Preview: Early Canada at Congress 2019

Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences 2019 kicks off next week in Vancouver at the University of British Columbia. We’ve compiled a preview of the panels and presentations that may be of particular interest to those looking for “early Canada” at Congress 2019.

Rather than reproduce the program material here, we’ve highlighted individual “early Canada” presentations within panels not entirely devoted to that time period, as well as whole panels of relevance. For a little pre-conference reading, we’ve highlighted presentations by Borealia contributors and linked to their posts.

Let us know in the comments section below if we’ve omitted either individual papers or entire panels pertinent to early Canada, or if this preview contains incorrect information. And, as always, please be sure to consult the relevant programs for room numbers, and to confirm times.

Canadian Society for the History of Medicine (June 1-3)

Saturday, June 1

13:30-15:00 (Session B3) Medicine and Moral Reform featuring a presentation by Chantal Valiquette (Queen’s University) “Institutions of Moral Reform: Examining the Relationship between the Kingston Penitentiary and the Rockwood Asylum, 1855-1918.”

Sunday, June 2

15:30-17:00 (Session F3) Law and Madness in Dialogue featuring a presentation by Filippo Maria Sposini (University of Toronto) “Just the Basic Facts: The Certification of Insanity in Ontario (c. 1873-1890).”

Monday, June 3

9:00-10:30 (Session G1) Medical Recipes and Modern Pharmacology featuring a presentation by Lyn Bennett (Dalhousie University) and Edith Snook (University of New Brunswick) “Early Modern Recipes and the History of Medicine in the Atlantic World.” [Borealia note: This project was featured in a recent series here.]

Canadian Historical Association (June 3-5)

Monday, June 3

8:30 – 10:00

(Session 2): Histories of the Senses I: Musical Soundscapes includes a presentation by Jarrett Rudy titled: “Catholic Bells and Local Time: Emotion, Knowledge and Modernity in Colonial Nineteenth Century French Canada.”

(Session 3) Dialogical Anthropology: British Columbia in the Boasian Era, 1880s-1940s

(Session 4) Land, Space, and Territoriality in British Settler Colonies in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries

(Session 5) Conversations about Migrants in Canadian History includes a presentation by Lisa Chilton: “Informing Discourse: Canadian Immigration Agents and the Work of the State, 1840s-1920s.”

(Session 8) De la conversation à la coproduction : quand les chercheurs universitaires et les acteurs du patrimoine se penchent sur l’histoire de Montréal

10:30 – 12:00 

CHA Keynote Address by Allan Greer, Professor and Canada Research Chair in Colonial North America, McGill University “Settler Colonialism and Beyond.”

13:30 – 15:00

(Session 24) North American Violence, Order, and Unrest, 1749-1876: A Roundtable Discussion. [Borealia Note: A series of posts related to this collection can be found here. Editor Denis McKim is contributing to this roundtable.]

(Session 25) Early Migration and Mobility in the Pacific Northwest

15:30 – 17:00

(Session 37) Claims to Legitimacy: Kinship and Religion as Modes of Governance in Settler Societies.

(Session 38) Historical Mobility across Space and Class: Canada in the Late 19th and Early 20th Centuries

Tuesday, June 4

8:30 – 10:00

(Session 45) Letters to Loved Ones: New Perspectives on Kin and Community Networks from across the British World [Borealia note: featuring Mike Borsk (Queen’s University): “Debt Amongst Friends: The Large Family and the Formation of a Transatlantic Credit Network.”]

(Session 46) Nineteenth-Century Indigenous history

(Session 47) Conversations about Migrants and Settlers

(Session 48) The Death Penalty across Two Centuries of Canadian History [Borealia note: featuring Donald Fyson (Université Laval) “Beyond the Hanging Judge: Quebec Trial Judges and the Death Penalty, 1764-1893.”]

10:30 – 12:00

(Session 56) Beyond the “Intellectual Awakening”: The Circulation of Books and Ideas in Eighteenth- and Nineteenth-Century Nova Scotia [Borealia note: this panel includes editor Keith S. Grant and contributor Daniel Samson.]

