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Historians’ Corner – December 2020

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Gary K. Waite was elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada (Class of 2020).

David Wright and Sasha Mullaly have just published a new book on the history of Medicare and the immigration of foreign-trained doctors entitled Foreign Practices Immigrant Doctors and the History of Canadian Medicare. MQUP, 2020.



DalhousieAfua Cooper received the Portia White Prize which recognizes the cultural and artistic excellence of a Nova Scotian artist who has attained professional status, mastery and recognition in their discipline over a sustained career. Professor Cooper has also been actively involved in bringing the ‘Universities Studying Slavery‘ 2021 symposium to Halifax, for which the call for papers is now open.

Former colleagues and students of Dr. Michael Earle were sorry to hear of his passing. A labour activist and historian (among many other things), Dr. Earle taught for years at Dal, St. Mary’s University, and at Mount Saint Vincent University.

Crandall HistoryCrandall University’s History Department welcomes Dr. Mark Lee as Assistant Professor of History starting July 2020. Dr. Lee earned a DPhil from the University of Oxford, and has just completed a postdoctoral research position at Wolfson College, Oxford. His research focuses on madness, medicine, and religious identities in British society. He will be teaching courses on European and British history.

MUNRaymond B. Blake and Melvin Baker have received the Peter Cashin prize for Where Once They Stood: Newfoundland’s Rocky Road towards Confederation (Regina: University of Regina Press, 2019). Awarded by the Faculty of Arts at Memorial University, the prize was established in memory of Peter Cashin (1890-1977) and is awarded annually to the best piece of scholarly work on the history and/or political economy of Newfoundland published in the preceding calendar year. The work must be original, and can take the form of an article or book, and should appeal to a broad audience.



UofTOn April 8, Maya Jasanoff, Coolidge Professor of History and Harvard College Professor, Center for European Studies, Harvard U will join us either online or in person (circumstances permitting) for the annual Donald Creighton Lecture. The lecture honours the legacy of Donald Creighton, Professor of Canadian History from 1928-1971.

Faculty News

The department now has almost 20 members in the Canadian field across three undergraduate campuses and in the tri-campus graduate program, offering supervision in a wide range of research areas.

Mark McGowan has been appointed Interim Principal & Vice-President of the University of St. Michael’s College for the 2020-2021 academic year.

New Canada Research Chairs Michelle Murphy (Science & Technology Studies and Environmental Data Justice) and Anver Emon (Islamic Law and History).

Michelle Murphy has been elected to join the Royal Society of Canada’s Class of 2020.

The department is thrilled to welcome two new hires in the Canadian field:

Funké Aladejebi (Black Canadian History).

Dimitry Anastakis (L.R. Wilson/R.J. Currie Chair in Canadian Business History)

Four faculty members and one PhD student have recently published books:

Laurie BertramThe Viking Immigrants: Icelandic North Americans. University of Toronto Press, 2020

Heidi BohakerDoodem and Council Fire: Anishinaabe Governance through Alliance. University of Toronto Press, 2020

Brian GettlerColonialism’s Currency: Money, State, and First Nations in Canada, 1820-1950. McGill Queens University Press, 2020

Kassandra LuciukEnemy Alien: a True Story of Life Behind Barbed Wire. Between the Lines, 2020 (illustrations by nicole marie burton)

Laurie Bertram was recently granted tenure and promoted to Associate Professor.

The Department will host a large conference in the spring, Between Postwar and Present Day, featuring over 80 speakers presenting research on Canada between 1970 and 2020.


Bishop’s University’s department of History and Global Studies has four full-time faculty. Cristian Berco is department head. Gordon Barker chairs the Eastern Townships Research Centre, a linked research institution. Jean Manore coordinates internships. This year, faculty publications included David Webster’s book Challenge the Strong Wind: Canada and East Timor, 1975-99. Adjunct faculty member Osire Glacier was named co-winner of the Bishop’s Emerging Scholar Award. The short film “Whatever Happened to Sherman Peabody?” premiered this year, based on archival and oral history research by History undergraduate students.



