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On the road to the Conference on Historical Perspectives on Canadian Foreign Aid, 1950-2016

I am delighted to have joined Greg Donaghy (Global Affairs Canada) and David Webster (Bishops) in the organization of the Conference “A Samaritan State” Revisited-Historical Perspectives on Canadian Foreign Aid, 1950-2016“, Ottawa, Canada, 12-13 Dec. 2016.

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In preparation for the conference, Sonya DeLaat and I have written a blog on the wonderful photo library of CIDA.

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The Canadian Network on humanitarian History is also preparing a workshop on the archives of CIDA on the morning of December 12.  Archivists from Library and Archives Canada, Document management people from CIDA, and historians used to working with the Fonds will share tips and knowledge.

Picture taken by Keith Spicer during his travel in South East Asia, 1960. Personal collection.

Picture taken by Keith Spicer during his travel in South East Asia, 1960. Personal collection.

I will present a paper on «Oxfam Canada et l’ACDI: aide humanitaire et formation de l’État canadien, 1960″

The CNHH new Research Assistant and I have been busy working with Keith Spicer and his son Dag to put together a small virtual exhibit about the travel which lead to his book and the formation of Canadian University Students Overseas (CUSO).

 

 

The Third Bulletin of the Canadian Network of Humanitarian History is Out

The Third Newsletter of the CNHH was sent out to the membership and subscribers this morning. The full text of the bulletin can be read below. This update addresses new members and news from the membership, past and future events, publications, and conferences of the Network, and the future research projects and funding.

News from the Membership, Past and Future Events, Research Project and Funding.
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Dear Colleagues,Members:
Since the CNHH last Bulletin in May, two people have joined the network:

David Meren, Professor Adjoint, Université de Montréal – Drawing on cultural history, social history, and postcolonial studies, Dr. Meren explores the evolution of Canada and Quebec’s places in the world and how their international activities shaped and were shaped by the experiences of people living in the northern half of North America. In 2012, he published With Friends Like These: Entangled Nationalisms and the Canada-Québec-France Triangle, 1944-1970 (UBC Press), leading to the exploration of the concept of “nationhood” in an increasingly globalized world. He is currently co-editing a volume on Canadian international history from the perspective of race.

Deanne van Tol, Assistant Professor, Redeemer University – Interests: History of Humanitarianism, welfare, gender and empire in 20th century sub-Saharan Africa.

You may see the whole list here: http://aidhistory.ca/members/ Please continue to show the website to colleagues, partner organizations, archivists and students. Let us know when the information about your work posted on the members list needs to be updated.

News from members:
Marie-Luise Ermisch wrote in June: “I am currently working at the Canadian International Resources and Development Institute (CIRDI) as a program manager for their Mongolia file. The aim of my project is to work with Mongolians to improve communication around mining. I actually just came back from a field mission to Mongolia this Sunday. It’s such a fascinating place, undergoing a lot of historical change in a short period of time.” She has accepted to write a blog for the CNHH about her experience. “[…] A social media rep at Oxfam GB ask[ed] about my work on Oxfam. She wants to curate a social media campaign commemorating Operation Oasis, 50 years after the fact. Apparently she has my doctoral thesis printed and bound on her desk. It was a very nice surprise and demonstrates that the work we are doing is relevant. It also made me miss history.”

Sarah Glassford collaborated to the wonderful virtual exhibition “120 Years of the Canadian Red Cross” which was launched a few weeks ago. She is on her way to Adelaide for the conference on the “Histories of the Red Cross Movement: Continuity and Change” on September 9-11, for which she will act as the ambassador of the CNHH and write a blog on her return.

Jill Campbell Miller won an AMS Postdoctoral Fellowship (https://cshm-schm.ca/ams-announces-history-of-medicine-and-healthcare-post-doctoral-fellowship-and-grant-program/ )
– a one-year fellowship with a maximum stipend of $45,000 and a $2500 research and travel grant to support projects related to the history of health care, disease, medicine, or the education of health professionals. Her project will collect research regarding the history of Canadian participation in health-related humanitarian and development work in South and Southeast Asia between 1950 and 1968, with a particular focus on healthcare-related education and training programs.Events, past and future:
The third workshop of the network took place in Calgary, in the wake of Congress. You may read the account here, written by our Research Assistant for the occasion, Sandy Barron.
The recording of the panel on ““Aid, Advocacy, Development and Faith in the Digital Age” held by the CNHH at the Canadian Historical Association Meeting in June is now posted.The CNHH is collaborating with the Greg Donaghy, head of History Directorate of Global Affairs Canada, and David Webster, member of the CNHH at Bishop University, towards a Conference entitled ““A Samaritan State” Revisited: Historical Perspectives on Canadian Foreign Aid, 1950-2016” on December 12 and 13 2016, held in Ottawa on the Department’s premises. The program and registration information will be up soon on the CNHH website. For more information in the meantime, please contact Dominique Marshall (Dominique_marshall@carleton.ca). There will be a workshop ahead of the meeting on the archives of CIDA, and the CNHH is preparing a colleagues’ guide to their use, under the responsibility of Kevin Bruschett. Ahead of the meeting, the CNHH will also interview Keith Spicer, on the making of his book “A Samaritan State” half a century ago.

