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.
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 email@example.com
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.
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.
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?
My latest piece, Embroidery as Record and Resistance, can be found over at Contingent Magazine. A huge thank you to the Contingent Magazine team for their work, dedication, and innovation in creating a space for history online. My post looks at embroidery, feminist resistance, and protest.
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.
Tomorrow I’m going to be speaking with an Algoma University sociology class about the intersection of community archives and concepts of identity. As folks might imagine, I love talking about the value of community archives so I jumped at this opportunity.