Convergences 2021: Confronting Crisis: Writing History in Uncertain Times - A Joint York & U of T Graduate Conference

When and Where

Wednesday, April 28, 2021 11:00 am to Friday, April 30, 2021 5:00 pm
Online event




History is punctuated by periods of crisis that change the fundamental structures of a society. Moments of historical change have wide-reaching consequences that can be anticipated or may be only visible in hindsight. Crises, too, can range from a single event to multi-year, multi-level phenomena. In an age where we are confronting our own multiple crises, it is more important than ever to consider how we as historians deal with crises.

This conference explores the concept of crisis in history and in historical practice. How do historians write history during moments of turmoil and upheaval? What is the aftermath of crises? How can crises be properly represented in history?

This three-day symposium is the inaugural Convergences: York-University of Toronto Graduate History Conference. Held from 28-30 April 2021, this conference will be virtual due to COVID-19. Sessions will be distributed over three days to accommodate speaker schedules, time zones, and mitigate Zoom fatigue.


Wednesday April 28: Keynote Address: Dr. Funké Aladejebi, Department of History (University of Toronto) / 11:15 am – 12:00 pm

Friday April 30: Keynote Panel: “Conversations in Crisis” / 3:00 – 4:00 pm, with Dr. Kate Brown, Dr. Monica Green, and Natasha Henry.

View the full conference programme here.