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The Utility of History: Perspectives on International Development

Victoria Hawkins, student blogger at Congress 2015

Don’t say history doesn’t have the power to change the future. At Congress 2015, Historians of Humanitarian Aid held a panel on the "utility of history" in today’s development in the Global South. Jill Campbell-Miller of St. Mary’s University (pictured) presented a case study of Canadian bi-lateral assistance to India in the 1950 to illustrate how the history of development practice is important and useful for both scholars and practitioners of international development today.

Campbell-Miller argued that at the very least, history can have an effect on institutional memory, the collective understanding of an institution’s past. That understanding could potentially contribute to better judgements in the...

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Roundtable: Working in Public History

Victoria Hawkins, student blogger at Congress 2015

The work of public historians can take many different forms, some quite unexpected. A roundtable discussion at Congress 2015 focused on the different roles that public historians take in their work. Jennifer Anderson of Library and Archives Canada acted as moderator of the discussion. Anderson is currently working on assignment at the Canadian Museum of History and offered insight into the role of both archives and museums in shaping public memory.

As a relatively new field, Public History has many unexpected applications in both the public and private sectors.The panel of speakers represented the various roles of public historians, from freelance and contract work for museums and other cultural institutions to various...

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The people’s playlist

Omar Mouallem

SHARCNET was funded through the Canada Foundation for Innovation’s Innovation Fund. Matthew Woolhouse will be attending the 2015 Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences to present “Decomposing the Human Development Index with Respect to Music” as part of a session called “Consuming Culture” at the Canadian Society for Digital Humanities conference tomorrow, Wednesday, June 3. This article originally appeared on Innovation.ca in July 2013.

This summer, music lovers will descend on music festivals around the world to listen and dance to their favourite bands. And when they do, they’ll be participating in a practice as ancient as the...

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Bringing history into the future

Roberta Staley

Constance Crompton is project leader on a project funded through the Canada Foundation for Innovation’s John R. Evans Leaders Fund. She will be attending the 2015 Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences to present as part of a panel called “From Documents to Data” at the Canadian Society for Digital Humanities conference tomorrow, Tuesday, June 2This article originally appeared on Innovation.ca in January 2015.

This past year, the Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana, or Vatican Library, famously began to digitize its vast and remarkable archive that includes the original La Divina...

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Research Collaboration Snapshot: First-of-its-kind collaboration brings philosophy to near-living architecture

 

In the summer of 2014, University of Waterloo graduate student Ty Branch started a Mitacs Accelerate internship as a philosopher in residence at the architecture firm Philip Beesley Architect Inc. (PBAI). The project, a first-time partnership between Mitacs and the university’s Department of Philosophy, focused on how near-living architecture interacts with its environment.

Near-living architecture is an emerging style that incorporates biological features to make environments more responsive to occupants in that space. Ty’s research asked what it means to be living and what applications near-living architecture might have to theories of emergence. Even the terms used to define this architectural style are important because they speak to fundamental questions of what “living” means. During her internship, Ty...

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