Current Projects


Contributing Editor for Active History

posted Sep 21, 2017, 7:25 AM by Samantha Cutrara

This academic year I am pleased to join Active History as a Contributing Editor with a focus on history education. 
In this role, I will be writing and editing a series of blog posts that will profile the history curriculum of each province and identify some broad themes about what is covered, how, and when. 
Find my introductory post here: "Do you know what the children are learning?"

CFP: Canadian Youth and Culture in Transnational Perspective - Special issue of Jeunesse: Young People, Texts, Cultures

posted Sep 7, 2017, 9:54 AM by Samantha Cutrara

I am so excited to be the Guest Editor for a special issue of Jeunesse: Young People, Texts, Cultures on Canadian Youth and Culture in Transnational Perspectives!

This Special Issue is intended to extend discussion of transnationalism in ways that explore how young people in Canada enact, embody, extend, or resist transnationalism through their lives. The goal of the Special Issue is to explore youth identities, cultures, and texts in ways that expand what we know of “Canadianness” to include the transnational links, relations, and resistances that frame and define the lives of young people in Canada.

As such, this issue is interested in the historical, contemporary, and future imaginings of, or resistance to, transnationalism in the lives of youth in Canada. This may include topics such as:
  • Youth’s experiences and identification with transnationalism in Canada (i.e. negotiation of global and local cultures and texts; cross-nation identification of First Nations, Métis, and Inuit youth; site-specific identification, such as in responding to the question “where are you really from?”; performance of nationality/nationalism)
  • Transnational participation in global culture(s) (i.e. movies, music, sports, fashion, video games, online community spaces, etc.)
  • Cultures and texts of young peoples’ physical or virtual transnationalism
  • Textual (re)production for or by youth demonstrating and/or scaffolding transnationalism
  • Schooling as a site of transnational encounter
  • Youth participation in transnational activism (i.e. Transnational Indigenous Peoples Movement, #BlackLivesMatter, Me-to-We, etc.)
ABSTRACTS will be due October 13 with FINAL papers due February 1.

See attached for the whole CFP with additional details. 



New Research Project!

posted Jul 9, 2017, 1:08 PM by Samantha Cutrara

I have just been approved for a small Research Project at Seneca College on youth's national, transnational, and multicultural identifications. 
My current theorization on Canadian youth's transnational connections led me to think about the incredibly diverse Canadian students I teach at Seneca in the Interdisciplinary Bachelor of Arts, Liberal Arts, and Arts and Science programs. 

"Understanding National and Cultural Identification of Youth Who Live in Canada" consists of a short survey for students at Seneca to understand if, and how, they understand their "Canadian-ness" and/or transnational connections and whether they understand these connections as part of their experience in multicultural settings.
I'm looking forward to collecting and exploring this data in lieu of my recent theorization on understanding Canadian youth as transnational youth! 


New Blog post! Deconstructing Children’s Books on Confederation

posted Jul 9, 2017, 12:59 PM by Samantha Cutrara

Ever wondered by we're so bored with narratives of Confederation? 
Look to our children's books on the topic may give us some hints...
Check out my new blog for Active History.ca: Why so dull Canada? 

Hear my Congress Papers!

posted Jun 5, 2017, 9:48 AM by Samantha Cutrara

Congress was great this year! Ryerson did Toronto proud! 
All the Audio Files from my four (4!) papers this year are now available.
Visit my Conference and Presentation page to hear:
  • Canadian Youth as Transnational Youth
  • Metanarratives of Confederation: “Big history” as told through children’s books
  • Teaching Canadian History to the Others in the Room
  • Curricular Roles: Neoliberal interactions in/of education

New Blog post: Dreams of This as Home: Chinese labourers in children’s history books

posted May 19, 2017, 6:36 PM by Samantha Cutrara

Check out my May blog post on ActiveHistory.ca on Chinese labourers on the Canadian railway as represented in  in children's history books. 

"Dreams of This as Home: Chinese labourers in children’s history books" found here:

Find me at Congress! I'll have papers at CSA, CHA, & CSSE

posted Apr 25, 2017, 4:35 PM by Samantha Cutrara

Sunday May 28 - 9:45am - CSSE (CAFE)
Curricular Roles: Neoliberal interactions in/of education. Paper to be presented at the annual Canadian Society for the Study in Education conference. Ryerson University. Toronto, Ontario.

Monday May 29 - 10:30am - CSA
Canadian Youth as Transnational Youth. Roundtable paper to be presented at the Canadian Sociological Association annual conference. Ryerson University. Toronto, Ontario.

Tuesday May 30 - 9:45am - CSSE (CACS)
Teaching Canadian History to the Others in the Room. Roundtable paper to be presented at the annual Canadian Society for the Study in Education conference. Ryerson University. Toronto, Ontario.

Wednesday May 31 - 8:30am - CHA
Metanarratives of Confederation: The lessons of “big history” as told through children’s non-fiction. Paper to be presented at the annual Canadian History Association conference. Ryerson University. Toronto, Ontario.

New Blog Post: Where have all the Suffragists gone?

posted Apr 24, 2017, 9:07 AM by Samantha Cutrara   [ updated May 19, 2017, 6:38 PM ]

Check out my March 8th post on ActiveHistory.ca on Canadian suffrage in children's history books.

"Youth Engaging in Truth and Reconciliation" proposed to the Government of Ontario

posted Dec 11, 2016, 12:40 PM by Samantha Cutrara

The Ontario Government is looking for ideas to incorporate in the next provincial budget and up to $3 million has been set aside for crowd-sourced ideas. 
I am hoping to think about youths' perspectives of truth and reconcillation when my manuscript Imagining a New "We" is complete, and thus I proposed this idea to be considered as part of budget talks. 
December 11th is the deadline for proposals and then it will go toward a public vote. 
Please click here to learn more about the proposal, "Youth Engaging in Truth and Reconciliation" and then VOTE if/WHEN it goes through!

Deconstructing Children’s History Books

posted Dec 11, 2016, 12:31 PM by Samantha Cutrara   [ updated May 19, 2017, 6:39 PM ]

The first of my three posts for Active History on how our early ideas are shaped by children's books was published on December 8th! 
Image from Shin-chi’s Canoe
This first post was on picture books related to Residential Schools and I've received great feedback from educators and parents. 

http://activehistory.ca/2016/12/deconstructing-childrens-history-books-residential-schools/

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