LethbridgeKristine Alexander (University of Lethbridge), Mischa Honeck (University of Kassel) and Isabel Richter (University of California – Berkeley) co-edited a special issue of the Journal of Social History (Summer 2020) on “Mapping Modern Rejuvenation.” The outcome of a workshop held at the German Historical Institute in Washington DC in 2017, this special issue opens up new questions about power and the pursuit of youth (in both physical and metaphorical terms) by female consumers, the leaders of youth organizations, middle-aged sex-positive feminists, and colonial militaries.

On 30 October 2020, Dr. Mary Jane McCallum, Canada Research Chair in Indigenous People, History, and Archives and Professor of History at the University of Winnipeg, gave the Annual Driedger Lecture at the University of Lethbridge. Entitled “Structures of Indifference: An Indigenous Life and Death in a Canadian City” and based on the 2018 University of Manitoba Press book of the same title (co-authored by Dr. McCallum and Professor Adele Perry), Dr. McCallum’s lecture was a critically important examination of the structures and processes of colonialism and racism that led to the preventable death of Brian Sinclair, an Indigenous man, at Winnipeg’s largest hospital in 2008.

The following monograph by Gideon Fujiwara, Associate Professor in the Department of History and Asian Studies Coordinator at the University of Lethbridge, will be released this coming spring: From Country to Nation: Ethnographic Studies, Kokugaku, and Spirits in Nineteenth-Century Japan. Ithaca, New York: Cornell University Press, East Asia Series, May 2021.


Professor Howard Hisdal gave a hybrid lecture (with both in-person and online attendees) on Canada’s War in Afghanistan at the Okanagan Military Museum in Kelowna on 31 October. He also gave an outdoor historical presentation about Kelowna’s 250 war dead to a well-spaced crowd of about 40 people on the Field of Crosses in Kelowna City Park on Remembrance Day Eve, 10 November 2020.




Canadian StudiesColin M. Coates and Graeme Wynn have received the 2020 Canadian Studies Network Prize for the Best Edited Collection for The Nature of Canada, a wide-ranging collection of essays that draws from history, literature, economics, and politics to explore the environmental and Indigenous history of Canada.

Concordia OralConcordia University’s Centre for Oral History and Digital Storytelling welcomes Dr. Bimadoshka Pucan of Saugeen First Nation (History/First Peoples Studies/COHDS) as our nominee as Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Oral Tradition and Oral History. Meanwhile, co-director Luis Sotelo Castro, CRC in Oral History Performance continues to work closely with the Colombian Truth Commission. This year COHDS received a number of SSHRC and FRQSC grants, most notably a $2.5 million SSHRC Partnership Grant, led by Steven High, on “Deindustrialization & the Politics of Deindustrialization” which will examine the politics of race and class in six countries. The recipient of this year’s (Ted) Little Prize for community-based oral history is Amandine Gay, whose documentary film Ouvrir La Voix focused on the life stories of 25 Afro-descendant francophone women.

Can Heritage PhotoIn December 2020, the Canadian Heritage Photography Foundation will be please to share over 2000 recently digitized historic images of British Columbia by the photographer George Hunter. Funded in part through the History Digitization Program at the Iriving K. Barber Learning Centre at the University of British Columbia, CHPF has digitized and preserved these beautiful images of the culture, industry and landscape of BC from the 1950’s – 2010. The images will be available to view on our Digital Collections page of the CHPF website: www.thechpf.com.

Wendy's Book



Wendy Wickwire’s book, At the Bridge: James Teit and an Anthropology of Belonging (UBC Press, 2019) has won the Canadian Anthropology Society’s 2020 Labrecque-Lee best book award in Sept., 2020 and the Canadian Studies Network’s “best book in Canadian Studies” prize in Nov. 2020. The book was shortlisted for the following prizes: the George Ryga Prize; the BC and Yukon Book Awards’ Roderick Haig-Brown book award; UBC’s Basil Stuart Stubbs Prize and the Canadian Historical Association’s “best scholarly book in Canadian history” prize.



