Canadian Committee on Women's History – Comité canadien de l'histoire des femmes

CFP: Gender and History – Special Issue on Health, Healing and Caring

Call for Proposals

Special Issue: Health, Healing and Caring

Gender & History is an international journal for research and writing on the history of femininity, masculinity and gender relations. This Call for Papers is aimed at scholars studying any country or region, and any temporal period, including the classical, medieval, early modern, modern, and contemporary periods.

This Special Issue will explore the gendered history of healing and caring from the perspective of the sick and suffering, and various types of healers and caregivers. It aims to move beyond institutional histories of biomedicine, canonical medical knowledge, and allopathic approaches to health. We seek to showcase research that reflects upon the gendered dynamics of palliative care and the formation of diverse communities and economies of health and healing. We recognize that historical reckonings of health and bodily knowledge in many locales have been dominated by sources maintained in state, colonial, and missionary archives, and by notions of medicine shaped in white settler institutions. In an effort to destabilize these reckonings and to uncover marginalized forms of knowledge and practice, we encourage research informed by diverse methodologies and an imaginative approach to source material.

In recent years, medical anthropologists have shed light on the complex and unequal co-production ofbiomedical knowledge and “traditional” forms of medicine while feminist sociologists have illuminatedthe gendered dynamics of caregiving and the devaluation of its everyday and emotional labor. How might historians engage these cross-disciplinary methods and insights to reconstruct more nuanced and more expansive histories of healing and caring? What happens to our gendered histories of illness and medicine when we de-naturalize biomedical formations and examine palliative care in addition to therapeutic treatment? How has gender shaped which forms of healing and caring are recognized and institutionalized, and how has such privileging changed over time?

We understand that historically a wide array of people have provided healing and caring including family members, shamans, spirit mediums, healers, Elders, herbalists, diviners, faith healers, and wise-women and men as well as midwives, nurses, aids, and doctors. Their practices have ranged from diagnosing illnesses, administering medicines, and performing procedures to offering spiritual and psychological counsel. They have also included forms of body work such as grooming, feeding, bathing, massage and manipulation, and handling the dead.

Papers are invited from established scholars as well as new, emerging, and unaffiliated scholars who consider a variety of historical moments and locations, or transnational and even global processes related to themes such as the following:

  • Intersectional approaches that examine how social identities and inequalities rooted in gender, race, ethnicity, sexuality, class, religion, and nationality have long shaped people’s access to health resources and care and, in turn, given rise to disparate patterns and experiences of well- being and illness.
  • Reconstruction of deep histories of gendered healing and caring, extending back well before the twentieth century, that reveal how healing and caring practices have been central concerns for both individuals and societies and how those concerns have often animated and reconfigured cultural institutions, political ideologies, and economic relations and markets.
  • Consideration of the connections and tensions between various modes of healing and palliation, and how those relations have informed the frequently gendered and racialized separation of“professional” and “modern” medicine from modes designated as “traditional,” “informal,” “alternative,” or “home-based.”
  • Examination of how people have transmitted healing and caring epistemologies and practices across generations and geographic distances, including how women have sought to maintain or assert control over their health and how various archives have worked both to represent and obscure those efforts.
  • Engagement with concepts from disability studies, queer theory, and crip theory to better understand the history of illnesses and diseases that have often been both gendered and stigmatized such as depression, hysteria, reproductive maladies, infertility, and sexually transmitted infections.

Interested individuals are asked to submit 500-word abstracts, a brief biography (250 words), and a cv by 31 August 2019 at 5pm PDT for consideration.

Abstracts will be reviewed by the guest editors and successful proponents will participate in a symposium at Vancouver Island University in British Columbia, Canada, on 22 May 2020. Papers must be submitted six weeks prior to the symposium. Papers should be 6000-8000 words in length. After thesymposium, papers will go through the journal’s peer review system. As with any article, there is noguarantee of publication.

The editors are in the process of applying for funding to defray the cost of the travel to the symposium for new, emerging, and unaffiliated scholars.