We plan at least one seminar in the months to come by fellow doctoral student Andrée-Anne Plourde, PhD candidate at Laval University, who researches the history of the youth Red Cross, during the years 1914-1945, in a comparative perspective (North America, South America and Europe), and has spent the summer in the archives of the Federation of Red Cross societies in Geneva. The specific information will be posted later. All can join, in person or virtually. Let us know ahead of time if you plan to come to Ottawa, so that we can welcome you for a talk about your work.

We also plan a call for papers early in 2017 for a special issue of the Journal of Canadian Studies for 2019, devoted to the history of humanitarian aid in Canada.

Please check the website for the many call for papers, events announcement, and send news our way, either by using the “Contact us” form on the website or by writing to Dominique Marshall. See for instance the CFP for the 100 years of the Mennonites Central Committee in 2020 in Winnipeg.

Research projects and funding:
A dedicated team of half a dozen members and colleagues will start a new application for a SSHRC Partnership Development Fund, for a project of collaborative research and teaching. Let us know if you would be interested to join the team. Our internal deadline is mid-October.

The CNHH is applying for a MITACS Accelerate fellowship together with the Latin America Working Group, the Match International Women’s Fund, CUSO International and Partnership Africa Canada, which will allow us to hire a graduate student for one term of full time work towards the histories of these four organizations.

The Migration and Diaspora Studies (Carleton University) funded project of a virtual exhibition on pictures of refugees in humanitarian aid will be on its way in the Fall. We will be hiring a research assistant and collect pictures from all partners.

We will try again to work with Carleton University funding for honours students, and with the Department of History’s third year “Practicum”, this time with Médecins du monde, in order to help with the organization of their archives and the preparation for their 20th anniversary. The experience of such work with Partnership Africa Canada last Spring has been encouraging. Their Communications Officer, Zuzia Danielsky, has contributed a blog to the CNHH which you can read here.

The website posts opportunities for funding, positions, and scholarships regularly. See, for instance, the open calls for scholarships/bursaries to visit the archives of Oxfam at the Bodleian Library regularly , and those of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) Archives in New York of in Jerusalem.

Website:
Nassisse Solomon contributed to the CNHH blog in May:1984: The Parable of Ethiopian Famine and Foreign Aid

Zuzia Daniesky wrote this month on “Partnership Africa Canada reaches into 30-years of archives with Carleton and CNHH

Please send news about publications, yours or other of interest, to be posted on the website’s “collective bibliography” or “recent publications”. Course materials will be posted in the “teaching” section. And news about archives in the section entitled “Questions of humanitarian archives”.Thanks to Carleton PhD candidate Sean Eedy, who will continue to be the webmaster for the Fall.

Sincerely,

Dominique Marshall

Mon article sur les dessins d’enfants et l’aide humanitaire vient de paraître

“Discours présidentiel: Dessins d’enfants et aide humanitaire : expressions et expositions transnationales/ Presidential Address: Children’s Drawings and Humanitarian Aid: Transnational Expressions and Exhibits”, Revue de la Société historique du Canada/Journal of the Canadian Historical Association, 2016, pp. 1-65.  Pour l’article en ligne, cliquez ICI.

RÉSUMÉ  Cet article propose un tour d’horizon des usages des dessins d’enfants dans l’histoire de l’aide humanitaire à l’aide d’exemples, du Canada et d’ailleurs, tirés des recherches de l’auteure. Il se penche à la fois sur les usages des dessins par diverses organisations au cours des dernières décennies et sur les emplois que les historiens en ont faits.  À l’aide d’outils empruntés à plusieurs disciplines, il propose des clefs de compréhension qui permettent de réfléchir à l’histoire de la psychologie enfantine, de la pédagogie, de l’art enfantin, des relations humanitaires entre générations, des droits des enfants et des perceptions juvéniles lors d’interventions humanitaires. Il dresse un historique du médium, de ses promoteurs ainsi que de ses détracteurs et propose un ensemble de pistes pour identifier, malgré les obstacles, des traces d’expressions enfantines.

