Building Bridges and Reading Across Disciplines

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During one of my recent writing projects I started thinking about the implications of disciplinary silos and the value to reading across disciplines. A lot of my work is grounded in archival theory and public history practice, however it often intersects with the Canadian academic history profession.  From an outsider differentiating these three disciplines may … Continue reading Building Bridges and Reading Across Disciplines

Reading that changed my thinking in 2017

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For my last post of 2017 I'm going to highlight some of the books, blog posts, and articles I read this year that have had an impact on my thinking and professional practice.  These items are not necessarily new publications but just works I have read (or re-read) this year. Silencing the Past by Michel-Rolph Trouillot … Continue reading Reading that changed my thinking in 2017

Friday Reading: #AHIndigenous Week

This week over at Active History guest editor Crystal Fraser put together an amazing line up of posts from Indigenous scholars in Canada.  For more information on the series as a whole check out Crystal's "Politics and Personal Experience: An Editor's Introduction to Indigenous Research in Canada." Every post in this the series was worth … Continue reading Friday Reading: #AHIndigenous Week

Journal of Western Archives: Native American Archives Special Issue

The current issue of the Journal of Western Archives focuses on Native American Archives.  The articles are open access and on a range of topics including tribal archives, decolonizing archival practice, developing training opportunities for Indigenous archivists, and the challenges faced by archives holding contrived photographs of Indigenous people. I'm still working my way through … Continue reading Journal of Western Archives: Native American Archives Special Issue

Small Town Gossip and E-Books

Anyone who has ever lived in a small town has probably experienced the power of the small town social grapevine at one point or another.  You told one person news or did something unusual and suddenly the everyone you run into is asking you about it.  Sometimes it feels as though people are by hyper-aware … Continue reading Small Town Gossip and E-Books

December Reading

As the month of December approaches so does long hours spent driving to visit family.  Luckily, more often than not I am passenger on these trips and I tend to use the time to get some reading done. Books on my current reading list include:Unsettling the Settler Within by Paulette Regan.  This book has been … Continue reading December Reading

Heritage reading

December 20th's #reverb10 prompt:Beyond avoidance. What should you have done this year but didn't because you were too scared, worried, unsure, busy or otherwise deterred from doing? (Bonus: Will you do it?)In 2010 I have avoided dedicating more time to reading academic writing relevant to my field. The majority of the material I have read … Continue reading Heritage reading

Constructing a reading list

Today’s Prompt for #reverb10: December 6 – Make. What was the last thing you made? What materials did you use? Is there something you want to make, but you need to clear some time for it? (Author: Gretchen Rubin)I've been struggling with today's prompt since this morning. The most recent thing I've made is chocolate … Continue reading Constructing a reading list

E-Readers and Book Length

A recent Spark episode included a short discussion of the possible impact of e-readers on the length of books. It was suggested that e-readers may be responsible for an increase in book length. The argument being that e-readers make huge tomes easier to transport and more accessible.In some ways this argument does make sense. Book … Continue reading E-Readers and Book Length