Please send abstracts, biographies, and CVs by email to or by mail to The Editors,Gender & History, Vancouver Island University, 900 Fifth Street, Nanaimo, BC V9R 5S5.

The Special Issue will be edited by Drs. Kristin Burnett, Sara Ritchey, and Lynn M. Thomas.

Special Issue Timeline

Abstracts to SI editors — 31 August 2019
Papers circulated to symposium participants — 15 March 2020
Symposium at Vancouver Island University (Nanaimo, British Columbia) – 22 May 2020
Full submissions to SI editors (papers submitted on ScholarOne) for peer review — 31 August, 2020 Revised submissions (and any image permissions) to SI editors — 31 May 2021

Publication — October 2021

50th Anniversary of the Royal Commission on the Status of Women Project

Dear colleagues,

Next year is the 50th anniversary of the Royal Commission on the Status of Women, and several of us have been talking about how we might use this anniversary most productively at next year’s CHA meeting, and perhaps beyond. We invite you (grad students, sessionals, postdocs, adjuncts, faculty, etc.,) to join the conversation.

We (Elise Chenier, Magda Fahrni, Nancy Janovicek, and Rhonda Hinther) are interested in revisiting the Commission’s Report, and simultaneously widening the lens beyond its scope to address issues that were overlooked, ignored, or insufficiently explored, such as concerns particular to indigenous women, to women of colour, to lesbians/issues regarding sexuality, and issues regarding disability. Please add more to this preliminary list. We hope to find a balance between appreciating and honouring the work that was done, while bringing a decidedly intersectional, anti-colonial lens to bear on our exploration of equity, particularly as it relates to women.

Here are some preliminary ideas being developed, and we look forward to many more:

  • a public exhibit of text and images from the commission and related feminist events/milestones from that period
  • a roundtable discussion of the legacy of the Commission and consideration of present-day issues (perhaps with historians and local feminist activists?)
  • a presentation by Elise Chenier’s oral history students on lesbians in the women’s movement

We also want to address an issue raised by Valerie Korinek in her keynote this year: the very low participation of men in sessions by and about women’s history/historians. We recognize that not everyone will want to take up this work, which is perfectly understandable. But some of you may, for example, be interested in organizing an introductory session on teaching and learning feminist approaches to Canadian history. Perhaps there are men who would like to take this on? Please feel free to forward this email to colleagues who may be interested but may not be CCWH members. We welcome all participants.

To generate some discussion, and overcome the distance that separates us, we propose to begin with a moderated online conference call in mid-August in the form of a wide-ranging discussion about the original report, to be followed by a second discussion in early October of three or four articles that take us into areas beyond that which the report covered. Our hope is that from this discussion will flow ideas for events, panels, and perhaps even courses you might teach in 2020.

If you are interested in participating, please add your name and email address to this Google Document:

Best wishes,

Elise, Magda, Nancy, and Rhonda

Job Posting – Canadian Women’s History at SFU Contract

The Departments of History and Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies (GSWS) at Simon Fraser University invite applications for a one-year full time term teaching faculty position at the rank of Lecturer, 75% in the Department of History; 25% in GSWS, with an administrative home in History. This is a position in Canadian History, with a specialization in gender and women’s history. Periodization open but must be able to teach both pre-and post-Confederation Canadian and Canadian Women’s History.

The position starts September 1, 2019. The successful candidate will teach eight courses over three semesters (SFU operates year-round, with Fall, Spring, and Summer terms). Six courses will be taught in the History Department and the remaining two in GSWS. The successful candidate will be expected to teach both halves of the surveys in Canadian history (HIST 101 and HIST 102W) and Canadian women’s history (GSWS 201 and GSWS 311). Additional courses will be assigned by the chair of the History Department to be determined by the successful candidate’s areas of specialization. A full list of the courses offered by the History Department can be found here. As a member of the SFU Faculty Association (SFUFA) and the Department of History team of faculty, the Lecturer may also be expected to participate in the life of the unit.

The ideal candidate will have a completed Ph.D. in Canadian history or a related field and university teaching experience.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and Permanent Residents will be given priority. SFU is an equity employer and encourages applications from all qualified individuals including women, persons with disabilities, visible minorities, Indigenous Peoples, people of all sexual orientations and gender identities, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of the university.

