Current Projects


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/

Conference season is upon us!

posted Nov 13, 2016, 8:49 PM by Samantha Cutrara   [ updated Nov 13, 2016, 8:52 PM ]

I have submitted four paper proposals for spring 2017 conferences. Looking forward to being able to share this work:

Cutrara, Samantha. (April 2017). Disciplines Approach in History Education: Settler colonialism in action. Paper submitted to the Work of Settler Colonialism II: Emergent Solidarities interdisciplinary symposium. University of Toronto, Toronto.


---. (May 2017). Curricular Roles: Neoliberal interactions in/of education. Paper submitted to the annual Canadian Society for the Study in Education conference (CAFE). Ryerson University. Toronto, Ontario. 

 

---. (May 2017). Teaching Canadian History to the Others in the Room.  Paper submitted to the annual Canadian Society for the Study in Education conference (CACS). Ryerson University. Toronto, Ontario.

 

---. (May 2017). Metanarratives of Confederation: The lessons of “big history” as told through children’s non-fiction. Paper submitted to the annual Canadian History Association conference. Ryerson University. Toronto, Ontario.

 

Congress 2016 presentations

posted Jun 3, 2016, 9:43 AM by Samantha Cutrara

I just returned from the 2016 Congress of Humanities and Social Science held at the University of Calgary. I presented at both the The Canadian Society for the Study of Education (CSSE-SCEE)'s annual conference and the Women’s and Gender Studies et Recherches Féministes (WGSRF)'s annual conference. It was wonderful, as always, to engage in such interesting conversations with committed scholars across a range of disciplines and subject specialities. 

Please click the links below for copies of the PowerPoint slides and the audio files of the presentations:
  • Cutrara, Samantha(May 2016). Imagining a New ‘We’: Students’ complex connections when learning Canadian history. Paper presented at the Canadian Society for the Study in Education conference. University of Calgary. Calgary, Alberta. (Presentation PowerPoint & Audio File - 19 minutes)
  • ---. (May 2016). Poststructural Interruptions: Using women’s stories to challenging national narratives in classroom communitiesPaper presented at the Women’s and Gender Studies Et Recherches Féministes association annual conference. University of Calgary. Calgary, Alberta. (Presentation PowerPoint & Audio File - 22 minutes)

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