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Historians’ Corner – December 2021

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Waterloo HistoryUniversity of Waterloo. The Department of History is deeply saddened to report the passing of beloved colleague Dr. Wendy Mitchinson on October 23, 2021.  A trailblazing feminist historian, Wendy was a long-time active member of the CHA and a founding member of the Canadian Committee on Women’s and Gender History/Comité canadien de l’histoire des femmes et du genre. Her obituary can be found at https://memorials.gffh.ca/wendy-mitchinson/4759427/index.php?_ga=2.


Can Heritage PhotoWe just released over 1200 images by George Hunter of Manitoba during the 1940’s.  Most are from his newspaper editorial work – and some of the images are just amazing! The link to the Blog post is here: https://www.thechpf.com/blog/digitizing-the-photography-of-george-hunter-manitoba-1940s.

There are 50 selected images on our website under Photo Gallery:https://www.thechpf.com/photo-gallery and the entire collection is available on our Digital Collections page:https://digitalcollections.thechpf.com/.


Laurier 2022Joan Mitchell Travel Award at Laurier Archives

The Joan Mitchell Travel Award seeks to promote and support original, scholarly research in the Laurier Archives. The Travel Award supports researchers wishing to travel to the Laurier Archives to conduct research in any of the archival collections. The Travel Award of $1000 may be used to offset the cost of travel and lodging in Waterloo for a period of one to four weeks of research in the Laurier Archives. Graduate students and established scholars are invited to apply. The Joan Mitchell Travel Award honours Joan Mitchell, Laurier’s first Head of Archives and Special Collections.
To apply:
Students enrolled in a graduate program at the Masters’ or doctoral level, as well as established scholars in any discipline are eligible for the Joan Mitchell Travel Award. To apply, please forward a letter of application describing the proposed research project, plans for publication, and the collections to be consulted at the Laurier Archives; as well as a curriculum vitae and one letter of reference.

Applicants are encouraged to contact the Laurier Archives to learn more about the collections when preparing their applications. Laurier Archives staff members are not on the Adjudication Committee. Applications should be submitted to: libarch@wlu.ca or to:

Archives and Special Collections
Wilfrid Laurier University
75 University Avenue
Waterloo ON
N2L 3C5
Application deadline for the 2022 award is February 28, 2022.

Queen's History

Karen Dubinsky (History/Global Development Studies, Queen’s U) was recently awarded the Panorama Award by the Canadian Bureau for International Education, for the course “Cuban Culture and Society” she has co-taught for 12 years.  This course brings Canadian students to Havana annually as part of an exchange program with the University of Havana.



UofT MissMairi Cowan, an Associate Professor in the Department of Historical Studies at the University of Toronto Mississauga, has been named one of Ontario’s most outstanding university teachers by the Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Associations (OCUFA). She is receiving a 2020-2021 OCUFA Teaching Award for her outstanding contributions to the quality of higher education at Ontario’s universities.

“Mairi Cowan loves to teach and students praise her for respecting them as collaborators in the classroom,” said Associate Professor Edmund Pries, Chair of OCUFA’s Award Committee. “Her passion for history, attentiveness to the needs of her students, and her creativity exemplify the effectiveness of her approach to education.”

DalhousieFlint, John Edgar May 17, 1930 – August 29, 2021. It is with great sorrow that the family announces the peaceful passing of John Flint on August 29, 2021 at the age of 91. Born in Montreal, Quebec, and educated at Cambridge and London universities, John was a distinguished scholar, known for his work on colonialism in Africa and his long tenure at Dalhousie University. He will be lovingly remembered by his wife, Fatemeh Nezhat Flint, stepchildren and their spouses, grandchildren and their spouses/partners, great-grandchildren, the husband of his deceased daughter, and by nieces and nephews. A private celebration of life was held on September 9, 2021.


Mount RoyalThe Humanities Department at Mount Royal University welcomes Dr. Travis Hay as a new tenure-track faculty member in history and Indigenous studies. Dr. Hay is a historian of Canadian settler colonialism and federal Indian policy who combines archival and community-based methods to investigate systemic racism in Canadian healthcare, science, and medicine. His first monograph – Inventing the Thrifty Gene – was recently launched with the University of Manitoba Press.

Dr. David Clemis published the following book chapter: “‘Great Annoyance to Their Mindes’: the Humours, Intoxication, and Addiction in English Medical and Moral Discourses, 1550-1730.” In Humorality in Early Modern Art, Material Culture, and Performance, edited by Kaara L. Peterson and Amy Kenny. London: Palgrave/Macmillan, 2021.

Dr. Emily Hutchison published the following book chapter: “‘Et encore ne me puis taire’: Voice, Gender, and Class in Christine de Pizan’s Political Writings, 1405-1413,” in Gender and Voice in Medieval French Literature and Song, University of Florida Press, Oct. 2021

Dr. Hutchison has also just launched a new historical mapping project called “Anti-Pollution Measures and the Common Good in Medieval Paris“. This StoryMap examines and maps the sanitation measures imposed in late medieval Paris, between 1380-1422, all of which claimed to serve the common good. In addition to examining the rhetoric of the policies, the StoryMap examines their successes and failures at street level.

