My latest post written with Andrea Eidinger, “Stronger Together: The Potential Collaborative Agency of Historians and Archivists” can be read over on Activehistory.ca.
The piece looks at the recent dust up around the BC archives closure and the subsequent open letter written by history departments. It argues for historians and archivists working together and listening to each other.
Photo by Hannah Busing on Unsplash
This week over on Activehistory.ca we are sharing the Material Culture Theme week I had the joy of editing. This week brings together folks who work with material culture both inside and outside academia.
The week is filled with posts on textiles, learning with material culture, family connections to making, and cultural meaning attached to objects. Go check it out.
A huge thank you to all the contributors and folks who made this week come together. You are awesome.
Active History is organizing a 2020 theme week around material culture. Modeled after the 2019 Museum Theme Week (http://activehistory.ca/museum-theme-week/) this series aims to expand the conversation about material culture and highlight the work of those studying the materiality of the past.
We welcome contributions from academics, public historians, museum professionals, makers, community practitioners, and anyone engaged in thinking about material culture and the past.
Blog posts are welcomed on a range of topics including (but not limited to):
- How can object-centred approaches to studying the past change our understanding of history?
- What is material culture? How does material culture fit within academic or public history scholarship?
- Examples of community-led approaches to material culture research and collecting
- Decolonizing approaches material culture
- Case study examples of material culture analysis
Active History posts are between 700 and 1500 words, avoid jargon, use hyperlinks over footnotes, and we encourage the use of images to illustrate posts. We also ask that the style of writing is accessible to a wide audience. Draft posts are due by February 24, 2020.
Questions and pitches can be directed to series editor Krista McCracken at firstname.lastname@example.org
New year, new post about embroidery. My latest piece, “Stitching History: Using Embroidery to Examine the Past” can be found over at ActiveHistory.ca. This post looks at embroidery samplers as a way to explore personal and social historical narratives.
Photo by Esther Ní Dhonnacha on Unsplash
My latest post, “Open Access Week and Publishing in the Open” can be read over at ActiveHistory.ca. This book looks at open scholarly publishing in Canada, my personal publishing ethics, and how to make your research more accessible.
My latest post “Archivists In The Movies – Star Wars II: Attack of the Clones” is over on Activehistory.ca. This fun piece is part of the Active History summer series looking at historians in film. The post looks at the representation (or lack of representation) of archivists in film.
My latest post, written with Skylee-Storm Hogan and Andrea Eidinger for the Activehistory.ca Beyond the Lecture series is up now.
“Appropriation vs. Incorporation: Indigenous Content in the Canadian History Classroom” looks how historians can include Indigenous content in post-secondary classrooms, with an emphasis on providing practical steps and resources.
My latest post, “Trees as Historical Markers and Holders of Memory” can be seen over at Active History. The post looks at the history of the two pine trees on the front lawn of the Algoma/Shingwauk site and discusses trees as part of historical interpretation.
The super secret and exciting project that Andrea Eidinger and I have been working is finally out there in the world! Today we launched Beyond the Lecture: Innovations in Teaching Canadian History, an open educational resource focused on innovative pedagogy in Canadian history.
This is the first ebook in the new ActiveHistory.ca ebook series, with an additional publication being released soon.
Cover design by Taylor Jolin.
My latest post, “Using Infographics to Teach about Canadian History” is over at Activehistory.ca. This post looks at an infographic recently created by the Shingwauk Residential Schools Centre and discusses ways infographics can be used in the classroom.