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Shaelyn Ryan


Having done my Bachelor's degree at Queen's, I am returning this year to pursue an M.A., and am focusing on Canadian disability history and archives. I'm looking forward to diving into the relatively new and growing field of disability history in Canada, and am very intrigued by the notion of disability as a framework through which to study all manner of histories. Working under the supervision of Dr. Steven Maynard, my proposed research examines how different types of archives in Canada, such as government, community, and hospital archives, as well as museums, approach the subject of prosthetics. I hope to examine the varied stories and histories they allow, the politics which influence them, how they might challenge or support dominant understandings of ‘disability,’ and how we can look at these histories through a critical lens.

Outside of academic life, I love reading, writing, bluegrass music, 70s TV shows, and hiking. For almost four years, I have enjoyed working as a Collections Technician at the Museum of Health Care at Kingston, helping to catalogue, research, and display their vast medical history collections.

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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.