This is an entry-level term position. Only those holding or those eligible to be promoted to the rank will be considered. The position is subject to availability of funding.

Review of applications will begin on Monday, June 17, 2019, and will continue until the position is filled. Applicants should submit a curriculum vitae, a teaching portfolio (including a statement of teaching philosophy, sample teaching materials, and course evaluations), and full course outlines for either HIST 101 or HIST 102W, either GSWS 201 or GSWS 311, and one upper-division History seminar of the candidate’s choice. They should also arrange for three letters of recommendations. All application materials should be sent to:

Professor Jennifer Spear
Chair, Department of History
Simon Fraser University
8888 University Drive,
Burnaby, B.C. V5A 1S6

Applications may be submitted electronically to

Under the authority of the University Act, personal information that is required by the University for academic appointment competitions will be collected. For further details see the Collection Notice.

Canadian Committee on Women’s History Reception | Réception du Comité canadien sur l’histoire des femmes


17:30 – 20:00 | 17h30 – 20h00 (PETER WALL IDEAS LOUNGE & PATIO, UCLL 174)

(UCLL is the Leon and Thea Koerner University Centre, located at 6331 Crescent Road, Vancouver)

All are welcome. Entry $20 for full-time faculty, $10 for students & underemployed people. Beer/wine available for purchase.

Ouvert à tous. Les frais d’entrée sont de 20$ pour les professeur.e.s à temps plein et de $10 pour les étudiant.e.s et les personnes ayant un emploi précaire. Du vin et de la bière seront vendus sur place. 

To get from BUCH D (where most CHA sessions will be held) to UCLL (where the reception will take place) without stars

Map of the UBC Campus with instructions on getting to UCLL.

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(PDF Version of CCWH Reception – Map)

Exit BUCH D via the west doors, cross Crescent Road at the crosswalk right outside BUCH D, and then travel west on Crescent Road. There is a slight incline up Crescent Road. At the top of this incline, you will be in the Flag Pole Plaza. This is also a Mobility Assistance Shuttle stop.

The Rose Garden Parkade Elevator has an entrance from outdoors, on the east side of the plaza. Take the elevator down one floor to Level 5 (for University Centre Lower Level, UCLL) and exit into the parkade. Turn right to leave the parkade, and then turn left into the Rose Garden. Travel west through the middle path of the Rose Garden, and then continue down a slight decline towards UCLL.

This will be your view:

Image of the location of the CCWH Reception near the UCLL

Enter the UCLL building through the doors on your left; these have a power-assist feature. Once inside the building, turn right, travel down the ramp, and turn right again. The Ideas Lounge (Room 174) will be on your right. Entrance to the room is by ramp or stairs.

All speakers at the event will use a microphone. There will be limited but some seating available.

The elevator might be in high use for Congress, so if stairs are an option for you, then there are several other possible routes, including a flight on the west side of Flag Pole Plaza

If you have other questions or concerns about accessing the event, please contact Laura Ishiguro at

You can find general accessibility information for Congress 2019 on the Congress website here:

CCWH At Congress!

Come check out all of the panels and events at Congress 2019 sponsored by the CCWH!


12:00 | 12 pm-13 pm

Business meetings | Business meetings
Canadian committee on women’s history | Canadian committee on women’s history

13:30 – 15:00 | 13h30 – 15h00

CCWH Keynote Address: Queer Thoughts for Challenging Times: Writing Canadian Histories of Sexuality & Gender from the Margins | Discours liminaire de CCHF : Réflexions homosexuelles pour des temps difficiles : Écrire l’histoire canadienne de la sexualité et du genre à partir de la périphérie

Keynote speaker | Conférencière: Valerie Korinek (University of Saskatchewan)Chair | Animatrice: Willeen Keough (Simon Fraser University)
Introduction: Heather Stanley (Vancouver Island University)
Sponsored by the Canadian Committee on Women’s History – Parrainée par le Comité canadien de l’histoire des femmes (CCWH – CCHF)

