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Two Robarts Centre prizes awarded earlier this summer

The 2013-14 recipients of the Odessa Prize for the Study of Canada and the Barbara Godard Prize for the Best York University Dissertation in Canadian Studies were announced in Y-File in July.

Monique Giroux (Music) was awarded the Barbara Godard Prize for her dissertation "Music, Power and Relations: Fiddling as Meeting Place between Re-settlers and Indigenous Nations in Manitoba."

Catherine Timms (History) received the Odessa Prize for her paper "Frederick G. Gardiner: An Exploration of High Modernism and the Metropolitan Toronto Council, 1953 - 1961."

History of Indigenous Peoples Network: Fall Schedule 2014


Co-organizers Boyd Cothran and Carolyn Podruchny would like to invite you to the inaugural season of the History of Indigenous Peoples Network.
The HIP Network, part of the Robarts Centre, brings together junior and senior scholars, undergraduate and graduate students, and independent researchers and is devoted to cultivating a community of scholars working on Indigenous history at York University and throughout southern Ontario.
The HIP Network consists of informal workshop meetings aimed at encouraging an interdisciplinary discussion of pre-circulated scholarly works-in-progress, monthly film screenings followed by discussions, and once or twice a semester field trips to Indigenous community historical and cultural sites and museums.  Meetings are generally held on Thursday from 2:30-4:40 at the Robarts’ Centre for Canadian Studies, in room 749 Kaneff Tower on York University Keele campus.
Please find the preliminary fall schedule. More activities will be added soon. We are hoping to expand our schedule in the winter term so if you have suggestions or would like to present material, please let us know.
All the best,
Boyd and Carolyn

Fall 2014 Schedule
September 25: Talk with Associate Professor Carolyn Podruchny and Doctoral Candidate Erin Dolmage, History Department (York), speaking on co- authoring Myra Rutherdale’s paper on the Idle No More Movement.

October 23 and 24: C. Joseph Genetin-Pilawa, Assistant Professor of History and Art History at George Mason University, "Indigenous Washington City: Public History and Urban Archive" (Thursday, Oct 23, 2:30-4:00 hosted by GHSA's Historian's Craft). Paper to follow (Friday, Oct 24, 9:00am-10:30am).

November 6: Film screening, Biimadasahwin:Reclaiming Land Rebuilding Home and discussion with film-maker Sara Howdle, Doctoral Candidate in History (York).

November 13: Katie Magee Labelle, Assistant Professor of History Department, University of Saskatchewan, "Wanted! Indigenous North American Textbook."

November 20: Film screening, The Lesser Blessed (2013), directed by Anita Doran, discussion afterward.

November 27: Jon Jonhson, Doctoral Candidate in Communication and Culture (York).

Dec 4: Presentation, Christoph Laugs, Doctoral Candidate in History at the University of Trier (Germany), "Nineteenth-Century Metis Material Culture in the Red River Valley: Artefact Adoption, Translation, and Hybridisation"

Robarts Centre Open House

Wednesday September 24, 2014
3-4:30 PM; 626 Kaneff Tower

The Robarts Centre will go through the rechartering process in 2014-15. As part of this process we will have to envision future directions for the Robarts Centre. The Robarts Centre can provide services to researchers at York and bring together colleagues working on a variety of projects across many disciplines which relate to Canada. To this end, we have scheduled an open house on Wednesday, 24 September from 3.00-4.30 pm in Room 626, Kaneff Tower. Please come by to provide feedback on directions which the Robarts Centre should pursue. If you are unable to come, please send your views to

Writing Workshop with author Douglas Hunter

Distinguished author Douglas Hunter will lead an exclusive Writing Workshop for York University Graduate Students. Doug is the author of a wide range of books of different genres in the fields of early Canadian history, business and sports, and his works have been celebrated by a number of prizes. He has been a winner of and finalist for the National Business Book Award and a finalist for the Nereus Writers’ Trust Non-Fiction Prize and the Governor General’s Literary Award. His journalism has appeared in major newspapers as well as the Literary Review of Canada, Canada's History, Canadian Geographic, ON Nature, and online at History News Network. Doug is currently completing his PhD in History at York. He will talk about the writing process, approaches, the differences between trade and academic publishing, and how academic writing skills can be adapted to the trade publishing environment.

Pre-registration is required by Monday, 21 April. Email:

The workshop will take place on Thursday, 24 April, from 10 am -12 noon.
Location: Harry Crowe Room, New College (109 Atkinson)

First ever Canadian Studies Comedy Night!

On Friday, 4 April, the Robarts Centre for Canadian Studies will host the first ever Canadian Studies (Bright Club) Comedy Night.  In the Bright Club format, researchers take their scholarly work and turn it into a stand-up comedy sketch.  Professors Jessica van Horssen (History), Kym Bird (Humanities), Priscila Uppal (English) and Sean Kheraj (History) will take the plunge in presenting their work in a stand-up routine.

The Comedy Night will close off the first Robarts Centre Graduate Student Conference, organised by Mario D’Agostino, PhD candidate in English and member of the Robarts Executive. The theme of the conference is “Canada: Place, Space and the Politics of Identity.”

The Comedy Night begins at 7.00 p.m. in the Chancellors Room, The Underground Restaurant.

All are welcome to attend the conference and the comedy night, but should pre-register by email to