The second Bulletin of the Canadian Network on Humanitarian History was sent out last week.  For any who missed it, the full text of the newsletter may be found below.  This bulletin covers the upcoming Congress and Workshop in Calgary, some recent blogs, and the Network’s research activities and work with NGOs.

CHA Workshop, Network research activities, recent blogs, and work with NGOs.

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Welcome to the Canadian Network on Humanitarian History Newsletter, 17 May 2016.

Dear colleagues,


Since our last Bulletin in January, we have had a record number of people joining the network. See the ever growing list here:
Please continue to show the website to colleagues and students.

News from members:

Sarah Glassford writes: “This spring I am working as a historical consultant and writer for the “CRC120” digital exhibit being created by the Canadian Red Cross to celebrate its 120th anniversary. It will be launched in Summer 2016, and consists of 120 artifacts from CRC history, 1885-present. Each artifact will be accompanied by an explanation of its relationship to Red Cross, Canadian, or international people/events/ideas. A social media campaign will support the main exhibit, once launched. This is a separate initiative, above and beyond the existing history content on the CRC corporate website, and may be the kind of project the CNHH can point to, to help convince other NGOs of the fundraising & publicity possibilities inherent in their own histories.”

Kevin O’Sullivan writes: “I hope this email finds you well and that all is well in Ottawa. I wonder if it would be possible to share the below with the members of the Canadian Network on Humanitarian History? Sorry for the self-publicity – I just thought that the articles might be of interest to one or two people in Canada. All the best, Kevin
Humanitarianisms in Context: Histories of Non-State Actors, from the Local to the Global ‘Humanitarianisms in Context: Histories of Non-State Actors, from the Local to the Global’ is now available as an open access special double issue of European Review of History; it can be read or downloaded for free here: The articles in this collection focus on a range of issues that shaped humanitarianism from the nineteenth to the twenty-first centuries, covering a wide geographical area – from Japan and India to Europe and the Middle East – and providing case studies of a variety of different NGOs. In keeping with the goals of the ‘Non-State Humanitarianism’ network, from which the contributions are drawn, the special issue also brings together academics and practitioners, including reflections on the role of history from the contemporary humanitarian sector.

The 2016 Canadian Historical Association Congress will be held May 29-June 1. Members of the Network will be presenting papers at the “Aid, Advocacy, Development and Faith in the Pre-Digital Age panel (see the CHA Congress program for time).

Third Workshop of the CNHH, Calgary, June 2:
So far we have 13 participants, among whom 2 will be joining us online. We are trying to invite NGOs local to Calgary, as few NGO members will be able to attend. MA graduate Sandy Baron will coordinate the event from Calgary. The content is yet to be finalised, and participants will receive updates soon. Here is what we know for now (suggestions are still welcome):

AM: In the morning, we will share information about mutual projects. There will be a session on the challenges of making husmanitarian history, with Laura Madokoro talking of her experience with the histories of refugees.
PM: In the afternoon we will make plans for the future buy discussing:t he website features current and future; Planning common research projects current and future.

Seminars and papers:

– Sonya De Laat presented on the photographs of the history of humanitarian aid, at Carleton University, in March 2016:

– a seminar by Melanie Oppenheimer on comparative histories of the Red Cross, May 2016, Carleton ( ) Let us know if you would like to join in person or by Skype.

-a panel at the CHA meeting in Calgary will discuss “Aid, Advocay, Development and Faith in the Digital Age:

-The network will introduce Romeo Dallaire’s talk at Congress on June 1.

-Next fall, a conference organised by Greg Donaghy, chief historian of the Department of External Affairs, together with David Webster and Dominique Marshall, will address the history of aid in Canada. Suggestions for the program are still welcome.

-Next Fall, the Humanitarian Coalition Conference may host a research event where the CNHH would participate. There is also the possiblity of a table at the attending “Humanitarian Fair”. More later.

Research projects:

– History of refugees, with a new $ 2 800 grant from the Migration and Diaspora Studies (Carleton University), involving all members interested. Title: “Canadian Humanitarian Aid towards Refugees and Displaced Populations Abroad: a Collaborative and Virtual Exhibition.” This will be discussed at the Workshop.

-Infrastructure of the network – The 2015 $ 10 000 grant from Carleton University Research Office has been used at 75% for the two workshops, the website (with the diligent help of RA Sean Eedy), the writing of the SSHRC grant and the Bulletin. The remnant will be used to continue such activities.

Projects in NGOS:

– Eleanore Barney worked for 130 hours at Partnership Africa Canada to assemble material for their 30th anniversary, within the framework of Carleton’s practicum in History, third year class.

-Since our work with PAC, the network has been approached by Montreal’s Médecins du monde for a similar venture, in the wake of a presentation at the Humanitarian Response Network meeting in April at Carleton University.

-We have worked with John Foster, of the Latin America group, to help organize archives and publicize them.

-We are still working with Match International on the organization of their archives and the preparation for their anniversary.

-Last fall, a large team of archivists, NGO paractitioners and historians worked hard to put together a SSHRC Partnership Development Grant which was, unfortunately, not successful. Nassisse Solomon and Sarah Glassford were particularly active in writing this grant.

Blogs past and future:

-27 January: Sean Eedy on German refugees in Canada:

-3 March: Jill Campbell-Miller on investment for Development crossposted with Active History):

-1 April: Sarah Glassford on teaching humanitarian history:

-26 April: Will Tait and Christine Chisholm interview of James Orbinsky of MSF internaitonal:

-11 May: Nassisse Solomon on Ethiopian famines (cross posted with Active History’s shorter version):

-Zuzia Danielsky on Partnership Africa Canada

Please send suggestions for future blogs


The CNHH has a proposal for a special issue of the Journal of Canadian Studies, in 2017.


Dominique Marshall

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