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brian_gettler

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Settler historian. Prof, University of Toronto, member of the Montreal History Group (https://ghm.uqam.ca/) and Associate Editor, Canadian Historical Review.

Thinking about Indigenous peoples, capitalism, the state, and colonialism, especially the fiduciary and fiscal varieties. 🎶 and 🚴 too. Posts in English. En français itou. #histodons #CdnHist #HistQC #19thcentury | tfr

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brian_gettler , to histodons
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Monographs that basically say "trust me, I'm a historian" re: sources and methodology drive me nuts. You made decisions about what collections to consult and what evidence to use, decisions that when explained help the reader evaluate your argument. It wouldn't kill you to write a few paragraphs on this process. Those who aren't interested in the method will skip it and those who are will have a deeper appreciation for all of your hard work. @histodons

brian_gettler , to economics
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Does anyone know the historical origin of the 5-year monetary policy renewal between the Bank of Canada and the federal government? The Bank of Canada Act doesn't mention the practice. @economics @econhistory

kjhealy , to random
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I continue to think academics should on the whole be weirdos off doing their own weird thing, or people who occasionally say "That's obviously crap" in public and go back to doing their own weird thing. The idea of “impact” is mostly poisonous.

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@prachisrivas You're right. You get bonus points for making our work (its influence "only reveals itself years later") sound like a veiled threat. This is how I'll think of my scholarship from now on.
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brian_gettler , to histodons
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While distant both geographically and temporally from my usual stomping grounds (so so I may be missing critical context), I enjoyed this book. It makes a compelling case for rethinking the cultural underpinnings of the material world we inhabit while at the same time challenging the notion - with a couple centuries of receipts as proof - that individual acquisitiveness is the only way to organize a successful society. The history it recounts is both tragic and inspiring. @histodons

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🚨 Postdoc - histoire🚨
Le Groupe d’histoire de Montréal lance son concours de stage postdoctoral.

La bourse (40 000$ CDN) de 9 mois (idéalement du 1er sept. 2024 au 31 mai 2025) sera attribuée à une personne détenant un doctorat en histoire ou dans une discipline connexe.

Date limite: le 15 avril 2024 à 17h (EDT).

En tant que membre de longue date du Groupe, je serais heureux de répondre aux questions. @histodons

https://ghm.uqam.ca/2024/02/05/lancement-du-concours-de-stage-postdoctoral-2024-2025/

brian_gettler , to histodons
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Sparked by its exhibit "Wampum: Beads of Diplomacy," the McCord Museum in Montreal is organizing "Around Wampum: Histories and Perspectives Symposium" on February 22-23. It's both in-person and online, in French and English (with simultaneous translation) and features an excellent slate of speakers. Definitely worth checking out. @histodons

https://www.musee-mccord-stewart.ca/en/activities/international-symposium-around-wampum-histories-perspectives/

maartjeoostdijk , to academicchatter

How to respond to a reviewer who thinks using 'we' consistently throughout a manuscript (in methods and a little in discussion 'we found' etc) sounds unscientific? @academicchatter

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@maartjeoostdijk @academicchatter Active voice - including the use of first-person pronouns - makes it clear that you are acting whereas passive voice - "it has been shown" - partially divorces results from their context. The scientist is imagined to be a mere conduit for universal truths. This second approach is a fantasy that the use of "we" undermines - who did the work is an important piece of evidence of which it is worthwhile to remind the reader.

brian_gettler , to econhist
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Historical question! Does anyone know when institutions in the English-speaking world - corporations, government departments, etc - began opening bank accounts in their own names rather than entrusting funds to individual officeholders (who often mixed public and private funds in personal accounts)? I'm currently looking at 1830s-40s Canada where, if I'm understanding the admittedly sparse material correctly, this shift had not yet occurred. @histodons @econhist

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@histodons @econhist
An example re: the receiver general (John Henry Dunn) - text from a report of Upper Canada's Committee of Finance (1829)

brian_gettler , to random
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brian_gettler OP ,
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For anyone interested in the First Nations Fiscal Management Act (2005), the Canadian Tax Journal published a policy forum on it a few years ago.