History of Technology for Persons who are Blind or Partially Sighted in Canada: Our Virtual Exhibition is Previewed and Discussed at Symposium

My colleagues and I of the Disability Studies Research Group posted a preview our upcoming exhibition on Active History last week. We then welcomed two dozen people at Carleton @1125 to discuss ways to make it better.

Here is the preview.

Here is the account of the workshop.

Écoutez mon entrevue à “3600 secondes d’histoire”, CHYZ, Radio étudiante de l’Université Laval, 25 février 2016

À l’occasion du colloque des étudiants diplômés en histoire de l’Université Laval, ARTEFACT, où j’ai donné la conférence d’ouverture, le programme “3600 secondes d’histoire” a consacré une heure à l’histoire de la notion des droits des enfants. Un grand merci à l’animatrice Myriam Cyr et à la co-animatrice Hadjer Remili.

 

Le blog de l’émission est ICI.

Le programme du colloque est ICI.

Ma présentation s’intitulait « Aide humanitaire et monde commun : Pratiques et perceptions quotidiennes au Canada du XXe siècle ».  Résumé: Au début des années 1960, la maison mère d’OXFAM envoya Lynn Ten Kate, l’une des fondatrices des fameux magasins d’articles usagers, enquêter à travers le Canada sur l’état des énergies humanitaires, en vue d’inaugurer le premier chapitre de l’ONG en dehors du Royaume-Uni. Les notes de son voyage de neuf mois, envoyées chaque mois à Oxford, dressent un portrait bariolé des attitudes de multiples communautés canadiennes vis-à-vis des pays de l’hémisphère sud. Entre parades de Noël, émissions de radio communautaires, spectacles rock et mobilisations universitaires, elle décrit avec optimisme et candeur des pratiques humanitaires quotidiennes au moment où l’avenir des organisations gouvernementales était incertain. En plus de passages de ses rapports, cette présentation inclut des extraits d’une entrevue avec Ten Kate en 2010, de même que des traces de son périple retrouvées dans les archives et les journaux. L’histoire de Ten Kate donne l’occasion de réfléchir sur les transformations profondes des aspects transnationaux de la culture politique canadienne.

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March 3: Our Colloquium on Educational Technologies for Blind People in Canada
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Galarneau Braillewriter, 1962 Manufactured in Hull, Quebec

Dear Colleagues,

Please join us on Thursday March 3, 2016 for a symposium and workshop dedicated to virtually representing the evolution of technical aids for persons who are blind or partially sighted in Canada. Bringing together scholars, educators and members of the community, our aim is to highlight critical disability studies, the history of technology and disability, education and accessibility and inclusive design. Our symposium will emphasize both the brilliant inventors and makers of technology and also focus on the users of these technologies, showcasing how people and technology move forward together in design, development, education and accessibility.

If you would like to join us from afar, please say so and we can make arrangements for a videoconference. Or, if you are only able to join us for one part of the day, please inform us in your registration message.

We look forward to seeing you!

Itinerary

9:00-9:30am Registration / Coffee and Breakfast Platters

9:30-10:00am Opening Remarks by Dr. Roy Hanes, School of Social Work, Carleton University

10:00-11:15am Keynote Speaker, Dr. Vanessa Warne

A Tangible History: Glass Cases, Virtual Spaces and Raised-Print Books

This presentation explores the history of blind people’s literacy by engaging the experiences of the first generation of blind readers, people whose newly acquired ability to read attracted widespread interest in the first decades of the nineteenth century. I hope to show that the history of public displays of blind people reading can offer guidance for people involved in the design of exhibits about blindness, both those that feature glass cases and those that employ virtual spaces. I’ll conclude by sharing my experience of curating Books Without Ink: Reading, Writing and Blindness 1830-1930, an accessible exhibit of artifacts currently open in Winnipeg.

Dr. Vanessa Warne is an Associate Professor of English at the University of Manitoba, where she holds a cross appointment in the Interdisciplinary Disability Studies MA Program. She is the co-curator with Sabrina Mark of the exhibit Books Without Ink: Reading, Writing and Blindness 1830-1930; she convened, with Dr. Hannah Thompson, ‘Blind Creations,’ an international conference and art event which brought together academics, artists and accessibility experts to examine relationships between visual disability, accessibility and public culture. She is the author of articles, book chapters and entries on the cultural construction of blindness and will guest edit, with Hannah Thompson, a forthcoming issue of Disability Studies Quarterly on visual disability and the arts. Her current project, supported by SSHRC, is a monograph exploring the nineteenth-century history of blindness, literature and literacy.

