Starting tonight, Atlantic Canada Studies and Continuing Studies at Saint Mary's University are delivering a lecture series at the new Halifax Central Library, which opened recently to much fanfare and architectural praise. The series runs from tonight, January 13 to Monday, February 2. It is free and open to the public, but seating is limited so you should register. Entitled "Rethinking the Past, Present and Future of Atlantic Canada: A Four Part Lecture Series Exploring the Health, History, Economy and Culture of our Region," it should produce a stimulating discussion about Atlantic Canada past and present. See the program here or download it here. Tonight's talk, at 7pm, is by Dr. Jonathan Fowler on "Lost Worlds Underfoot: Journeys into Nova Scotian Archaeology."
Update (15 January 2015): I should also note that EastLink TV is taping the lectures and that they will be carried locally on Podium TV. To learn about a series of webinars through Canada's History magazine, see Christopher Moore's blog.
Images: These beautiful images are by Adam Mørk in ArchDaily (16 December 2014).
The Administrative Sciences Association of Canada (ASAC), Business History Division, will be hosting that organization's 45th AGM in Halifax in June 2015, hosted by the Sobey School of Business at Saint Mary's University. This year's theme is "Historic Proportions: Charting a New Path." While this is a business studies organization, in the past it has been receptive to papers by historians and others in the arts and social sciences. To learn more, read here, download the call for papers, or read the blurb.
ASAC 2015 is will be hosted by the Sobey School of Business in Halifax, Nova Scotia. The conference theme, “Historic Proportions: Charting A New Path,” came from a combination of recognizing the historical significance of Halifax as one of Canada’s oldest cities with the importance of problematizing the past to better understand the present and theorize the future. Although the conference welcomes submissions on this theme, please consider ASAC 2015 for your submissions to any of our divisions: accounting, business history, entrepreneurship/family business, finance, gender/diversity, health care management, human resource management, information systems, international business, management education, management science, marketing, organizational behavior, organizational theory, production/operations management, social responsibility, strategy, technology/innovation management and tourism/sport management.
The ASAC deadline is 15 February 2015.
Book catalogues for Spring 2015 are now out for all three major Canadian academic publishers. Find them below. Although the line-ups are strong, as usual, there is relatively little Atlantic Canadian content so far this year. McGill-Queens University Press has probably published the most Atlantic titles in recent years. This time it offers John C. Kennedy, Encounters: An Anthropological History of Southeastern Labrador, which no doubt builds upon his earlier studies of Labrador. Also forthcoming is Michael Eamon, Imprinting Britain: Newspapers, Sociability, and the Shaping of British North America. This monograph looks particularly interesting to me. Check out the blurb:
An in-depth look at how colonists created a vibrant print culture that shaped the foundations of modern Canada.
UBC Press does not have any titles on this region, but Richard M. Reid, African Canadians in Union Blue: Volunteering for the Cause in the Civil War, should be interesting, particularly in light of Greg Marquis's important work on the Maritimes and the American Civil War, as well as recent studies of the Black Refugees and early Black culture in Nova Scotia. Similarly, University of Toronto Press is not advertising any Atlantic Canadian books but, together with the Osgoode Society for Canadian Legal History, it recently published Paul Craven, Petty Justice: Low Law and the Sessions System in Charlotte County, New Brunswick, 1785-1867. Because I am currently writing a book on the early history of policing, crime and the courts in Newfoundland, I am really looking forward to reading this one. The Osgoode Society has a strong track record of publishing Atlantic Canadian content.
Spread the word to anyone who might be interested. The deadline is January 15th. Find details enclosed, with a description of CMH's "ideal candidate":
The CMH’s ideal candidate is an exceptional scholar with a record of achievement in cultural institutions, research, publishing, and community engagement. The candidate holds a doctorate, communicates in both official languages, and has worked effectively with a wide variety of academic, institutional, governmental, and community partners. The candidate is a dedicated and creative team player, with superior inter-personal skills and a principled commitment to and understanding of public service. The candidate will bolster that strength in research which is a foundational element of the Museums’ work on behalf of Canadians, while enhancing its reputation as a trusted and responsible contributor to civil society.
In what will probably be one of the final talks relating to the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812 in Nova Scotia, join Deborah Trask tonight for her lecture to the Royal Nova Scotia Historical Society: "Putting the War of 1812 to Rest." It will discuss the human element of the conflict through an analysis of local burial sites.
