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Frost Centre PhD graduate Brian Thorn has a new book in publication.

Click here for a copy of the promotional discount of 40%.

From Left to Right: Maternalism and Women’s Political Activism in Postwar Canada, by Brian T. Thorn

In From Left to Right Brian Thorn explores what motivated Canadian women to become politically engaged in the 1940s and ’50s. Although women in these decades are often depicted as being trapped in the suburbs, they joined diverse political parties, including the CCF, Social Credit, and the Communist Party of Canada. Thorn argues, controversially, that while women on the “left” and “right” had different goals, their activism continued to be informed by maternalism. They used their roles as wives and mothers to influence their parties’ positions and to break down barriers. Along the way, they laid the foundations for the 1960s feminist movement.


Frost Centre Lectures & Talks 

North at Trent 2016 Lecture Series

January 28, 2016

A Mountie's Life on Ellesmere Island, 1959-1961

2:00 p.m., Bata Film Library BL 103, Bata Library

Brian Armstrong presents the collection of his father's pictures

January 28, 2016

Canada and the International North

7:00 p.m., Bagnani Hall, Traill College

Stewart Wheeler'88, Canadian Ambassador to Iceland

February 11, 2016

Inuit Perspectives on Arctic Governance

7:00 p.m., Bagnani Hall, Traill College

Rosemarie Kuptana, former president of the Inuit Tapirisat of Canada, former President of the Inuit Circumpolar Conference and helped to establish the Arctic Council

March 10, 2016

Greenland's Process Towards Self-Determination

7:00 p.m., Bagnani Hall, Traill College

Inuuteq Holm Olsen, Minister Plenipotentiary at the Greenland Representation at the Danish Embassy in Washington, DC

March 24, 2016

Science, Security, Technology and the North

7:00 p.m., Bagnani Hall, Traill College

A panel with Drs. Whitney Lackenbauer, Stephen Bocking, Andrew Stuhl and Dan Heidt

A reception will follow each evening talk in the Trend @ Traill College.

All welcome - no charge.

Series sponsored by the Roberta Bondar Fellowship Fund and the Frost Centre for Canadian Studies and Indigenous Studies

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Guantanamo's Child: Omar Khadr

December 4, 2015, 7:00 p.m.

Bagnani Hall, Traill College

Film Screening and Discussion with Producer/Director Peter Raymont, White Pine Productions

Reception to follow in the Trend

All welcome - this event is free of charge

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What Shall I Do With My Degree In Canadian Studies?

November 4, 2015 at noon

KH 102, Kerr House @ Traill College

Dr. Alison Norman, Research Advisor, Ministry of Aboriginal Affairs and Frost Centre Research Associate will offer advice on employment options within government and public sector.

All welcome.



The Fish Came First: Media Environments, Norther Natural Resources, and Iceberg Economies for the 21st Century

November 11, 2015 at noon

KH 102, Kerr House @ Traill College

Dr. Rafico Ruiz, Trent's current Roberta Bondar Postdoctoral Fellow in Northern and Polar Studies will speak about his research.

All Welcome.



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Upcoming Conferences, Talks & Lectures

Co-sponsored by the Frost Centre


Dissenting Traditions

October 23 - 24, 2015

Bryan D. Palmer, Canada Research Chair in the Canadian Studies Department at Trent University from 2001-2015, has long been concerned with the themes of dissent and social conflict.

From the 1970s to the present he has published extensively in the fields of labour and social history, exploring a wide array of subjects associated with class formation and class struggle, marginality, protest, historiography and Marxist theory, and the revolutionairy left.

To address the diversity and range of these concerncs, scholars from around the world (including former and current MA and PhD students of Palmer's) will gather at Trent University on October 23-24, 2015 presenting papers associated with various dissenting traditions.

All conference sessions will be held in Bagnani Hall, Traill College.