11:15-11:30am Coffee break

11:30-12:30pm Preview of the Online Exhibit, Dr. Beth A. Robertson

Research assistant with the Disabilities Research Group at Carleton University and sessional lecturer with the Institute of Interdisciplinary Studies at Carleton University, Dr. Robertson will present an online exhibit, revolving around a series of artifacts and technologies that will be used to present the history of persons who are blind or partially sighted in Canada, exploring the ways they have negotiated, contested and reshaped public discussions around education and accessibility.

12:30-1:30pm Light lunch

1:30-3:30pm Work-shop / Feedback on the Online Exhibit

Ideally we hope to break-out into small groups to discuss what has been presented throughout the day. Our team of researchers with the Disabilities Research Group seeks and encourages feedback from all participants in order to facilitate the most accessible online exhibit which facilitates education and emphasizes what is vital to the community.

3:30-3:45pm Closing Remarks by Dr. Dominique Marshall, Department of History, Carleton University

REGISTER HERE

In Partnership with / Sponsored by:

School of Social Work, Carleton University

Department of History, Carleton University

Department of Systems and Computer Engineering, Carleton University

MacOdrum Library, Carleton University

CNIB Ottawa

Canadian Urban Libraries Council

Centre for Equitable Library Access

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Swail Senson, 1966 Manufactured in Ottawa, Ontario

The First Newsletter of the Canadian Network of Humanitarian History is Out

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Welcome to the Canadian Network on Humanitarian History Newsletter

Dear colleagues of the Canadian Network on Humanitarian History,

It is my pleasure to announce the launch of the network’s website.  Please have a look at http://aidhistory.ca/ , and use the form “contact us” to send suggestions, events, blogs and images.  The site was the product of the reflection conducted in Ottawa last May during the second workshop of the network.  Three research assistants mentioned here then helped to put it together.  We hope that it is useful to you, your colleagues and students.  We have a rich list of blogs lined up for the coming six months, with places left if you are planning on sending one.  The latest was written by our current RA, Sean Eedy, on the time when Germans were refugees and not hosts.  Read it here.

Upcoming Events

The network’s third workshop will take place in Calgary after Congress, on Thursday June 2, from 8:30-5:00.  It will be free, but please register here.  We yet have to tell you in exactly which room of the University, but we have it booked together with catering, and a special event on the Wednesday evening before, when the Network was invited to introduce the conference of Romeo Dallaire, organized by our hosts in Calgary (more to come). It will be an occasion to plan future research and events, and to take store of existing projects.

The 2016 Canadian Historical Association Congress will be held May 29-June 1.  Members of the Network will be presenting paper at the “Aid, Advocacy, Development, and Faith in the Pre-Digital Age” panel (scheduling to be determined).

Ongoing Research

In the wake of last year’s Congress in Ottawa, historians, NGO workers and archivists volunteered to put together a SSHRC Partnership Development Grant to foster historical work with NGOs. The news of the competition will come in March. Whichever way this decision comes down, research is happening. At the moment, from the Network itself, Carleton honours students Eleanor Barney, is working as an undergraduate RA to provide the Partnership Africa Canada Communications Director, Zuzia Danielski, a report of the PAC’s history for use as part of their 30th anniversary plans.

The work of archival description of the 160 Match International boxes for Carleton Archives and Research Collections continues. This will help prepare for the activities of their upcoming anniversary. The network also helped to preserve archives and memories when the Canadian Hunger Foundation closed last fall. See the post on this here.

Since our last meeting the CNHH is richer of more than a dozen new members.  You can see the growing list here. If you don’t see your name, please send me a message through our website’s contact form, or by replying to this message.

Sincerely,

Dominique Marshall

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La Canadian Historical Review vient de publier ma Réponse à l’article “The Tragedies of Canadian International History” par David Meren

Abstract: This commentary provides nuance to David Meren’s historiographical overview, downplaying the seriousness of the gaps noted by the author. It also draws attention to authors who have received traditionally less attention in the broader area of the history of Canadian international relations, but who should be included within the more encompassing course charted by the article.

Lienhttp://www.utpjournals.press/doi/10.3138/chr.96412

 

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Parution de mon article sur les participants Noirs à la Conférence sur l’enfance africaine de 1931

Usages de la notion de « droits des enfants » par les populations coloniales : la Conférence de l’enfance africaine de 1931

Écoutez l’entrevue sur l’article et la notion des droits de l’enfant donnée à l’émission 3600 secondes d’histoire, le 25 février 2016 à CHYZ, la radio des étudiants de l’Université Laval ICI.

