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.

News from the Membership, Past and Future Events, Research Project and Funding.

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Dear Colleagues,

Since the CNHH last Bulletin in May, two people have joined the network:

David Meren, Professor Adjoint, Université de Montréal – Drawing on cultural history, social history, and postcolonial studies, Dr. Meren explores the evolution of Canada and Quebec’s places in the world and how their international activities shaped and were shaped by the experiences of people living in the northern half of North America. In 2012, he published With Friends Like These: Entangled Nationalisms and the Canada-Québec-France Triangle, 1944-1970 (UBC Press), leading to the exploration of the concept of “nationhood” in an increasingly globalized world. He is currently co-editing a volume on Canadian international history from the perspective of race.

Deanne van Tol, Assistant Professor, Redeemer University – Interests: History of Humanitarianism, welfare, gender and empire in 20th century sub-Saharan Africa.

You may see the whole list here: Please continue to show the website to colleagues, partner organizations, archivists and students. Let us know when the information about your work posted on the members list needs to be updated.

News from members:
Marie-Luise Ermisch wrote in June: “I am currently working at the Canadian International Resources and Development Institute (CIRDI) as a program manager for their Mongolia file. The aim of my project is to work with Mongolians to improve communication around mining. I actually just came back from a field mission to Mongolia this Sunday. It’s such a fascinating place, undergoing a lot of historical change in a short period of time.” She has accepted to write a blog for the CNHH about her experience. “[…] A social media rep at Oxfam GB ask[ed] about my work on Oxfam. She wants to curate a social media campaign commemorating Operation Oasis, 50 years after the fact. Apparently she has my doctoral thesis printed and bound on her desk. It was a very nice surprise and demonstrates that the work we are doing is relevant. It also made me miss history.”

Sarah Glassford collaborated to the wonderful virtual exhibition “120 Years of the Canadian Red Cross” which was launched a few weeks ago. She is on her way to Adelaide for the conference on the “Histories of the Red Cross Movement: Continuity and Change” on September 9-11, for which she will act as the ambassador of the CNHH and write a blog on her return.

Jill Campbell Miller won an AMS Postdoctoral Fellowship ( )
– a one-year fellowship with a maximum stipend of $45,000 and a $2500 research and travel grant to support projects related to the history of health care, disease, medicine, or the education of health professionals. Her project will collect research regarding the history of Canadian participation in health-related humanitarian and development work in South and Southeast Asia between 1950 and 1968, with a particular focus on healthcare-related education and training programs.Events, past and future:
The third workshop of the network took place in Calgary, in the wake of Congress. You may read the account here, written by our Research Assistant for the occasion, Sandy Barron.

The recording of the panel on ““Aid, Advocacy, Development and Faith in the Digital Age” held by the CNHH at the Canadian Historical Association Meeting in June is now posted.

The CNHH is collaborating with the Greg Donaghy, head of History Directorate of Global Affairs Canada, and David Webster, member of the CNHH at Bishop University, towards a Conference entitled ““A Samaritan State” Revisited: Historical Perspectives on Canadian Foreign Aid, 1950-2016” on December 12 and 13 2016, held in Ottawa on the Department’s premises. The program and registration information will be up soon on the CNHH website. For more information in the meantime, please contact Dominique Marshall ( There will be a workshop ahead of the meeting on the archives of CIDA, and the CNHH is preparing a colleagues’ guide to their use, under the responsibility of Kevin Bruschett. Ahead of the meeting, the CNHH will also interview Keith Spicer, on the making of his book “A Samaritan State” half a century ago.

We plan at least one seminar in the months to come by fellow doctoral student Andrée-Anne Plourde, PhD candidate at Laval University, who researches the history of the youth Red Cross, during the years 1914-1945, in a comparative perspective (North America, South America and Europe), and has spent the summer in the archives of the Federation of Red Cross societies in Geneva. The specific information will be posted later. All can join, in person or virtually. Let us know ahead of time if you plan to come to Ottawa, so that we can welcome you for a talk about your work.

We also plan a call for papers early in 2017 for a special issue of the Journal of Canadian Studies for 2019, devoted to the history of humanitarian aid in Canada.

Please check the website for the many call for papers, events announcement, and send news our way, either by using the “Contact us” form on the website or by writing to Dominique Marshall. See for instance the CFP for the 100 years of the Mennonites Central Committee in 2020 in Winnipeg.

Research projects and funding:
A dedicated team of half a dozen members and colleagues will start a new application for a SSHRC Partnership Development Fund, for a project of collaborative research and teaching. Let us know if you would be interested to join the team. Our internal deadline is mid-October.

The CNHH is applying for a MITACS Accelerate fellowship together with the Latin America Working Group, the Match International Women’s Fund, CUSO International and Partnership Africa Canada, which will allow us to hire a graduate student for one term of full time work towards the histories of these four organizations.

The Migration and Diaspora Studies (Carleton University) funded project of a virtual exhibition on pictures of refugees in humanitarian aid will be on its way in the Fall. We will be hiring a research assistant and collect pictures from all partners.

We will try again to work with Carleton University funding for honours students, and with the Department of History’s third year “Practicum”, this time with Médecins du monde, in order to help with the organization of their archives and the preparation for their 20th anniversary. The experience of such work with Partnership Africa Canada last Spring has been encouraging. Their Communications Officer, Zuzia Danielsky, has contributed a blog to the CNHH which you can read here.

The website posts opportunities for funding, positions, and scholarships regularly. See, for instance, the open calls for scholarships/bursaries to visit the archives of Oxfam at the Bodleian Library regularly , and those of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) Archives in New York of in Jerusalem.

Nassisse Solomon contributed to the CNHH blog in May:1984: The Parable of Ethiopian Famine and Foreign Aid

Zuzia Daniesky wrote this month on “Partnership Africa Canada reaches into 30-years of archives with Carleton and CNHH

Please send news about publications, yours or other of interest, to be posted on the website’s “collective bibliography” or “recent publications”. Course materials will be posted in the “teaching” section. And news about archives in the section entitled “Questions of humanitarian archives”.

Thanks to Carleton PhD candidate Sean Eedy, who will continue to be the webmaster for the Fall.


Dominique Marshall

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