Canadian Studies

Canadian Studies


Interviews with scholars of Canada about their new books.

Kimberley Moore and Janis Thiessen, "Mmm... Manitoba: The Stories Behind the Foods We Eat" (U Manitoba Press, 2024)

May 12, 2024

Mmm... Manitoba

Kimberley Moore and Janis Thiessen
Hosted by Jen Hoyer

In 2018, Janis Thiessen, Kimberley Moore, and collaborator Kent Davies refashioned a used food truck into a mobile oral history lab. Together they emb…

Jason Bell, "Cracking the Nazi Code: The Untold Story of Canada's Greatest Spy" (Pegasus Books, 2024)

April 23, 2024

Cracking the Nazi Code

Jason Bell

The thrilling true story of Agent A12, the earliest enemy of the Nazis, and the first spy to crack Hitler's deadliest secret code: the framework of th…

Danielle Taschereau Mamers, "Settler Colonial Ways of Seeing: Documentation, Administration, and the Interventions of Indigenous Art" (Fordham UP, 2023)

April 23, 2024

Settler Colonial Ways of Seeing

Danielle Taschereau Mamers
Hosted by Miranda Melcher

How do bureaucratic documents create and reproduce a state’s capacity to see? What kinds of worlds do documents help create? Further, how might such d…

Annaliese Jacobs Claydon, "Arctic Circles and Imperial Knowledge: The Franklin Family, Indigenous Intermediaries, and the Politics of Truth" (Bloomsbury, 2024)

April 15, 2024

Arctic Circles and Imperial Knowledge

Annaliese Jacobs Claydon
Hosted by Miranda Melcher

In 1845 an expedition led by Sir John Franklin vanished in the Canadian Arctic. The enduring obsession with the Franklin mystery, and in particular In…

Jacqueline Kennelly, "Burnt by Democracy: Youth, Inequality, and the Erosion of Civic Life" (U Toronto Press, 2023)

March 9, 2024

Burnt by Democracy

Jacqueline Kennelly
Hosted by Miranda Melcher

Burnt by Democracy: Youth, Inequality, and the Erosion of Civic Life (University of Toronto Press, 2023) by Dr. Jacqueline Kennelly traces the politic…

Zhongping Chen, "Transpacific Reform and Revolution: The Chinese in North America, 1898-1918" (Stanford UP, 2023)

March 4, 2024

Transpacific Reform and Revolution

Zhongping Chen
Hosted by Li-Ping Chen

The late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries saw the turbulent end of China’s imperial system, violent revolutionary movements, and the fraught …

Christian R. Burset, "An Empire of Laws: Legal Pluralism in British Colonial Policy" (Yale UP, 2023)

February 29, 2024

An Empire of Laws

Christian R. Burset
Hosted by Miranda Melcher

In An Empire of Laws: Legal Pluralism in British Colonial Policy (Yale University Press, 2023), Dr. Christian R. Burset presents a compelling reexamin…

Ryan Manucha, "Booze, Cigarettes, and Constitutional Dust-Ups: Canada's Quest for Interprovincial Free Trade" (McGill-Queen's UP, 2022)

February 14, 2024

Booze, Cigarettes, and Constitutional Dust-Ups

Ryan Manucha
Hosted by Lavinia Stan

Today I talked to Ryan Manucha about his new book Booze, Cigarettes, and Constitutional Dust-Ups: Canada's Quest for Interprovincial Free Trade (McGil…

David C. Young et al., "Policy Matters: Perspectives, Procedures, and Processes" (Emerald Publishing, 2023)

February 9, 2024

Policy Matters

David C. Young, Robert E. White, and Monica A. Williams
Hosted by Lavinia Stan

Never have policy initiatives been so important than in today’s society. Neoliberal manifestations, climate change, civil rights movements, and govern…

Jake Berman, "The Lost Subways of North America: A Cartographic Guide to the Past, Present, and What Might Have Been" (U Chicago Press, 2023)