Dissenting Traditions Conference Program 2015

Dissenting Traditions conference poster

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Contesting Canada's Future

Contester l'avenir du Canada

May 21 - 23, 2015

An International Conference and Event Hosted by Trent University as part of its Fiftieth Anniversary Celebrations

Academics, activists, and artists will be gathering at Trent University in the spring of 2015 for an exploration of Canada in the new century.

Conference website:


Upcoming & Recent Defences

The Frost Centre is pleased to announce the following upcoming PhD in Canadian Studies dissertation defence:

Candidate: Julia Smith

Title: Union Organizing in the Canadian Banking Industry, 1940–1980


1:00 p.m. Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Kerr House Seminar Room, Traill College

Committee: Joan Sangster (Supervisor), Bryan Palmer, Rosemary Warskett (Carleton University)

Internal/External: Dimitry Anastakis

External Examiner: Charles Smith, STMC, University of Saskatchewan

Chair: Julia Harrison

All welcome, though seating is limited.


In this dissertation, I examine union organizing in the Canadian banking industry between 1940 and 1980. By demonstrating that bank workers consistently sought to unionize throughout the twentieth century, I challenge claims that bank employees and other private sector white-collar workers have low rates of unionization because they are not interested in unions or suffer from false consciousness. This research also suggests, however, that many bank workers saw themselves as different from blue-collar industrial workers; the lived reality of bank work as precarious, poorly paid, and rife with gender inequality intersected with ideas about professionalism and aspirations of advancing up the career ladder. Banks, unions, and workers drew on these ideas and experiences in their arguments for and against unionization.

I also look at why previous organizing efforts did not establish a strong union presence in the banking industry. Most of these attempts failed, I argue, due to several key issues, including the banks’ anti-union activity, federal and provincial labour board decisions, and labour movement disputes over ideology, jurisdiction, and strategy. The banks consistently opposed unionization and used a variety of tactics to thwart union organizing, both overtly and covertly. The state, in the form of labour legislation and labour boards, provided unions and workers with some means by which to compel the banks to recognize unions, negotiate contracts, and deal with employee grievances; however, state action and inaction more often worked to undermine union organizing. The attitudes and strategies of high-ranking labour movement officials also shaped the outcome of union drives in the banks. Between 1940 and 1980, the mostly male labour leadership repeatedly used top-down organizing strategies and appointed male organizers with no experience of bank work to oversee union drives in a sector with an increasingly feminized workforce; labour leaders’ inability or unwillingness to reflect on this approach and to support grassroots campaigns and alternative strategies hindered bank union organizing. I thus highlight the intersection of gender and class and reveal how these factors have historically shaped the labour movement bureaucracy, union organizing, and the relationship between labour and the state.

Keywords: trade unions; banks; union organizing; white-collar workers; labour bureaucracy; gender; Canada

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The Frost Centre is pleased to announce the upcoming thesis defence for the Master of Arts in Canadian Studies and Indigenous Studies for Jun Chen

Candidate: Junyi Chen

Title: Rethinking the Transnational: negotiating Chinese migration in Canada

Committee: Dr. Momin Rahman (Supervisor), Dr. Gillian Balfour, Dr. Byron Stoyles

External Examiner: Dr. Alan Simmons, York University

Chair: Dr. James Conolly

Friday April 1st, 2016

10:00 a.m.

Kerr House Seminar Room

All welcome, though seating is limited.


My thesis challenges the contemporary framework of immigration in Canada. Despite Canada’s effort to promote racial equality and an inclusive citizenship, Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) continues to produce immigration policies that devalue non-western cultures and lead to economic disadvantages of immigrants. I argue that the problem of contemporary immigration in Canada lies in the narrow and exclusive understanding of immigration. That is, the current immigration framework is rooted in Eurocentrism which derive exclusively from the economic and cultural values of the West. I argue that the Eurocentric understanding of migration not only hinders the successful integration for new Canadians, but it also hinders economic growth and weakens social cohesion of Canada. For this reason, I call for a new framework to understand immigration. Using the idea of "connected histories", I argue that immigration is a complex and interconnected phenomenon which cannot be reduced to one-sided narrative. Instead, immigration should be understood as a process of negotiation.

