Preview: Early Canadian History at Congress 2016, Part 1

Keith Grant

Next week—May 28 to June 3—academics from across Canada and beyond will gather at the University of Calgary for the annual Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences, the country’s largest scholarly gathering. To help you get as much “early Canada” as possible into your Congress 2016 experience, we will be posting two previews this week. Today, I’ll focus on several of the more specialized historical societies, and on Thursday, Denis McKim will preview the big-tent Canadian Historical Association.

Our previews will include panels or papers on themes related to the history of northern North America prior to the twentieth century, and we’ll do our best to err on the side of inclusion. You’ll notice that entire panels are listed, even when only a single paper relates to early Canadian history, so that you can see the conversation of which it is a part. It is very likely that we have unintentionally missed relevant sessions, so please feel free to add yours to the comments below.

The information in this post is drawn from the most recent versions of the programs available on the Congress Events Calendar at the time of writing. In case of error or further updates, you are advised to confirm times and locations with the relevant societies.


Bibliographical Society of Canada / La Société bibliographique du Canada

Tuesday, 31 May 2016

10:15 am – 11:45 am:  People of the Book: The Use of Print Culture by Religious Communities
(Interdisciplinary Joint Panel sponsored by the Bibliographical Society of Canada and the Canadian Historical Association)
Location: Taylor Family Digital Library, 550A

Panel Chair and Organizer: Stuart Barnard, University of Calgary

Textual Affections: The Religious Uses of Sympathetic Reading in British North America
Keith S. Grant, University of New Brunswick

History and Subaltern Politics: Counter-cultural Dynamics of Print in Koti-Chennaya Tradition in ‘Tulunadu’
Yogitha Shetty, University of Hyderabad, India

The Great War and Canadian Mainline Protestant Hymnody
Bonnie Woelk, University of Calgary


1:30 pm – 3:00 pm: Transatlantic Print and Publishing Networks
Location: Taylor Family Digital Library, 550A

Panel Chair: Nancy Earle, Memorial University

Reading in a “Godforsaken Place”: The Subscription Libraries of Saint John and St. Andrews in Early 19th Century New Brunswick
Gwendolyn Davies, University of New Brunswick

“Some are Engaged in Devising Schemes of Emigration”: 19th Century Print Union Workers and their Networks
Helen Williams, Edinburgh Napier University

Mapping Early Twentieth-Century Publishing Communities
Claire Battershill, Simon Fraser University


Canadian Catholic Historical Association

Wednesday, June 2, 2016

9:00 am, Louis Riel, the Métis, and Catholicism
Location: Rozsa Centre—Evans Room

Moderator: Edward MacDonald, University of Prince Edward Island

Connections, Culture, and Politics – Louis Riel and the Ultramontane Catholic Network
M. Max Hamon, McGill University

The Many Lives of Louis Riel: Social Memory and the Events of 1869-70 and 1885
Matthew McRae, University of Western Ontario

‘My Mom tends to tell it the Catholic way—I’d tell it my way, the right way’: – Local Histories of the 1885 Resistance
Amanda Fehr, University of Saskatchewan


1:30 pm, Irish and “Other” Catholics in Canada
Location: Rozsa Centre—Evans Room

Moderator: Peter Ludlow, Saint Mary’s University, Halifax

Emancipation versus Equity: Civic Inclusion of Halifax Catholics, 1830-1865
Terry Murphy, Saint Mary’s University, Halifax

Migration, Matrimony and Murder: Irish Catholic Famine Migrants on the Niagara Frontier, 1847-1851
Mark McGowan, University of Toronto

On the Episcopal Ordination of Mar Kalluvelil: The Hi/story of Some ‘Other’ Catholics of Canada
Clara A.B. Joseph, University of Calgary


Canadian Society for the History and Philosophy of Science / Société canadienne d’histoire et de philosophie des sciences

Sunday, May 29

15:15 – 16:45: Nineteenth Century Science And Imperialism
Location: ICT 114

Organizer and chair: Debra Lindsay, University of New Brunswick

Birds, Beasts, and Backers in British North America: The ‘American Woodsman’ goes North
Debra Lindsay University of New Brunswick

Smithsonian in the Subarctic: Spencer Baird, Scientific Reconnaissance, and Alaska as the Focus of Transnational Natural History in the mid to late nineteenth century
Matthew Laubacher Ashford University

Empire of Fear: Ethnobotany, Onomastics and Trust from India to Aotearoa New Zealand, 1848- 1867
Geoff Bill University of British Columbia


Canadian Society For The History Of Medicine / La Société Canadienne D’histoire De La Médecine

Sunday, May 29, 2016

1:30 pm to 3:00 pm – Session 11: (Dis)Abilities, Institutions and Youth
Location: SS10

Moderator/rapporteur: Megan Davies (York)

Unmeasured: Blindness and Medical Interventions in Nineteenth Century Canada
Joanna L. Pearce (York)

Classification and the Human Sciences at the Huronia Regional Centre c1900-1925
Tyler Hnatuk (York)


Canadian Society of Church History / Société canadienne d’histoire de l’église

Wednesday, June 1

2:45-4:15 – Session 4: Interiority and materiality: Protestant texts and readers in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries
Location: Social Sciences 105

Chair: Sylvia Brown

The reading lives of eighteenth-century religious children
Cindy Aalders

Evangelical Bible Distribution and Anti-Catholicism in Nineteenth-Century Canada
Stuart Barnard

Religious Texts and Emotional Community in Eighteenth-Century Nova Scotia
Keith S. Grant


Thursday June 2

8:30 – 10:00 Session 5:  19th and 20th Century Missions and Transnational Influences
Location: Social Sciences 105

Chair: Douglas Shantz

Defining Muslims: Rev. T.P. Hughes and his Dictionary of Islam
Alan M. Guenther

Pioneering Affordable Health Care Network in Rural China: Dr. Robert McClure and the Huaiqing Medical System, 1931-1937
Sheng-Ping Guo

‘… where can the labourers be found?’: An Examination of the Role of Translatlantic Networks in the Building of Ecclesiastical Infrastructure in the First Anglican Labrador Missions, 1849-1876
Rebecca Faye Ralph


10:30 – 11:30 Session 6: Personalities and Influence in 19th and early 20th century Canada
Location: Social Sciences 105

Chair: Scott McLaren

Madame Mary Lore, A Lower Canada Baptist Beginning
Sharon Bowler

Searching for Sara Libby Carson
Eleanor J. Stebner


Friday June 3

8:30-10:00 – Session 9: Nineteenth – Century Non-Conformists: Schism, Scandal, and Narrative
Location: Social Sciences 105

Chair: Robynne Healey

‘Spiritual Ancestors’ of Canadian Nonconformity: Canadian Congregationalists and Transatlantic Narrative Identity in the 1860s
James Forbes

The Shooting at Yeadon: Methodists, Magistrates, and an Attempted Murder
Todd Webb

Mrs. John Gilmour, A Pastor’s Wife in the Canadas
Sharon Bowler

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