February 7, 2024

The Lost Subways of North America

Jake Berman
Hosted by Miranda Melcher

Every driver in North America shares one miserable, soul-sucking universal experience—being stuck in traffic. But things weren’t always like this. Why…

Steven High, "Deindustrializing Montreal: Entangled Histories of Race, Residence, and Class" (McGill-Queen's UP, 2022)

February 7, 2024

Deindustrializing Montreal

Steven High
Hosted by Yadong Li

Point Saint-Charles, a historically white working-class neighborhood with a strong Irish and French presence, and Little Burgundy, a multiracial neigh…

Merin Shobhana Xavier, "The Dervishes of the North: Rumi, Whirling, and the Making of Sufism in Canada" (U Toronto Press, 2023)

February 2, 2024

The Dervishes of the North

Merin Shobhana Xavier

The thirteenth-century Muslim mystic and poet Jalal al-Din Rumi (1207–1273) is a popular spiritual icon. His legacy is sustained within the mystical a…

Douglas Hunter, "Beardmore: The Viking Hoax That Rewrote History" (McGill-Queen's UP, 2018)

December 30, 2023


Douglas Hunter
Hosted by Ryan Tripp

In 1936, long before the discovery of the Viking settlement at L'Anse aux Meadows, the Royal Ontario Museum made a sensational acquisition: the conten…

On Native American Warfare: A Discussion with Author and Historian Wayne E. Lee

December 24, 2023

On Native American Warfare

Wayne E. Lee
Hosted by Paul Starobin

How did Native Americans make war, not with European settlers, but amongst themselves? Historian Wayne E. Lee, a professor at the University of North …

Sheldon Birnie, "Where the Pavement Turns to Sand" (Malarkey Books, 2023)

December 13, 2023

Where the Pavement Turns to Sand

Sheldon Birnie
Hosted by Gregory Soden

Where the Pavement Turns to Sand (Malarkey Books, 2023) is a collection of working class, everyday heartbreaks and bad decisions. In a refreshing rura…

Tom Özden-Schilling, "The Ends of Research: Indigenous and Settler Science After the War in the Woods" (Duke UP, 2023)

December 9, 2023

The Ends of Research

Tom Özden-Schilling
Hosted by Miranda Melcher

In The Ends of Research: Indigenous and Settler Science after the War in the Woods (Duke University Press, 2023) by Dr. Tom Özden-Schilling explores t…

Kawika Guillermo on "Nimrods" and Y-Dang Troeung's "Landbridge"

November 21, 2023

Kawika Guillermo on "Nimrods" and Y-Dang Troeung's "Landbridge"

Kawika Guillermo and Y-Dang Troeung
Hosted by Julia Lee

Today I talked to Christopher Patterson about two books: the late Y-Dang Troeung's Landbridge [life in fragments] (Knopf Canada, 2023) and Christophe…

Ernest R. Zimmermann, "The Little Third Reich on Lake Superior: A History of Canadian Internment Camp R" (U Alberta Press, 2015)

November 13, 2023

The Little Third Reich on Lake Superior

Ernest Robert Zimmermann
Hosted by Ari Barbalat

For eighteen months during the Second World War, the Canadian military interned 1,145 prisoners of war in Red Rock, Ontario (about 100 kilometres nort…

Daniel Macfarlane, "Natural Allies: Environment, Energy, and the History of US-Canada Relations" (McGill-Queen's UP, 2023)

November 11, 2023

Natural Allies

Daniel Macfarlane

No two nations have exchanged natural resources, produced transborder environmental agreements, or cooperatively altered ecosystems on the same scale …

Jason Lamb, "NoMeansNo: From Obscurity to Oblivion, an Oral History" (PM Press, 2024)

October 28, 2023


Jason Lamb
Hosted by Gregory Soden

They were unlike any other band in the punk scene they called home. NoMeansNo started in the basement of the family home of brothers Rob and John Wr…