I believe that graduating Canadianists should be able to decrypt messages in the public discourses about Canada, as well as their symbolic roles and the way they are framed in current issues. Capstone Seminar in Advanced Research in Canadian Studies was organized around three main skills to implement for achieving the desired results: library and archival research, organization of findings, and circulation. These skills were used to plan and organize an interactive museum activity, and publish an article to be circulated in a peer-reviewed journal. Five years ago, when starting as a Junior prof in the School of Canadian Studies, I took up the challenge of publishing undergraduate research. This is year, along the road, and as always in this course, students were able to suggest alternative “readings” of Canada, and submit their term papers to an impressive and hard-working Editorial Board. The best thing about this year it that I did not have to twist anybody’s arm to sit on the editorial board. It was composed of Sara Anderson, Martha Attridge Bufton, Sarah Baker, Dr. Péter Balogh, Greer Brabazon, Victoria Ellis, Dr. Jerzy Elzanowski, Jessica Helps, Anna Hoque, Cassandra Joyce, Ryan Lux, Elaine Radman, Sarah Spear, and myself.
I would like to stress the rigour and seriousness of our editorial board and give special thanks to Emma Gooch for revising all the papers.
Obviously, without the help and enthusiasm I received from Patrick Lyons from the Educational Development Center of Carleton University, I would never have had the chance to get the effective support of Ryan Kuhn, our desk editor. Thanks to Peter Hodgins for supporting this celebration, and to Cathy Schmueck for her helping hands. Thanks to Kathrin Gardner and Katie Hayes from EDC for last minute edits and perfect skills!
This year, students chose to explore missing narratives and misrepresentations of Canada within the national space. Through this journal, students are publishing a message about Canadian identities and representations that is relevant for themselves in the course of their studies.
Nevertheless, each student author knows and understands that their assertions, their messages and their conclusions belong to them. These do not necessarily reflect the School of Canadian Studies’ messages nor mine. Academic freedom is something worth the work, different from liberty of opinion, and each author understands the responsibility in this matter.
It is with great pleasure and pride that I wish to celebrate the launch of this fifth issue of Capstone Seminar Series entitled Disrupting Representations: Citizenship, Media, and Identities with you, and to pass the torch to Jurek for next year, although I already volunteer for the Editorial Board.
Dr. Anne Trépanier