Critical Heritage Studies in Canada / Études critiques du patrimoine au Canada Volume 52 Issue 1

Journal of Canadian Studies Volume 52, No. 1

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Critical Heritage Studies in Canada / Études critiques du patrimoine au Canada

Introduction: Critical Heritage Studies in Canada / Études critiques du patrimoine au Canada Susan L.T. Ashley, Andrea Terry, Josée Lapace

But What Are We Really Talking About? From Patrimoine to Heritage, a Few Avenues for Reflection

Lucie K. Morisset

This article proposes a history of the ideas of heritage founded on the differentiation between the concepts of heritage and patrimoine according to the two official languages in which they are approached and considered in Canada: that is, English and French. To do this, the author examines a varied corpus of published and unpublished historic and contemporary documents in order to determine the paradigms, the significance, and the practices that underlie the articulation and usage of the words heritage, patrimoine, and a few of their equivalents, according to their respective eras.

On the Call for a Residential Schools National Monument

Trina Cooper-Bolam

In its final report, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada called "... upon the federal government, in collaboration with Survivors and their organizations, and other parties to the Settlement Agreement, to commission and install a publicly accessible, highly visible, Residential Schools National Monument in the city of Ottawa to honour Survivors and all the children who were lost to their families and communities." As we reckon with this "call to action" number 81, and bear witness to recent and ongoing public repudiation of contentious monuments, it becomes apparent that the logic of such a monument must be questioned.

Recognition and Repentance in Canadian Multicultural Heritage: The Community Historical Recognition Program and Italian Canadian Memorializing

Caitlin Gordon-Walker, Analays Alvarez Hernandez, Susan L.T. Ashley

In this article, we examine the multiculturalization of Canadian heritage, and, in particular, the shift to a politics of repentance that has emerged in the past few decades, recognizing specific instances of violence and exclusion that occurred in the nation's past. Understood in relation to a duty to remember (devoir de mémoire) and a growing global discourse of reconciliation, as well as locally specific demands for redress, this shift has occurred through a convergence of institutional and grassroots activities, and it is exemplified by the Community Historical Recognition Program (CHRP).

The Keystone of the Neighbourhood: Gender, Collective Action, and Working-Class Heritage Strategy in Pointe-Saint-Charles, Montreal

Cynthia Imogen Hammond

In 1973, in the deindustrializing, impoverished Montreal neighbourhood of Pointe-Saint-Charles, neighbourhood activists-normally preoccupied with jobs, housing, and food security-made the fate of an 82-year-old fire station their top concern. Pointe-Saint-Charles was the proposed site for a new highway construction: le Projet Georges-Vanier. If built, this artery would have sliced the working-class community in half, destroying the fire station as well as a much-loved public park, and displacing about 140 families in turn.

Qui chante la nation ? La patrimonialisation de la chanson au Québec depuis la Révolution tranquille

Pierre Lavoie

Dans cet article, l'auteur propose de revisiter les travaux antérieurs portant sur les rapports de la chanson à l'identité culturelle et au nationalisme québécois à la lumière de la notion de patrimonialisation et de ses concepts opératoires tels que le patrimoine « non autorisé » - unauthorised (Roberts et Cohen 2014). Il avance l'hypothèse que cette relecture de l'histoire de la musique populaire relativise et précise la teneur des récits vus comme hégémoniques, de même qu'elle souligne le caractère processuel, politique et constamment renouvelé des procédés de légitimation et de transmission dans le temps d'une mémoire collective de - ou par - la chanson.

The Mosque as Heritage Site: The Al-Rashid at Fort Edmonton Park and the Politics of Location

Nadia Kurd

In 2013, the Al-Rashid Mosque celebrated a major milestone that almost did not happen: its 75th anniversary. As the oldest purpose-built mosque in Canada, the building has had a storied history: constructed with the combined support of a burgeoning Muslim community and the City of Edmonton, the Al-Rashid had served the Muslim and, more broadly, the Arab community until congregants outgrew the space during the 1980s.

Patrimoine et territorialisations: les imaginaires culturels du terroir dans la région des Laurentides au Québec

Jonathan Paquette, Aurélie Lacassagne, Robin Nelson

Cet article s'interroge sur le terroir comme mode de production d'un patrimoine. En s'intéressant au cas du Québec, et en particulier à la région des Laurentides, cet article met en évidence les processus patrimoniaux qui sont à l'œuvre dans le mouvement du terroir. Cet article illustre comment le patrimoine et les imaginaires patrimoniaux participent à la construction récente des régions et d'une nouvelle ruralité au Québec à travers de nouvelles productions, de nouveaux produits et des itinéraires agro-patrimoniaux.

Pedagogies of Remembrance and "Doing Critical Heritage" in the Teaching of History: Counter-memorializing Canada 150 with Future Teachers

Lisa Karen Taylor

This article argues that critical heritage studies has much to offer critical approaches to history education that are attentive to the profound challenges to settler colonial national narratives and memory politics occasioned by #Colonialism150 and the 2015 Truth and Reconciliation Commission calls to action. The argument is grounded in a review of current debates over the status of Indigenous approaches to the past and memory-based historical accounts within competing movements in history education.

Settler and Indigenous Stories of Kingston/Ka'tarohkwi: A Case Study in Critical Heritage Pedagogy

Laura J. Murray

The article uses the example of a university course about the Indigenous and settler histories of Kingston, Ontario, and the Crawford Purchase that constitutes its treaty, to argue that critical heritage practice can importantly and effectively be embodied as critical pedagogy. Beginning with a personal genealogical reflection by the author whose family was granted land by King George III in 1796, the article describes the Crawford Purchase and some of the questions it raises.

The Practice of Critical Heritage: Curatorial Dreaming as Methodology

Shelley Ruth Butler

In this article, I introduce the methodology of curatorial dreaming as a tool for exploring possibilities and limitations of critical heritage in Canada. Curatorial dreams are imagined exhibitions or interventions in museums, galleries, and heritage and vernacular sites.

Unsettling Canadian Heritage: Decolonial Aesthetics in Canadian Video and Performance Art

Sarah E.K. Smith , Carla Taunton

Issues of settler colonialism in Canada are prominent in public discourse in the wake of the 2015 findings by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. These histories, rooted in legacies of cultural genocide and

trauma, disrupt national mythologies of the Canadian state as benevolent and inclusive.

Review / Compte Rendu Is Canadian Heritage Studies Critical?

Marina La Salle, Richard M. Hutchings

In this review, we use recent publications in the field of Canadian heritage studies to consider the roles of critical theory generally and critical heritage studies in particular.


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