12-15 August 2010, Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue, 580 West Hastings Street, Vancouver, BC (map)


“Ribbon”: “One Woman’s Journey Discovering Alberta’s Black Pioneers,” written and performed by Patricia Darbasie (Thursday, August 12, 8:00 PM)/«Le voyage d’une femme découvrir les pionniers noirs de l’Alberta» Patricia Darbasie (Jeudi 12 août, 20h00)

“No Power Greater,” reenactment of the life and activism of Winnipeg labour feminist, Helen Armstrong (Friday, August 13, 1:00 PM)/reconstitution de la vie et l’activisme des féministes du travail de Winnipeg, Helen Armstrong (vendredi, 13 août 13h00)

“Absence, Silence, Action, and Voice in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside,” an evening with acclaimed local visual artist Pamela Masik and residents, activists, and support providers of the DTES Jamie Lee Hamilton, Carol Martin, and Irene Tsepnopoulos-Elhaimer. (Friday, August 13, 7:30 to 9:00 PM; open to the public)/

une soirée avec le célèbre artiste des arts visuels locaux Pamela Masik (vendredi, 13 août 19h30-21h00; ouvert au public)


Thursday, August 12/ Jeudi 12 août

3:00 Registration/15h00 Inscription

3:30-3:45 Opening Remarks/15h30-15h45 Allocution ouverture

3:45-5:00 Keynote Lecture/15h45-17h00 conférencier d’honneur

5:00 Reception/17h00 Réception

8:00 “Ribbon”/20h00 « Ribbon »

Friday, August 13

8:30 Registration/8h30 Inscription

9:00:-10:20 Concurrent Sessions/9h00-10h20 Séances simultanées

10:20-:10:40 Tea/Coffee/10h20-10h40 thé / café

10:40-12:00 Concurrent Sessions/10h40-12h00 Séances simultanés

12:00-1:30 Lunch and “No Power Greater”/Midi 00-13h30 Déjeuner et « No Power Greater »

1:30-2:50 Concurrent Sessions/13h30-14h50 Séances simultanées

2:50-3:10 Tea/Coffee/14h50-15h10 thé / café

3:10-4:40 Plenary Roundtable/15h10-16h40 Table ronde plénière

6:30-7:30 Reception/18h30-19h30 Réception

7:30-9:00 Plenary: “Absence, Silence, Action, and Voice”/19h30-21h00 Plénière: « Absence, Silence, Action, and Voice »

Saturday, August 14

8:00 Registration/8h00 Inscription

8:30:-10:00 Concurrent Sessions/8h30-10h00 Séances simultanées

10:00-:10:20 Tea/Coffee/10h00-10h20 thé / café

10:20-11:40 Plenary Roundtable/10h20-11h40 Table ronde plénière

11:40-12:40 Lunch/11h40-12h40 Déjeuner

12:40-2:20 Concurrent Sessions/12h40-14h20 Séances simultanées

2:20-2:40 Tea/Coffee/14h20-14h40 thé / café

2:40-3:40 Concurrent Sessions/14h40-15h40 Séances simultanées

3:40-5:00 Concurrent Sessions/15h40-17h00 Séances simultanés

6:30-8:30 Conference Banquet/18h30-29h30 Banquet

Sunday, August 15

8:40:-10:00 Concurrent Sessions/8h40-10h00 Séances simultanées

10:00-:10:20 Tea/Coffee/10h00-10h20 thé / café

10:20-11:50 Plenary Roundtable/10h20-11h50 Table ronde plénière

11:50-1:00 Lunch/11h50-13h00 Déjeuner

1:00-2:30 Plenary Roundtable/13h00-14h30 Table ronde plénière

2:30-3:00 Closing Plenary/14h30-15h00 Séance plénière de clôture

FULL PROGRAM/PROGRAMME COMPLET *Disponible en Anglais Seulement

THURSDAY, August 12

3:00: Registration

3:30-3:45: Opening Remarks

3:45-5:00: Keynote Lecture: Adele Perry, University of Manitoba: “Terms of Reference and Endearment: The Global, the Local, and the Writing of Gender and Women’s History”

5:00: Reception

8:00: Evening Theatre Event: Ribbon, one woman’s journey discovering Alberta’s Black pioneers. Written and performed by Patricia Darbasie, playwright and actor, Alberta. Produced by Ground Zero Productions.

