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Whose History Is it Anyway?

Thursday, December 7, 2017
8:30 am - 4:15 pm
Somerville House (SH)
Room: Great Hall
Reflection on Sesquicentennial of Canada with the Department of History

Reflections on Canada's Sesquicentennial 

Whose History Is it Anyway? Inclusion, Exclusion, and 150 Years of Canadian History

Canada’s Sesquicentennial has been the occasion to celebrate Canada’s history.

This anniversary is also an ideal moment for critical reflection about the writing and teaching of Canada’s history, and interrogating the assumptions, norms, and values that have shaped narratives presumed to be inclusive but which have privileged some groups while dispossessing and marginalizing others.  Histories of gender, class, race, ethnicity, immigration, and First Nations highlight this exclusion while exploring questions of agency and representation.  

This day-long workshop includes the Talman lecture, panel presentations, and facilitated small group discussions, throughout which we will explore the theme of inclusion-exclusion in the teaching and writing of Canadian history.  


8:30 - 9:00      Arrival and Coffee

9:00 - 9:15      Welcome and Introductions

9:15 - 10:30    Talman Lecture and Keynote Address: Constance Backhouse, "Viola Desmon: Her Historic Challenge to Race Segregation in Canada and her appearance on our $10 Banknote."

10:45 - 12:15  New Directions in Canadian History, with Laura Madokoro (McGill University), Franca Iacovetta (University of Toronto) Susan Hill (Western University), Barrington Walker (Queen's University)

1:15 - 2:15    Teaching Canadian History: Discussion moderated by Lisa Faden with Robert Wardhaugh and Michelle Hamilton

3:00 - 3:45   Break Out Sessions: How can we make Canadian History more inclusive?

Department of History
Francine McKenzie
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