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Friday, August 26, 2016

Brown and Hudak, 'Have you any recollection of what occurred at all?': Davis v. Colchester County Hospital and Medical Negligence in Interwar Canada

In the new issue (new series, vol. 26 no.1) of the Journal of the Canadian Historical Association, Blake Brown and Magen Hudak have an article,  "'Have you any recollection of what occurred at all?': Davis v. Colchester County Hospital and Medical Negligence in Interwar Canada."

I couldn't find a link to the article or a link to the abstract--if/when I do (or if someone were to send me one, hint, hint) I will update this post.

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Nadia Verrelli chapter on the history of the amending formula in new edited collection

A  new book from U of T Press, Constitutional Amendment in Canada, edited by Emmett Macfarlane, has been getting a lot of buzz recently (at least in my twitter feeds.)
I haven't seen it yet myself, but I note that the first chapter, Searching for an Amending Formula: The 115-year Journey, by Nadia Verrelli of Lakehead university, is explicitly historical in focus, so worthy of noting here.

Constitutional Amendment in Canada

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

CFP: Annual Review of Interdisciplinary Justice Research, Volume 6

***Submission Deadline August 1***

Call for Papers: Annual Review of Interdisciplinary Justice Research, Volume 6.

“Placing Justice”
: Place and space are foundational concepts across the humanities and social sciences. Ideas about justice shape and are shaped by place and space. Our definitions of justice, place, and space are broad and inclusive. We invite submissions representing historical, geographic, legal, cultural, feminist, philosophical, criminological, and artistic takes on justice, place, and space; reflections, research, and exhibitions on justice, place, and space; area-based approaches to justice and space including, but not limited to, social justice, ecological justice, urban justice, decolonization, and human rights; religion, place, and cities; proxemics and justice; spatial explorations of crime and fear of crime; virtual spaces of justice; zones of exclusion; as well as cartographic and photographic exposures of these topics. We invite works on cities and urbanization, rural criminology, the role of location and geography in criminal justice, crime prevention through environmental design, and the use of spatial methods in the justice disciplines. We welcome submissions from scholars of all disciplinary backgrounds, as well as from students, community organizations, justice professionals, artists, activists and anyone who wishes to partake in an intellectual engagement with justice, place, and space.

The Annual Review of Interdisciplinary Justice Research (IJR) is a double blind peer review journal that publishes articles dealing with thematic issues in law and justice, and related disciplines. The idea began in response to our first conference, “Theorizing Justice”, when Fernwood Press and some members of  CIJS collaborated in publishing a peer reviewed collection of academic papers as a reader entitled Thinking About Justice. Subsequently we have published five annual volumes engaging the themes of our conference calls.

We welcome submissions from across the disciplines and beyond. Past contributors have been notable academics, theorists, policy specialists, activists, justice practitioners, lawyers, and graduate students. The topics of the papers we have published span the disciplines of law, criminal justice, criminology, constitutional theory, sociology of law, psychology of law, politics, culture and media analysis of justice, poverty and its intersection with justice issues, Indigenous issues of justice, law and justice and economic justice.

Regardless of the source of the submission, we embark on a double blind peer review process to ensure that the quality of our publications meets the requisite academic standards. Articles are anonymized and then submitted, after editorial review, to three anonymous expert reviewers. Articles will be accepted, accepted with revisions, encouraged to revise and resubmit, or rejected.

Normally, manuscripts should range between 6000-7000 words including all references and notes. You should remove all identifying information from the body of the manuscript and your identifying information should appear on a cover page, along with contact information, including your email address. Your work should include an abstract of under 250 words and a title.  Please email submissions in MS Word file format. 

More detailed submission guidelines can be found on our webpage:

We encourage those submitting artistic works to submit a short reflection of 500-1000 words on their work.

Please email your manuscripts to:

Dr. Steven Kohm, Editor

Mailing Address:
Annual Review of Interdisciplinary Justice Research
Centre for Interdisciplinary Justice Studies
University of Winnipeg
515 Portage Avenue
Winnipeg, MB R3B2E9

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Digital Legal History Workshop before ASLH 2016

via Law & History - LSA Collaborative Research Network <>

Thanks to Stephen Robertson for sending this out.