To support my arguments, I focus on Chinese migration in Canada. I take on an interdisciplinary approach which includes historical, sociological and political analysis in order to present an inclusive understanding of Chinese migration. I will begin by presenting a brief historical analysis on Chinese migration in Canada before 1945 and I will show that the history of Chinese migration is largely understood through a Eurocentric lens. Next, I will explore the idea of “connected histories” as an alternative theoretical framework for understanding Chinese migration. I will then move from historical analysis to political analysis to look at the contemporary issues on Chinese migration. Although the 1971 Multiculturalism Policy of Canada made Chinese migration to Canada accessible, racism and racial inequality persist because the policy promoted a “vertical mosaic”.

Recent Eurocentric polices such as Bill C-24 not only hinder the successful integration for new Canadians, but it also hinders economic growth and weakens social cohesion of Canada. Instead of emphasizing economics and ‘Canadian values’, we should understand Chinese migration as a constitutive and ongoing process and non-monetary and cultural values should be considered in the process of inclusion.

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The Frost Centre is pleased to announce the upcoming dissertation defence for a PhD in Canadian Studies as follows:

Candidate: Sean Carleton

Title: Colonialism, Capitalism, and the Rise of State Schooling in British Columbia, 1849-1900

Thursday, February 11, 2016

2 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Science Complex room 215, Symons Campus

Committee: Prof. Bryan Palmer (supervisor), Prof. Joan Sangster, Prof. Hugh Shewell (Carleton University), Prof. John Milloy

Internal External: Prof. Don McCaskill, Indigenous Studies, Trent University

External Examiner: Prof. Peter Kulchyski, Dept. of Native Studies, University of Manitoba

Chair: Prof. Julia Harrison

This defence is open to the public.


Colonialism, Capitalism, and the Rise of State Schooling in British Columbia, 1849-1900

Sean Carleton

This dissertation examines the historical relationship between settler colonialism, capitalism, and the rise of state schooling in what is now known as British Columbia between 1849 and 1900. It aims to “unsettle” conventional views of Canadian schooling history by bringing accounts of Indigenous and non-Indigenous education into one analytical frame, and it shows how the state used different forms of schooling for both Indigenous and non-Indigenous children—company, common, public, mission, boarding, and industrial schools—to assist colonial-capitalist social formation in the Pacific Northwest. In combining interdisciplinary insights from Indigenous Studies, Historical Materialism, Political Economy, and Critical Pedagogy, the dissertation highlights the ways in which state-supported schooling facilitated capitalist accumulation by colonial dispossession. The central argument of the dissertation is that between 1849 and 1900, colonial, provincial, and federal governments strategically took on greater responsibility for schooling as a way of legitimizing the state and supporting the emergence of a capitalist settler society.

KEYWORDS: History; Education; Settler Colonialism; Capitalism; the State; Indigenous Peoples; Missionaries; Indian Residential Schools; Violence; Political Economy; Critical Pedagogy; British Columbia; Canada.


Past Events

The North at Trent 2015 Lecture Series

February 3, 2015 at 6:00 p.m.

Saskatchewan First Nations and the Province's Resource Future

Perry Bellegarde, National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations

Science Complex room 137

all remaining lectures in the Series will take place in Bagnani Hall at Traill College at 7:30 p.m. with a reception to follow in the Trend

February 10, 2015

UN Declaration: Blueprint for Reconciliation, Justice and Hope

Paul Joffe and Jennifer Preston

February 24, 2015

The Oka Crisis: Lessons for the Enbridge Pipeline

Ellen Gabriel

March 3, 2015

Tsilhqot'in and Keewat'in: The Legacy of Delgamuukw v. The Queen

Peter Grant

All welcome / No charge

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2015 Suds & Speakers

March 26, 2015

time TBC, the Trend @ Traill

The Frost Centre Student Association hosts five of the Frost Centre's Postdoctoral Fellows as they discuss their latest research projects.

