Message from the Prof

Message from the Professor

I believe that graduating young Canadianists should be able to decrypt messages in the public discourses about Canada and its capital, their symbolic roles and the way they are framed in current issues. Young Canadianists should also be able to suggest alternative “readings” of Canada, to enter and use properly all the resources available in an academic way in order to present their findings in the public domain.

This semester, during a private tour for peers and professors from Carleton University, students prepared short animations and performed them in the permanent exhibition halls of the Canadian Museum of Civilization (CMC). They aimed at publishing a message about Canada that was relevant to them in the course of their studies.

Stemming from an extensive critical research, students often chose to explore an alternative view of Canada in their animations. Many selected some marginal voices of the past, or of the present, for these to be heard today. Today’s launch of a peer-reviewed online journal underlines the scholar research they have done to support those activity stations.

Aiming to complement the experience provided by the Museum, these papers mean to reflect what Canada also was, is and will be : diverse, colourful, full of creative tensions and… worth studying! I would like to thank the team of interpretative planners of the CMC for their guidance and help, and also for ensuring that we could use the beautiful and meaningful space of the Museum as our classroom. Special thanks go to Hélène Nadeau, Brigitte Hamon, Claire Champ, Dominique Savard, Jean-François Léger et Karine Lelièvre.

I would like to stress the rigour and seriousness of our editorial board, composed of  MA students enrolled in this 4th year course : Daniel Bitonti, Danielle Lorenz, Ben Ladouceur, Heather Perrault and Naomi Recollet.

Of great support, generosity and rigour also is our visiting PhD Ellen Huigh from the Netherlands who also wrote a beautiful piece in this issue. Her foreign eye and her extensive knowledge in editing served very well our project, especially in these last hours of compulsive editing. Of course, if any mistakes slipped through, it is only my fault.

Each author knows and understands that their assertions, their messages and their conclusions belong to them. These do not reflect the CMC’s message or necessarily mine. Academic freedom is something that is worth the work and each author understands his or her responsibility in this matter.

When designing this new course, I was very much appealed by the idea that at Carleton, undergraduate students should be able to publish their research. With the help of graduate students also enrolled in the Capstone Seminar we were able to make this happen.

I would also thank my colleagues Dr. Eva Mackey and Dr. Peter Thompson who gave me inspiration, suggestions and support to start this project. I also would like to thank Dr. Donna Patrick, director of the School of Canadian Studies who was able to accompany the students in all the milestone events and who already showed great support to continue this project next year. Special thanks go to Dr. Peter Ricketts, Vice-President and Provost, and Dr. John Osborne, Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences who celebrated the students’ work and our ambition to launch this journal.

Obviously, without the help and enthusiasm I received from Dr. Patrick Lyons from the Educational Development Center of Carleton University, I would never had the chance to get the wonderful, friendly, patient and effective support of Valerie Doucette, our desk editor. Thanks to Cathy Schmueck and Lori Dearman for their help regarding organization and stress control.

It is with great pleasure and pride that I wish to celebrate the launch of this very first issue of Capstone Seminar Series entitled “Capital Issues”, a publication we hope will become a landmark of the 4th year Capstone Seminar in Canadian Studies.


Dr. Anne Trépanier

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