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Exhibiting Nation: Multicultural Nationalism (and Its Limits) in Canada’s Museums

Guest blog by Caitlin Gordon-Walker, interdisciplinary scholar, Department of Anthropology, University of British Columbia

Exhibiting Nation: Multicultural Nationalism (and Its Limits) in Canada’s Museums begins with my memories of visiting the Royal BC Museum as a child, as a young adult, and  later  as a museum scholar. I have a nostalgic fondness for this museum and its exhibitions, but also see reflected within them commonly held narratives of the province and more broadly the nation, which by celebrating a certain form of unity in diversity also work to inscribe particular kinds of limits on the diversity they seek to celebrate.

While my personal sense of...

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Polaris: The Chief Scientist's Recollections of the American North Pole Expedition, 1871-73

William Barr, Senior Research Associate, Arctic Institute of North America, University of Calgary, and Professor Emeritus, University of Saskatchewan

Charles Francis Hall’s American North Pole Expedition was probably the most bizarrely disastrous expedition in the history of polar exploration. Although quite lavishly financed by the United States government and blessed with unusually favourable ice conditions as it pushed northwards, its ultimate attempts at advancing north by boat or sledge were half-hearted at best, it was riven with dissension, its leader Charles Francis Hall died under suspicious circumstances, and the expedition suffered the further misfortune of becoming split into two parties, one of which...

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Polaris: The Chief Scientist's Recollections of the American North Pole Expedition, 1871-73

William Barr, Senior Research Associate, Arctic Institute of North America, University of Calgary, and Professor Emeritus, University of Saskatchewan

Charles Francis Hall’s American North Pole Expedition was probably the most bizarrely disastrous expedition in the history of polar exploration. Although quite lavishly financed by the United States government and blessed with unusually favourable ice conditions as it pushed northwards, its ultimate attempts at advancing north by boat or sledge were half-hearted at best, it was riven with dissension, its leader Charles Francis Hall died under suspicious circumstances, and the expedition suffered the further misfortune of becoming split into two parties, one of which...

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Sounding Thunder: The Stories of Francis Pegahmagabow

Brian D. McInnes, Professor, Department of Education, University of Minnesota Duluth 

Francis Pegahmagabow (1889–1952), a member of the Ojibwe nation, was born in Shawanaga, Ontario. Enlisting at the onset of the First World War, he became the most decorated Canadian Indigenous soldier for bravery...

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Se dire arabe au Canada : un siècle d'histoire migratoire

Houda Asal, titulaire d’un doctorat d’histoire soutenu en 2011 à l’École des hautes études en sciences sociales (EHSS)

Lorsque je me suis intéressée à la genèse de l’immigration arabe au Canada, j’ai constaté que si les « Arabes » suscitaient l’attention des médias, des sociologues et des experts, leur histoire, leurs identités et leurs actions politiques étaient très peu présentes dans l'historiographie. Au-delà de mon enthousiasme d’historienne face à des archives inédites, cette recherche voulait répondre à une question que je me posais moi-même et qu’on continue à me poser aujourd’hui encore : mais qui sont donc ces « Arabes » dont tout le monde parle? Qui est...

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Pourquoi les savants fous veulent-ils détruire le monde ? Évolution d’une figure littéraire

Elaine Després, Ph.D., Chercheure indépendante

On m’a demandé pendant des années à chaque cocktail ou fête de famille : « De quoi parle ta thèse au juste ? » Et ma réponse — « et bien, de savants fous » — provoquait immanquablement deux réactions de surprise différentes : une incompréhension à la limite du mépris (pour ceux qui s’attendaient, j’imagine, à une réponse plus conforme à l’idée très sérieuse, voire ennuyante, qu’ils se font des études littéraires) et une excitation à la limite de l’envie (cool, je n’aurais jamais cru qu’on pouvait faire ça !). Et pire encore est la réaction des scientifiques : « les savants fous ? Cette caricature qui ridiculise la science sans aucun fondement ! Tu sais que ce n’est pas vraiment comme ça que ça se passe, n’est-ce pas...

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One Child Reading: My Auto-Bibliography

Margaret Mackey, Professor, University of Alberta

When I begin explaining my book One Child Reading to people, everybody asks the same question: “How do you remember all those things you read as a child?” It’s a reasonable point to raise. In collecting as many as possible of the books and other materials I encountered as a girl, I have acquired eleven 30-inch shelves of texts from my childhood: picturebooks, series books, and stand-alone novels; school textbooks; magazines for children and adults; cookbooks; knitting patterns; sheet music; Sunday-school leaflets; DVDs of television programs and movies; audio recordings of vinyl records and radio programs;...

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De l’ordre et de l’aventure. La poésie au Québec de 1934 à 1944

François Dumont, professeur titulaire, Université Laval

 

Le Prix d’auteurs pour l’édition savante (PAES) a été créé en 1941. Dans le cadre des célébrations du 75e anniversaire du programme en 2016, les membres du Conseil scientifique du PAES ainsi que d’autres érudits réputés contribueront à la série de blogues Livres à vous! en évoquant des livres marquants qui ont bénéficié d’une subvention du PAES et qui ont tenu une grande place pour leur discipline ou pour eux personnellement en tant que chercheurs, enseignants ou étudiants....

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Brand Command: Canadian Politics and Democracy in the Age of Message Control

Alex Marland, Memorial University of Newfoundland

Before entering academia, I worked in communications consulting and in government. In the private sector, we had lots of time to ruminate about marketing strategy. But in government, the best laid plans were often dispatched in the rush to deal with the tyranny of the urgent. Why? In the public sector, the intensity of media attention is unrelenting. Communicators lunge from issue to issue. It is a world of nonstop 24/7 media, smartphones, social media outbursts and impossible expectations.

My research in Brand Command: Canadian Politics and Democracy in the Age of Message Control argues that message control and party discipline is important to anyone who rises to the top. I draw on information from...

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