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Frost Centre Spring 2014 Brown Bag Lunch Lecture Series

All talks will be in the Kerr House Seminar Room Traill College

12:30 to 1:30

Wednesday March 12th
 Dr. Caitlin Gordon-Walker (Frost Centre Research Associate)

"The Scent of Canada: Multicultural Nationalism at the Royal B.C. Museum."

Thursday March 27th

 Dr. Alison Norman (Post Doctoral Fellow, Frost Centre)

“Indigenous Teachers at Grand River, Ontario in the 19th Century.” 

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2014 Ashley Fellowship Lecture Series

all lectures at 7:30 p.m. with reception to follow

lecture locations detailed below

all welcome/no charge

March 5, 2014

On the Frontline: Feminist Scholarship and Activism Challenge the Canadian New Right

Market Hall, 120 Charlotte Street, Peterborough

7:30 with reception to follow

March 12, 2014

Wanted Children? Child Welfare and Women's Reproductive Choice

lecture in Bata Library Film Theatre ( BL103) 7:30 pm.

reception to follow in the Ceilie

March 19, 2014

Tracing a Feminist Genealogy: From Laura Marshall Jamieson (1882-1964) to Her Granddaughters 

lecture in Bagnani Hall,  Traill College 7:30 pm 

reception to follow in the Trend

Veronica Strong-Boag (Professor, Institute for Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice and the Department of Educational Studies, UBC) is one of Canada’s most distinguished historians, a member of the Royal Society, and the 2012 winner of the Royal Society of Canada’s Tyrell Medal for her contributions to Canadian History. She has authored and edited over fifteen books, as well as publishing articles on suffrage and reform movements; gender and women’s history; education, adoption, and child welfare; and Aboriginal history. She is the recipient of many prestigious honour and awards, including a Killam Fellowship, the Jules and Gabrielle Leger Fellowship, the John A Macdonald prize for the best book in Canadian History and the Raymond Klibansky Prize (with Carole Gerson) for her book on the life and writing of Mohawk poet Pauline Johnson.

About the Ashley Fellowship:

The Ashley Fellowship is funded by a bequest from the late Professor C.A. Ashley, long-time friend of Trent University and an enthusiastic proponent of the role that informal contacts of college life can play in the academic pursuits of the University. The Ashley Fellows, therefore, are visiting scholars who reside at one of Trent's residential Colleges for part of the year, delivering lectures and meeting with faculty and students.

The 2013-14 Ashley Fellowship is generously supported by the Undergraduate Departments of History, Gender & Women's Studies and Canadian Studies, the Frost Centre for Canadian Studies and Indigenous Studies, The School of Education and Professional Learning, and Traill College. 

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The North at Trent 2014 Lecture Series

all lectures at Bagnani Hall, Traill College - 7:30 p.m.

reception to follow

January 23, 2014

Beyond Nanook: the Roots of Inuit Filmmaking, a Personal Perspective

Peter Raymont, Film Writer, Director and Producer, White Pine Productions

January 30, 2014

Views from the North: Photographs, Generations and Inuit Cultural Memory

Carol Payne, Carleton University

February 12, 2014

Four Solitudes? Indigenous and Settler Language Politics in Nunavut

Annis May Timpson, University of Edinburgh

All welcome / No charge

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Death on Two Fronts:

Class, War, and the Politics of

Commemoration in Newfoundland, 1914-34

Tuesday 19 November 2013

The 2013 Morton Lecture with be a public talk by Prof. Sean Cadigan, Memorial University.