(Session 58) Nineteenth-Century North American Politics

(Session 60) Power and Authority in New France and Beyond [Borealia note: this panel includes a presentation by Borealia contributor Mairi Cowan (University of Toronto): “The Execution of Daniel Vuil: A Confusing Case of Capital Punishment in Seventeenth-Century Québec.”

Wednesday, June 5

8:30 – 10:00

(Session 98) A Roundtable on E.A. Heaman, Tax, Order, and Good Government: A New Political History of Canada, 1867-1917


(Session 107) Nineteenth-Century Canadian Politics and Society

13:30 – 15:00

(Session 119 Sponsored by Borealia) Primary Research, Story Maps, Blogs, and Historiography: Integrating Loyalist and Revolutionary Era History into the Classroom [Borealia note: this panel features Bonnie Huskins (University of New Brunswick and St. Thomas University): “Primary Research, Story Maps, Blogs, and Historiography: Integrating Loyalist and Revolutionary Era History into the Classroom” and Borealia editor Keith Grant “Loyalists and Revolutionaries in their Own Words: Using Primary Sources to Help Students Develop Historical Thinking Skills.”]

15:30 – 17:00

(Session 132) Orphans, Exiles, Spies and Informers: Oblique Angles on the Irish Diaspora featuring a presentation by David Wilson (University of Toronto) “Edward Archibald and Mr. Richard: Irish Informers in New York.”

Canadian Law and Society Association (June 3-5)

Monday, June 3


(Session 1d) State Planning and Equal(ity) Rights featuring a presentation by Mary Anne Vallianatos (UVic): Managing Margins and Amending Borders: ‘Race’ and the Exemptions of the Chinese Immigration Act, 1885-1923


(Session 2: Plenary Session) Dr. Elizabeth Mancke (UNB): The Royal Proclamation of 1763 in the Long Eighteenth Century: Rethinking Imperial Sovereignty and Indigenous Relations

Tuesday, June 4


(Session 6a) Indigenous Land

Mayana Slobodian (Toronto): Sen’ákw: ‘A Shady Deal’ in the Heart of the CityWilliam Acres (Western): Breaking of Trust on the Grand River Station, 1836-1934

Mark Harris (UBC): “Treaty Yeh Treaty Now”? The Victorian Treaty Process

David V. Williams (Auckland): “The doctrine of terra nullius never applied in Canada”; “New Zealand was never thought to be terra nullius”: A Critique of the Doctrine of Crown Radical Title

Canadian Society of Church History (June 4-6)

Wednesday, June 5


(Session 8) A House Divided Cannot Stand: Divisiveness in Nineteenth-Century Religious History featuring a presentation by Sydney Harker (Queen’s University) “A Dividing Spirit: The Hicksite-Orthodox Schism of the West Lake Quakers.”

Canadian Catholic Historical Association (June 5-6)

Wednesday, June 5

(Session 1) Canadian Catholic History Association Keynote Address Colin Barr (University of Aberdeen) “Ireland’s Empire: The Roman Catholic Church in the English-speaking World, 1829-1914.” [Note: This is a joint session with the CHA]


(Session 2) The Irish and Scots featuring presentations by Borealia editor Laura J. Smith (University of Toronto) ‘This bleak and barren-looking spot:’” the burial and commemoration of Irish Catholic Famine Migrants on Burlington Heights,” and Avram Heisler, (York University) “Guy Fawkes Day in 1864 Revisited: Clashing Tactical Visions within Toronto’s Irish-Catholic Community.”

Thursday June 6


(Session 4) Social Questions featuring a presentation by Victoria Jackson (York University) “Thérèse Oionhaton among the Ursulines: Kinship and Conversation at the Seminary School, 1640-1642.”


(Session 6) Struggle. Kinship and Class featuring a presentation by Christine Lei (Wilfrid Laurier University) “‘Remember the Orphans’: Women Religious and the History of Caring for Orphans and Destitute Children in Hamilton, Ontario, 1852-1953.”

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  1. Elsbeth Heaman says:

    Elizabeth Mancke plenary lecture for Canadian Law and Society that, alas, coincides with Allan Greer’s. Hers is “The Royal Proclamation of 1763 in the Long Eighteenth Century: Rethinking Imperial Sovereignty and Indigenous Relations.” Peter Allard School of Law building, Monday June 3 10:15.

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