Current Projects


New article published: "The Settler Grammar of Canadian History Curriculum"

posted Apr 10, 2018, 11:04 AM by Samantha Cutrara   [ updated Apr 10, 2018, 11:04 AM ]

Find my new article "The Settler Grammar of Canadian History Curriculum: Why Historical Thinking Is Unable to Respond to TRC's Calls to Action" in the new issue of Canadian Journal of Education (Vol. 18, Iss. 1). 

In 2015, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (TRC) identified that education plays a central role in developing reconciliatory relationships between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal peoples. However, the current historical thinking approach to history and social studies education imposes a settler grammar over the study of the past in ways that lessen the space available to develop the respect, openness for truth, and relationality needed to develop these ongoing relationships of reconciliation. By deconstructing one piece of work by a leading thinker in historical thinking, Peter Seixas, this article demonstrates the structural limitations of responding to the TRC using the Benchmarks of Historical Thinking.

Find me at Congress!

posted Apr 5, 2018, 7:28 AM by Samantha Cutrara   [ updated Apr 5, 2018, 7:36 AM ]

As mentioned in my last post, I have multiple papers at Congress this year. Find below the schedule. 
See you then!

SUNDAY       May 27 11:00-12:30 CSDH The Pedagogy of a Project: Just because we can do it, are we doing it well? Considerations of access and community engagement in DH pedagogy and projects
SUNDAY       May 27 1:00-2:15 CSSHE Cultivating a shared community of practice: Intra-campus collaboration for teaching and learning in the  Digital Humanities and Social Sciences with Andrea Kosavic and Anna St. Onge (York University Library)
MONDAY May 28 11:15-12:15 CSSE Doing and Designing Digital Humanities and Social Sciences: Best practices for higher education course and assessment design with Dr. Mary Chaktsiris  (Ryerson)
MONDAY May 28 1:00-2:15 WGSRF Feminist Interventions: Engaging in Critical Archival Research with Emma R. Lind (Carleton)
TUESDAY May 29 1:30-2:45 CSSE Travel, Displacement, Place, and Identity: Exploring archival stories through Digital Humanities and Social Sciences curriculum
WED.               May 30 8:30-10:00 CHA Digital History in the Classroom: Opportunities and Limitations with Dr. Mary Chaktsiris (Ryerson)



Talking about Digital Humanities pedagogy at Congress

posted Feb 14, 2018, 6:59 AM by Samantha Cutrara   [ updated Apr 10, 2018, 10:58 AM by Samantha Cutrara ]

Based on my current work at York University developing an Instructor's Guide for professors to learn how to bring Digital Humanities and Social Sciences (DHSS) into their classrooms, I have proposed seven papers at Congress that discuss best practices for DHSS teaching, intra-university collaboration, and the use of (digital) archives to shift our ways of knowing. 
I have been especially excited to co-author these proposed papers with colleagues from York, Ryerson, and Carleton

Find information about scheduling HERE
In the meantime, see below for a list of the papers that will be presented in Regina:
  • "The Pedagogy of a Project: Just because we can do it, are we doing it well? Considerations of access and community engagement in DH pedagogy and projects"
  • "Migration, Displacement, Place, and Identity: Exploring archival stories through Digital Humanities and Social Sciences curriculum"
  • "Doing and Designing Digital Humanities and Social Sciences: Best practices for higher education course and assessment design" with Dr. Mary Chaktsiris (Ryerson)
  • "Cultivating a shared community of practice: Intra-campus collaboration for teaching and learning in the  Digital Humanities and Social Sciences" with Andrea Kosavic and Anna St. Onge (York)
  • "Digital History in the Classroom: Opportunities and Limitationswith Dr. Mary Chaktsiris (Ryerson)
  • "Feminist Interventions: Engaging in Critical Archival Research" with Emma R. Lind (Carleton)

Contributing Editor for Active History

posted Sep 21, 2017, 7:25 AM by Samantha Cutrara   [ updated Feb 14, 2018, 7:06 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. 

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.

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