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Historians’ Corner – July 2020

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University of New Brunswick
UNBThe Atlantic Canada Studies Centre at the University of New Brunswick
, located on the traditional lands of the Wolastoqiyik, the people of the beautiful and bountiful river (Wolostoq/St. John River), has launched a new website: UNB Atlantic Digital Scholarshipwww.atlanticdigitalscholarship.ca; and by Twitter @AtlanticCanUNB.

It is our contribution to a growing scholarly conversation on the Atlantic Region, its peoples, and how history can inform our contemporary social, political, and cultural sensibilities. This site provides links to wonderful new projects underway by members of our research community, as well as hosts a directory of links to other digital history resources in the region. By centralizing and making accessible various archives, libraries, online databases, and digital projects, we wish to provide a platform and bridge to some of the excellent work being done in Atlantic Canadian Studies.

For more information on the website, contact Richard Yeomans, PhD Candidate in history and webmaster, richard.yeomans@unb.ca; or Elizabeth Mancke, Professor of History and CRC in Atlantic Studies, elizabeth.mancke@unb.ca.

Bonnie MorganOrdinary Saints: Women, Work, and Faith in Newfoundland (McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2019) won the Atlantic Region Clio prize in 2020. The book is based on her UNB doctoral thesis supervised by Dr. Linda Kealey, Professor Emerita, UNB.

Heidi MacDonald (Dean of Arts, UNBSJ) and Greg Kealey (Professor Emeritus, UNBF) co-chaired UNB’s Working Group on the Principles of Naming or Renaming University Places. Effective immediately, the Ludlow name will be removed from the Faculty of Law building and a permanent display examining George Duncan Ludlow’s history with slavery and Indigenous schooling in early New Brunswick will be installed in the Faculty of Law building.

University of Lethbridge
LethbridgeCarol Williams, Katelyn Mitchell
 (MA CSPT UofL 2019) and Carly Giles ( BSc UofL 2018) published a three part report for the University of Alberta’s Parkland Institute, “Political Challenges and Digital Frontiers: Reproductive Health and Services in Southern Alberta.”

Kristine Alexander (CRC Tier II) delivered the keynote “A Different Kind of Lost Generation? Girls, Modernity, and the First World War” at the Literatures of Modernity Distinguished Speaker Series/Association for Research in Cultures of Young People (ARCYP) Annual Symposium at Ryerson University.

The Centre for Oral History and Tradition (COHT), directed by Carol Williams, reported many successes by affiliated historians/researchers. This included: a community oral history workshop collaboration with the Milk River Historical Society in October 2019; multiple screenings of We are the Roots: Black Settlers and their Experiences of Discrimination on the Canadian Prairies an award winning film produced by Jenna Bailey (Adjunct Assist Professor-History Department, UofL) in collaboration with Deborah Dobbins and David Este https://vimeo.com/301482344; and a SSHRC Insight Grant (2019-2023) awarded to sports and oral historian, Carly Adams (Professor, Kinesiology, UofL) and Darren Aoki (adjunct Assoc. Professor-History, UofL, Lecturer in World History, UPlymouth UK) for collaborative research,”Transforming Canadian Nikkei: Co-Creating Histories of Southern Alberta, 1950 to the Twenty-First Century.”

The Australian, Canadian, and New Zealand Studies Network (ACNZSN)
ACNZSNThe ACNZSN was created and managed by Dr. Jatinder Mann (Assistant Professor, Department of History, Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong SAR). It aims to bring together scholars working in the three fields of Australian, Canadian, and Aotearoa New Zealand Studies.

The ACNZSN also has a blog.


SSHRC & Concordia’s Centre for Oral History and Digital Storytelling
Concordia OralSHHRCSSHRC recently announced that a transnational team of 24 historians and 35 institutional partners have received a $2.5 million partnership grant for the project “Deindustrialization & the Politics of Our Time.” With Brexit, Trump, and the rise of right-wing populism in many deindustrialized areas of Europe and North America, it is urgent that we understand the historical roots of our political moment in transnational perspective.

The project is based at Concordia’s Centre for Oral History and Digital Storytelling, with Steven High as Principal Investigator, but includes a number of CHA members or fellow travellers, including Dimitry Anastakis, L.R. Wilson/R.J. Currie Chair in Canadian Business History at the University of Toronto; Lucie Morisset, Canada Research Chair of Urban Heritage at UQAM; Lachlan MacKinnon, Canada Research Chair in Postindustrial Communities at Cape Breton University; Petra Dolata, an Associate Professor of History at the University of Calgary and a global specialist in energy transitions; and Rebecca Dolgoy, curator at Ingenium – Canada’s Museums of Science and Innovation. The first two PhD fellowships are being held by Fred Burrill and Eliot Perrin at Concordia.

