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2016-17 Sherman Centre Graduate Fellows

The Department of History are honoured to have two History Ph.D. Candidates who received the 2016-2017 Sherman Centre Graduate Fellowships.  (From the Daily News)

MicaMica Jorgenson, Doctoral Candidate in History

This Sherman Centre Fellowship project supplements my doctoral research on the environmental history of nineteenth century global gold rushes.  My in-progress dissertation argues that international influences affected Canada’s relationship with nature during the industrialization of the primary resource industry.  I use the Porcupine gold rush in Northern Ontario as a case study to show how transnational forces can effect local environments.  The current project is a flow map of people, goods, and ideas moving around the world between 1848 (the first gold rush in California) and 1909 (Porcupine).  Using a database of moved objects compiled during primary research, the flow map project seeks to identify directional and thematic trends in overseas movements associated with the gold rush.  The current project builds on previous mapping projects in which I overlaid historic maps onto modern satellite imagery to show changes in claim boundaries and waterways over time.  By treating the gold rushes as linked international events, this work (and my dissertation as a whole) challenges the dominate trend in the historical discipline toward national research constrained by political borders.  Learn more about Mica’s research.


Samantha Stevens-Hall, Doctoral Candidate in History

The proposed project is a public access online database of primary source and supplementary materials in African intellectual history. The materials incorporated come from my archival work for my dissertation. This database would bring together these scattered sources into one easily accessible online resource. The database will initially have three portfolios of Uganda intellectuals from the period of transition to British colonial rule in Uganda in East Africa. These portfolios will be comprised of short biographies, no more than 500 words, written in an encyclopedic style and accompanied with a few excerpts from their written works, no more than five pages each. The excerpts will be selected to show the dynamic character and variety in their writing as a means to support the key arguments in my thesis that these men were multidimensional figures engaged in a vibrant culture of knowledge exchange and debate over representations of the past. Learn more about Samantha’s research