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Ph.D. Candidate
Commemorations and Monuments, Public History, Gender History

Phone:  613-533-2150
Fax: 63-533-6298


MA, Canadian Studies (Heritage Conservation), Carleton University ? Awarded Senate Medal for Outstanding Academic Achievement

BA (Highest Honours), Canadian Studies and Art History, Carleton University ? Awarded Senate Medal for Outstanding Academic Achievement


Brittney Anne is currently working on her doctoral dissertation, which examines racial representations in the statues and commemorations of Ontario. Through the use of four case studies, she is uncovering how statues perform identities, and how such performances have implications in regards to race (and intersections of gender and class). Her BA Hons and MA degrees were completed at Carleton University in a variety of interdisciplinary studies, united by the examination of Canadiana. Currently, she combines her backgrounds of gender studies, art history, memory studies, Canadian studies and history in order to deconstruct subjects from a cross disciplinary perspective.



Teaching Fellow HIST 465 ("Topics in Women's History," with a focus on "Gendering the Nation: Relationships between Gender and Nationalism since 1789"), 2013-2014

Past at Queen's

Teaching Fellow HIST 124 (Canada and the World), 2012-2013

Teaching Assistant HIST 261 (The History of Acadia) and HIST 283 (Making of the Third World ), 2011-2012

Teaching Assistant HIST 210 (History of Sexuality in Canada), 2010-2011


Teaching Fellow WOMN 1808 (Introduction to Women's Studies), Carleton University, 2008-2009, 2009-2010

Enrichment Mini Course Program Instructor (Picture This! The Secret Language of Images), Carleton University, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013


Chapters and Journals

Author: "Historical Memory and the Representation of History: Forging Connections Between National Historic Sites and Gender History", Conserveries Mémorielles, Université Laval, 2011

Author: "Affirming Canadian 'Diversity' Through Public Space: The Underground Railroad Monument and its Position within a Visible Multicultural Discourse," (forthcoming) Diverse Spaces: Examining Identity, Community and Citizenship within Canadian Public Culture, Cambridge, expected publication 2013.

Conference Presentations

Presenter:  "Deconstructing the Myth Behind the Man: Sir Isaac Brock and Monuments to the 'British Gentleman Hero,'" The War of 1812: Myths and Realities, University of London UK, July 2012.

Presenter: "Commemorative Spaces as Theatre: Gender and Performance in the United Empire Loyalist Statue, Hamilton," McGill-Queen's Graduate History Conference, McGill University Montreal, 2012

Presenter: "Shifting Iconographies of the Aboriginal 'Other': Visual Representations and Remembrances of Joseph Brant," American Association of Canadian Studies Biennial Conference, Ottawa, 2011

Presenter: "Demythologizing the Sentimental Past: Braiding Citizenship, Maternalism and Nostalgia within Canadian First Wave Feminism," Presented at: 7th Annual Trent-Carleton Graduate Conference (Carleton, Ottawa) and McGill-Queen's Graduate History Conference (Queen's, Kingston), 2011

Presenter: "Shaping Silenced Memories: "Official" and "Unofficial" Commemorations of The Royal Victoria Hospital's School of Nursing," University of Toronto Graduate History Conference, University of Toronto, 2011

Author/ Presenter: "Cultural Performances in Controlled Landscapes: An Examination of Turn of the Century Urban Parks in Ottawa," Historical and Global Perspectives on Provincial and Local/regional Parks in Canada Symposium, University of Saskatchewan,  October 2010.

Presenter: "Performing First Wave Feminism: Negotiating Commemoration of the Famous Five", Performing Feminisms: Gender and Sexuality on Display, Annual Graduate Symposium McGill Graduate Group for Feminist Scholarship, 2010.

Presenter: "Women's History Through Heritage Conservation", presented at: Imagining Canada: Past, Present and Future, 5th Annual Trent-Carleton Graduate Conference, Ottawa, 2008

Other Publications

Contributor: Main Street Past and Present, Heritage Canada Foundation, 2009  (Report)

Contributor: Townscape Survey: Sandy Hill Heritage Conservation District Study, University of Waterloo, 2008 (Survey and Report)

Contributor: Heritage Places Initiative, Canadian Register of Historic Places, Government of Ontario, 2009 (Online public database)