The CHA Questionnaire (With Many Apologies to Marcel Proust)

penny.jpgWhat is your favourite definition of history and why?

I’ve never bothered to define it other than the study of the past

Who is your favourite historian, living or dead, and why?

No favourites, just mentors and guides.

Although excessive pride is unattractive, of all your writings, which are you most proud of and why?

The letters of reference that worked.

Thinking about your time as president of the CHA, what was its greatest challenge?

Covid, crises in the Federation, and convincing all historians, regardless of their subjects or approaches, that they have a place in the CHA

If you could give one piece of advice to (someone joining?)  the CHA, what would it be?

Pay your membership dues

2022 marks the 100th year anniversary of the CHA. This milestone gives us pause to reflect on its durability and also on what its future might be. Hence, what do you think the future has in store for the CHA and for historical research in Canada as the association commences its 2nd centenary?

Historians are terrible prognosticators, but if the past is anything to go by I expect the future holds considerable realignment for the CHA, which will happily have little effect on the continued robustness of historical research in Canada

If there was one more question you would like to ask to other presidents what would it be? Could you please also answer it for yourself?

In keeping with the nature of a Proust questionnaire: footnotes or endnotes?  I’m definitely team footnote, and am happy to have served as a footnote to the Canadian Historical Association.

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