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Historians’ Corner – April 2022

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Can Heritage PhotoDigitizing and Preserving Historic Images of Canada: CHPF’s 20th Anniversary Photographic Retrospective of
 Founding Members

CHPF is very pleased to present images from our recent project made possible in part by Library and Archives Canada’s Documentary Heritage Communities Program and includes donated works by some of CHPF’s important founding photographers. The entire collection can be viewed on our Digital Collections website.

You can find exhibition highlights here: https://www.thechpf.com/new-page-1

You can also navigate to the exhibition from the CHPF homepage: https://www.thechpf.com/ with a link on the main page.

The entire retrospective of over 4300 images is also on our Digital Collections page https://digitalcollections.thechpf.com/index.php where you can use the Featured Galleries link to see another highlighted 200 images, or you can search by artist name.

National DefenceDr. Dara Price was recently appointed the Director of History and Heritage, Chief Military Personnel, Department of National Defence.  Dr. Price holds a DPhil in Commonwealth History from the University of Oxford (Balliol), a Masters of Public Administration in gender and heritage policy from the University of Ottawa, and a history degree from Queen’s University. She has many years of experience at Library and Archives Canada as well as teaching history at the University of Ottawa. Dr. Stephen Harris remains at the Directorate as the Chief Historian.

MUNStephan Curtis has been Department Chair during the last year and Jeff Webb will be taking on that role beginning 1 May 2022. The department has successfully navigated the challenges of combining in person, remote and hybrid teaching. Faculty and graduate students have weathered travel restrictions that made archival research and in person conference presentations impossible.

The number of historians employed in the department has remained stable and our enrolments have increased slightly despite a challenging fiscal environment and the uncertainty the pandemic has caused. We are pleased to have been able to host three post-doctoral fellows: Michael Westcott (MUN), Meaghan Walker (Alberta) and Rebecca Ralph (Calgary). Walker is the inaugural holder of the Ewart Pratt Postdoctoral Fellowship in Newfoundland and Labrador Military, Naval, and Maritime History which has been endowed by a private donor.

Concordia OralDeindustrialization and the Politics of Our Time (deindustrialization.org), a SSHRC-funded partnership project based at Concordia’s Centre for Oral History and Digital Storytelling, is examining the structural violence of industrial closures across six countries. Anna Bettini and Robert Suits recently began their postdoctoral fellowships on the history of energy transitions under the supervision of Petra Dolata at the University of Calgary. Fred Burrill, another postdoc, started his postdoc on rural deindustrialization under the supervision of Lachlan Mackinnon at Cape Breton University. Postdoc Myriam Guillemette is now working on company towns with Lucie Morisset at UQÀM. And finally, Indranil Chakraborty, is working with Steven High at Concordia University on a project focused on Sears Canada. Four students were awarded DePOT Graduate Fellowships: Amanda Whitt, Clara Casian, Liam Devitt, and Tim Liebregt. The University of Toronto’s Dimitry Anastakis was awarded a Jackman Humanities Institute Faculty Research Fellowship to historicize neo-liberalism in Canada.


Natasha Henry has formally accepted the offer of the tenure-stream position in African Canadian History beginning on 1 July 2022.  Natasha is presently completing her PhD in History at York under the supervision of Michele Johnson. She is a Vanier Scholar, President of the Ontario Black History Society, and a widely recognized leader in the field of African Canadian History. Welcome to the Department, Natasha!

