“A Samaritan State” Revisited will be held at Robertson Room, Lester B. Pearson Building
“A Samaritan State” Revisited
UPDATED: A Workshop on Archives is now scheduled ahead of the conference itself. Those interested in attending may find further information here. Click “yes” when registering on Eventbrite to confirm your attendance.
“A Samaritan State” Revisited is a two-day conference on 12-13 December 2016 that will explore aspects of the history of official Canadian development assistance, a field of rapidly growing interest and sophistication among young scholars in Canada. The conference, which represents a mix of junior and senior academics, will trace the broad ideological and institutional origins of Canada’s ODA in the 1950s, as well as specific themes in its evolution and professionalization after 1960. A final session will explore the contemporary history of Canadian aid from the early 1990s to the present. Taken together, these new papers represent the most comprehensive overview available of the current historiography on this subject. A complete program of the conference is available here, although subject to change without notice.
The conference, whose title acknowledges the 50th anniversary of the publication of Keith Spicer’s pioneering study on Canadian foreign aid, Samaritan State?: External Aid in Canada’s Foreign Policy, is co-sponsored by the Historical Section of Global Affairs Canada in collaboration with Bishop’s University and Carleton University. It will bring together several of Canada’s leading foreign aid scholars, including:
Stephen Brown (Ottawa) on the historic challenges of development policy coherence;
Jill Campbell-Miller (St. Mary’s) on Canada and the origins of the Colombo Plan;
David Webster (Bishop’s) on Canada and UN Technical Assistance in the 1950s;
Sonya de Laat (Western) on CIDA’s evolving visual culture;
Dominique Marshall (Carleton) on CIDA-Oxfam relations;
David Black (Dalhousie) on Canadian Aid to Africa;
“A Samaritan State” Revisited will interest academics, graduate students, Global Affairs Canada staff (active and retired), Ottawa-based humanitarian NGOs, and the diplomatic community.
There is no registration fee for this conference, but as seating is limited, those wishing to attend are asked to register in advance through the conference’s Eventbrite page. Registrants will require government-issued photo identification to enter the L.B. Pearson Building.