The Future of the PhD in the Humanities



Tuesday, May 17, 2016, 9:00 to Wednesday, May 18, 2016, 17:00


Carleton University

The Future of the PhD in the Humanities conference will be held on May 16-18, 2016 at Carleton University. It is a follow-up to a groundbreaking conference on the same theme that was held last year at McGill University. That conference brought together senior administrators, faculty, students, and graduates from 25 Canadian universities, as well as representatives of a number of related organizations. The challenge it posed was a bold one: to rethink graduate humanities education, to develop new programs, to begin to change the culture of the academy, and to enhance how humanities graduate degrees are viewed outside the academy.

The Federation will be present at this event. Come and see our booth.


See the conference website for the program, information about the speakers, registration and hotel booking. There is no registration fee. 

Main topics

The Ottawa conference has been designed to sharpen and extend the 2015 conversations, in part by shifting the focus to the question of how ideas might be implemented, and to provide delegates with a concrete basis for pursuing these initiatives in their own universities. The hope is that we will gather in Ottawa, not simply to resume important debates, but to report on steps that we have each taken in our own institutions over the past year.

The conference reflects three main areas of focus that emerged in Montreal.

  • Structure of the PhD
  • Non-Academic Career Preparation
  • Public Value of the Humanities

Graduate Student Conference

One further note: one of the key factors that helped to make last year’s conference such a success was the active participation of a strong group of graduate students from across the country. Like last year, we will be hosting a one-day mini-conference for grad students only on the day before (May 16), which will lead into the main conference on the two following days.

Paul Keen, Associate Dean (Student and Postdoctoral Affairs)
Faculty of Graduate Student and Postdoctoral Affairs, Carleton University
Ottawa ON, Canada, K1S 5B6
Tel. 613 520-2600 ext 2333