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CNHH Update on Congress, workshops, and conferences, membership and archival news, March 2019.

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Welcome to the CNHH!


1. CNHH at Congress, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, June 6, 201

Thursday June 6: Sixth Annual Workshop and Meeting of the CNHH
Planning is underway for the sixth annual workshop and business meeting of the CNHH, which will take place the morning of June 6, the first day following the Canadian Historical Association. Though we are still in the planning phase, the main event will hopefully be a discussion on the issue of “region” in Canadian activism around issues of international development and aid with the British Columbia CCIC, though the details still need to be worked out. Other issues we will discuss are:

  • An update to the “archival rescue” project with Chris Trainor, archivist at Archives and Research Collections, Carleton, and other archival projects that the CNHH has underway.
  • Reports from individual and collaborative CNHH projects.
  • The potential for a special issue on aid and humanitarianism within the Canadian Journal of History.

We invite anyone who has a contribution, such as a research project underway that they would like to advertise to CNHH membership, to get in touch with us let us know, and we can add you to the agenda.
Arrangements can also be made for you to join by Skype. For more information or to add an item to our agenda, please email Jill Campbell-Miller at

Monday June 3: 13:30 –15:00 | 13h30 –15h0
Icons, Trailblazers, and Symbols of Virtue: Memory, Commemoration, and Nursing Identities | Figures emblématiques, pionnières et symboles de vertu: Mémoire, commémoration et identités des infirmières
Participants: Jill Campbell –Miller (Carleton University) Sioban Nelson (University of Toronto)Sarah Glassford (Provincial Archives of New Brunswick) Andrea McKenzie (York University)Peter L. Twohig (Saint Mary’s University)Chair and Facilitator | Animatrice et facilitatrice : Whitney Wood (University of Calgary)
Joint session with the Canadian Society for the History of Medicine and the Canadian Association for the History of Nursing | Session conjointe de la Société canadienne d’histoire de la médecine et de l’Association canadienne pour l’histoire du nursing

Tuesday June 4: 13:30 –15:00 | 13h30 –15h00
Poster Session | Séance decommunications affichées
Sonya de Laat (McMaster University), Dominique Marshall (Carleton University) and Sandrine Murray (Carleton University): “Mediated Mercy: Visual Histories of Canadian Aid to Refugees and Displaced People Abroad” (Common project of the Canadian Network on Humanitarian History) – Presented by Jill Campbell-Miller.
A copy of the poster will be posted on the CNHH website after that date.

Wednesday June 5 10:30 –12:00 | 10h30 –12h00
Learning from Development| Development from Learning: Aid and Education, 1945-1975 | Apprendre du développement| Se développergrâce à l’apprentissage: L’aide et l’éducation, 1945-1975
Jill Campbell-Miller (Carleton University): “A Mission for Modernity: Canadians and Medical Education in India, 1946-1966”
David Meren (Université de Montréal): “‘The Pedagogy of ‘Development’: Settler Colonialism and the Origins, Life and Demise of the United Nations Regional Training Centre for Technical Assistance at UBC”
Kevin Brushett (Royal Military College of Canada): “On Ten Days to Shake the World: NGOs, the State & the Politics of Development Education
”Chair | Animateur : TBA
Discussant: David Webster (Bishop’s University) Sponsored by the Canadian Network on Humanitarian History | Parrainée par Réseau canadien sur l’histoire de l’humanitaire

Sunday June 2, 1:30-3:00 Canadian Society for the History of Medicine Joint panel with the Canadian Society for the History and Philosophy of Science Women’s and Gender Studies et Recherches Féministes Session on Women, Transnational Mobilities, and Medico-Scientific Innovation in the 20th Century.

Chair(e): Catherine Carstairs (University of Guelph)

Margaret Sanger in China: The Eugenic Debates on Birth Control and Overpopulation in 1922
Mirela David (University of Saskatchewan)

Hunting Armadillos and Whales: Frances Oldham [Kelsey] at the University of Chicago in the 1930s
Cheryl Krasnick Warsh (Vancouver Island University)

“This was the drug that healed – it was love”: The Life and Career of Florence Nichols, Medical Missionary and Psychiatrist
Jill Campbell-Miller (Carleton University)

4. Breaking Barriers, Shaping Worlds: Women and the Search for Global Order, 1919-2019. Was organised by Global Affairs Canada in Ottawa, March 21-22, in partnership with the CNHH.

2. ‘Visions of Humanity”, Berlin, 6 – 8 May 2019 in Berlin, John F. Kennedy Institute, Freie Universität Berlin. CNHH members Sonya DeLaat, Valérie Gorin, Andrew Johnston, Jean-Michel Turcotte, will present. The symposium is organised by CNHH partner Soenke Kunkel.