The Canadian Heritage Photography Foundation
Can Heritage PhotoThe Canadian Heritage Photography Foundation is excited to begin two large digitization projects this summer. The first is the digitization of 2000 photographic negatives taken by the photographer George Hunter during his travels to British Columbia. Partly funded by the University of British Columbia’s History Digitization Project through the Irving K Barber Learning Centre, images of BC’s beautiful landscape, culture and industry from the 1950’s to the early 2000’s will be preserved and made available to the public through the CHPF website. In addition, funded in part by Library and Archives Canada through the Documentary Heritage Communities Program, CHPF will also be undertaking the digitization of over 4000 images of Quebec and the East Coast of Canada also photographed by George Hunter. These images will be presented in both French and English and will be valuable resource in documenting Canada’s history from the early 1950’s to the 1990’s.

Kwantlen Polytechnic University
KwantlenDr. Maddie Knickerbocker joins the Department of History as a full-time teaching professor, specializing in Indigenous and Canadian History. Dr Knickerbocker holds a Ph.D. from Simon Fraser University and works on Stó:lō cultural heritage and political activism. We are delighted to welcome her to the department.


QUESCRENThe Quebec English-Speaking Communities Research Network (QUESCREN) at Concordia University is pleased to announce the release of a new QUESCREN working paper by Dr. Dorothy Williams: “A Posthumous Honour for a Conspicuous Life: Dr. Gaspard in Quebec.” It recounts the life of a little-known Black doctor, Dominique Gaspard, who migrated to Quebec where he became part of its English-speaking community.


Mount Saint Vincent University
Mt St. VincentFaculty member Jonathan Roberts has produced a podcast series on pandemics.


University of Guelph

GuelphCall for Papers – RWSA Triennial Conference
A Virtual Conference hosted by the University of Guelph – May 11-15, 2021
Kitchen Table Talk to Global Forum

The theme “Kitchen Table Talk to Global Forum” emphasizes how conversations, relationships, and food shape rural communities. This theme allows for the consideration of the ways that gendered, sexual, ethnic, and racial identities affect personal power, class consciousness, individual choice, and community development. These subjects lend themselves to the exploration of rural activism, social justice, innovation, politics, business development, cultural expression, self-governance, and collective experiences — both historical and contemporary — in local, regional, national, and global settings.

University of Regina
ReginaDr. Donica Belisle of the History Department at the University of Regina has received a SSHRC Insight Grant to study the transnational history of Canadian sugar.

She has also published the first of her sugar articles, in Global Food History, called “Eating Clean: Anti-Chinese Sugar Advertising and the Making of White Racial Purity in the Canadian Pacific” (Vol. 6, Issue 1, pp. 41-59). In addition, she has published a number of shorter pieces on food, shopping, and COVID-19. These can be accessed through her website at www.donicabelisle.com.

Ryerson University
RyersonRyerson’s Department of History is delighted to welcome Dr. Jennifer Tunnicliffe to a tenure-track position in the modern history of human rights.



University of Manitoba – Centre for Human Rights Research
UM - Human RightsPast CHA President and historian Dr. Adele Perry has been appointed director of the Centre for Human Rights Research (CHRR) effective July 1, 2020. She takes over from founding director and law professor Karen Busby, who has held the position since 2012.

Perry intends to build on the past work of the research centre and on the university’s research strengths in “the ways that Indigenous rights and human rights overlap”. She will also explore questions of care and gender politics.

The Manitoba Food History Project
UM - Food ProjectThe Manitoba Food History Project, a SSHRC-funded digital and public history project led by Janis Thiessen (University of Winnipeg History), Kent Davies (University of Winnipeg Oral History Centre), and Kimberley Moore (University of Winnipeg Oral History Centre), publishes a podcast series (Preserves) and an ArcGIS Story Map series (Stories of Food in Place).

Winnipeg, Manitoba is the home of one of the most popular snacks in North America, the Pizza Pop, but a lot has changed since Paul Faraci created the cheese-filled turnover nearly sixty years ago, including the snack itself. Paul’s Brandon, Anthony Faraci, tells the story of how he and his father brought back the original recipe, which they now dub Paul’s Original Pizza Snack. Listen to this latest episode of Preserves podcast on Apple or Google Podcasts, Spotify, or Stitcher. Transcript, sources, photos, and audio download also available on the Manitoba Food History Project website.

Camp food plays a big part of the summer camp experience. While parents and staff often celebrate this camp experience as an ‘escape’ for campers from the luxuries and anxieties of the modern world and a time for campers to experience some ‘simple living’, camp food has rarely been so simple or so disconnected from the modern world. Interact with Camp Cuisine, the latest of the MFH Stories of Food in Place, on the Manitoba Food History Project website.


St. Thomas University
St. ThomasMichael Boudreau
 (St. Thomas University) is the new editor of the Journal of New Brunswick Studies/Revue d’études sur le Nouveau-Brunswick, an online, multi-disciplinary journal featuring peer-reviewed articles, invited essays, and book reviews in both English and French.


York University
YorkTenure-Stream Appointments

Leila Pourtavaf: Global Public History

Alan Corbiere: Indigenous History

Abril Liberatori: Mariano A. Elia Chair in Italian-Canadian Studies, will be based in the Department of History


Carolyn A. Podruchny was promoted to Full Professor

Brenda Kelly BookBrendan Kelly’s book, The Good Fight: Marcel Cadieux and Canadian Diplomacy (UBC Press, 2019), was awarded this year’s $10,000 J.W. Dafoe Book Prize for the best book on Canada, Canadians, and or/Canada’s place in the world.