RI_161_L204Résumé:  À la fin de juin 1931, douze hommes et femmes noirs venus de trois continents se rendirent à Genève pour une Conférence sur l’enfance africaine conviée par l’Union internationale de secours aux enfants. Les antécédents, les motivations et les termes des engagements respectifs de la douzaine de sujets des colonies ainsi que plus de 200 Occidentaux sont étudiés pour découvrir des sujets débouchant sur des impasses, des ententes, des différences reconnues, et de dresser le portrait des possibilités d’action que l’universalisme de l’entre-deux-guerres a pu offrir aux sujets coloniaux. En examinant les biographies ultérieures de ces participants, cet article tente d’évaluer l’impact qu’eut le nouveau discours des droits des enfants sur les pratiques et les identités du continent africain.

“Uses of the Notion of Children’s Rights by Colonial Populations: the Conference on African Children of 1931”

 Abstract: Towards the end of June 1931, twelve Black men and women from three continents came to Geneva for a Conference on African children organised by the Save the Children International Union. This study of the antecedents, the motivations and the terms of the respective commitments of this dozen of colonial subjects with more than two hundred western participants uncovers topics of agreement, deadlocks, and of acknowledgements of differences. It identifies the possibilities of actions offered by the language of universality to these Black participants and the people they represented. By examining their subsequent careers, this article also attempts at assessing the impact of the new discourse on the rights of children on practices and identities on the African continent.

Plan de l’article

  1. Invitations et hésitations : l’admission de « quelques rares africains »
  2. Les droits des enfants, idiome d’un réformisme libéral et colonial : « la délicate question de l’égalité raciale »
  3. Les droits des enfants à l’épreuve de la critique économique et politique des empires
  4. Itinéraires post-coloniaux du langage des droits des enfants : Addis Abeba, Kingston, Harlem, Londres et ailleurs
  5. Conclusion
  6. Remerciements
Introducing Uriel: Summer Student Joins Canadian Network for Humanitarian Aid

Hello!

My name is Carlos Uriel Contreras Flores, and I am Professor Dominique Marshall’s Research Assistant for this summer 2015. She has named me the main administrator for the Canadian Network on Humanitarian Aid’s website. After the “Second Canadian Workshop on the History of Humanitarian Aid”, which will take place at Carleton University in Ottawa this weekend, I will be creating a new site for the network according to the ideas, suggestions and preferences of its members.

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Me and the former Minister President of the Mexican Federal Electoral Institute, Luis Carlos Ugalde, at the Library Auditorium of the Tecnologico de Monterrey Puebla Campus on November 5 2013

I am a Mexican undergraduate student coming from Tecnologico de Monterrey Puebla Campus, and I study International Relations. During my undergraduate studies I have won prizes for literature works, been awarded several times as the best student on my bachelor degree, and been elected president of the International Relations Student Society. I was also the president of the organizing committee of the Simposio de Asuntos Internacionales y Politica Exterior (International Affairs and Foreign Policy Symposium) a major event held in Tecnologico de Monterrey Puebla Campus in 2013. Topics regarding international cooperation, the reform of the United Nations and the fight against human trafficking were part of the event. Several academic personalities, functionaries and politicians participated as speakers. You can find articles about it (in Spanish), like this one.

Uriel at Science Po Paris

Me at Sciences Po Paris

One of the topics that interest me the most is how development is promoted and achieved around the world, and how the international society organizes to bring humanitarian aid to the peoples that need it the most in times of crisis and catastrophes. This is why last year I took the course “Humanitarian aid and development” at Institut d’Etudes Politiques (Sciences-Po Paris) in my exchange semester.

While I was living in Paris I heard about the program the organization Mitacs Globalink offers to undergraduate students from around the world. This consists on Research Internships in dozens of Canadian universities; each Globalink Research Intern would assist a professor on a research project for twelve weeks during summer 2015.

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Me and a friend promoting a campaign for a NGO that takes care of children who live in the streets

I saw Professor Dominique Marshall’s project being offered and due to my interests in humanitarian aid, in the role of NGO’s like Oxfam (which fights inequities around the world and promotes development) and in XX century History, I decided to apply.  Some months later I was notified I had been accepted to this program.

Me and a friend promoting a campaign for a NGO that takes care of children who live in the streets

So now I am currently at Carleton University in Ottawa, and as I said before I will be managing the new website for the network, and will make contributions to the current website. If you have any particular suggestion for the website and its content do not hesitate to fill up a contact form or email me at cucf92@hotmail.com. I’m at your service.

Best wishes and enjoy what the Canadian Network on Humanitarian Aid’s website has to offer to you!