Western Public HistoryWestern Public History (est. 1986) is delighted to announce the creation of two new endowments within the past year aimed at supporting students in both the Minor and MA Public History programs. The Public History Experiential Learning Fund for Local History, made possible by an anonymous donor, will be used to facilitate hands-on learning opportunities for undergraduate public history students and foster collaboration between the Minor program and local heritage institutions. The Charles Fairbank Public History Fund will support experiential learning and coursework for graduate students in the MA Public History Program, with preference for collaborations between the program and the Oil Museum of Canada in Lambton County Oil Springs.

WirthThe Wirth Institute has created a series of podcasts – https://www.ualberta.ca/wirth-institute/online-programming/lectures-and-podcasts/exploring-central-european-history/index.html. The Institute recorded its annual Toby and Saul Reichert Holocaust Lecture, which was delivered by historian Wolf Gruner of the University of Southern California. An hour of questions and answers with the speaker is also available for viewing: https://www.ualberta.ca/wirth-institute/online-programming/lectures-and-podcasts/reichert-2020.html.

Joachim Burgschwenter of the Innsbruck City Archive recorded a talk about multi-ethnic mobilization by the Austro-Hungarian Imperial authorities during World War I: https://www.ualberta.ca/wirth-institute/online-programming/lectures-and-podcasts/wan-central-european-talks-series/joachim-buergschwentner.html. The Institute also commissioned a ten-part series on Central European Art around 1900 by the Polish art historian Jakub Zarzycki: https://www.ualberta.ca/wirth-institute/online-programming/art-around-1900-in-central-europe/index.html.

Books ImagePublications

Molly UngarThe Last Ulysseans: Culture and Modernism in Montreal. Academica Press, 2020.

Brian GettlerColonialism’s Currency Money, State, and First Nations in Canada, 1820-1950. MQUP, 2020.

Emily Hutchison, “Sex, Knowledge, and the ‘Women of Sin’ in the Registre criminel du Châtelet of Paris (1389-1392).” Gender & History 32.1 (Mar. 2020): 131-148.

The Routledge History Of Disability is now available in paperback.

Myron MomrykThe Cold War in Val-d’Or, A History of the Ukrainian Community in Val-d’Or, Quebec. Mosaic Press, 2020.

Andrew C. Holman, ed. A Hotly Contested Affair: Hockey in Canada. The National Game in Documents. Toronto: The Champlain Society, 2020.

Sasha Mullally and David WrightForeign Practices: Immigrant Doctors and the History of Canadian Medicare. McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2020.

Isabelle Cochelin, co-edited collection (with Alison I. Beach), The Cambridge History of Medieval Monasticism in the Latin West, Volume 1: Origins to the Eleventh Century and Volume 2: The High and Late Middle Ages is now available in North America. Cambridge University Press, 2019.

Announcing the Release of Volume 12/Fall 2020 of the Journal of New Brunswick Studies

The new issue may be accessed here. JNBS/RÉNB is an online, multidisciplinary journal that publishes peer-reviewed research about New Brunswick in English and French. The only such journal of its kind in New Brunswick, JNBS/RÉNB is a forum for ideas and debate about the province and its place in wider Canadian and global contexts. Our aim is to publish thoughtful writing that engages a broad readership in ongoing conversations about the province.


Mystery Desk #1.6
Whose workspace is this? Send your answers to Michel Duquet @ mduquet@cha-shc.ca by 15 December with “office” in the subject line; a winner will be drawn from among those who answer correctly. The winner will receive a $50 discount on their 2021 CHA membership.

Janis Thiessen rightly speculated that the owner of the Mystery Desk in the last issue was Valerie Korinek, Department of History, University of Saskatchewan.