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Historians’ Corner – October 2022

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The Department of History at Dalhousie University is pleased to report that the Royal Society of Canada has recognized two of its members, electing Jack Crowley (professor emeritus) into the fellowship and awarding Afua Cooper the J.B. Tyrell Historical Medal for her work advancing Black Canadian history.


The History program at Concordia University of Edmonton is growing. Currently offering a 3-yr BA in history led by three full-time faculty, the program hopes to expand to offer a 4-yr BA in history and hire at least one historian of the non-EuroAmerican world.

Sean Carleton, of the History Department at the University of Manitoba, has published a new book, Lessons of Legitimacy: Colonialism, Capitalism, and the Rise of State Schooling in British Columbia (UBC Press, 2022). Sean launched the book on September 30th at the Winnipeg Art Gallery as part of the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation’s Orange Shirt Day programming. 


Dr. Claire Thomson won the Governor General’s Gold Medal for the top PhD graduate at the University of Alberta at the Spring 2022 Convocation.  Her thesis, titled, “Remembering Relatives: Lakota Kinship, Mobility, and Resistance on the Northern Great Plains, 1881-1940,” was supervised by Dr. Sarah Carter.  Dr. Thomson  works as an historian for Parks Canada’s Indigenous Affairs and Cultural Heritage Directorate.

Dr. Crystal Gail Fraser was selected as the winner of the Confederation of Alberta Faculty Associations Distinguished Academic Early Career award, recognizing her innovative and important contributions to Canadian history and the history of Indian Residential Schools in Canada.

Dr. Jane Samson is pleased to announce the publication later this year of the two-volume The Cambridge History of the Pacific Ocean. Dr. Samson edited the second volume, The Pacific Ocean since 1800, alongside Anne Perez Hattori of the University of Guam. One of the project’s goals was to integrate the north Pacific fully with the rest of the region, so there is significant discussion of First Nations, trading communities, migrations, and colonialism along what would become the Canadian Pacific coast.


Catharine Anne WilsonBeing Neighbours: Cooperative Work and Rural Culture, 1830-1960. McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2022.

Cecilia MorganSweet Canadian Girls Abroad: A Transnational History of Stage and Screen Actresses. Montreal and Kingston: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2022. There is also a blog accompanying the book.

Jatinder Mann, Editor-in-chief, Journal of Australian, Canadian, and Aotearoa New Zealand Studies. JACANZS, Volume 2, September 2022.

Magda FahrniOf Kith and Kin: A History of Families in Canada. Oxford University Press, 2022.

Helen Dewar, Disputing New France: Companies, Law, and Sovereignty in the French Atlantic, 1598-1663. McGill-Queen’s French Atlantic Worlds Series, 2022.