https://www.ctf.ca/CTFWEB/EN/Publications/CTJ_Contents/2021CTJ3.aspx

And, as an aside, we could really use histories of First Nations and taxation in Canada. I'd rather not have to write one myself but would be more than happy to share the thing or two I know on the subject. @histodons

brian_gettler , to histodons
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Spent the morning hunting for an archival collection cited by a dissertation written in the 60s. I had no trouble finding another collection - the reference has changed somewhat, but not beyond recognition. But what about the first one? Nowhere to be found. Until, just now, I pulled up the finding aid to the second collection. Guess what? The two collections are actually one and the same and have always been. Cite correctly!!! Someone will appreciate it one day. @histodons

brian_gettler , to histodons
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When the archives' site is down, I can never figure out what to do with myself. @histodons

brian_gettler , to histodons
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I only just learned of Peter Russell's passing on January 10. Beyond his important body of work, he was a generous colleague. Though I would not say I knew him, I had the pleasure of discussing Canadian political history, including both his and my own work, with Peter on a few occasions since arriving in Toronto. Rest in peace. @histodons

https://politics.utoronto.ca/2024/01/remembering-peter-h-russell-1932-2024/

brian_gettler , to histodons
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A nice short talk from my colleague Dimitry Anastakis stemming from his current work on the history of neoliberalism in Canada. @histodons

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fC6wxl2Ak-8

prachisrivas , to academicchatter
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Right on the money on the spectacularly ill-advised segregationist policy against English-language universities in Quebec.

Story by Toula Drimonis in The Walrus.

https://thewalrus.ca/quebec-tuition-hike/

@academicchatter

brian_gettler ,
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@prachisrivas "instead of adequately funding Quebec universities, the government wants to implement a system where French-language universities will become more dependent on the ability of their English-language counterparts to recruit Canadian and international students while simultaneously undermining the latter’s ability to do so."

To my mind, this has always been the story. Unfortunately, too much response has fallen into the CAQ's language politics. This article doesn't.

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brian_gettler , to histodons
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If you're in Toronto, join us on Jan. 24 for the launch of Catherine Larochelle's excellent School of Racism, translated from the original French. @histodons

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Clarence Hatton-Proulx, « Les plants d’huile et les postes d’essence. Vivre avec le pétrole dans le Montréal des Trente Glorieuses »

Premier Jeudi d'histoire du Groupe d'histoire de Montréal pour 2024. Jeudi 18 janvier, 17h, McGill, Leacock Building, Salle 738 et en ligne (inscription à https://uqam.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYtdOyopjooEtUfuE3gD5TUcDr9ekwDIR25#/registration)

@histodons

brian_gettler , to histodons
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The library at the University of Toronto has been digitizing its collection - now at 41,107 documents - of publications from the governments of Canada and Ontario. This is very much a goldmine, though one that is not currently well organized. Use full-text search and find whatever interests you, from 1841 to 2023. @histodons

https://archive.org/details/uoftgovpubs

brian_gettler , to histodons
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Camille Robert, « À la recherche d’Anne Greenup, première présidente du Coloured Women’s Club of Montreal »

https://histoireengagee.ca/a-la-recherche-danne-greenup-premiere-presidente-du-coloured-womens-club-of-montreal/ @histodons

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brian_gettler , to histodons French
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Nouvelle parution : Écrire la ville. Pouvoirs, urbanités et modernités dans l'espace québécois (XIXe-XXe siècles).

Il s'agit d'un ouvrage collectif du Groupe d'histoire de Montréal. Entre autres, le livre comprend mon chapitre : « Activité économique et formation des classes sociales à Wendake, 1800-1950 ». @histodons

https://pressbooks.pub/ghmmhg/

davi_cath , to academicchatter German
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Commenting on an article draft of mine, a colleague suggested I take out some (fairly specific) ideas for future research. Better to develop them myself or give them to students, she said.

I was left wondering: How readily should one share research ideas? Have you ever had an idea 'stolen' from you, or used without proper accreditation?

Share your experiences in the comments, if you like.

@academicchatter

brian_gettler ,
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@davi_cath @academicchatter A lot of this has to be discipline and topic specific. I used to work in genetics and this was a concern, but in my current historical work on fiduciary colonialism in Canada... Someone could try to steal my ideas, but then they'd have to do the work - which would require years of their life in the archive and analyzing what they'd found. So, would that be stealing or just moving on to a new research project?

brian_gettler , to histodons
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On January 15th, I will be taking part alongside several other scholars in a symposium organized by Wilfrid Laurier University on legacies of racism and colonialism in Canadian universities. My talk will focus on the use in 1860 of funds held in trust for First Nations to bail out McGill College.

