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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 over 70 interviews with...

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Many Tender Ties: Women in Fur-Trade Society, 1670-1870


Jane Errington, Professor of History, Queen’s University

The Awards to Scholarly Publications Program (ASPP) was founded in 1941. As part of the celebrations of the ASPP’s 75th anniversary in 2016, members of the ASPP’s Academic Council will be contributing to the Bookmark it! blog series with reflections on important books that have received ASPP funding, exploring what those books have meant to their discipline, or to them personally as researchers, teachers or students.

I first encountered Sylvia Van Kirk’s...

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Replacing Misandry: A Revolutionary History of Men


Paul Nathanson, retired researcher, McGill University
Katherine Young, professor emeritus, McGill University

Writing about unpopular topics is no picnic. But then, original thinking is always risky. In this book we challenge conventional notions about men and, by doing so, also conventional notions about women. But each of us comes to this project from a distinctive personal background.

As a child, Paul was the gay target of schoolyard bullies, both boys and girls in equal measure. Today, parents would sue the school board or find some other school for a bullied child. In those days, no one did that. Besides, he was too ashamed of himself even to discuss the problem with them. Given a Jewish education that...

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The Decolonizing Poetics of Indigenous Literatures


Mareike Neuhaus, Independent scholar

Can Indigenous literature written in the language of the colonizer truly be considered Indigenous? In her ASPP-funded book The Decolonizing Poetics of Indigenous Literatures Mareike Neuhaus, a specialist in North American Indigenous literatures and Canadian literature, offers a fresh approach to this question. By uncovering holophrases--or traces of ancestral languages--in the writings of Indigenous authors, Neuhaus situates these works as part of a rich and diverse collection of Indigenous literatures that, though written in English, maintain their own traditions. In the following...

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De Marie de l’Incarnation à Nelly Arcan


Patricia Smart, Carleton University

Lorsque j’ai entrepris les recherches pour ce qui allait devenir De Marie de l’Incarnation à Nelly Arcan: se dire, se faire par l’écriture intime, je me proposais d’écrire une histoire de l’autobiographie féminine au Québec, des origines à nos jours. Mais j’ai vite découvert que je me trouvais devant un territoire vaste, mais plutôt désert. Car aucune autobiographie de femme n’avait été écrite ou publiée au Québec entre 1654, l’année où Marie de l’Incarnation a rédigé sa Relation spirituelle, et 1965, la date de...

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Donald Creighton: A Life in History

Donald Wright, University of New Brunswick

I first "met" Donald Creighton when, as an undergraduate, I was assigned a couple of chapters from his two-volume biography of Sir John A. Macdonald. Instantly hooked by his ability to transport readers back in time, I knew that I was in the presence of someone pretty special. As a graduate student at McGill and Ottawa, I continued to read his books not for what he wrote, but for how he wrote it, because by then I also knew that on most subjects he was out to lunch.

A subject on which he was especially out to lunch was Quebec and in 1995 I gave my first paper at the annual meeting of the Canadian Historical Association entitled "Donald Creighton and...

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Œuvres complètes d’Anne Hébert


Nathalie Watteyne, Université de Sherbrooke

À la fois poète, romancière, nouvelliste et dramaturge, Anne Hébert me fascine depuis l’adolescence. Lorsque je fus nommée directrice du Centre Anne-Hébert en 2003, je compris que les archives léguées par l’auteure à l’Université de Sherbrooke allaient renouveler considérablement la compréhension que nous avions de cette œuvre phare de notre littérature. Après plusieurs rencontres avec les éditeurs et les ayants droit, nous avons convenu que la meilleure façon de faire était de présenter l’œuvre dans son intégralité, y compris les textes restés inédits ou parus dans les périodiques, pourvu qu’ils soient achevés et qu’...

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We Are Coming Home: Repatriation and the Restoration of Blackfoot Cultural Confidence

Robert R. Janes, independent scholar

We Are Coming Home: Repatriation and the Restoration of Blackfoot Cultural Confidence (Athabasca University Press) is an unusual book in the museum world – not only because it’s about the unconditional return of sacred objects, but also because five of the eight contributors are Blackfoot ceremonialists or spiritual leaders. Although the idea for the book was the result of a restaurant conversation, it is actually the culmination of an evolving, 10-year relationship between the Glenbow Museum (Calgary, Alberta) and the four First Nations of the Blackfoot Confederacy – a process of reciprocity, deepening understanding, and mutual appreciation.  The editor of this volume,...

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Lunch-Bucket Lives: Remaking the Workers' City

Craig Heron, York University

Hamilton is an iconic city in Canada. For generations, it has been the quintessential factory town, a status confirmed by the view of fire-spewing, smoke-belching Dark Satanic Mills from the Burlington Skyway on the road to Niagara Falls. I was not raised there, and can’t remember any childhood visits. But, in the late 1970s, it was at the forefront of my mind as I started thinking about a PhD dissertation topic. I was interested in the wave of profound changes that hit industrial cities across the continent in the early years of the twentieth-century: large-scale corporate consolidation; new management and technological systems that ushered in mass production and a “Second”...

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Remembering the 1885 Resistance 130 Years Later


Michel Hogue, Carleton University

The Awards to Scholarly Publications Program (ASPP) funded the recent publication of Michel Hogue’s book Metis and the Medicine Line: Creating a Border and Dividing a People (University of Regina Press). The Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences invited Professor Hogue to share his reflections on the 130th anniversary of the North-West Resistance.

Ride "swift-safe in the night, ride without rest," writes poet Marilyn Dumont, urging Metis leader Gabriel Dumont to flee as Canadian troops close in on the Metis at Batoche in May 1885. She admonishes him to


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