Fall/automne 2017 Update/mise à jour

14 Novembre  Conférence conjointe

-Avec Martin Laberge, “Guerre mondiale: L’éthique et l’exercice du leadership du général de Gaulle (Première d’une série de conférences sur le leadership et la seconde guerre mondiale)”, Ottawa, 14 November 2017.


L’objectif de ces rencontres est de permettre aux participants de tirer des enseignements d’exemplarité, incluant le talent, l’honneur, le courage et l’altruisme, applicables à l’exercice du leadership contemporain, dans un contexte d’incertitude et d’enjeux complexes aux lourdes conséquendes humaines, éthiques et stratégiques. À cet égard, le parcours du général Charles de Gaulle, entre 1939 et 1945, révèle une série de décisions extraordinaires et peu connues. À partir de témoignages, de documents historiques et d’archives récemment découvertes, les conférenciers examinent les choix difficiles et la relation du général de Gaulle avec ses puissants adversaires au sein de l’alliance contre l’occupation.

Plusieurs décisions reconnues bien-fondées après la Guerre ont présenté, en leur temps, des défis immenses pour ce leader qui fut sous-estimé, voire souvent isolé même par ses alliés incontournables.

4-15 December Departmental Exhibition

Jose Venturelli Eade, Muralist. Carleton celebrates 45 years with the Chilean diaspora







We are delighted to invite you to the launch of an exhibition of murals by Jose Venturelli Eade. We look forward to welcoming you to an enjoyable and informative evening of discussion and reflection about the relations between Chile and Canada, and the role of art in Latin American social movements.

Jose Venturelli Eade (1924-1988) was a painter, engraver, stage designer and Italian-Chilean muralist. His work includes the mural América, I do not invoke your name in vain, which is housed in the library of the Central House of the University of Chile (1950) and the mural Chile for the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development III in 1972. After the military coup in Chile in 1973, Eade went into exile in Switzerland. He died in China in 1988, where he had served as Latin American ambassador and general secretary of the Movement for Peace for the countries of Asia, Africa and the Pacific.

One of the first Chilean refugees to arrive in Ottawa, Leonore Leon, has acquired the rights to print and display reproductions of the murals and of the stained-glass windows he made for the oldest church in Geneva during his stay there, as well as a few murals from his teacher.

Carleton will be the first venue because of how welcoming the University was to Chilean refugees at the time, and also because of the mural painted by Chilean students of Carleton in the early 1970s, which is a permanent fixture in the foyer of the Department of History.

8-10 December CUDRG Symposium

A Symposium on Interdisciplinary Research, History Exhibits and Pedagogy









Please join us from Friday, December 8th – Sunday, December 10th for a symposium and workshop entitled “Disability | Technology | Inclusion”. This symposium seeks to draw researchers and teachers from across the university and beyond to discuss and workshop the ongoing work of Carleton University’s Disability Research Group (CUDRG).

One of our primary goals will be to begin to draft a set of best practices for the design and pedagogical uses of accessible virtual and physical exhibitions pertaining to the history of disability and technology. The symposium will begin with a broad overview of the CUDRG’s origins and its various projects to date, followed by a set of sessions in which we will discuss how to further the accessibility goals of the CUDRG, the best uses of virtual and physical exhibits within the classroom, as well as constructive ways in which we might grow and enhance these types of initiatives through multidisciplinary and cross-faculty research and pedagogical collaborations. The final day of the symposium will be dedicated to piloting and work shopping the latest exhibit episode developed by the CUDRG on disability, refugees and technology.

Going to Congress – 2017

Our Canadian Network of Humanitarian History will meet for the first time as an affiliated committee of the Canadian Historical Association  on May 29 2017 at Ryerson University.  Those interested can read our latest Bulletin.  This summer we are working at a virtual exhibit on humanitarian pictures of refugees.  The call for stories is open until the end of June 2017.

The Carleton University Disability  Research Group is bringing our brand new traveling exhibit on Educational Technologies for People Blind or Partially Sighted in Canada since 1860 to the Annual Meeting of the Canadian Disability Studies Association at Ryerson University, in Room SHE 560, room May 29 to June 2.   The virtual version of “Envisioning Technologies” will expand this summer, with panels on refugees, and on technologies for people who are deaf-blind.

Dimanche le 28 mai je rencontrerai mes collègues directeurs des 50 départements d’histoire du pays pour parler du merveilleux site web “Que faire avec un diplôme en histoire?” et des futurs possibles des études avancées.

On Monday May 29, I will be chairing a panel at the Annual Meeting of the Canadian Historical Association entitled “« A passion for history »: A National Survey of the Education Experience of Undergraduate students” where I will also speak of the extraordinary group of second year majors in History to whom I taught his Winter.

And all through Congress, I will assist the Canadian Federation of Social Sciences and Humanities in my role as Board member for Associations for the last time in four years.  It has been an honour to serve in such good company.  I will spend a few hours at their kiosk at the fair and meet associations presidents and directors for breakfast.

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.

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!


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


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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