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All But Deserted Years Ago:

Electricity and the Two Saskatchewans

Tuesday 29 October 2013

A public talk by Prof. Bill Waiser, University of Saskatchewan

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"The moral worlds of fair taxation: a perspective

from 20th century Canadian history"

Tuesday 8 October 2013

A talk to be given by Dr. Shirley Tillotson, Dalhousie University/University of King's College

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Pollution Probe and the Not-So-Secret Beginnings of Environmental Activism in Ontario

Bagnani Hall, Traill College 7:00 p.m.

April 18, 2013

A talk to be given by Ryan O'Connor, PhD, Research Associate, Frost Centre for Canadian Studies and Indigenous Studies, Trent University

Founded by students and faculty at the University of Toronto in 1969, Pollution Probe quickly rose to the forefront of the country's nascent environmental community. Dr. O'Connor's talk will examine the early days of this vanguard environmental activist organization.

Reception to follow - Everyone welcome!

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Frost Centre Spring 2013 Brown Bag Talks


Frost Centre Faculty and Research Associates

All talks will be in the Kerr House Seminar Room

12:30 to 1:30

Light snacks and coffee provided


Thursday March 28

Mark Skinner Aging in Canada's Resource Hinterland

It is time to move beyond the apocalyptic rhetoric surrounding the implications of Canada’s retiring baby-boomers (e.g., the ‘grey tsunami’) to ask critical questions about how communities are actually responding to the challenges and opportunities of population aging. Prof. Mark Skinner will discuss this problem in the relatively new context of ‘resource frontier aging’, with particular emphasis on understanding the evolving role of the voluntary sector in supporting older rural people and in sustaining community development in Canada’s resource hinterland. Highlights from Frost Centre and SSHRC funded research on voluntarism in aging resource towns of northern BC will be presented.


Thursday April 4

Shelagh Grant Arctic Sovereignty and the Relevance of History

Using Arctic sovereignty as an example, this talk will explore how knowledge of both historical patterns and “game changers” are critical to understanding current issues. Of particular interest to students will be discussion of situations where history has been adjusted for political purposes.


Thursday April 11

Momin Rahman Homosexualities, Muslim Cultures and Modernity

I discuss the modernization assumptions that underpin the current mobilization of LGBTIQ rights in international contexts.  I argue that this thesis is based on conceptual confusions around sexual identities, Muslim identities, and the formation of modernity.  I argue that we need to develop more complex models of LGBTIQ equality that resist assumptions of western exceptionalism.


Thursday April 18

Chris Dummitt Mackenzie King's dirty secrets and the making of a prurient democracy'

Why did Canadians in the 1970s and 1980s want to know so much about Mackenzie King's private life?  Was he a spiritualist? Did he sleep with prostitutes under the guise of saving them? Was he a mentally-disturbed mother-lover? The Weird Willie phenomenon inspired movies, documentaries, novels, poems, plays and academic histories. Many historians now suggest that we ought to put aside these oddities. If King is seen in his own historical context, they argue, he is not nearly so odd. But before we put King back up on his prime ministerial pedestal, it is worth revisiting exactly why so many Canadians in the second half of the 20th century pulled him down in the first place. This talk looks back at the 'Weird Willie' phenomenon (the many revelations of King's oddities after his death) and suggests it tells us a good deal about changes in our political culture over the last fifty years including the decline of deference and the democratic deficit.

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"Canadian Club: Birth and Belonging in

Canada's Citizenship Law"

4:30 p.m., Tuesday 15 January 2013

SH 105 Multipurpose Room, Scott House , Traill College

A talk to be given by Dr. Lois Harder, Professor and Associate Dean Research and Graduate Studies, University of Alberta.

This Free Event is Open to the Public – Everyone Welcome

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The North at Trent 2013 Lecture Series

all lectures at Bagnani Hall, Traill College - 7:30 p.m.