17:30 | 17 pm-20 pm
Canadian committee on women’s history reception | Reception of the Canadian committee on women’s history


8:30 – 10:00 | 8h30 – 10h00

Making Waves on the West Coast: New Directions in the History of the Women’s Movement in British Columbia | Faire des vagues sur la Côte ouest : Nouvelles perspectives sur l’histoire du mouvement des femmes en Colombie-Britannique

Nadine Boulay (Simon Fraser University): “Lesbian and Queer Women’s Political Organizing in Rural B.C. during the 1970s and 80s”
Lara Campbell (Simon Fraser University): “Rethinking the Politics of First Wave Feminism: Class and Gender”
Dominique Clément (University of Alberta): “How the State Shaped the Women’s Movement” Lisa Pasolli (Queen’s University): “Considering Child Care Co-operatives”
Julia Smith (University of Alberta): “Forming a Feminist Union: Women’s Labour Activism at the University of British Columbia in 1970s Vancouver”Chair | Animatrice : Funké Aladejebi (University of New Brunswick)
Sponsored by the Canadian Committee on Women’s History | Parrainée par le Comité canadien d’histoire des femmes

10:30 – 12:00 | 10h30 – 12h00
Changing the Conversation on Political History: Women Scholars and Left History | Réorienter les discussions en histoire politique : Les chercheuses et l’histoire de la gauche

Stephanie Bangarth (King’s College, University of Western Ontario) Rhonda Hinther (Brandon University)
Roberta Lexier (Mount Royal University)
Kassandra Luciuk (University of Toronto)
Tracy Penny Light (Thompson Rivers University)Chair | Animatrice : Nancy Janovicek (University of Calgary)
Sponsored by the Canadian Committee on Women’s History | Parrainée par le Comité canadien de l’histoire des femmes


BOOK CELEBRATION at Congress, 3 June 2019.

Hello everyone,

This is a quick reminder to those of you who have published a monograph or edited collection in 2018-2019 to contact your Press about including your work in our CCWH-CCHF book celebration at Congress.  I have already heard from the following presses:  BTL, UBC, U of T, and Athabasca.  If you have published elsewhere, please have your marketing rep contact me as soon as possible at

All the best,

Lisa Chilton

Rise Up! A Digital Archive of Feminist Activism Teaching Resources Feedback

Rise Up! A Digital Archive of Feminist Activism is looking to expanding their existing teaching resources section. As part of the process, they are seeking feedback from anyone who might have used these resources or the archives in their teaching and/or research. If you have used these resources and want to help out, you can get in touch with the archive at

The Marta Danylewycz Memorial Fund 2019

The Marta Danylewycz Memorial Fund 2019 competition is now accepting applications!

The Marta Danylewycz Memorial Fund is now accepting applications.

The Marta Danylewycz Memorial Fund was established with the primary objective of continuing, promoting, and supporting work in women’s and gender history from afeminist perspective. More specifically, the Fund supports historical research at the doctoral level in the following areas: women and ethnicity, women and religion, women and work, women and social reform, women and education, women and family. The Fund is administered by the Canadian Research Institute for the Advancement of Women- Institut canadien de recherches sur les femmes (CRIAW-ICREF), Ottawa, Canada.

This award consists of one grant of $1,000. Each project is evaluated by members of a special jury, whose decisions are final. No individual critiques can be provided. If no submissions meet the jury’s requirements, the grant money will be returned to the Fund for a possible double award the following year.

Doctoral students who are in the latter stages of their thesis or dissertation are eligible to apply. There are no citizenship restrictions as long as the applicant is attached to a Canadian institution for the duration of the grant, or the research has application in the Canadian environment. Applications can be made in either official language, English or French.


  • The subject matter of the research project must support the aims of the Fund, as described above.
  • The research project must be well-defined in terms of objectives, implementation, and expected results, and must reflect good scholarship.

Candidates should send one electronic copy of their C.V. and of their application(except the letters of recommendation, but including the names and emails of their referees) by midnight 23 April, 2019 to Please indicate ‘Marta D. application’ in the subject line.

