Message from the Professor

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 explored alternative meanings of Confederation, of its commemoration and of its narratives.This semester, during private workshops at the CMC, students prepared scenarios of short museum activities that could tie in the Confederation Exbition currently under preparation. They aimed at publishing a message about Canadian Confederation 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 and Dominique Savard.

I would like to stress the rigour and seriousness of our editorial board, composed graduate students from the School of Canadian Studies : John-Paul Abelshauser, James Benning, Emma Gooch, Amanda Murphy, Sarah Spear, Ryan Lux, Jessica Helps and our visiting scholar Dr. Konstantin Romanov. Special thanks to Emma Gooch and Ryan Lux for their commitment in editing until the last minute, and to Sarah Spear, for accepting to co-author one of the articles.

Nevertheless, each author knows and understands that their assertions, their messages and their conclusions belong to them. These do not reflect the CMC’s 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 Patrick Lyons and Andrew Barrett from the Educational Development Center of Carleton University, I would never have the chance to get the friendly, patient and effective support of Shermeen Nizami, 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 third issue of Capstone Seminar Series entitled Stains, Stones and Stories: Unsettling Representations of Confederation.


Dr. Anne Trépanier

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