Institutional Histories: Reckoning with the Past - Reimagining the Future (9am-2:30pm, EST, online)
@histodons

Registration: https://wilfrid-laurier.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_x4KTA2a4R7G10z9N1zxUWA#/registration

pjw , to academicchatter
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Hi,
I have a question about academic job applications.
Is it a pretty universal rule that your recommendation letter writers should be senior to you in academic rank? Obviously this is true for people applying out of their PhDs and Post-Docs, but is it also true of tenured but-not-full professors? What are the general rules of thumb here?


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brian_gettler ,
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@pjw @academicchatter Good question! I'd say ideally, yes, privilege more senior letter writers at associate. Of course, this depends on career stage. At some point, the group of senior people shrinks while some associates have earned widespread respect. From limited experience on hiring committees for senior positions, I'd say candidates should favor senior colleagues as referees but might include a letter from a colleague at a similar career stage. I'd be curious to learn what others think.

brian_gettler , to histodons
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Academic Job!

Assistant Professor, Classics (3-year term)

Come work with us in the Department of Historical Studies at the University of Toronto Mississauga! We're a good bunch who generally don't bite.

Feel free to reach out for more information.

https://jobs.utoronto.ca/job/Mississauga-Assistant-Professor-Contractually-Limited-Term-Appointment-Classics-ON/576290017/
@histodons

brian_gettler , to histodons
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Check out the DH project on the economic, social and political history of the banana industry in Latin America from my colleague Kevin Coleman. @histodons

https://visualizingtheamericas.utm.utoronto.ca/

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brian_gettler , to histodons
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The Indigenous History Group of the Canadian Historical Association is running an online book panel event on Tuesday, November 28, 6:00-7:30pm EST. The panel, moderated by Sean Carleton, is a conversation with Lianne Leddy and Annette W. de Stecher about their recent award-winning books.

Registration: https://us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUtdu6spj0pHdWo2dMzEbFCWN5vahamAjd5

Leddy, Serpent River Resurgence: https://utorontopress.com/9781442614376/serpent-river-resurgence/

de Stecher, Wendat Women's Art: https://www.mqup.ca/wendat-women-s-arts-products-9780228010678.php
@histodons

brian_gettler , to academicjobs
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🚨 TT Job! 🚨

Environmental History, Department of History, University of Northern British Columbia

Open geographic, thematic, and temporal field

https://www2.unbc.ca/79306/assistant-professor
@histodons @academicjobs

sps , to random
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Hey -

Virtual presentation tomorrow at 1900 Eastern on Indigenous refuge in early Canada by historian Jean-François Lozier (Canadian of History):

https://carleton.ca/mds/cu-events/promised-lands-indigenous-refuge-in-early-canada-and-beyond-shannon-lectures/

brian_gettler ,
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⬆️ Check this out tomorrow. Lozier writes perceptive and nuanced histories of French-Indigenous relations. This will doubtlessly be a great talk. @histodons

@sps

brian_gettler , to histodons
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The American Indian Experience database (Bloomsbury/ABC-CLIO) is open access through the end of November (registration required). @histodons

https://www.abc-clio.com/nahm-2023/

brian_gettler , to econhist
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I'm updating the syllabus for my "Indigenous Economies and Empire" grad seminar. What books/articles (re: anywhere in the world and any period) would you include? @histodons @econhist

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@aarbrk @histodons @econhist That's a good suggestion - thanks. In fact, this is the sort of thing I need since I often neglect "the classics" when putting together syllabi.

brian_gettler , to histodons
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A moving text by my colleague Paul Cohen in memoriam to Natalie Zemon Davis. Paul addresses both Natalie's singular scholarly contributions and her importance to those who were fortunate enough to know her. @histodons

https://www.history.utoronto.ca/node/4594

brian_gettler , to histodons
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Natalie Zemon Davis, one of the greats, has passed. I was fortunate to meet her on several occasions - she was an emeritus professor in my department. Beyond her formidable published body of work, mostly focused on early modern France, I was always struck by her generosity and genuine interest in others' research, regardless of field or stature. RIP. @histodons

brian_gettler , to histodons
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! And anyone else who reads chicken scratch! A little transcription help please:

