Message from the Professor
I believe that graduating 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. My students were soon 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.
Stemming from an extensive critical research, students often chose to explore an alternative view of Canada. Many selected difficult aspects of Canadian identities and their representation, for these to be heard today.
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) and of the Canadian War Museum (CWM). They aimed at publishing a message about Canada that was relevant to them in the course of their studies.
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 Lisa Leblanc, Brigitte Hamon, Claire Champ, Jean-François Léger, Glenn Ogden, Kerri Davis, France Therrien and Karine Lelièvre.
I would like to stress the rigour and seriousness of our editorial board, composed of the MA students enrolled in this 4th year course : John-Paul Abelshauser, James Benning, Carly Donaldson, Lashia Jones and Elaine Radman.
Of great support, generosity and rigour also is our Visiting Scholar Ellen Huijgh from Belgium. Her foreign eye, her enthusiasm, and her extensive knowledge in editing served very well our project.
Of course, if any mistakes slipped through, it is only my fault.
Nevertheless, each author knows and understands that their assertions, their messages and their conclusions belong to them.
These do not reflect the CMC’s or the CWM messages nor mine. Academic freedom is something that is worth the work and each author understands his or her responsibility in this matter.
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 friendly, patient and effective support of Ryan Kuhne, 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 second issue of Capstone Seminar Series entitled Belonging in Canada: Questions and Challenges.
Dr. Anne Trépanier