Brendan is currently a Junior Fellow at the Bill Graham Centre for Contemporary International History at the University of Toronto and the Book Review Editor of International Journal.






University of Victoria
UVICThe Department has created a video to congratulate the graduates that are missing convocation in this History Department Convocation Video. It has a particularly great finale.

UVic’s Emeritus Professor Wendy Wickwire won the Canadian Federation of the Humanities and Social Sciences Canada Prize for her book At the Bridge: James Teit and an Anthropology of Belonging. Her book also won the CHA Clio Prize for British Columbia. Wendy Wickwire’s book also had a major feature in the Vancouver Sun.

Assistant Teaching Professor Kristin Semmens has won the CHA’s inaugural prize for Excellence in Teaching with Primary Sources.

Departmental members have been in the media, particularly Mitch Hammond whose new text book Epidemics and the Modern World has him in regularly in the news, most recently in the Vancouver Sun and Victoria News.

Emeritus professor John Price has had a series of Op Eds on the history of racism in Canada in the online magazine Tyee. White Supremacy in ‘British’ Columbia, and the China Syndrome; Racism Is on the Rise. And Asian Canadians are Fighting Back; OpEdAnti-Asian Racism Has Gone GlobalSo Has the Battle against White Supremacy.

David Zimmerman has been in the Victoria News on the changing definitions of VE Day, Paul Bramadat on the impact of Covid 19 on different spiritual traditions and John Lutz in the Vancouver Sun on a profile of writer Anne Cameron and on radio on the extended closure of the BC Archives.

At UVic’s History Department the chair is changing July 1 from John Lutz to Jason Colby while Graduate Advisor will change from Sara Beam to Penny BrydenGeorgia Sitara has been converted from a sessional employee to a tenure track Assistant Teaching Professor. Sara Beam has been promoted to Full Professor.

University of Alberta
AlbertaEffective July 1, 2020, the Program in Religious Studies will come into History and Classics, as a third plank to the degrees offered through the department. We are looking forward to the synergies this will generate for our researchers and students over the coming years.

We are delighted to be able to report in this bulletin some recent awards to our faculty members.

Dr. Heather Coleman (Russian history) received our University’s Award for Excellence in Graduate Teaching for her accomplishments as a graduate teacher and mentor.

Dr. Liza Piper (Canadian history) received the Faculty of Arts Research Excellence Award for Associate Professors: well-deserved recognition for her exceptional record of research and publication in environmental history.

Dr. Jeremy Rossiter (Classical Archaeology) is the 2020 inductee into the University of Alberta Museums Curator Hall of Fame. Dr. Rossiter has been the Curator of the W.G. Hardy Collection of Ancient Near Eastern and Classical Antiquities in the Department of History and Classics for “more or less continuously” since he joined the Faculty of Arts in 1986. Through more than three decades of generous service, he has been dedicated to the collection and his passion for using it to educate students and the public about the Classical Mediterranean world. You can read more about the museum here.

Three colleagues have received notable external awards in recent months.

Dr. Crystal Fraser (Canadian history) has won the John Bullen Prize from the Canadian Historical Association, awarded to “the outstanding Ph.D. thesis on a historical topic submitted in a Canadian university.” Dr. Fraser is a Gwichyà Gwich’in scholar who defended her dissertation in our department in September 2019. She is currently an assistant professor in History and Classics and the Faculty of Native Studies at U of A.

Dr. Robert A. Smith (History of Science) has been awarded the 2020 LeRoy E. Doggett Prize for Historical Astronomy. The Doggett prize is awarded biennially by the Historical Astronomy Division of the American Astronomical Society to an individual who has significantly influenced the field of the history of astronomy over a whole career.

Dr. Sarah Carter (Canadian history) is the recipient of the 2020 Killam Prize in the Humanities, for her “substantial and distinguished contribution, over a significant period, to scholarly research in Canada.” See also here.


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Stefanie Hunt-KennedyBetween Fitness and Death: Disability and Slavery in the Caribbean. University of Illinois Press, 2020.

Linda Kealey, “North America from North of the 49th Parallel, II” in Teresa Meade and Merry Wiesner-Hanks, eds., A Companion to Global Gender History, 2nd ed, forthcoming, Wiley Blackwell, Fall 2020.

Amy Shaw & Sarah Glassford, eds. Making the Best of it: Women and Girls of Canada and Newfoundland during the Second World War, UBC Press, 2020.

Virginia TorrieReinventing Bankruptcy Law: A History of the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act. University of Toronto Press, 2020.

Donica BelislePurchasing Power: Women and the Rise of Canadian Consumer Culture, University of Toronto Press, 2020.

Donald B. SmithSeen but Not Seen: Influential Canadians and the First Nations from the 1840s to 2020, University of Toronto Press, 2021.

Whose workspace is this?

Whose desk - #1.4
Keith Grant (Crandall University) correctly guessed the owner of the last mystery desk in issue #1.3 and will receive a $50 rebate on his 2021 membership.
Send your answer to Michel Duquet by 15 July 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.