FRIDAY, August 13

8:30: Registration

9:00-10:20: Concurrent Sessions

1. Rethinking the Classroom: Women, Education, and History

Nancy Janovicek, University of Calgary (Chair)

Victoria Lamb Drover, University of Saskatchewan: “No women shall by reason of her sex be deprived any advantage” The Sexual inclusivity of the University of Saskatchewan from 1907-1922

Marilla McCargar, University of Western Ontario: “Medical Men and College Women: Reassessing the Effect of Medical Warnings on Canadian Women”

Rose Fine-Meyer, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto: “Feminist organizations and their work in Unstructuring Curriculum to Integrate Women into Historical Narratives: A case study of the Ontario Women’s History Network”

2. Inside Out and Outside In: Negotiating the Insider/Outsider Continuum in Oral History Fieldwork

Mary-Ellen Kelm, Simon Fraser University (Chair)

Sandra Borger, Simon Fraser University: “One Sugar or Two? A Chat Over a Cup of Tea”: Getting From the Outside In in Oral Interviews

Willeen Keough, Simon Fraser University: “Sure, you knows that, Willeen, girl!” Dancing along the Edges of Intimacy and Distance in the Oral History Process

Bonnie Schmidt, Simon Fraser University

“Insiders and Outsiders: The Challenge of Shared Authority in the Oral Histories of Women in the Royal Canadian Mounted Police”

3. Beyond the Pew: Exploring the Social History of Non-mainstream Female Religious Identities in North America

Lynne Marks University of Victoria (Chair)

Tina Block, Thompson Rivers University: “Feminine Impiety: Gender and Atheism in Postwar Canada”

Selena Crosson, University of Saskatchewan: “You can kill me as soon as you like, but you cannot stop the emancipation of women”: The Fashioning of “Feminist”Religious Ideals by Early Twentieth-century North American Bahá’i Women

Andrea Eidinger, University of Victoria: “Daughters of the Commandments: Competing Discourses on Jewish Religiosity and Women in Montreal, 1945-1975”

10:20-10:40: Tea/Coffee Break

10:40-12:00: Concurrent Sessions

1. Race, Sex, and Region: Shaping Canadian History through Oral Testimonies on the Edge of History 

Valerie J. Korinek, History Department, University of Saskatchewan (Chair)

Kristina R. Llewellyn, University of Waterloo: Teaching June Cleaver; Being Sadie Chow: An Oral History of Gender, Race and National ‘Character’

Maureen Simpkins, University College of the North: Understanding Community / Environmental Relationships: Oral History in a northern context

Elise Chenier, Simon Fraser University, and Racan Souiedan, Simon Fraser University: The Archive of Lesbian Oral Testimony (A LOT): Building a Digital Archive

2. Labour and Politics, Post WWII 

Joan Sangster, Trent University (Chair)

Julia Smith, Simon Fraser University: “An ‘Entirely Different’ Kind of Union: Class, Gender, and the Service, Office, and Retail Workers’ Union of Canada (SORWUC), 1972-1986”

Catherine Charron, Université Laval: “Division sexuelle du travail et emplois domestiques, Québec, 1960-2008”

Bonnie Huskins, University of New Brunswick and St. Thomas University: “Assessing the Social and Political Engagement of an Ordinary Woman: Communications Systems and the Relevance of Textual Expression”

3. Roundtable: Patriarchy – the biggest barrier left to the creation of a national child care system in Canada 

Rhonda Hinther, Canadian Museum of Civilization (Chair)

Susan Harney, Child Care Advocacy Association of Canada

Rita Chudnovsky, Coalition of Child Care Advocates of BC

12:00-1:30: Lunch & Dramamuse: No Power Greater 

Actor-interpreter, Stephanie Burchell

Historical consultant, Rhonda Hinther

1:30-2:50: Concurrent Sessions

1. Women’s Citizenship and Activism outside of the Feminist Movement

Elise Chenier, Simon Fraser University (Chair)

Catherine Gidney, St. Thomas University: “Feminist Ideals and Everyday Life: The Case of Professional Women at Victoria College, 1900-1950s.”

Catherine Carstairs, University of Guelph: “Disability and Citizenship in Postwar Canada: The Life and Fiction of Jean Little.”

