Communities

2024 International Canadian Studies Summit, 10-14 June (Virtual)

The Robarts Centre for Canadian Studies, in collaboration with the International Council for Canadian Studies (ICCS) and the Avie Bennett Historica Canada Chair in Canadian History, is inviting you to attend and participate in the 2024 International Canadian Studies...

Quebec in the World History of Democracy, 1600-1840

In this article, Allan Greer invites a re-evaluation of Quebec as a pioneer of democracy, challenging conventional narratives of societal progress and contributing to the global struggle for representation and equality. The globalization of Quebec's history is...

Historical Empathy for the Past and Present: An Approach to Teaching, Learning, and Doing History

Photo via Pixabay [VanVangelis]In this article, Sara Karn explores her research on historical empathy and its significance for teachers, learners, and historians. She suggests that empathy—and the associated emotions and feelings that arise while learning about people...

Call for Papers: Middle Atlantic and New England Council for Canadian Studies Conference in Plymouth, Massachusetts

The Middle Atlantic and New England Council for Canadian Studies (MANECCS) is accepting proposals from all academic disciplines for its 2024 conference to be held at the Hotel 1620 in Plymouth, Massachusetts, November 8-9, 2024.  MANECCS has a long history of...

The Chancellors’ Challenge: An Introduction

The Chancellors’ Challenge is an innovative cross-listed North American Studies and Political Science course run in cooperation with the Laurier Centre for the Study of Canada and the Laurier Library. Senior undergraduate students engaged in collaborative,...

Chancellors’ Challenge: The Green Transition

The Chancellors’ Challenge is an innovative cross-listed North American Studies and Political Science course run in cooperation with the Laurier Centre for the Study of Canada and the Laurier Library. Senior undergraduate students engaged in collaborative,...

Chancellors’ Challenge: Interprovincial Trade Barriers

The Chancellors’ Challenge is an innovative cross-listed North American Studies and Political Science course run in cooperation with the Laurier Centre for the Study of Canada and the Laurier Library. Senior undergraduate students engaged in collaborative,...

Chancellors’ Challenge: The Sustainable Development Goals

The Chancellors’ Challenge is an innovative cross-listed North American Studies and Political Science course run in cooperation with the Laurier Centre for the Study of Canada and the Laurier Library. Senior undergraduate students engaged in collaborative,...

Dibaajimowin, Stories from this Land

The main exhibition space for Dibaajimowin, showing the digital projections taken from Dewdney’s murals and repurposed to tell other stories of Indigenous resiliency and continuities in the Waterloo region. Curator Emma Rain Smith (L) and artist Alanah Jewell (R) are...

Unveiling the Multicultural Tapestry of Brantford: Immigrant Stories from 1900 to 1920

Postcard of Brantford [Author's collection]In this article, Christina Han draws on her own experiences in contemporary Brantford, Ontario, to examine the lively history of immigration to the city in the first twenty years of the 20th century. Han describes this period...

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Quebec in the World History of Democracy, 1600-1840

In this article, Allan Greer invites a re-evaluation of Quebec as a pioneer of democracy, challenging conventional narratives of societal progress and contributing to the global struggle for representation and equality. The globalization of Quebec's history is...

This research cluster is inspired by the idea that broader political, social, economic, and cultural developments can be usefully captured and understood where people live and experience them—at the local level. Communities are more than groupings of people; they’re embedded in place, time, and distinct context.  With particular attention to the communities of the Grand River watershed, we study the multiple and overlapping experiences of race, gender, Indigenous-settler relations, immigration, religion, and work in both urban and rural contexts.  And we do so through local, place-based research, including oral history and public history, that emphasizes collaboration, exchange, and public service.

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