhtconference@gmail.com.

The preliminary conference program is available on the registration website.

If you have any questions about the conference please contact the Organizing Committee by email:fhtconference@gmail.com.

Upcoming Dissertation Defences

Public Lectures 

The Morton Lecture

Named in honour of W. L. Morton, the Canadian historian and former Master of Trent’s Champlain College, this prestigious lecture has brought to Trent each year since 1980 a leading Canadian scholar to give a public lecture on their work, and also to lead an intimate seminar for graduate students.

The North at Trent Lecture Series 

Each year the School organizes a series of public talks on the “north” broadly defined. Building on Trent’s established role as a centre of innovation on northern research (and in combination with the Roberta Bondar Fellowship in Northern Studies) these lectures are a key feature of academic life at Trent.

Margaret Laurence Lecture 

Organized by Trent’s Gender and Women’s Studies Department, the annual Laurence lecture is named in honor of Canadian writer Margaret Laurence who had a strong connection to Trent and was intimately involved in the early years of the Canadian Studies program.

Suds and Speakers Series 

This informal speakers series is organized by a committee of graduate students from the School and highlights research from Trent faculty and graduate students.

The Symons Trust Fund for Canadian Studies 

Established in 1985, the purpose of The Symons Trust is to support and enhance the study of Canada, especially, though not exclusively, at Trent University. Under the direction of its Committee of the Trustees, the Trust provides funding to support imaginative new activities, to act as seed money for worthy new endeavours, or to foster important long range projects.

Trent Centre for Community-Based Research 

One of the key ways Trent faculty and student are involved in the local community is through the Trent Community Research Centre. The Trent Centre partners with local organizations and businesses to link them up with passionate students who want to get real-world experience and contribute to their communities even as they complete their degrees.

Canadian Difference 

To mark the 150th anniversary of Canada’s Confederation in 2017 the School for the Study of Canada helped to create the Canadian Difference project, a national discussion about how Canadians today could share our history and shape our future. Generously funded by donors to the university and championed by William Macdonald and William Innes as well as Trent professors Christopher Dummitt and Heather Nicol, the initial stage of the project was an interactive online discussion. Canadian Difference is now hosting an ongoing series of workshops and conferences.