Tag: publications

Minutes of the CNHH Annual Meeting-2022

Canadian Network on Humanitarian History

Annual General Meeting

May 18, 2022

Held virtually using Zoom
12:30-2:00 p.m.

Chair: Dominique Marshall
Minutes: Nassisse Solomon

1. Introduction by Attendees:

Hunter Mcgill (retired CIDA Official), taught courses at Carleton and Ottawa U on Humanitarian Aid and Development ; part of the archival rescue teamStephen Osei-Owusu,
University of Ghana, teaches history – focused on the role of aid and development in Ghana’s development post-colonialism – now working on Environmental History
Simplice Ayanma
Post Doc Banting Fellow
Working with David Webster- at Bishops University The politics of Canada and the Franco-phone
Claire Lefort-Rieu : Ph.D. Anthropology in Forced Migration in Cameroon – Institute of Development and Paris University in French

Rhonda Gossen : Also worked at CIDA – works as a consultant for UNEP and UNHCR consultant – retired from CIDA – interested in the archival rescue project and in the women development projects in Pakistan

John Foster: Teaching at the University of Regina – rewriting 3rd year course on International Human Rights. Involved in MITACS between Dominique et al. Kevin O’Sullivan’s book- the
Nassisse Solomon

Lydia Wytenbroek : Assistant professor at UBC,social historian of twentieth-century health care, with a particular interest in understanding and interpreting the historical forces that have shaped the nursing profession and practice. *Interests in Nursing in Iran. Will be responsible to Tweets and coordinating events for CNHH.Sonja De Laat : Degree in Anthropology, specializing in the  History of Humanitarian Representation. Involved with Dominique |Humanitarian Health Ethics – palliative care.
Kevin Brushett : Head of History at the Royal Military College, interested in CIDA work- government and non-government actors brokered the relationship btw the two

Jill Campbell Miller: Currently at Fisheries Canada. Interested in working on projects examining relationships b/w India and Canada.  Dominique Marshall: Oxfam Canada|Gender design in Science Technology and Mathematics
Sarah Glassford

Practicing archivist at the University of Windsor. History of The Canadian Red Cross; interested in collaborating  


2. Updates on CNHH Projects:

  • CNHH Blog (Sarah):
    The blog will continue to function as it has – a bit of a catchall. A great place to showcase ideas that are not big enough for an article- but you are looking to get it out there. Hoping to grow the list of Humanitarian Reads:  “If you only read 4 things on topic x  – these are the 4 that you should read”. Annotated bibliography.

           E.g. Sonya – how to interpret visual histories

Rhonda Gossen offered the following in the chat: “I have a huge list of books written by humanitarians that has been compiled by the largest Facebook group of humanitarian workers called Fifty Shades of Aid”.

  • Bulletin:  Dominique asked for feedback on how this has been working.

    • Report from ongoing NGO Collaborations (Anna, Helen, Elizabeth, & FRI):

      MITACS project –

      • John- Latin American Working Group
      • Helen- Lebanese Reparations of the 1970s – helping authors with organizing the documents in the archives.

Farm Radio is hiring an RA to do 200 hours of work interviewing people in Africa to see how they benefited from Farm Radio funding

  • Archives (David, Dominique, Sarah)
    Library and Archives Canada – Hunter and Chris working on fishery data from local fisheries. Dominique and David are collaborating in this regard. David is thinking of going to Carleton to do more of this work.

    • Teaching: Recipro, upcoming courses, and other projects:
      History of the Spanish Civil War; Communist Aid; Environmental NGOs
  • Publications (Journal of Humanitarian Affairs) :
    Special issue of the Journal of Humanitarian Aid History

3. CHA Panels:

  • 2022 update: (Stephen, Simplice, Robyn?)

Report on the panel from Wednesday May 18:

Jill – the panel for this year was organically formed as both Dominique and David had post docs attending. A CHA affiliated group can host a panel.| Enticing for emerging scholars/ current students in Ph.D. or MA programs| Pull the proposal together.