Dr. Kevin Anderson received a SSHRC Insight Development Grant for his project “Us and Them: The Federal Social Credit Party and Conspiratorial Thinking in Canada.” Kevin and his collaborator Jennifer Tunnicliffe from Ryerson University are in the early stages of researching the role of the Socreds in “mainstreaming” conspiratorial thought in postwar (1945-1980) Canada.

Dr. Geoff Jackson edited The War Diaries of General David Watson (Wilfried Laurier University Press, 2021), bringing to light an important primary source from one of Canada’s lesser-known Great War division commanders.

Alberta H & C

University of Alberta

Faculty member Joseph Patrouch, who was the head of the Wirth Institute for Austrian and Central European Studies from 2011-2021, was awarded the Austrian Cross of Honour for Science and the Arts, First Class. Patrouch was also honoured with the Austrian-Canadian Council’s Decoration of Merit in Gold.  Faculty member Jocelyn Hendrickson published Leaving Iberia: Islamic Law and Christian Conquest in North West Africa (Program in Islamic Law, Harvard University Press, 2021).  Faculty member Crystal Fraser co-authored (with Allyson Stevenson) a new piece in The Canadian Historical Review titled “Reflecting on the Foundations of Our Discipline Inspired by the TRC: A Duty to Respond during This Age of Reconciliation” (advance access article).



Vancouver IslandIn May of this year, Dr. Cathryn Spence accepted a position as an Assistant Professor at the University of Guelph. Cathryn was a wonderful colleague, and she did a fantastic job in building up VIU’s course offerings in Medieval and Early Modern European History. However, the Department is now very pleased to announce that we have hired Dr. Kenneth Duggan (PhD, King’s College London, 2017) to fill Cathryn’s former position.

Dr. Karissa Patton (PhD, University of Saskatchewan, 2021) has joined the Department as a Canada Research Chair Postdoctoral Fellow for 2021-2022. Dr. Patton, Letitia Johnson (PhD Candidate, Department of History, University of Saskatchewan), Dr. Whitney Wood (CRC in the Historical Dimensions of Women’s Health) and Dr. Erika Dyck (CRC in Health and Social Justice) have organized a joint speaker series on “Gender, Health, and Social Justice” hosted by Vancouver Island University and the University of Saskatchewan. The series will take place via zoom on select Fridays at 10:00am Pacific time through April 2022, and those interested can register at: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/gender-health-and-social-justice-speaker-series-20212022-tickets-194631075787?utm-campaign=social&utm-content=attendeeshare&utm-medium=discovery&utm-term=listing&utm-source=cp&aff=escb

Dr. Whitney Wood has also been awarded a SSHRC Insight Development Grant for her project, “Changing Childbirth in Postwar Canada, 1945-2000.

InquiryThe/La Collaborative Inquiry Learning is a SSHRC-funded partnership dedicated to creating new ways of mobilizing Social Sciences, Humanities and Arts (SSHA) know-how directly within communities. We support SSHA experts to extend their “office hours” to educators in the community – directly supporting K-12 teachers and students through classroom collaborations, and benefiting the communities that experts work and live in. These collaborations are organized through an innovative online platform that streamlines the collaboration process for both the teachers and the experts.


The CollaborativeThe/La Collaborative depends on the engagement of academic experts to meet the needs of teachers. With the support of academic experts, teachers increase their capacity to implement inquiry-based projects in the classroom, and academics get the opportunity to share their research know-how more broadly. By participating as an expert on the platform, CHA members will have the opportunity to mobilize their research experience and disciplinary knowledge to enhance capacity for teaching history classes in K-12 schools across Canada. It is also an opportunity to share your passion for history and demonstrate the importance of historical studies to dozens of students, potentially including future history undergraduates who may feel inspired after engaging directly with historians. Sign-up today by visiting www.yourcollaborativeinquiry.org, and select ‘I am an Academic Researcher’, or contact Phil at philip.rich@yourcollaborative.org.

UManitoba 2021

University of Manitoba
Assistant Professor, Department of History – Modern World History To Commence – 1 July 2022 Deadline to submit an application – 31 December 2021.



Barry Book  A Working History  Russell - Progress  Rowell-Sirois  Dyczoc  University Women

Travis Hay  Clemis Hutchinson Geoff Jackson Hendrickson  Ben Bradley #2.6

Barry CahillJ. L. Ilsley: A Political Biography. Formac Publishing, 2021.

Jason Russell (Associate Professor at SUNY Empire State College) published Canada, A Working History with Dundurn, 2020. Leading Progress: The Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada, 1920–2020 Between the Lines, 2020.

Robert Wardaugh and Barry FergusonThe Rowell-Sirois Commission and the Remaking of Canadian Federalism, UBC Press, 2021.

Marta DyczokUkraine Calling. A Kaleidoscope from Hromadske Radio 2016-2019, Columbia University Press, 2021.

Sara Z. MacDonaldUniversity Women: A History of Women and Higher Education in Canada, McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2021.

Jodey Nurse and Ben Bradley guest-edited: It is “Agricultural, Food and Fuel Markets in Canada, 1860s-1990s,” Histoire sociale / Social History 111 (September 2021).