Ruby Heap, University of Ottawa: “ ‘Don’t check your feminism at the laboratory door’: Women’s Activism in Canadian Science and Engineering since the 1970’s”

2. Roundtable: Engendering Politics: Feminist Approaches to the State in Post World-War II Canada

Margaret Conrad, University of New Brunswick (Chair/commentator)

Lisa Pasolli, University of Victoria: “’She could not work and give them proper care’: The Politics of Child Care in Post-WWII British Columbia”

P. E. Bryden, University of Victoria: “The Intimacy of Politics in an Age of Nation-Building: A New Look at Canadian Constitutional Negotiations”

Anthony S. C. Hampton, University of Guelph: Ad Hoc Activism: The Feminist Citizens’ Response to the Meech Lake Accord in New Brunswick”

3. Feminist Pedagogy and Women’s History: Critical Reflections Across the Disciplines

Susan Johnston, Camosun College, BC (Chair)

Tracy Penny Light, Sexuality, Marriage and Family Studies/History, St. Jerome’s University/University of Waterloo: “‘I can’t believe I’ve never seen that before!’: Feminist Pedagogy and the History of the Body through Visual Culture”

Jane Nicholas, History, Lakehead University: “Exploring Pedagogies of Shame: Feminist Pedagogy, Women’s History, and the Practices of Shaming”

Renée Bondy, Women’s Studies, University of Windsor: “Reading Women’s History: The Book Club as Feminist Teaching Strategy”

2:50-3:10: Tea/Coffee Break

3:10-4:40: Plenary Roundtable Session: Gender, Race and Place in the Writing of British Columbia’s History: A Tribute to Jean Barman

Deanna Reder, Simon Fraser University (Chair)


Mona Gleason, University of British Columbia

Jacqueline Gresko, author and independent scholar

Adele Perry, University of Manitoba

Deanna Reder, Simon Fraser University

Ruth Sandwell, OISE, University of Toronto

6:30-7:30: Reception

7:30-9:00: Plenary Session: Absence, Silence, Action, and Voice in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside

Acclaimed local visual artist Pamela Masik will begin the evening with a presentation based on her collection “The Forgotten”—evocative portraiture of the 69 women who have disappeared from the DTES. An accompanying keynote panel, including family members of the missing women, politicians, a former sex-trade worker, and local activists, will discuss their own experiences in the DTES. The general audience will then be invited to explore the historical context of poverty and exclusion as well as the ways in which feminist scholars can integrate academic research with a commitment to social action.

SATURDAY, August 14

8:00: Registration

8:40-10:00: Concurrent Sessions

1. Bodies in Question: Sexual Identity, Sexual Freedom, and Women’s Activism

Cheryl Krasnick Warsh, Vancouver Island University (Chair)

Jenny Ellison, York University: “When is the last time YOU asked a fat woman to dance?”: Fat lesbian activism and identities in Canada

Beth Palmer, York University: “I hope to be of some help to you in the very near future”: Post-abortion politicization in the 1970s

Shannon Stettner, York University: “I had a history” Exploring the Roots of Social Activism of the Abortion Caravan Participants

2. Putting Granny in Context: Using Family History Research Techniques to Uncover Women’s History

Krista Cooke, Canadian Museum of Civilization (Chair)

Valerie Patenaude, Executive Director of Maple Ridge Historical Society: “Opening the Archives Door”

M. Diane Rogers, President of the British Columbia Genealogical Society and Editor of the British Columbia Genealogist: “From the Printer’s Shop to the Poultry Farm: Researching Women in the Archives and the Family”

Brenda Smith, Family History Consultant: “Building Community in the History World”

3. Celebrating the Oral/Aural in Oral History at SFU

Mona Gleason, University of British Columbia (Chair)

Mary-Ellen Kelm, Simon Fraser University (Presenter and Organizer)

Sean Wilkonson, Simon Fraser University

Star Deibert-Turner, Simon Fraser University

Julie Sloan, Simon Fraser University

10:00-10:20: Tea/Coffee Break

10:20-11:40: Plenary Roundtable Session: L’histoire en rouge : hommage à Andrée Lévesque, historienne féministe et socialiste

Caroline Durand, McGill University (Chair and panel organiser)

Andrée Lévesque, McGill University

Bettina Bradbury, York University

Magda Fahrni, Université du Québec à Montréal

Tamara Myers, University of British Columbia

Patrizia Gentile, Carleton University

11:40-12:40: Lunch

12:40-2:20: Concurrent Sessions

1. Female Voices: The intersections of gender, age, time, and region in 19th and 20th century diaries through the life course

