Historical Reminiscents Podcast EP 63: Archival Cookbooks

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How does food interest with your understanding of the past? In today’s episode I’m talking about food in the archives, historical recipes, and teaching history through food. I’ll also be talking about some of my favourite historical cookbook quirks.

Mentioned in this episode:
-Sophie Hicks, Active History posts on using food as historical narrative
-Madison Bifano, The Horrors of Salmon Pudding
McGill Library Rare Books and Special Collections Cookbooks on the Internet Archive

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Historical Reminiscents Podcast EP 62: Vicarious Trauma in the Archives

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New year, new podcast episode. I’m starting 2020 by talking about vicarious trauma in the archives and the impact of working with traumatic records on archival staff. I discuss emotional labour and strategies for coping with vicarious trauma in the archives. 

Mentioned in this episode:
-Katie Sloan, Jennifer Vanderluit, and Jennifer Douglas “Not ‘Just My Problem to Handle’: Emerging Themes on Secondary Trauma and Archivists
-Julia Holland, Danielle Robichaud, Anna St.Onge, “It’s nothing, I’m fine. Acknowledging Emotion and Affect in Archival Practice.”

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Historical Reminiscents Podcast EP 61: We Made It

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For the last episode of 2019 I’m doing some reflecting, celebrating, and dreaming. I’m talking about some inspirational reads and folks who gave me strength in 2019. I also think a bit about what the upcoming year holds.

Mentioned in this episode:
OE Fellows Program
-Amazing people: Andrea Eidinger, Skylee-Storm Hogan
-Inspiring Authors and Activists: Gwen Benaway, Alicia Elliott
-Podcast joy: Secret Feminist Agenda, Organizing Ideas Podcast

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Historical Reminiscents Podcast EP 60: Too Much Resilience

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In today’s episode I’m focusing on resilience. Resilience can be beautiful. It can be empowering. But it can also be co-opted and used as a systemic tool. Today I’m reflecting on how resilience is often used as a way to encourage productivity and shame those who don’t overcome barriers. Can resilience be a bad thing? 

Mentioned in this episode:
-Katie Aubrecht, “The New Vocabulary of Resilience and the Governance of University Student Life
How ‘Resilience Is Misunderstood When Talking About Racism

Rapid Reads:
-CARL Digital Preservation Working Group, Final Report of the Survey on Digital Preservation Capacity and Needs at Canadian Memory Institutions, 2017-2018.

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Historical Reminiscents Podcast EP 59: Radical Vulnerability

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In today’s episode I’m talking about the practice of radical vulnerability in professional spaces. I discuss the basics of radical vulnerability, provide examples of what this looks like, and reflect on spaces for safe vulnerability.

Mentioned in this episode:
Karina Haglen on Twitter, also check out their awesome zines.
-Alaina Leary, “Here’s Why You Need to Practice Radical Vulnerability Online
Crosscurrents podcast episode with Jessica DeWitt

Rapid Reads:
-Chelsea Miller, From Me Too to systemic cultural change: a public historian’s call to action

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Historical Reminiscents Podcast EP 58: The Abstract Writing Slog

In today’s episode I’m talking about the work that goes into writing conference presentation proposals and journal article proposals. I dive into my experiences writing proposals and talk about best practices.

Mentioned in this episode:
-Jo Van Every, Why Writing an abstract is so hard
-Catherine Baker, How To Write A Conference Abstract: A Five Part Plan for Pitching Your Research At Almost Anything

Rapid Reads:
Organizing Ideas podcast by Allison Jones and Karen Ng.

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Historical Reminiscents Podcast EP 57: Short Form Presentations

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In today’s episode I’m talking about Ignite presentations, lightening talks, and Pecha Kucha presentations. How do you prep for these fast paced presentations? I also chat about where these short presentation formats fit within the conference landscape.

Mentioned in this episode:
The Secret Underground World of Lego Ignite Talk
Fighting Dirty in Scrabble Ignite Talk
About Ignite Talks

Rapid Reads:
-“Home Isn’t Home” by Makayla Webkamigad

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Historical Reminiscents Podcast EP 56: Archives and the TRC Calls to Action

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In honour of Orange Shirt Day today’s episode is dedicated to Residential School Survivors all across the land and to those who didn’t return home from their time at Residential School. In today’s episode I discuss the TRC’s Calls to Action and their relationship to archival practice.

Note – I made a numerical error when talking about the TRC Calls to Action, it is call number 69 not call number 60 that speaks to the operation of Library and Archives Canada.

Mentioned in this episode:
TRC Calls to Action (PDF)
Residential School Memorial Register
-Crystal Fraser and Zoe Todd, “Decolonial Sensibilities: Indigenous Research and Engaging with Colonial Archives in Canada

Rapid Reads:
-Allison Jones, Hazel Jane Plante, Leah Tottenham, Shelby, and Syr “Not Cis in LIS: A Roundtable Discussion about being Trans in Libraries

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Historical Reminiscents Podcast EP 55: Community Based Digitization

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In this episode I discuss the recent conclusion of the “Healing and Education Through Digital Access” project undertaken by the Shingwauk Residential Schools Centre. I talk about community engagement, how not all information wants to be free, and online access.

I would love to hear about your experiences working with community to undertake a digitization project. Leave a comment or send me a message on Twitter.

Mentioned in this episode:
Press release for the Digitized Shingwauk Letter Books
Archival listing of Letter Books
OCAP Principals
Tara Robertson, “Not All Information Wants to be Free: The Case Study of On Our Backs

A huge thank you to my colleague Jenna Lemay who did much of the heavy lifting on this project and who was responsible for developing the metadata for the Letter Books.

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Historical Reminiscents Podcast EP 54: Virtual Talks And The Cost Of Travel

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Recently I’ve had the opportunity to virtually participate in a couple of roundtables and to provide virtual lectures. In this episode I reflect on the how virtual lectures work, tech challenges, and distance engagement. I also discuss the real costs and privilege of academic travel.

I would love to hear about your experience giving or listening to a virtual lecture. Leave a comment or send me a message on Twitter.

Mentioned in this episode:
2020 Visions for Environmental History series
-Jaymie Heilman, “Grounded: Academic Flying in the Time of Climate Emergency
CFP for Canadian Historical Association 2020 Annual Meeting

Rapid Reads:
– Katherine Roscoe, “Is Digital Crime History Too White? Representation in Australian Archives

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