January 22, 2013

Book Launch and Talk

The story of Walking the Land, Feeding the Fire: Knowledge and Stewardship among the Tłı̨chǫ Dene

Allice Legat, Roberta Bondar Fellow, Trent University

January 29, 2013

Chronic Disease Prevention through Local Food Procurement Initiatives: A Collaborative Response with Three Oji-Cree Communities in Northern Ontario

Michael Robidoux, School of Kinetics, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Ottawa

February 5, 2013

Canada and the Changing Arctic: Sovereignty, Security and Stewardship

P. Whitney Lackenbauer, Department of History, St. Jerome's University/University of Waterloo

All welcome / No charge

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Sponsored by the Roberta Bondar Fellowship Fund and the Frost Centre for Canadian Studies and Indigenous Studies

160 Girls Project Poster image

Setting Out to Change the World, Starting in Meru, Kenya

Featured Speaker:

Fiona Sampson*

Thursday November 22, 2012

Doors open at 7:00 pm

Lecture begins at 7:30 pm

Market Hall, 3rd Floor

140 Charlotte Street Peterborough

Reception to follow lecture

for information: 705-748-1399

The Equality Effect is an international network of human rights advocates (including grass roots community members, artists, musicians, film makers, health care workers, journalists, lawyers, teachers, students, judges and Parliamentarians) working together to improve the lives of women and girls by using existing human rights law to achieve concrete change, and the meaningful empowerment of women and girls.

This lecture is being sponsored by Trent University Alumni Affairs, the School of Graduate Studies and the Frost Centre for Canadian Studies and Indigenous Studies.

*Fiona is an MA alumna from the Frost Centre and co-founder of the Equality Effect.

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"Aboriginality and City Planning in Canada"

noon, Tuesday 25 September 2012

Kerr House Seminar Room, Kerr House, Traill College

A talk to be given by Dr. Ryan Walker, associate professor and past-chair of the Regional and Urban Planning Program, University of Saskatchewan. He has expertise in urban planning with Indigenous communities and administers the Canadian Pacific Partnership Program in Aboriginal Community Planning. Ryan is director of the Prairie Research Centre of the Urban Aboriginal Knowledge Network led by Trent’s Professor David Newhouse.

This Free Event is Open to the Public – Everyone Welcome

Bring your lunch – coffee/tea & cookies will be provided

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Andy Cragg, Rachel Herron, Kristi Allain and Diane Therrien on June 8, 2012

Convocation 2012

June 8, 2012

Congratulations to our graduates! The Frost Centre was very please to see Andy Cragg, Rachel Herron, Kelly Pineault, Diane Therrien, Brittany Young, and Kristi Allain at Convocation. Pictured above are Andy, Rachel, Kristi and Diane.

A special congratulations to Rachel Herron as recipient of the Governor General's Gold Medal

For further details about Convocation, including web casts, please visit

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Diverse Spaces Conference

Trent University

April 20-21, 2012

For details of the conference, including registration, please visit the conference web page at

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Frost Centre Brown Bag Lunch Series 2012

Kerr House Seminar Room


12 noon


Bring your lunch - coffee/tea/cookies to be served!  

Event coverage live tweets by FC Student

James Onusko @jonusko @trentfrostctr #fcresearch

Tuesday March 20  

“Foreign Investment Scare, or Fair Share?  The Rhetoric and Realities of Canadian Economic Nationalism, 1968-1984”

by  Dimitry Anastakis (Canadian Studies/History)

Tuesday March 27             

“In the Absence of the Rule of Law: Conditions of Women's Imprisonment and the Death of Ashley Smith.”

by Gillian Balfour (Sociology/Gender and Women’s Studies)

Tuesday April 3                    

“Postwar Calgary via the Lens of Childhood: Seeking Meanings through 'Texts'”

 by James Onusko (Canadian Studies Phd Candidate)

Tuesday April 10                 

"Power in Feminist Agendas: Negotiating Feminism in Neoliberal Times."