Deadline for application is April 23rd, 2019.


For more information, including the grant application form, check out: 

Appel à candidature/Call for Nominations

Chères membres du CCHF-CCWH, 

 Notre réunion annuelle approche à grands pas! Le comité exécutif de votre association a besoin de vous, car plusieurs postes doivent être comblés : 

  •  vice-présidente / présidente (2019-2020 pour la vice présidence; 2020-2021 pour la présidence)
  • secrétaire de langue anglaise/coordonnatrice des prix (2019-2022)
  • secrétaire de langue française (2019-2022)
  • trésorière (2019-2022)
  • Représentantes des étudiantes aux cycles supérieurs (1) (2019-21)
  • Représentantes régionales pour les deux régions suivantes (2019-21):
    • l’Atlantique
    • Les Prairies
    • Représentante des historiennes interdisciplinaires (2019-21)
    • Représentante de l’histoire publique (2019-21)

Toutes les nominations sont les bienvenues, peu importe si vous faites partie de l’exécutif ou non, si vous vous portez volontaire, ou si vous songez à une personne dynamique que vous aimeriez voir siéger comme représentante. Bien sûr, les membres actuelles peuvent nous signifier leur intention de continuer au même poste ou leur désir d’assumer de nouvelles responsabilités. Les membres sortantes peuvent aussi nous suggérer des personnes pour les remplacer.  

Les nominations seront annoncées lors de notre réunion annuelle. Si nous recevons plus d’une nomination pour un même poste, nous procèderons à des élections. Les personnes nommées n’ont pas à être présentes à l’AG pour devenir membres de l’exécutif.

La vitalité et la représentativité de notre exécutif dépend de votre implication; nous espérons recevoir de nombreuses candidatures! Veuillez communiquer avec Eryk Martin, Mises en candidature ( Date limite 15 April 2019


Lara Campbell and Willeen Keough

Dear CCWH/CCHF Members,

Our annual meeting is approaching fast!  The executive committee of the CCWH/CCHF needs you – we are seeking volunteers to fill the following positions:

  • Vice-Chair/Chair (2019-2020 for Vice-Chair; 2020-2021 for Chair)
  • English Language Secretary/Prize Coordinator (2019-2022)
  • French Language Secretary (2019-2022)
  • Treasurer (2019-2022)
  • Graduate Student Representatives (1) (2019-2021)
  • Regional Representatives for the following regions (2019-21):
    • Atlantic
    • Prairies
    • Interdisciplinary historians’ representative (2019-21)
    • Public history representative (2019-21)

All nominations are welcome, whether you have been a part of the executive before or not.  You may self-nominate or you may suggest someone you think would be a well-suited for a particular role.  As well, members currently serving in these positions are also welcome to indicate their willingness to continue or their desire to assume new responsibilities. Outgoing representatives may also suggest suitable people to be their replacements.

The nominations will be announced during our annual meeting.  If we receive more than one nomination for the same position, we will proceed with elections.  Nominees do not have to be present at the AGM in order to serve.

The vibrancy of our executive depends on you!  We hope to receive numerous nominations – please contact Eryk Martin, Nominating Committee ( Deadline 15 April 2019


Lara Campbell and Willeen Keough

CCWH Book Launch and Reception

Chères\Chers collègues,

Avez-vous publié une monographie ou un recueil collectif en 2018-2019?

Si vous souhaitez faire un lancement de votre ouvrage lors de la réception du CCWC-CCHF, le lundi 3 juin entre 17h30 et 20h00, au , svp, contactez-moi ( sera un plaisir de souligner votre réalisation et, par la même occasion, de promouvoir votre livre!

Au plaisir de vous lire!


Lisa Chilton

Dear colleagues,

Did you publish a monograph or edited collection in 2018-2019? If you would like to launch your book at the CCWH reception on Monday June 3 from 5:30-8:00 at the University of British Columbia, please get in touch with me ( I am organizing the event and will be happy to promote your book and celebrate your achievement. I look forward to hearing from you.

All the best,

Lisa Chilton

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