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Topics in Canadian History: Canada in Soundbites (1867-1967)

Image of the Ville-Marie brass band, circa 1922
The Ville-Marie brass band, circa 1922 (BAnQ, Euclide Blais Fonds, P13/S5/D7).

Canada in Soundbites (1867-1967) is a survey of Canadian history through the prism of culture, particularly that which solicits, whether figuratively or literally, our sense of hearing. While due emphasis is placed on social, economic, and political developments, the purpose of the course is to encourage us to think critically about the “audiopolitics” of Canada’s past, considering the many ways in which individuals and groups came together around and across different categories of identity through the experience of sound, musical or not. The course will provide a compelling experience of how one listens to the past using four broad temporal themes: Coping with Change (1860s-1910s); Enacting Citizenship (1900s-1930s); Forging Consensus (1930s-1950s); and Reimagining Canada (1940s-1960s). It will call attention to a wide range of historical actors to highlight the importance of the cultural public sphere in the making of Canada in addition to examining a variety of platforms via which historians communicate the importance of their work to colleagues and to the larger public.

*Please note all courses will be taught remotely until February 28th, 2022.

Department of History, Queen's University

49 Bader Lane, Watson Hall 212
Kingston ON K7L 3N6




Queen's University is situated on traditional Haudenosaunee and Anishinaabe territory.