Historical Reminiscents Podcast EP 63: Archival Cookbooks

Cookbook on left, right side reads Episode 63: Archival Cookbooks

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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Material Culture Theme Week

Poster for theme week

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 krista.mccracken@gmail.com

Historical Reminiscents Podcast EP 62: Vicarious Trauma in the Archives

Lego Stormtrooper with footprints in the sand on left. Right side reads "Vicarious trauma in the archives"

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

2019 written by a sparkler on black sky

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

Plant growing out of a stump. Right side reads: Too Much resistence

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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Building Relationships: Indigenous Knowledge and OER

Braided strands of sweetgrass

As part of the Technology + Education Seminar + Showcase (TESS) I had the opportunity to be part of an Ignite session and share some of my eCampus Ontario Open Education Fellows (OE Fellows) work.

I shared a quick presentation on the intersection of Indigenous Knowledge and Open Educational Resources. You can see my slides and speaking notes here.

As a note, this presentation is built upon the research project I’m undertaking as an OE Fellow and I will be sharing more detailed research soon.

Image: Braided sweetgrass, Wikimedia Commons Upload by jamfam1000, CC-BY-SA.

Historical Reminiscents Podcast EP 59: Radical Vulnerability

Group of bare birch trees, right side reads: Episode 59 Radical Vunerability

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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