What is active history? How should it be done? How has the approach to active history changed since ActiveHistory.ca’s founding symposium in 2008? Where do we go from here? These questions and more became the main focus of the conference “New Directions in Active History: Institutions, Communications and Technologies” held at Huron University College in London, Ontario. Organizing this conference along with my fellow co-editors became one of my first tasks as the newest member of the team. Find a description of the conference here or read my synopsis of what happened during that amazing weekend in early October here.
Although there has been much discussion of how more recent forms of social media such as Twitter, Facebook and Instagram have allowed for social action and collaboration, what about slightly older forms such as the list serv? My most recent post for ActiveHistory.ca explores how one feminist organization–Women in Technological History–utilized the list serv at a crucial moment in its history. http://activehistory.ca/2015/04/what-next-for-with-a-scandalously-brief-history-of-a-feminist-listerv/
If you are curious about how an historian would address the unfolding Jian Ghomeshi scandal, take a look at my Active History Post “The Gender of Lying: Jian Ghomeshi and the Historical Construction of Truth.” http://activehistory.ca/2014/11/the-gender-of-lying-jian-ghomeshi-and-the-historical-construction-of-truth/
My most recent post for Active History emerged from an intensifying awareness of the struggles women in particular face while aspiring for an academic career. Although a rising emphasis on feminist mentorship is wonderful, it also has its pitfalls, especially if it is presented as the cure for all women’s ills in academia …. http://activehistory.ca/2014/05/a-berks-retrospective-feminist-mentorship-and-inequality-in-the-ivory-tower/
The “Go Local” movement should apply to art. Ottawa may seem sleepy sometimes, but you would be amazed at how many artists there are in this city. To see for yourself, come to the 46th Annual Art Exhibition and Sale of St. Mark’s Anglican Church (1606 Fisher) this Saturday, April 12th from 10:30-3:00.
Here’s a sneak peak of what you’ll see at my booth:
I have recently had the privilege of becoming one of the regular contributors to ActiveHistory.ca– a History website for public engagement supported by Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), the Avie Bennett Historica Chair in Canadian History and York University. Find my debut post here on women, religion and the Quebec Charter of Values: http://activehistory.ca/2014/02/women-religion-and-the-quebec-charter-of-values-an-historical-perspective/