On 27 October 2016, a one-day pre-conference workshop will be held at the Osgoode Hall Law School to increase awareness of digital legal history, and encourage discussion of how digital methods and technologies can be used to analyze and present the legal past, and of new initiatives to undertake such projects. The workshop combines an extended showcase of four projects that each employs a different approach — O Say Can You See: Early Washington, D.C., Law and FamilyThe Lawyers’ Code: Tracking the Migration and Influence of the Field CodeDigital Harlem; and Voices of Authority: the Old Bailey Courtroom — and a set of hands-on workshops offering a beginner-level introduction to the methods used in those projects. The workshop is free and open to ASLH members. No experience in digital history is required. Registration is required as the workshop can only accommodate 60 participants. To register, select here.
For questions about the workshop, proceed to its website.

Thursday, June 9, 2016

"Arresting Images": Historic mugshots from OPP collection to be exhibited at county archives

Media release (h/t Rosemary Legge):

June 9, 2016 - Lennox & Addington County) – This summer, the Lennox & Addington County Museum & Archives will be overrun with criminals of all sorts. But don’t worry, the museum isn’t being converted back into the County jail, and the police need not be called. It is all part of an exciting travelling exhibit courtesy the OPP Museum.

'Arresting Images' is an exhibit that features 100 historic mug shots from The OPP Museum’s permanent collection, dating from 1886 to 1908. The exhibition provides a rare opportunity for the public to view these historical photographic portraits collected in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The collection was assembled by the Niagara Falls “Ontario Police” - precursors of today’s Ontario Provincial Police.

Arresting Images highlights historical themes and social circumstances of the period addressing the subjects of crime and law enforcement as well as the emerging use of photographic portraits as a police identification tool. Represented in the collection are pickpockets, confidence men, escaped fugitives, shoplifters, horse thieves, burglars, safe blowers and others. These images are compelling, fascinating and thought-provoking.

The opening reception for the exhibit will coincide with the next edition of 'Tuesday Night at the Museum'. On June 21st at 7pm. Dave St. Onge, Curator of Canada's Penitentiary Museum, will speak on prison life in Kingston in the 19th century. The talk, entitled 'Admission & Discharge: The Early History of Federal Penitentiary Mug-shots in Canada' will also identify the practice of record keeping, and difference in methods used by both the federal penitentiaries and regional jails. Dave's talk ties in nicely with the launch of the 'Arresting Images' exhibit.

In addition, visitors to the museum throughout the summer will have the opportunity to have their own mug shots taken, no crime required. This light-hearted interactive display includes an original ‘County Jail’ cell that has been converted to a 'persons of interest' line-up wall. Complete with height markers and crime-boards, visitors can take selfies - or #cellfies - within the cell that can be shared on social media. Select visitor photos will also be displayed at the museum in much the same way as the real criminal mug shots found in the 'Arresting Images' exhibit.

Arresting Images is The OPP Museum’s inaugural travelling exhibition. Initially launched in 2009, it received an Award of Excellence from the Ontario Museum Association for its innovative approach, exhibition design and curatorial quality. The exhibit will be showcased at the L&A County Museum & Archives until December 15th. For more information about Arresting Images display and other exhibits on display at the L&A County Museum & Archives, please visit or call 613-354-3027.

Local Historical Context of the ‘Arresting Images’ Exhibit
The building that houses the Lennox & Addington County Museum & Archives was once the County Gaol (jail). When Lennox & Addington separated from Frontenac in 1863 and Napanee was officially designated the County Town, a new courthouse and gaol were needed to properly fulfill their legislative duties. The gaol, built in 1864, operated until the Quinte Regional Detention Centre opened in 1971. The building continued to serve as the Napanee Town Police lockup until 1974. At that time, it was retrofitted for museum purposes from 1974-1976 and the Museum & Archives officially opened in their new space on October 6, 1976. the ‘Arresting Images’ serves as an ode to the building’s past and recognizes the museum’s 40th anniversary milestone.