3. Histories of the Red Cross Movement since 1919 , Geneva, June 13-14. Sonya DeLaat, Beth Robertson and Dominique Marshall will present.


Good news from the CIDA Photo Library. Ralph Duchesne, who is in charge of the collection of photos, welcomes visits from CNHH members. He has installed a new user friendly station in his office at Global Affairs Canada. To book a time, please contact him at

Carleton’s Archives and Research Collections continues its work of Archival Rescue of humanitarian aid. The pilot call for CIDA retirees has brought a dozen new personal fonds to the archives. Hunter McGill, Chris Trainor and Dominique Marshall are now expanding the project and thinking of including an oral history component.

CNHH has partnered with Montreal based Alternatives to employ Anne-Michèle Lajoie, Carleton undergraduate student registered in a practicum course, to collect oral histories and review part of the archives in preparation for their 25th anniversary next fall.

CNHH also partnered with the Multicultural Council of Saskatchewan, in a similar arrangement. Practicum student Ross Zimmerman is assisting them in preparing their old documents for a second transfer at the Provincial Archives.


David Webster’s co-edited book with Greg Donaghy, A Samaritan State Revisited: Historical Perspectives on Canadian Foreign Aid, is upcoming. The book came out of CNHH sponsored conference of the same name in December 2017. He has also coordinated a student-authored textbook: Truth and reconciliation in 28 Countries

Sarah Glassford is now working as an Archivist in the Government Records section of the Provincial Archives of New Brunswick. Her article “‘International Friendliness’ and Canadian Identities: Transnational Tensions in Canadian Junior Red Cross Texts, 1919-1939” appeared in the latest issue of Jeunesse (vol 10, no 2, 2018, pp 52-72).

Jill Campbell-Miller published “From Disaster to Development? The Role of the Second World War in Shaping Canadian Humanitarian Aid,” International Journal 73: 4 (2018): 609-622.

Sonya DeLaat features these studies along with a ethics reflection on visual depictions of suffering bodies in the latest edition of the HumEthNet’s Reflections newsletter.

Marie-Luise Ermish is currently collaborating with two Carleton professors who are also affiliated with the Institute of African Studies – Doris Buss and Blair Rutherford on a short-term project focused on how artisanal and small-scale mining cooperatives in Kenya are formed, and how they can best contribute to the formalization of the sector. She completed a field research mission in Kenya at the end of February, during which she spoke with 37 miners and government representatives on this topic. She will likely go back to Kenya in May for a validation workshop. She is doing this work through the UBC-based Canadian International Resources and Development Institute. She participates in the CHA mentorship program.

John Foster presented on “Civil Society Perspectives” at the symposium on Trading on New Terms: Civil Society and North American Free Trade 2019 in Ottawa on February 8.

Dominique Marshall is co-Principal Investigator in a IDRC funded project on Gendered Design in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts & Math); with Laura Madokoro, she is also collaborating with the SSHRC funded project Local Engagement Refugee Research Network lead by James Milner; she is also on the advisory boad of the Australian Research Council Discovery Project “Resilient Humanitarianism: The League of Red Cross Societies, 1919-1991,” led by Melanie Oppenheimer. She is planning to run her Fall 2019 course on the History of Humanitarian Aid as “experiential learning” with partnerships with four or five NGOs of the region of the National Capital.

On the occasion of the 35th anniversary of Immigration and Refugee Board, Mike Molloy, in his capacity as President of the Canadian Immigration Historical Society, and his team, asked a number of people who had played roles creating, managing and reforming the IRB to write about their experiences. The result is a collection of perspectives that casts light on just how complicated and difficult it is to create and sustain an institution charged with being both fast and fair in rendering refugee status decisions. It will be online soon, in the March 2019 issue of the CIHS Bulletin:


Therese Marie Sunga, PhD Candidate – History, University of Manchester

Interests: Therese Marie researches the Philippines as a site of asylum in the 20th century.


Sharing the Legacy of the Antigonish Movement: Conflicts between Local and International Development, by Peter Ludlow, 24 February 2019.

Assisting with the Researching of the Missionary Nursing at the West China Mission during World War II with I-CUREUS, A Mandarin-Speaking Undergraduate Student Becomes Research Assistant for Archival Work on Canadian Nursing during Wartime in China, by Lui Xia Lee, 15 January 2019.

“Seeing Refugees”: Using Old Photographs to Gain New Perspectives on Refugees, Past and Present, by Sonya DeLaat, 14 november 2018.

Colombo Plan Fellowships: transforming education and practice, by Sandrine Murray, 9 October 2018. An account of CNHH co-sponsored post-doctoral talk by Jill Campbell-Miller, at Carleton University




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