 by  Casey Ready (Canadian Studies Phd Candidate)

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Contested Spaces/Museum Spaces

Monday March 19, 2012

Multi-purpose Room, Scott House

Traill College, Trent University

5:00 - 7:00 PM

Reception to follow

Fostering A Culture of Sustainability – are museums up for the challenge?

by Douglas Worts, Culture and Sustainability Specialist, WorldViews Consulting

Controversies in Context: Communication, Hot Topics and Museums in Canada

Jenny Ellison, PhD Research Associate, Frost Centre for Canadian Studies and Indigenous Studies

Postdoctoral Fellow, Mount Allison University Centre for Canadian Studies

‘Engage the World’: the Royal Ontario Museum, the Dead Sea Scrolls and critical public engagement

Susan L.T. Ashley, PhD SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellow Frost Centre for Canadian Studies and Indigenous Studies


abstracts for the papers available at the Facebook event page




Organized and sponsored by the

Frost Centre for Canadian Studies and Indigenous Studies

Trent University

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The North at Trent 2012 Lecture Series

all lectures at Bagnani Hall, Traill College - 7:30 p.m.

January 18, 2012

Tłı̨chǫ Dene Monitoring the "Land"

Allice Legat, Roberta Bondar Fellow, Trent University

February 15, 2012

Survivor's Narratives: Voices from Inside the Circle of Civilized Conditions

John Milloy, Trent University

March 14, 2012

Listening for Different Stories: Indigenous Knowledge and its Tranformations

Julie Cruikshank, Professor Emeritus, UBC

lLive tweet coverage of all three lectures by FC Student Tim Querengesser @timquerengesser @TrentFrostCtr #TrentNorth

Sponsored by the Roberta Bondar Fellowship Fund, the Frost Centre for Canadian Studies and Indigenous Studies, the Nind Fund, and the Canadian Studies Department

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Canada and the New World Order:

The National Contexts of Global Change

Trent-Carleton Graduate Conference 2011-12

March 9-10, 2012

Schedule of Events

Event coverage:

  • Live tweets @tccon2012
  • Article by Trent News

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"Cold War Encounters: The Canadian Military

Presence in West Germany, 1951-1994"

4pm, Thursday 26 January
Wilson Reading Room, Kerr House, Traill College

A talk to be given by Frauke Brammer of the John F Kennedy Institute for North American Studies at the Free University of Berlin

Sponsored by the Frost Centre for Canadian and Indigenous Studies, the History Department and the Department of Canadian Studies.

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the Centre for the Study of Theory, Culture and Politics presents:


December 1, 2011

Caroline Langill

Ontario College of Art and Design

"The Living Effect: Interrogating "aliveness" in

historical and contemporary art "

Presentations take place on Thursday evenings at 7:30 pm

Traill College - Scott House 105

sponsored in part by the Frost Centre

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"Canadian Studies in Cuba"

a lecture by Professor E R Barroso, University of Matanzas, Cuba

Tuesday, November 15, 2011 4:30 p.m.

Wilson Reading Room, Kerr House, Traill College


Professor Emilio Rodriguez Barroso focussed his discussion on the program at the University of Matanzas, followed by an introduction to Canadian Studies in Cuba more broadly.

Affiliated with the Foreign Language Department of the Faculty for the Social Sciences and Humanities at the University of Matanzas, Professor Barroso was one of the founders of that department in 1975.  He has taught courses in the areas of English for English Majors, English as a Second Language, Translation, and Panorama of the Culture of English-Speaking Countries. He is currently executive vice-president for the Canadian Studies Division at the University of Matanzas.

Professor Rodriguez Barroso is a guest of the Canadian Studies department.

