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Historians’ Corner – February 2023




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Barry Cahill’s “The Many Lives of William Lyon Mackenzie King OM” has been accepted for publication.

Image – Library and Archives Canada/C-27645.


The following books appeared in The Hill Times Top 100 Best Books of 2022: Biographical Dictionary of Enslaved Black People in the Maritimes by Harvey Amani WhitfieldCanadian Spy Story: Irish Revolutionaries and the Secret Police by David WilsonDemanding Equality: One Hundred Years of Canadian Feminism by Joan SangsterFeeling Feminism: Activism, Affect, and Canada’s Second Wave edited by Lara Campbell, Michael Dawson, and Catherine GidneyLifesavers and Body Snatchers: Medical care and the Struggle for Survival in the Great War by Tim Cook; Northern Getaway: Film, Tourism, and the Canadian Vacation by Dominique Brégent-HealdScandalous Conduct: Canadian Officers Courts Martial, 1914-45 by Matthew BarrettSmelter Wars: A Rebellious Red Trade Union Fights for Its Life in Wartime Western Canada by Ron Verzuh; Stalingrad Lives: Stories of Combat and Survival by Ian Garner; and Through Their Eyes: A Graphic History of Hill 70 and the First World War by Matthew Barrett and Robert C. Engen.

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The Australian, Canadian, and New Zealand Studies Network (ACNZSN) is excited to announce the publication of the next volume in its ‘Studies in Transnationalism’ book series with Peter Lang Publishing: Pavithra Jayawardena‘s Immigrants’ Citizenship Perceptions: Sri Lankans in Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand (2023).

ACNZSN is also pleased to share that the winner of the 2022 Donna Coates Book Prize is Jarrod Hore‘s Visions of Nature: How Landscape Photography Shaped Settler Colonialism (Oakland: University of California Press, 2022).


The Mr. and Mrs. Raymond J. Horowitz Book Prize for the best book on the decorative arts, design history, or material culture of the Americas published in 2021 has been awarded to Object Lives and Global Histories in Northern North America: Material Culture in Motion, c.1780 – 1980 edited by Beverly Lemire, Laura Peers, and Anne Whitelaw (McGill-Queens University Press). The publication results from a research process involving Indigenous and non-Indigenous contributors and explores how close, collaborative looking can discern the traces of contact, exchange, and movement of objects and give them a life and political power in complex cross-cultural histories.

Nancy Janovicek (University of Calgary) will deliver the Western Canadian Lecture at the University of Alberta on 14 March 2023 at 4:30pm MST. The lecture will be titled “‘Women will not be poor and silent!!’: The Alberta Status of Women Action Committee ‘Women Against Poverty’ Campaign.” Please contact Shannon Stunden Bower (stundenbower@ualberta.ca) for more information or to access the link to the event’s livestream.



The University of Calgary’s Department of History congratulates Dr. Nancy Janovicek, recipient of Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee Medal, awarded by the Alberta government to a select group of Albertans “in recognition of significant contributions to the province.”




The next two events in the series are:

Workshop – Managing your digital research: DEVONthink for historians

Thursday 9 February 2023

12h00-13h30 Eastern Time

More and more archives are allowing researchers to photograph material. This has revolutionized the way that historians can conduct research and has made research travel considerably more efficient. However, historians are now left with huge quantities of digital material to sort through and organize. This workshop will introduce DEVONthink, a MacOS-based application that offers powerful tools for organizing all kinds of digital records. We will show you key features, like tagging and built-in Optical Character Recognition, and also suggest possible workflows from the archive to the researcher’s virtual archive. Audience members will be welcome to suggest their own workflows and techniques for managing electronic research. The workshop will be conducted in English, mais nous encourageons des questions en français.

English-Language Workshop

Jacqueline Briggs is a SSHRCC Postdoctoral Fellow at the faculty of Law, University of Ottawa. As a historian of ‘administrative colonialism’ in Canada, Jacquie’s critical approach to the study of the criminal justice system focuses on intersections between federal administrators and the legal profession. Her postdoctoral project is a history of the Department of Justice from the late 19th century to the present, exploring the public interest role of lawyers-as-bureaucrats.

Thomas Blampied is an instructor and research consultant. Thomas recently completed a PhD in history at the University of Toronto. His research focused on the impact of railway development on the Omushkegowuk communities of the Omushkego-Aski (James Bay Lowlands) in Northeastern Ontario.

Free Registration: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUlce6rqzsvH90mYDJG7mS7ITlYe8u223Rx

Roundtable – Historical Societies and the Study of the Past

Thursday 16 February 2003

12h00-14h00 Eastern Time

Organized in partnership with Fédération Histoire Québec

When the Canadian Historical Association was founded in 1922, there was little distinction between community-based historical societies and historians in the country’s universities, archives and museums. In the twentieth century, interest in history spread, with the citizen practice of history attracting the interest of thousands of Canadians, while at the same time the development of the professionalization of history as an academic discipline had the effect of loosening the initial links. The panel will examine the role of historical societies in producing new historical knowledge and in educating Canadians about the past. It will also look at how we can build a stronger link between associations of professional historians, citizen historians and heritage organizations.

Free Registration: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZModOygrzwpGtdJ7N9k36V9BwUBUgxABClN


  • Canadian Historical Association / Société historique du Canada (1922)
  • Fédération Histoire Québec (1965)

Participating societies (in order of creation date):

  • Royal Nova Scotia Historical Society (1878)
  • Ontario Historical Society (1888)
  • Manitoba Historical Society (1879)
  • Institut d’histoire de l’Amérique française (1947)
  • Réseau Mémoire, patrimoine, histoire / Memory, Heritage, History Network (2022)

Please note that the session will be bilingual, without simultaneous translation, but that questions may be asked in English or French.

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Call for Nominations

CHA Teaching Awards – 2023

Excellence in Teaching with Primary Sources

Deadline to submit application forms31 March 2023.

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!

New Publications

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Lemire Book






Jarrod HoreVisions of Nature: How Landscape Photography Shaped Settler Colonialism (Oakland: University of California Press, 2022).

Pavithra JayawardenaImmigrants’ Citizenship Perceptions: Sri Lankans in Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand (2023).