Lisa Chilton, University of Prince Edward Island (Chair)

Kathryn Bridge, University of Victoria: Forgotten Voices, Marginalized Voices. The importance of utilizing child-created records to document nineteenth century settler children in the Canadian West

Heidi MacDonald, University of Lethbridge: Coming of Age in the 1930s: The impact of gender, age, time, and class, on four female diarists in the 1930s

Gail Campbell, University of New Brunswick: Using Diaries to Explore The Shared Worlds of Family and Community in 19th Century New Brunswick

Maria Ng, Lethbridge University: “Two Women Writing War: Pain and Resistance in Autobiographical Narratives”

2. Gendering the Fair: Feminist Perspectives on Gender, Women and World’s Fairs

Lara Campbell, Simon Fraser University (Chair)

Anne Wohlcke, History Department, California State Polytechnic University: “Policing Masculine Festivity at London’s Early Modern Fairs”

Lisa Langlois, State University of New York (Oswego): “Picturing Japanese Women”

Sarah Moore, University of Arizona: “Manliness and the New American Empire at the 1915 Panama-Pacific Exposition”

Abigail Markwyn, Carroll University, Waukesha, Wisconsin: “Beyond ‘dainty celestial’ and ‘dusky damsel,’: Asian and Asian American women at the Panama Pacific International Exposition”

3. Social Lives, Social Work, Social Action

Krista Cooke, Canadian Museum of Civilization (Chair)

Hélène Charron, CIEQ Université Laval: “Regards croisés sur la naissance du travail social en France et au Québec: rapports de genre et reconnaissance d’une discipline féminisée aux frontières des savoirs sociologiques et de l’action sociale”

Johanne Daigle, Université Laval: “Agir dans l’histoire vécue : l’innovation des femmes dans l’assistance sociale à Québec, 1850-1960”

Sharon Cook, University of Ottawa: “Cigarettes and Canadian Women on the Margins: the historical intersections of poverty, smoking and other addictions, 1920-1990”

Sylvie Jochems, professeure à l’École de travail social de l’UQAM et représentante de l’IREF au Conseil d’administration de Relais-femmes: « De la société de l’information aux sociétés des savoirs: réflexion sur les défis paradigmatiques au Protocole UQAM/Relais-Femmes »

2:20-2:40: Tea/Coffee Break

2:40-3:40: Concurrent Sessions

1. Health Care as Women’s Work: Profession, Philanthropy and Community-Building in the 19th and 20th Centuries

Nancy Janovicek, University of Calgary (Chair)

Sasha Mullally, University of New Brunswick: “‘It was a country practice, but I was a country girl’: Community-building and medical economics in the career of Dr. Mary Phylinda Dole, 1886-1927”

Linda Kealey, University of New Brunswick: “Hands Across the Border: Professional Women, Philanthropy and Canadian Nursing, A Case Study”

2. Writing the History of Second-Wave Feminism in Canada

Tamara Myers, University of British Columbia. (Chair)

Dominique Clément, University of Alberta: “Was there a “national” women’s movement in Canada? The Historiography of Second-Wave Feminism and the Myth of the National.”

Roberta Lexier, Mount Allison University: “The Women’s Liberation Movement and the Sixties Student Movement in Canada: The Importance of Identity.”

3. Women and Children First: The History of Women and the History of Children in Canadian Adoption History

Karen Dubinsky, Queen’s University (Chair)

Karen Balcom, McMaster University: “Canadian and American Women and the International Diplomacy of Child Welfare at the League of Nations”

Allyson Stevenson, University of Saskatchewan: “Saskatchewan and Transracial Adoption: The Development of AIM”

3:40-5:00: Concurrent Sessions

1. Canadian Women on Transnational Stages: Crafting Lives Through Culture and Activism, 1880s-1940s

Nancy Forestell, St. Francis Xavier University (Chair)

Cecilia Morgan, OISE at the University of Toronto: “Canadian Women Performers and Transnational Circuits, 1880s-1920s”

Lorna McLean, University of Ottawa: “Performance, Peace and Pedagogy: Julia Grace Wales, 1900s-1040s”

Anita Bonson, Independent Scholar, Vancouver, & Jacqueline Gresko, independent scholar, Richmond, BC: “’Pioneers in the Work of Civilization’: Royal Engineer Wives in Nineteenth-Century British Columbia”