NipissingThe History Department congratulates our colleague Dr. Catherine Murton Stoehr whose excellence in journalism, particularly her coverage of the Robinson-Huron Annuities trial, was recognized in March by the Anishinabek Nation with the Debwewin Citation. With this honour, Dr. Murton Stoehr joins an esteemed group of storytellers and journalists committed to “speaking truth from the heart”. For more information see: https://anishinabeknews.ca/2022/03/07/debwewin-citation-recipient-displayed-excellence-in-journalism-during-robinson-huron-annuities-trial/

This month we are happy to highlight the work of our colleague, Dr. Brian Thorn. Dr. Thorn has taught in the History and English Departments for more than ten years, travelling to North Bay from Peterborough to teach in person. With amazement we note that Dr. Thorn also teaches at two other universities. In 2017, he published From Left to Right: Maternalism and Women’s Political Activism in Postwar Canada (https://www.ubcpress.ca/from-left-to-right). It remains one of the few texts to discuss gender in the context of the “left” and “right” in Canada. Dr. Thorn’s scholarship has also appeared in Histoire Sociale/Social HistoryLabour/Le Travail, and Peace and Change. His current research interests combine gender, international, political, and labour history in a study of women on the political “right” in Canada, 1930s-1980s, as well as a re-thinking of Edmund Burke’s “conservative” contributions to Canadian political and social thought, 1700s-1900s.

In March, we were honoured to welcome Dr. Lianne Leddy (Anishnaabekwe, Serpent River First Nation) to deliver the 2022 Dr. Anne Clendinning Memorial Lecture. Drawing from her just released book Serpent River Resurgence: Confronting Uranium Mining at Elliot Lake (https://utorontopress.com/9781442614376/serpent-river-resurgence/). Dr. Leddy spoke about the devastating environmental impacts of the uranium industry on Serpent River First Nation territory, centring ideas of homeland, kinship, and resilience in the face of mid-20th century extractive colonial practices.

The research of Dr. Kirsten Greer, Dr. Katie HemsworthRobert Olajos (MA History, NU) and Ysabel Castle (GIS Instructor and MESc graduate, NU) to place and unsettle the institutional history of Nipissing University continues. They most recently launched a walking tour, “Moving beyond land acknowledgement: Placing Institutional Histories at Nipissing University”.

On July 1, 2022, Dr. Nathan Kozuskanich will begin a three-year term as Chair of the History Department. Thank you, Nathan!
Dr. Katrina Srigley

SaskThe Department of History at University of Saskatchewan welcomes three  postdoctoral fellows in 2022-23:

Dr. Osiris Sinuhé González Romero, is working with our CRC Chair in the History of Health and Social Justice, Dr. Erika Dyck. Dr. Ipshita Nath is the holder of the Elizabeth and Cecil Kent Post-doctoral Fellowship for 2022-2024, working with Erika Dyck and Jim Clifford. Dr. James Forbes, a SSHRC Post-doctoral award holder will work with Dr. Ashleigh Androsoff.

Jim Handy, Head, Department of History has two new books this spring.

Apostles of Inequality: Rural Poverty, Political Economy and the Economist, 1760-1860. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2022 https://utorontopress.com/9781487563530/apostles-of-inequality/ 

Tiny Engines of Abundance: A History of Peasant Productivity and Repression Winnipeg: Fernwood Press, 2022. https://fernwoodpublishing.ca/book/tiny-engines-of-abundance

The Department of History is pleased to be one of the core Departments for a new certificate –queer theory, gender diversity, and sexualities studies https://thesheaf.com/2022/03/27/this-certificate-will-give-these-students-a-home-interdisciplinary-queer-studies-program-to-be-introduced-this-spring/


Dewar Book      Sara Z Book    Meister Book
Helen DewarDisputing New France. Companies, Law, and Sovereignty in the French Atlantic, 1598-1663.  McGill-Queen’s University Press. https://www.mqup.ca/disputing-new-france-products-9780228008217.php?page_id=119382& 

Sara Z. MacDonaldA History of Canadian Women in STEM. McGill-Queen’s University Press. https://www.mqup.ca/blog/history-canadian-women-stem-sara-z-macdonald-guest-blog/

Daniel R. LaxerListening to the Fur Trade. McGill-Queen’s University Press. https://www.mqup.ca/listening-to-the-fur-trade-products-9780228008590.php?page_id=73&