03 September 2019

Carleton University Shannon Lectures

Lecture topics for the 2019 Shannon Lecture series are now posted.

This year's topic is Rebooting Biography with Charlotte Gray as Convenor:

"Historical biographies have always been a popular avenue into the past, but with the facts about the famous and not-so-famous available at the tap of a keyboard, today’s historians and biographers are reshaping the genre.
The conventional steady hike through the chronology of a life is giving way to group biographies, to micro-histories which turn a spotlight onto a limited period of an individual’s life, and to previously unheard voices. Writers continue to use biography as a vehicle for wider social and cultural histories, while assessing the past in ways that resonate with contemporary audiences. Increasingly, authors who want to take life-writing outside the cradle-to-grave frame are embracing the freedom offered by digital publishing.
Lecturers will speak about the subjects of their recent biographies, but also about the choices they made in how they presented their material.
All lectures start at 1:00pm followed by a reception from 2:30-3:30pm."
The schedule is:

Friday, October 4, 2019: “New Vehicles for Old Stories: Canadian mining history in a True Crime frame” by Charlotte Gray.
Friday, November 1, 2019: “Challenging the “White Man’s Country” Narrative: How Black railway porters fought for civil rights, equality and inclusion, by Dr. Cecil Foster
Friday, November 8, 2019: “Feminism and the Supreme Court: How the first two women appointed to our Top Court widened judicial debates” by Dr. Constance Backhouse
Friday, November 15, 2019: “Historical Biography and the Larger Context: The global outlook of Joseph Conrad” by Dr. Maya Jasanoff
Friday, November 29, 2019: “As I remember it: Building digital space to share the life history and teachings of an Indigenous elder” by Davis McKenzie & Dr. Paige Raibmon

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