Best Paper Award

imageThe Annual Graduate History Symposium is pleased to continue its partnership with Past Tense Graduate Review of History to offer an award for the best conference paper presented at each year’s AGHS. Past Tense is a double blind peer-reviewed journal run by the graduate students of the Department of History at the University of Toronto. Since the publication of its first issue in 2012, Past Tense has been dedicated to showcasing the work of graduate students and providing experience in academic publishing for early career academics.

All accepted conference panelists are eligible to enter their paper for consideration for the award. The award recipient will have their paper published in an upcoming issue of Past Tense. Note that panelists are not required to submit a full paper in order to participate in the AGHS unless they would also like to be considered for the award. The paper will be evaluated by the Past Tense Editorial Team based on its originality, quality of research and writing, and scholarly potential. Note that the papers will be read in advance of the conference and panel presentations will not be part of the evaluation process.

Please submit a paper of no more than 25 pages (12 pt. font, double-spaced, 1 inch margins) on the same subject as your panel presentation. Given the time constraints of AGHS presentations, the paper may contain additional material not presented at the conference. Citations must conform to the Chicago Manual of Style. Refer to to view articles that have previously appeared in Past Tense. Although the papers will not be subject to the review process of other Past Tense articles, the evaluation team will aim to select a paper that best reflects the journal’s standards. Preference will also be given to papers that most clearly reflect the 2019 AGHS theme, “Unwieldy Archives.” The deadline to submit papers for award consideration is April 15, 2019.

Previous Award Winners

Sarah MilesSarah Miles (2017), “For a Global Liberation: International Anti-Colonialism and the Construction of Québécois National Identity in Parti Pris, 1963-1968″

Sarah Miles is a PhD student at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill studying radical anti-colonialism and the social history of ideas in the francophone world in the late twentieth century. Sarah received her BA in History from the University of Oklahoma in 2016, and has been published in both OU Historical Journal and the Journal of Global Affairs. She is currently the editor for the UNC History Department’s journal, Traces. Her paper will be published in Vol. 6 of Past Tense in April 2018.


Felix CowanFelix Cowan (2016), “Popular Liberalism: Vladimir Anzimirov and the Influence of Imperial Russia’s Penny Press, 1963-1968”

Felix Cowan is a PhD student in the Department of History at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His research focuses on the Russian penny press from 1908–1918 as well as larger issues of urban poverty and inequality in the late Russian Empire. Felix’s research has been supported by the University of Illinois Graduate College, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, and the Centre for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies at the University of Toronto. Read his paper in Vol. 5 of Past Tense.