Pandemic Methodologies Twitter Conference, June 24-25, 2021: Programme

In the past year, archives and libraries have closed (either permanently or periodically), non-essential international travel has been heavily discouraged or impossible, and anyone who can has been encouraged to work from home. In these circumstances, historians have had to adapt how they do research, perhaps relying more heavily on digital methods or developing more collaborative projects. Because so many of these strategic decisions have been made in the midst of crisis and, at times, as temporary emergency measures, there has been little discussion of what the historian-at-work looks like right now. How have personal experiences of lockdown, ill health, family caretaking, and working from home influenced how we write history? How is research being shaped by contemporary constraints and creative solutions? How does it feel to do historical research in our historical moment?

Conference Goals:

  • Encourage conversations around how contemporary crises influence the production of history;
  • Share experiences of remote, digital, and adapted historical research methodologies and approaches;
  • Provide participants with an opportunity to showcase their work through a digital forum;
  • Highlight the experiences of grad students and early career scholars;
  • Foster a greater sense of community among Canadian scholars.

Conference Programme/ Programme du conference

Schedule in Edmonton/MDT

*indicates presenter for a group.

 Sponsored by the Canadian Historical Association (CHA)


Thursday June 24, 2021

10:00: Jacob Steere-Williams (@steerewilliams), “Pandemic Public(s): At the Intersections of Public Health and Public History”

10:30: Esyllt Jones (@panhist), “Public Health History and Pandemic Policy-Making”

11:00: BREAK

11:30: Crystal Gail Fraser (@crystalfraser), Thinking through Indigenous Archives & the Interpretation of History in Canada”

12:00: Peter Fortna* and Sabina Trimble (@willowspringsss), “Testing Different Paths: Oral History, Ceremony, and Reimagining Histories during a Pandemic”

12:30: BREAK

1:00: Emily Kaliel (@emilykalizzle), “Compounded Isolations: Graduate School, the Pandemic, and the Social Nature of Historical Work”

1:30: Sue-Ann Benson-Haughton (@Sue49703427), “Appreciating Change: Navigating Depression and Graduate Research during COVID-19”

2:00: Margaret Ross (@maggie_ross95), “Writing and Thinking Alone: COVID-19 and the Impact of Graduate Student Isolation”

2:30:  BREAK

3:00: Hannah Facknitz* and Danielle E Lorenz (@HannahntheWolf), “Disability and (Dis)Rupture in Pandemic Learning: Crip Priorities in Research During Global Crisis”

3:30: Jacquelyne Thoni Howard (@ThoniHoward), “Using Collaborative Research and Open-Source Methods to Promote Feminist Pedagogy During a Pandemic”


Friday June 25, 2021

10:30: Johanna Lewis* and Daniel Murchison (@JohLewis), “More with Less: Academic practice for the COVID generation”

11:00: Victoria Seta Cosby (@VictoriaSCosby), “COVID-19 Proved that Accessibility is Possible in Universities – So Why is it Going Away?”

11:30: BREAK

12:00: Erika Dyck* and Scott Napper (@erikadyckhist), “Teaching History of Disease and Vaccines during Covid”

12:30: Madeleine Mant (@maddymant), “Insulin in Isolation: Socially Distant Medical History”

1:00: Samantha Cutrara (@DrSCutrara), “‘We’re time travellers, people!’: The ghosts of wonder, administration, and audience in working with digital sources”

1:30: BREAK

2:00: Erin Spinney (@ErinSpinney), “Where Have All the Books Gone? Research and Writing Without Physical Library Access”

2:30: Thomas Littlewood (@tmlittlewood), “Advocacy during a Pandemic”

3:00: Jim Clifford and Erika Dyck (@jburnford & @erikadyckhist), “Archiving the Pandemic”

3:30: Heather Green*, Jonathan Luedee, and Glenn Iceton (@heathergreen21), “The Northern Borders Project: Digital Research and Collaboration in the COVID-era”


Any questions can be directed to Letitia Johnson or Erin Gallagher-Cohoon at

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