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Lecture - 2014 Macdonald and Ferguson Prizes

Published on October 31, 2014

Historical Research on Canada and Beyond

Meeting with the winners of the CHA’s Sir John A. Macdonald and Wallace K. Ferguson Prizes.

Saturday November 1, 2014 – 1 :00 p.m. to 3 :00 p.m. 
Festival Boardroom, Ottawa City Hall 110 Laurier Avenue West 

James Daschuk will be discussing some of his findings from his book, Clearing the Plains: Disease, Politics of Starvation and the Loss of Aboriginal Life. He will also discuss some of the lessons he has learned about the role of historical research in Canadian society since the publication of his book.

Mark Salber Phillips ‐‐ On Historical Distance

Mark’s book has a simple purpose. The idea of historical distance has long been regarded as a centrepiece of historical thought, where it stands for the search for objectivity. His work enlarges the idea of distance and gives it new currency as a way of re‐thinking issues of historical representation across a wide range of genres. Mark has described the book as consisting of ten and a half experiments around a central idea. The half refers to the Epilogue, a brief chapter on the Mi Lai Massacre during the Vietnam War. For the purposes of his talk, this terrible event will provide an opportunity to develop some of the themes of the book.


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