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Canada for Africa: New Directions for Examining Historical Relations  

there is value in examining the historical trajectory of the existent relationships to uncover what has worked in the past, what continues to work, as well as what has not worked

A Mission for Modernity: Canadian Women in Medical and Nursing Education in India

By Maia Lugar The Tuan Luu Webinar Series finished its 2021-2022 season with Jill-Campbell Miller, an Adjunct Professor at Saint Mary’s University and visiting researcher with Carleton University. In 2018  she completed an AMS postdoctoral fellowship at the Gorsebrook Research Institute at Saint Mary’s University, where she examined Canadian medical humanitarianism in South Asia duringContinue reading “A Mission for Modernity: Canadian Women in Medical and Nursing Education in India”

Lydia Wytenbroek – Nursing, Empire, & Mobility: American Mission Nurses in Iran & Iranian Nurses in the U.S., 1907-1979

Through this program, nationalist concerns were articulated through a medicalized discourse, with the Iranian government using imagery of Iran as a sick mother in need of care…. Nursing was used as a pathway for imperialism and professionalism, as well as a pathway for women’s mobility in terms of financial, social, geographical, and professional avenues.

“Was it really “different back then”?: Reflecting on current global health ethics with a NFB film about CUSO, 1965”

Humanitarian aid work—particularly healthcare and disaster response—necessarily requires focus on the present in order to respond to crises that are often acute or emergent. Sustained focus on the immediate has given the impression that the aid sector is ahistorical. Without historical perspective, aid workers run the risk of not responding appropriately or perpetuating injustices, thus harming those they are meant to help. Sonya de Laat examines these issues through the lens of teaching a 1965 film.

Canadian reconstruction aid to Tonga 40 years ago points the way today

One desperate need was for cooking houses. Traditional societies in outlying islands use three types of structures — dwelling houses, cooking houses and bathing houses. While international agencies helped to rebuild homes, there was poor understanding of the need for cooking houses, known as peito (kitchen in English).

Enter a new Canadian organization: the Pacific Peoples’ Partnership (known at the time by its previous name, the South Pacific People’s Foundation). Its director, Phil Esmonde, an American-born veteran turned Canadian peace activist, communicated with village women’s groups in the more remote islands of Tonga and shared the need for cooking houses.

Stefano Tijerina

My interest in Canadian Development emerged from broader research on the transnational spatial dimensions of Canadian – Colombian relations.  During the second half of the twentieth century, external aid became a critical component of Colombia’s and Canada’s economic development policies.  I have published on Canada’s Official Development Assistance to Colombia as well as military aid,Continue reading “Stefano Tijerina”

Sonya de Laat

Sonya de Laat is a scholar of visual culture related to humanitarian action, global health and international development. She is the Global Health graduate academic advisor and a sessional lecturer at McMaster University. She is also an investigator with the Humanitarian Health Ethics research group based at McMaster and McGill universities and an active member ofContinue reading “Sonya de Laat”

Simplice Ayangma Bonoho

Simplice AYANGMA BONOHO holds a Doctorate in History from the University of Geneva (Switzerland), and a Doctorate / Ph.D, in Economic and Social History from the University of Yaounde I (Cameroon). It is a thesis in international co-supervision, which deals with World Health Organization (WHO) health development policies in Central Africa (1956-2000). Since 2015, he has receivedContinue reading “Simplice Ayangma Bonoho”

Researcher: David Webster

David Webster is a professor in the Department of History and Global Studies at Bishop’s University in Sherbrooke, Quebec, Canada. He is also an adjunct research professor at Carleton University and has affiliations with the Canadian Foreign Policy Institute; the Bill Graham Centre for Contemporary International History at the University of Toronto; and the L.R.Continue reading “Researcher: David Webster”