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Historians’ Corner – April 2023

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The Graphic History Collective (which includes CHA members Sean Carleton and Julia Smith) are pleased to announce the publication of Mr. Block: The Subversive Comics and Writings of Ernest Riebe (Between the Lines, 2023), edited by the GHC, Paul Buhle, Iain McIntyre.





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The CHA’s Learning | Teaching Blog
The CHA features interviews with teaching award winners, guest posts, re-publications of past “Teacher’s Corner” features from Intersections (formerly Bulletin), and more! This blog is a space where people can share how they’ve grappled with questions of teaching and learning history, the challenges and solutions they’ve come up with, and celebrate their successes. If you or someone you know would like to contribute to this blog, we would be happy to hear from you.  Please email the teaching committee @ teachingblog@cha-shc.ca.

Do you have strong thoughts on the situation and would like to air them in a guest blog post? We’d love to host it.  But watch this space because work on this issue will be ongoing!

Free virtual lecture
(20 April 2023 at 12 p.m. EST)

“The Earthly Paradise: Recent Botanical Acquisitions at McMaster University Library.”

In recent years, McMaster University Library has acquired several significant works in this tradition, including early editions of Gerard’s Herball, John Parkinson’s Theatrum Botanicum and Paradisi in Sole, Ulisse Aldrovandi’s Natural History, Castore Durante’s Herbario Nuovo, John Evelyn’s Sylva, and a scarce English translation of the Amsterdam Pharmacopoeia.

Join Myron Groover, McMaster’s Archives and Rare Books Librarian, for an intimate look at these stunning artefacts and the contexts in which they were created. Register using this link. Please feel free to share this invitation with other interested parties.

Call for papers
– Review, assessment and perspective on fifty years of Canadian multiculturalism (1971-2021)

Études Canadiennes / Canadian Studies, N°95, December 2023. The deadline to submit a proposal is 1st September.


Our former colleague, Julian Gwyn, died at his home in the Annapolis Valley of Nova Scotia last Saturday, March 18th. He had long suffered from Parkinson’s disease. Julian taught in our department from 1961 to 2003. He was my first history professor and made a deep impression upon me, so much so that I decided to follow in his footsteps. I remember that he “shook up” our sleepy little department when he arrived, with his supreme confidence after having studied at Oxford University. Not only were we, his students, impressed by his knowledge and demeanor, but also by his beautiful British-made suits and jackets. Julian taught not only the history of Great Britain, but also Russian history in the 1960’s. Only when the department hired Senator Paul Juzyk in the 1970’s, did Julian stop teaching Russian history. Julian supervised many Ph.D. students and left a deep impression upon our department. He was also Assistant Editor of our Histoire sociale/social History periodical in the 1970’s and 1980’s. I have been informed that his obituary will appear in a forthcoming issue of the Ottawa Citizen. His family will hold a private memorial service for him in Berwick, Nova Scotia.

May he rest in peace!

Mark Stolarik,
Professor & Chairholder Emeritus
Chair in Slovak History & Culture,
University of Ottawa,
55 Laurier East,
Ottawa, Canada K1N 6N5
Tel: (613) 562-5800, ext. 1286 (o)

The transnational SSHRC Partnership Project, “Deindustrialization and the Politics of Our Time” (DePOT – deindustrialization.og), based at Concordia University’s Centre for Oral History and Digital Storytelling, will be holding its annual Summer Institute for emerging scholars and an international conference on The Politics of Industrial Closure at Cape Breton University from June 22-24. Lachlan MacKinnon, Canada Research Chair for Postindustrial Communities, is the lead organizer.  Special issues of Labour/le Travail and Our Times (Canada’s independent labour magazine) will be launched during the conference. The conference is free but early registration is required.


2022-23 Consultations on the Renewal of the Museum Policy
Have your say! The Museum Policy Public Survey is now open. Take a moment to complete the survey.


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Daniel Samson (Brock University) delivered the W. Stewart MacNutt Lecture at the University of New Brunswick in March. The title of Dr. Samson’s lecture was “Fashioning a Modern Man: James Barry of Six Mile Brook.”





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Sir Arthur Doughty Bibliography Available On-line

Arthur G. Doughty, (1860-1936), served as Dominion Archivist of Canada from 1904 to 1935.  He was also President of the Canadian Historical Association, 1927-28. Under his leadership, the then Public Archives of Canada provided substantial tangible support to the CHA in its early years.

An extensive illustrated bibliography of Doughty’s many and varied publications compiled by his successor, Ian E. Wilson, with Margaret J. Dixon, is now available as part of a new web site:  https://www.ianewilson.ca/doughty/bibliography

The site combines a selection of Ian Wilson’s publications on archival issues, several of which deal with the role Doughty and the Public Archives played in advancing the professionalization of Canadian historiography. The Doughty Bibliography provides an outline of Doughty’s life together with details concerning his most influential publications.  Foremost amongst these is the impressive 23 volume CANADA AND ITS PROVINCES (1913-14 and 1917) which Doughty helped plan, edit and bring to fruition.  Some two decades after its publication, Dr. W.A. Mackintosh assessed its impact as “one of those important works which are not likely to be models for the future but which really create much of the future.”

The bibliography remains a work in progress. Comments and information about other variants of Doughty’s publications are welcome at iewilson@bell.net.

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CIUS Press and McGill-Queen’s Press are publishing a collection of articles titled Eighteenth-Century Ukraine: New Perspectives on Social, Cultural, and Intellectual History. The collection is edited by Frank E. Sysyn, Zenon E. Kohut, and Volodymyr Sklokin, with Larysa Bilous. It is translated by Marta Skorupsky. The book aims to introduce an international academic audience to recent trends in the study of eighteenth-century Ukraine. It contains eighteen articles by Ukrainian historians, originally written in Ukrainian or Russian and translated into English. It also includes five articles by American and Canadian scholars that were written in English. The book is to be released on May 15, 2023.

Kenneth MouréMarché Noir: The Economy of Survival in Second World War France (Cambridge University Press, 2023). An exploration of how and why the black market in wartime France became so pervasive and essential to economic survival.





Donald Wright was named University Research Scholar (2023-25) for his consistently high level of scholarship.






Special Meeting of the Municipal Archives Special Interest Section: Meeting with Olesia Stranyk and Oksana Melnyk, Lviv, Ukraine. 12 April 2023, 9:00-10:00 am. Register here.




Ukraine    Marche noir