Message from the 2014 Editorial Board

(Re)Negotiating Artifacts of Canadian Narratives of Identity

The fourth volume of the Capstone Seminar, entitled (Re)Negotiating Artifacts of Canadian Narratives of Identity, situates itself within the conversation of finding holes and discussing wholes. In other words, in addition to suggesting ways to bridge any gaps that may be present in the Canadian identity, we aimed to analyze physical artifacts and how they contribute to a national narrative. As the term progressed, we used the projects as opportunities to challenge current assumptions and make connections between existing historical interpretations. This was completed with the hopes of uncovering missing stories that we feel are important to national representations.

A guided tour of the newly titled Canadian Museum of History led us to the two predominant themes for our journal of missing narratives within the museum and the (mis)representations of Canadian identity on a broader scale. We have chosen to divide this volume of the Capstone Seminar into two sections: 1) materiality, identity and geography; and 2) contesting institutional representations. Within each section are academic articles dedicated to discussing the presence of artifacts (wholes), the absence of narratives (holes), and how these presences or absences are experienced and negotiated daily in order to represent specific regions of Canada or even the nation in its entirety.

Members of this year’s editorial board included several graduate students, residing both in Ottawa and abroad, from the School of Canadian Studies. Additionally, the board had the opportunity to work with a visiting scholar to the program, and the Canadian Studies library subject specialist. The board undertook a rigorous peer-review process to ensure that each article reflects the high academic standard required for success in the program. Students of the Capstone Seminar course, along with two members of the School, submitted the majority of the articles.

Locating and understanding the holes in any narrative is a necessary process in order to reach a whole conclusion. We hope you enjoy this fourth volume of the journal, which provides you with the opportunity to think critically about how artifacts and histories are used to negotiate representations of Canada.

The 2014 Editorial Board