Simplice: A major 1968-1980s Cameroon to Canada diplomatic project – CIDA.

Stephen: spoke of an event in 1849 in Ghana. A christianized and indegnous African population. Beyond the normative implications of the clash- a christianized group invading a group that works with the indigenous population….Eurpoean Christianity and modality- often times the indigenous populations gets trumped out. Relevance during the pre-colonial| colonial | and post colonial periods. 

Spring Shannon Lecture series –
DFO has a social sciences and humanities network teams channel so I will post it there.

Lydia – will be promoting these events on CNHH Twitter account.

Action Items: Dominique and Stephen will connect with Lydia for further action.

  • 2023- Planning: (Nassisse, Jill?)
    Solicitation of ideas for a CHA Panel

    a) Idea Number 1: Sarah- 2023 Panel on Archives- David Webster and Hunter McGill – a running theme is the presence or absence of archives and the crazy states in which they reach us. Jill suggested that the Round table Format might work best for this proposed discussion.  

    Jill – getting conference permission from the DFO is a long process. So start early if we are interested in getting CIDA or GAC involved in the panel.

b) Idea Number 2:  Aid perspectives from the Middle East –

 Lydia Wytenbroek: Area studies

c) Idea Number 3:  Palliative Care| Aging – post-pandemic

*Cross-posting events – joint Congress Panel-   

4. Book Launch (Lydia)

Great attendance- recording of events will be up soon.

If anyone has any ideas – please email Lydia @ lydia.wytenbroek@ubc.ca

5. Future Projects:

  • Events (Lydia) : email Lydia
  • NGO partners  (& Annual Meeting of 2023): York University- Glendon College
  • Archives:

i. Kevin looking to work through CIDA files at LAC. Is there a way of getting more privileged access to these files? Contact Jennifer Anderson and Brandon Kelly at GAC.

ii. Archival Rescue Project: add CIDA to the meeting agenda of this group for ~30 minutes. 

iii. Oral History with donors of the archives to understand the context of the donations.

iv. Rhonda Gossen- contact GAC / Historians to see if a funding proposal can be put forward to get access to files and start cataloguing materials.

6. Housekeeping:

  • Website Updates
  • Governance Updates & Potential Changes and Additions (Future Executive Committee Meetings – Nassisse) 
  • Membership update and Potential new members

7. New Business & Other Business:

Check to see if there is a copy of the following book at your local libraries/ institutional library:  https://www.ubcpress.ca/breaking-barriers-shaping-worlds

CfP: The African Commonwealth – Strasbourg 14-15 November 2019 (new deadline, 1 July 2019)

original post on H-Diplo by Mélanie Torrent

The African Commonwealth : perceptions, realities and limits (new deadline / new dates)

14-15 November 2019
Institute of Political Studies, Strasbourg

The next Commonwealth Summit, due to be held in Kigali in 2020, promises to give Africa new visibility in the politics of the governmental delegations and civil society organisations which will converge in Rwanda. The youngest member of the Commonwealth, having joined in 2009, a joint member of the Francophonie whose secretary general is now former Rwandan Foreign and International Cooperation Secretary Louise Mushikiwabo, and an active player in global, continental and regional dynamics, Rwanda will be an important space for the Commonwealth to show that it is an attractive multilateral organisation for the 21st century – and for observers to assess this critically. On Africa, beside a number of success stories, the ongoing “Anglophone crisis” in Cameroon will raise difficult but urgent questions. More generally, the renegotiation of the Cotonou Agreements and the question of the Economic Partnership Agreements, the redefinition of the UK’s relations with the overall Commonwealth (including in the current uncertain context of Brexit) and the interest shown by African states in either re-entering (Zimbabwe) or joining (Togo) the Commonwealth also makes a re-assessment of the meaning of the Commonwealth in Africa and for Africa an important and timely issue. Continue reading

CfP: Appel à contribution – Les acteurs religieux africains à l’ère du numérique

Appel à contribution – Les acteurs religieux africains à l’ère du numérique

Un numéro de la revue Émulations. Revue des jeunes chercheuses et chercheurs en sciences
sociales à paraître en 2017 sera consacré au thème « Les acteurs religieux africains à l’ère du
numérique », sous la direction de Pamela MILLET MOUITY (École des hautes études en
sciences sociales) et Frédérick MADORE (Université Laval).