Presented by the Frost Centre for Canadian Studies & Indigenous Studies

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Canadian Childhood and Adolescence:

Blueprinting the Past, Present and Future

October 28-29, 2011

Bagnani Hall, Traill College,

Trent Univeristy

read about the Conference

click here for Program/Schedule

Friday Oct. 28 5:30 p.m. - Keynote Address - open to the public

Dr. Tamara Myers (UBC) "Contemplative Gazing: Exploring Visual Narratives of 1960s Childhood & Youth"

Saturday Oct. 29th - Sessions:

  • Representing Childhood
  • Experiencing Different Childhoods
  • Sexuality, Body & Health in Childhood & Adolescence

With support from: Frost Centre for Canadian Studies and Indigenous Studies, T.E.W. Nind Endowment Fund, Dept. of History, English, and School of Education and Professional Learning, GSA, School of Graduate Studies and Canada Research Chair in Canadian Studies

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Perspectives on the Enviromental History

of Northern Canada

October 28 - 30, 2011

Scott House, Traill College

For details about the project, workshop and planned publication please visit

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"The Many Securities of the Arctic Region"

Brown bag lunch talk by Dr. Lassi Heininen  

Thursday October 6, 2011 12:30 p.m.

Wallis Hall room 226, Traill College  

Lassi Heininen is a political scientist from the University of Lapland and Chair of the Northern Reserach Forum. His work on politics, security and governance in the circumpolar has spanned more than two decades. He has written extensivley on the region, and his work is included in the 2004 Arctic Human Development Report.

Presented by the Frost Centre for Canadian Studies & Indigenous Studies

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"Rural Aging: Canadian Issues and International Contexts"

Dr. Norah Keating, University of Alberta

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Watch CHEX News coverage of the event.

About the talk:

Canada's vast territories and low density settlements along with a rapidly aging population have resulted in it becoming a world leader in research in rural aging. In this public event, Norah Keating discusses our state of knowledge of the lives of older adults in Canada, drawing on a review of research on aging in rural Canada over the past 20 years. She discusses what has been learned about the social engagement, independence, family and social networks, rural services and health of older rural Canadians. She highlights gaps in our understanding of marginalization and exclusion, of contributions and engagement, and of diversity of rural communities and people. Canada's rural aging experiences are placed in context through a review of the living situation and family connections of oder adults across world regions.

About the speaker:

Dr. Norah Keating, PhD, FCAHS is Chair, North American Region of the International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics; Director of the Global Social Initiative on Ageing; Professor and Co-director Research on Aging, Policies and Practice in the Department of Human Ecology, University of Alberta; and an Ajunct Professor in the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Alberta.

Event Sponsors:

The Trent Aging Studies Collaborative (TASC); the Frost Centre for Canadian Studies & Indigenous Studies; the Trent/Fleming School of Nursing; the Canadian Studies, Geography and Sociology undergraduate programs at Trent University and the Peterborough County-City Health Unit.

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Continuing the Conversations: Celebrating 10 years of the Trent-Carleton Joint Doctoral Program in Canadian Studies

May 13 to 14, 2011

Bagnani Hall, Traill College

Read about the Keynote Address by Thomas King and about the Conference.

To mark the first 10 years of the only PhD in Canadian Studies in Canada, Trent and Carleton have organized two celebratory events. In March at Carleton a new lecture series was launched in conjunction with the annual graduate student conference. In May, a two day event was at Trent which opened with a keynote address by Dr. Thomas King on Friday May 13th. The next day (May 14th) will began with a series of papers reflecting the breadth and critical perspectives of the research by our graduates and current students. In the afternoon, a roundtable of invited faculty, students and graduates explored what the next decade of Canadian Studies might look like. A series of high profile commentators from both within the academy were invited to reflect on what they hear throughout the day to conclude the formal sessions. A celebratory dinner concluded the event. Details about the event are found at

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Event Videos

Tłı̨chǫ Dene Monitoring the "Land"

by Allice Legat, Roberta Bondar Fellow, Trent University

January 18, 2012

first lecture in the North at Trent 2012 Lecture Series


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