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Media is invited to visit the museum to take advance photographs of the ‘Arresting Images’ exhibit and the ‘Mug Shot #Cellfie’ display. For more information, please contact:

JoAnne Himmelman
Curator, Museum & Archives
Lennox & Addington County
T. 613-354-3027

Sunday, June 5, 2016

Baker wins CLSA-ACDS article prize

Congratulations to Professor G. Blaine Baker, of the McGill Faculty of Law and University of Toronto Faculty of Law for his latest prize!

Among the prizes awarded at the annual meeting of the Canadian Law and Society Association/Association Canadienne Droit et Société  held in Calgary last week, was the prize for the best English-Language article to appear in the Canadian Journal of Law and Society in 2015.

The prize was won by Blaine Baker for “Testamentary Archeology in Late-Victorian Ontario: William Martin's Little, Posthumous Legal System,”  which appeared in volume 30, issue 3.

Toronto blog readers may recall that Blaine presented a draft of the paper to the Osgoode Society Legal History Workshop.

Congratulations, Blaine!

Friday, May 27, 2016

CFP: Policing the North American Borderlands

via H-Law:

We solicit proposals for an edited volume entitled Policing the North American Borderlands. This volume will trace the development of state regulation and policing practices along the US-Canada and US-Mexico borders, as well as their impacts on border people during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.  Although war and diplomacy established borders on paper, policing made boundaries into borders and in some cases barriers.  We seek papers that examine how policies and state apparatuses create and regulate national borders and how this impacts communities which cross international divides.  We ask for papers that explore how particular legal codes and regulatory practices have attempted to define and delineate the parameters of the state; how citizenship is defined in both law and in practice; and how state regulatory apparatuses monitor and police flows of goods and people across international divides.  This book is centered on two key questions: how has the state (at the federal, state, provincial, and local levels) attempted to regulate and police people and goods at their actual borders; and how have local communities responded to, been shaped by, and/or undermined particular policing objectives and practices?
Too often, studies and discussions of the US-Canada and US-Mexico borders happen in isolation from one another.  Policing the North American Borderlands will therefore place analyses of policing practices along the northern and southern borders into direct conversation with one another.  We are especially interested in papers that take a comparative and connective approach.  How have states implemented policies and practices along the contested terrain that makes up each border region?  How do concepts of race, ethnicity, gender, and power shape interactions along these borders?  By examining the history of policing North America’s borderlands comparatively, we hope not only to trace the development of very different national borders but also shed light on contemporary border security concerns.
Possible topics include, but are not limited to:
  • The creation of borders and nation-states as legal entities.
  • Historical analyses of agencies tasked with regulating and policing national lines.
  • Vigilantism, extralegal, and unofficial forms of regulating border regions.
  • The history of immigration regulation in the US, Canada, and Mexico.
  • Fugitives and legal ambiguities along the borders.
  • Alcohol prohibition and its impact on border communities.
  • The extension of border policing beyond actual physical border regions.
  • Native and local communities’ interactions with federal, state, and regional state agencies.
  • The War on Drugs and its effects on border policing and border communities.
  • Smuggling at the US-Canada and US-Mexico borders.
  • The impact of shifting racial and ethnic ideologies on policing practices.
  • Contested notions of 'violence' in the borderlands.
  • The relationship between border policing, immigration policies, and the rise of mass incarceration.
  • Regulating gender and sexuality at national boundaries.
  • Human rights activism and efforts at reshaping policing policies.
  • Militarizing national boundaries.
  • Cultural representations of border policing in film, television, music, and print media.
  • The impact of 9/11 on policing practices.
Interested authors should submit a two-page CV as well as a 500-800 word abstract.  Abstracts should detail how the paper will engage with issues of policing in the borderlands, as well as key arguments and methodology.  Abstract proposals are due by August 31, 2016.  If accepted, the full paper will be due by February 1, 2017.  Please send proposals as well as any queries to

Holly M. Karibo is an assistant professor of borderlands history at Oklahoma State University. Her book, Sin City North: Sex, Drugs, and Citizenship in the Detroit-Windsor Borderland was published as part of the David J. Weber Series in New Borderlands History at The University of North Carolina Press (2015).
George T. Díaz is an assistant professor of borderlands and Mexican American history at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley.  His award winning book, Border Contraband: A History of Smuggling across the Rio Grande, was published with the University of Texas Press (2015). 
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