Germs, Gender, and the Journal

1 April 2021 Contributor Blog

“Twenty-Twenty,” by Sharon Brogan, on Flickr at, Creative Commons licence: Attribution-NonCommercial 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC 2.0).

Written by guest bloggers Matthew Hayday, Tina Loo, and Catherine Desbarats.

COVID-19 has occupied our collective attention for the past year and promises to continue to do so even as vaccinations get underway. As with all pandemics, its effects have been uneven: race, age, and class shape people’s vulnerability – as does gender, the issue that we, as editors of the Canadian Historical Review (CHR), are considering in this particular blog post.


Meet the Editors
Diaspora: A Journal of Transnational Studies

11 March 2021 Contributor Blog

The University of Toronto Press and the Zoryan Institute are pleased to welcome the new Diaspora co-editors Talar Chahinian and Sossie Kasbarian!

Talar Chahinian holds a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from UCLA and lectures in the Program for Armenian Studies at UC Irvine, where she is also a Research Associate in the Department of Comparative Literature.

Sossie Kasbarian is Senior Lecturer in Comparative Politics. She joined History and Politics at Stirling in November 2017. She was previously Lecturer in Middle East Politics at Lancaster University (2012-2017).


“Re-thinking Digital History’s Contested Past, Promising Present, Uncertain Future”

8 February 2021 Contributor Blog

Written by guest blogger Chad Gaffield.

The use of digital technologies is now widespread in historical research, teaching, and societal engagement. This past year of online activity during the COVID-19 pandemic accelerated the trend in which historians rely, to varying degrees, on digitally-enabled scholarly practice.


Cross-border shopping, smuggling, and scofflaws: consumers have a long history of resisting efforts to regulate what they buy

1 February 2021 Contributor Blog

Detroit shoppers crowd a Windsor butcher shop, 1940. Detroit News Photograph Collection, Walter P. Reuther Library, Archives of Labor and Urban Affairs, Wayne State University. Used with permission.

Written by guest blogger Sarah Elvins.

Among the myriad ways in which the COVID-19 pandemic has transformed daily life in North America has been the complete reshaping of consuming habits, as retailers and consumers grapple with shortages, new safety requirements, and limits to shopping hours. Attempts to limit consumers’ access to goods have not always met with success.  When Quebec imposed lockdowns and limited purchases to essential items only, some customers protested that the regulations were confusing and too restrictive.


A Quick Dash to Photograph Years of Documents: Why Digital Cameras are Transforming Historical Research

25 January 2021 Contributor Blog

Photo of desktop with camera, notebook, paper money.

Written by guest blogger Ian Milligan.

A visit to an archive (when archives were open before the pandemic) looks different than the stereotypical vision of historians slowly pouring over documents. Instead, a visitor would likely see historians hunched over desks, holding smartphones or digital cameras, taking hundreds of photos. Page flip, click, page flip, click, collecting a monumental corpus of information to read once they have returned to their home cities.


How do French immersion readers interact with dual-language children’s books?

18 January 2021 Contributor Blog


Written by guest bloggers Joël Thibeault and Ian A. Matheson.


Traditionally, literature has followed monolingual standards and norms. As societies become more and more linguistically heterogeneous, and because we now recognize that the learning of a second language relies heavily on the skills developed in the learner’s first language, scholars in language education have started to study the use of a more avant-garde medium in the classroom: dual-language books.


Testing Housework Theories in Different Contexts

11 January 2021 Contributor Blog


Written by guest blogger Kamila Kolpashnikova.


Sociological theories on why women do more housework than men are based on data from the Global North. Yet, scholars rarely test the theoretical frameworks in other contexts. Such replication tests would help to avoid the traps of Americentrism and Eurocentrism in the theoretical understanding and to be able to establish whether the theories apply regardless of the political and economic context.


What Does it Take to be Mainstream? New Religions in the Town of South Park

4 January 2021 Contributor Blog


Written by guest blogger Chris Miller.


What can a crude animated show like South Park teach us? I am hardly the first person to examine South Park’s deeper themes, or even the show’s commentary on religion. However, there are still worthwhile conversations surrounding this show’s social outlook and impact. Media does not exist in a vacuum. Writers craft jokes based on what society knows (and considers funny). Completing the feedback loop, jokes reinforce how we see different groups.


« Something more than a newsletter »: nearly fifty years of Canadian urban history

14 December 2020 Contributor Blog


Written by guest bloggers Harold Bérubé and Owen Temby.


Fifty years ago, in late 1970, a small group of academics interested in the history of Canadian cities met in the Faculty Club of Carleton University to discuss the formation of an Urban Group that would facilitate exchanges between researchers from a variety of fields, universities, and regions of the country.The group included John H. Taylor, Gilbert A. Stelter, Del Muise, Maurice Careless, Frederick H. Armstrong, and Paul-André Linteau.


Family-based resilience during the Covid-19 Pandemic

30 November 2020 Contributor Blog


Written by guest bloggers Ranjan Datta and Jebunnessa Chapola.


The COVID-19 pandemic poses serious challenges to many vulnerable communities, particularly Indigenous peoples, new immigrants, and refugees in Canada and throughout the world. Some of these vulnerable communities experience poor access to mental and physical healthcare, food insecurity, or lack of access to essential services and other key preventive sanitation measures, such as clean water, soap, and disinfectant.