Here is Trask's biography, courtesy of the RNSHS:
Deborah Trask spent 30 years on the curatorial staff of the Nova Scotia Museum. On her retirement, the Board of Governors appointed her ‘Curator Emeritus’. Deborah is a member of the Board of Directors of the Old Burying Ground Foundation in Halifax and a member [since 1976] of the international Association for Gravestone Studies, based in New England. She has written and lectured extensively on gravestones in Nova Scotia. Currently she has a small museum consulting business and she continues to provide cemetery preservation advice to community groups across the province. In 2012 Deborah was appointed to the Nova Scotia Advisory Council on Heritage Properties.
For those of you who don't know about it, check out the latest issue of the Journal of New Brunswick Studies. Based at St. Thomas University, and published on the web once a year, it features a range of invited essays, peer-reviewed articles, research notes and book reviews, all freely available for download in PDF and other formats. This volume, number five, features a collection of essays on Brian Gallant's new Liberal government in New Brunswick with policy suggestions on health care, justice, and other issues. Also see Thomas M. Beckley's article on "Public Engagement, Planning, and Politics in the Forest Sector in New Brunswick, 1997–2014," and reviews of books by prominent academics Donald Savoie and David Frank. Here's the journal's mandate, in both official languages:
JNBS/RÉNB is an online, multidisciplinary journal that will feature peer-reviewed research and commentary about New Brunswick in English and French. The only such journal of its kind in New Brunswick, JNBS/RÉNB seeks to become a forum for ideas and debate about the province and its place in the wider Canadian and global contexts.
For a visual of the Royal Navy at Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia in the late eighteenth century, through a deconstruction of a 1781 painting by surveyor and colonial governor J.F.W. Des Barres, check out the blog at British Tars, 1740-1790. I included this image in a previous post about Annapolis Royal. For more on Des Barres, see Stephen J. Hornsby, Surveyors of Empire: Samuel Holland, J.W.F. Des Barres, and the Making of The Atlantic Neptune (Montreal & Kingston: McGill-Queens University Press, 2011).
Image: Aerial view of Fort Anne national historic site, Annapolis Royal. Maclean's Magazine, 2014.
Following last week's theme, check out my article Trafalgar Days in Nova Scotia in the Trident -- the newspaper for Maritime Forces Atlantic and CFB Halifax. Interestingly, I have often used the Trident's predecessor, The Crowsnest, in researching how the Canadian Navy commemorated historical events from the 1940s to 1960s. This included Trafalgar Day, but also themes such as the Shannon-Chesapeake naval battle from the War of 1812.
Image: "The Admiralty House," Halifax, unknown artist, 1878, Library and Archives Canada.
For nautical enthusiasts out there, Tuesday, October 21 is called "Trafalgar Day" -- the anniversary of the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805. In the most famous naval battle in history, Lord Nelson led the British Navy in a smashing victory over the combined fleets of France and Spain. Nelson fell in the battle. "Britannia’s God of War," as historian Andrew Lambert has called him, died during his crowning achievement and was forever immortalized as a fighting hero and one of the Greatest Britons. For the duration of the Napoleonic Wars, Britain enjoyed total control of the high seas, while Napoleon’s invasion plans for England were thwarted. Nelson's memory lived on, throughout the empire.
I have already written a fair bit about Nelson’s connections to Canada, particularly Atlantic Canada. For example, see last year’s blogs here and here, as well as this journal article and conference paper. In addition, I have an article coming out in next week’s edition of The Trident, the newspaper for Maritime Forces Atlantic and CFB Halifax, entitled “Trafalgar Days in Nova Scotia.” I will post it here once it has been published.
However, I would like to touch upon one theme relating to how Admiral Horatio Nelson was remembered in the nineteenth century. Historically, it was common for parents to name their children after celebrities and public figures – think President John F. Kennedy in the 1960s. The same thing happened during earlier times, and there was no greater celebrity in the British Empire than Nelson. Consider these British North American examples, which represent only a fraction of the total from my research files: “Horatio Nelson Brenton,” born in Williamsdale, Nova Scotia in 1864; “Horatio Nelson Yeo,” born in Mill Road, Prince Edward Island in 1874; “Horatio Nelson Hardenbrook,” who got married at Saint John, New Brunswick in 1827; “Horatio Nelson Ayles,” the son of a Carbonear merchant who married in St. John’s, Newfoundland in 1874; “Nelson W. Lord” of Prince Edward District, Ontario in 1891; and, according to the 1871 federal census, “Horatio Nelson,” born in Quebec. Perhaps forgetting the War of 1812, many American boys were also named after Nelson, particularly in New England around the turn of the twentieth century. Go figure!
Update (22 October 2014): For more on Newfoundland and Trafalgar Day, see Larry Dohey's blog Archival Moments.