"consequent on the removal of the seat of govt. to Montreal the monetary concerns of the several tribes of Indians within the Province of Canada are in [?] to be conducted by the Recr General"

"Future" makes sense in place of the [?], but is it right? It looks like the word begins with a 'g' to me... @histodons

brian_gettler , to histodons
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Very useful historical collection of digitized primary sources: Oklahoma State University Libraries' Tribal Treaties Database. In beta, the database includes agreements between tribal nations and the United States (1778-1886), including links to both scans of the original treaties from the National Archives and versions published after the fact. @histodons

brian_gettler , to histodons
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Buchanan Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Canadian History, Queen's University. 2-year . Deadline: November 15. @histodons

https://www.queensu.ca/history/sites/default/files/Buchanan%20Post%20Doctoral%20Fellowship%202023.pdf

brian_gettler , to histodons
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My next band: This Extraordinary Society of Thieves and Swindlers @histodons

Source: https://numerique.banq.qc.ca/patrimoine/details/52327/4182692

brian_gettler , to histodons
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New book:

Bill Waiser and Jennie Hansen, Cheated: The Laurier Liberals and the Theft of First Nations Reserve Land

https://ecwpress.com/products/cheated

@histodons

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@histodons For Waiser and Hansen's write up of their new book, "Cheated: The Laurier Liberals and the Theft of First Nations Reserve Land," from this week's Globe: https://www.theglobeandmail.com/opinion/article-how-wilfrid-lauriers-liberals-grabbed-reserve-lands-in-the-prairie/

brian_gettler , to histodons
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The Business History Review has just published a thematic issue on Business, Capitalism, and Slavery. For a limited time only, the articles are open access. @histodons @econhist

https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/business-history-review/latest-issue

brian_gettler , to histodons
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The Group's Muffins and Methodology speaker series returns next week with:

Mary Chapman, Sydney Lines, Camilla Lopez & Meghna Chatterjee, “Early Chinese in Montreal: Methods Behind a Student-Generated Exhibition”

Thursday, Oct. 5, 12-1:15pm (EDT) on Zoom (registration required) @histodons

https://tinyurl.com/mhg-ghm1

brian_gettler , to histodons
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My next band: the Fantom Fingers of Microfilm. Who's with me, ? @histodons

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brian_gettler , to random
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I haven't seen any interviews with her, but / should really be speaking with Kassandra Luciuk about the SS veteran invited to Parliament. Luciuk is a historian (Dalhousie) of the Ukrainian community in 20th-century . She demonstrates that some Cold-War Canadian officials were quite happy for right-wing Ukrainian migrants to use violence against communist labour leaders, also from Ukraine, already in the country.

https://www.erudit.org/en/journals/llt/1900-v1-n1-llt07545/1094778ar/

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2/ This week I've read/heard many discussions in the media of SS veterans' migration to , but none with historians. What I've seen are conversations with politicians. Fine, this is a contemporary political debate. Still, all of these conversations claim that "we don't know enough" about the history. But scholars know more than politicians! If I were a journalist, I'd start with Luciuk, but other (of migration, anti-communism, intelligence, politics) could help too. @histodons

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3/ I just came across this from the CBC. The piece from the National features a historian with some expertise on SS veterans' migration to - Jan Grabowski. More like this, please! @histodons https://youtu.be/Ucm8cSoCGXw?feature=shared

writingmonicker , to sociology
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Things I didn't realize about the :

(This will be a very long list by the end of the year if I keep it up. We'll see.)

  1. Your statements are basically done after the first few deadlines. I always thought I'd customize extensively for each school.

Nope.

On a week like this (with so many apps due Sep 15), you just don't have time. You have to trust that you already put in the work with your base template. It's a mental shift from fellowship apps.

@academicchatter @sociology

brian_gettler ,
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@writingmonicker @academicchatter @sociology One thing I found helpful for campus visits: find downtime and zone out. Meetings with anyone who has no input in the hiring process are perfect (librarians, family care office, etc). Be polite, but don't focus, don't ask questions, recover some free time for yourself. Also, if you can navigate by yourself from meeting A to B, you can get a walk in while not having to interact. All this helps bring the temperature down between interviews, talks, etc.

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