2. The Personal is the Political and Pedagogical! Women’s Studies, Feminist Pedagogy, and Teaching Activism 

Sasha Mullally, University of New Brunswick (Chair)

Melissa Ooten, University of Richmond: “Teaching the History of Social Justice Movements on the Road: The Role of Feminist Theory, Pedagogy, and Activism in Evaluating and Teaching Public History“

Katherine McKenna, University of Western Ontario: “Teaching History in Women’s Studies: How the Empirical can Manifest Theory and Motivate Politically”

Jen Marchbank, Simon Fraser University: “Principles and Problematics in Feminist Pedagogy”

6:30-8:30: Conference Banquet (Uber Lounge and Atrium at Steamworks. To attend the banquet, you will need to select the “Banquet” option on the Conference Registration Form. Further details about the banquet are provided at the bottom of this page.

SUNDAY, August 15

8:40-10:00: Concurrent Sessions

1. Ignoring Boundaries: New Directions in the History of Women and Sexuality 

Laura Ishiguro, University College London (Chair)

Rachel Cleves, University of Victoria: “’Miss Bryant was the Man’: Same-Sex Marriage and Gender in the Early American Republic”

Amanda Littauer, Northern Illinois University: “Women’s History, Girls’ Studies, and Unfaithful Teen Wives during World War II”

Heather Stanley, University of Saskatchewan: “Sexualizing Suburbia: Married Sexuality in English Canada During the Baby Boom”

2. Embodying Gendered Histories 

Dominique Clément, University of Alberta (Chair)

Sally Mennill, University of British Columbia: “Caesarean Sections in Canada 1945-1970”

Noula Mina, University of Toronto: “Taming Greek “peasant girls”: the movement of Greek female domestics to Canada in the postwar period”

Donica Belisle, Athabasca University: “Labouring Bodies: Commodification, Performance, and Canadian Saleswomen Between 1920 and 1960”

10:00-10:20: Tea/Coffee Break

10:20-11:50: Plenary Roundtable Session: Veronica Strong-Boag, Canadian Feminist Historian: An Assessment and Appreciation

Karen Dubinsky, Queen’s University (Chair and Panel Organizer)


Nancy Forestell, St Francis Xavier

Lara Campbell, Simon Fraser University

Kristina Llewellyn, University of Waterloo

Kathryn McPherson, York University

11:50-1:00: Lunch

1:00-2:30: Plenary Roundtable Session: Speaking Across Generations: The Future of Women’s History 

Lara Campbell, Simon Fraser University (Chair and Panel Organizer)


Veronica Strong-Boag, University of British Columbia

Joan Sangster, Trent University

Nadia Lewis, University of Toronto

Élise Detellier, l’Université de Montréal

Dominique Clément, University of Alberta

2:30-3:00:“Emerging Themes, Outstanding Questions”

Constance Backhouse, University of Ottawa


Our Conference Banquet will be held at Uber Lounge and Atrium at Steamworks. To attend the banquet, you will need to select the “Banquet” option on the Conference Registration Form. The cost of the dinner buffet is $55 / per person. The Uber Lounge and Atrium at located at 375 Water Street. Enter from Water Street to go through the Main building (the entrance called The Landing Building), not through the signed Steamworks entrance.

Dinner Buffet Menu

Assorted Cold Canapés on crostini

B.C. Smoked Salmon, horseradish cream

Seared Sesame Seed Crust Albacore Tuna, ginger line aioli & tobiko

Proscuitto & Roasted Roma Tomato, aged asiago cheese


Freshly Baked Artisan Breads

Mesclun Green Salad, blueberries, cranberries, roasted almonds, balsamic vinaigrette

Classic Crisp Romaine Caesar Salad, garlic croutons, fresh parmesan

Roasted Herb Baby White Potatoes

Medley of Seasonal Vegetables

Creamy Roasted Garlic & Pesto Rigatoni, portobello mushroom, spinach, sun dried tomato

Paprika Dusted Fraser Valley Chicken Breast, creamy mushroom demi

Wild B.C. Salmon Wellington, creamy fresh tarragon sauce

Roasted Striploin, rock salt & cracked pepper crust, brandy black peppercorn sauce


Dessert Station

Belgian Dark Chocolate Espresso Mousse, callebault chocolate shavings, roasted almonds

Coffee or Tea

*In the event of a discrepancy between the print and online programs, the print program will prevail.

**This conference program is subject to change.