À partir du milieu des années 1990 et surtout depuis les années 2000, tout un champ d’études s’est
développé sur la façon dont la religion s’inscrit dans le numérique – sites web, forums, blogues,
médias de diffusion en ligne, réseaux sociaux, etc. Les auteurs de ces recherches ont développé
différents concepts tels que « religion online », « online religion » et « digital religion », pour
mieux appréhender les nouvelles formes de religiosités qui sont apparues grâce au web. Cependant,
peu d’études ont jusqu’à présent traité de manière significative de l’usage de l’Internet par les
groupes religieux du continent africain. Pourtant, la visibilité et la résurgence des pratiques
religieuses de toutes les confessions marquent le quotidien individuel et collectif, tant sur le
continent africain qu’au sein des diasporas. Dans cette nébuleuse, les nouveaux médias numériques
sont devenus des outils, voire des espaces majeurs où se donne à voir ce « religieux africain » dans
sa forme plurielle. Certes, le degré de pénétration et l’accessibilité d’Internet en Afrique demeurent
parmi les plus faibles dans le monde : 28,7 % de la population y ont accès selon des chiffres de
20161. À cela s’ajoutent de grandes disparités entre Afrique du Nord et Afrique subsaharienne,
ainsi qu’entre les différentes régions linguistiques. Malgré tout, son usage est en forte
augmentation : entre 2000 et 2015, le nombre d’utilisateurs est passé de 4 500 000 à plus de
330 000 000.

Continue reading

Third Bulletin of the CNHH

The Third Newsletter of the CNHH was sent out to the membership and subscribers this morning. The full text of the bulletin can be read below. This update addresses new members and news from the membership, past and future events, publications, and conferences of the Network, and the future research projects and funding.

Continue reading

Sarah Glassford Publishes on the History of the Red Cross

The Canadian Network on Humanitarian History is pleased to announce the publication of Sarah Glassford‘s first monograph, Mobilizing Mercy: a History of the Canadian Red Cross, from McGill-Queen’s University Press.  Dr. Glassford is a social historian of Canada, having received her PhD from York University in Toronto.  She is also a founding member of our Network and has previously blogged on Humanitarianism in the classroom.

Continue reading

Dubinsky on Fieldston, ‘Raising the World: Child Welfare in the American Century’

suggested by Andrew Johnston (Network member)

Sara Fieldston. Raising the World: Child Welfare in the American Century. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2015. . $39.95 (cloth), ISBN 978-0-674-36809-5.

Reviewed by Karen Dubinsky (Queens University)
Published on H-Diplo (September, 2015)
Commissioned by Seth Offenbach

Sara Fieldston’s Raising the World: Child Welfare in the American Century helps to build the case, now made by many scholars, for considering foreign policy from the bottom up, wresting our conceptualization of international relations from the world of men-in-suits and dispersing it, as it should be, through various sectors of the population. It is also an important contribution to the historiography of childhood and child welfare, a component of international relations. These are not well-trod paths but they are not new territory either. Where Raising the World says something very new is in its suggestive, at times impressionistic, discussion of the links between the post-World War Two project of “Third World Development” and childhood.

Continue reading

New Publication: The Emergence of Humanitarian Intervention.

Cambridge University Press recently published a new volume on humanitarian aid and intervention of potential interest to the community.  Edited by Dr. Fabian Klose of the Leibniz-Institut fuer Europaeische Geschichte, Mainz, The Emergence of Humanitarian Intervention: Ideas and Practice from the Nineteenth Century to Present presents articles by academics including Michael Geyer, Daniel Marc Segesser, Stefan Kroll, and Mairi S. Macdonald.

Continue reading