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Alan Gordon

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Professor
History
Email: 
alan.gordon@uoguelph.ca
Phone number: 
(519) 824-4120 ex. 53123
Office: 
2005 Mackinnon Extension

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Education

Ph.D. Queen's University, 1997
M.A. Queen's University, 1993
B.A. University of Toronto, 1991
 

Professional

University of Guelph, Department of History, 2003-
Wilfrid Laurier University, 2001-2002
Nipissing University, 1999-2001
Queen's University, 1997-2000
Editor, Urban History Review/Revue d’histoire urbaine, 2007-17

Research

Urban and Public History
Tourism and Memory
Quebec history
Canadian political and cultural history

Courses:

W16: HIST*3450 The Uses of History
         HIST*4220 Cities and Canadian Culture

F16: HIST*1050 Invitation to History: Polar Encounters
         HIST*6290 North American Tourism History

W17:  HIST*3600 Quebec and French Canada

F17: HIST*1050 Invitation to History: Polar Encounters

W18: On Leave

Projected Courses:

F18: HIST*2100 Pre-Confederation Canada

        HIST*6590 Public History, Heritage, and Historical Consciousness

F18/W19: Canadian History Major PhD Field

W19: HIST*3600 Quebec and French Canada

Publications

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    books
Time Travel: Tourism and the Rise of the Living History Museum in Mid-20th-Century Canada (Vancouver: UBC Press, 2016).

The Hero and the Historians: Historiography and the Uses of Jacques Cartier (Vancouver: UBC Press, 2010).

Making Public Pasts: The Contested Terrain of Montreal's Public Memories, 1891-1930 (Montreal: McGill-Queen's University Press, 2001).

    articles and book chapters

"Entre l'invention  et la réalité : paysage et histoire vivante dans les villages-musées de pionniers au Canada,"  Histoire sociale - Social History 49, 99 (2016): 347-67.

"Marshalling Memory: An Historiographical Biography of Ernest Alexander Cruikshank," Journal of Canadian Studies 49, 3 (2015): 23-54.

“What to See and How to See It: Tourists, Residents, and the Beginning of the Walking Tour in 19th Century Quebec City," Journal of Tourism History (2014).

“Teaching Quebec: Why Quebec's History Matters to English Canada," Canadian Issues / Thèmes Canadiens  (Summer 2013): 54-8.

“Where Famous Heroes Fell: History and Memory in Old Quebec,” in John Reid and Philip Buckner eds., 1759 Remembered: Interpreting the Conquest (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2012).

“The Highland Heart in Nova Scotia: Imagination, Memory, and the Nova Scotia Highland Village Museum,” in Placing Memory in Canada: Local Acts of Remembering, edited by John Walsh and James Opp (Vancouver: University of British Columbia Press, 2010). 

“Pioneer Living 1963 Style: Imaginations of Heritage in a Postwar Canadian Suburb,” International Journal of Heritage Studies 15, no. 6 (November 2009): 479-493.

“Lest We Forget: Two Solitudes in War and Memory,” in Norman Hillmer and Adam Chapnick eds., Canadas of the Mind: The Making and Unmaking of Canadian Nationalisms in the 20th Century (Kingston and Montreal: McGill Queen’s University Press, 2007).

“The New Cultural History and Urban History: Intersections,” Urban History Review/Revue d’histoire urbaine 33, 1 (Fall 2004).

“Heritage and Authenticity: The Case of Ontario’s Sainte-Marie-among-the-Hurons,” Canadian Historical Review 85, 3 (September 2004): 507-531.

“Heroes, History, and Two Nationalisms: Jacques Cartier,” Journal of the Canadian Historical Association New Series, vol. 10 (1999): 81-102.

“Patronage, Etiquette, and the Science of Connection: Edmund Bristol and Political Management, 1911-1921,” Canadian Historical Review 80, no. 1 (March 1999): 1-31.

“Taking Root in the Patronage Garden: Toronto’s Jewish Businessmen and Edmund Bristol’s Patronage Network, 1911-1921,” Ontario History 88, 1 (March 1996): 31-46.

“Ward Heelers and Honest Men: Urban Québécois Political Culture and the Municipal Reform of 1909,” Urban History Review/Revue d’histoire urbaine 23, 2 (March 1995): 20-32.

Presentations

Oct 2017            “Statues and Supremacy,”  Roundtable discussion presented to the Statues and Supremacy: Reflections of Charlottesville Panel, Wilfrid Laurier University, Brantford Campus.

June 2017            “Fleur-de-lys,”  Symbols of Canada Workshop, Fredericton, NB.

May 2017             “'Utterly Preposterous': Tourism and Failure in Canada's North, 1962,” paper presented to the Annual Meeting of the Canadian Historical Association, Ryerson University, Toronto.

May 2016             “Museum Landscapes: Reading Living History Museums as Artifacts of History,”  paper presented to City of Toronto, Museums and Heritage Services

May 2015        “Aux pays des commémorations: Commemorations in National Capital Regions," Roundtable paper presented to the Annual Meeting of the Canadian Historical Association, University of Ottawa.

April 2015        “Sir John A. Macdonald: Commemoration in Historical Context," Centre for Scottish Studies, Spring Colloquium, Knox College, University of Toronto.

Feb 2015        “The Compulsion to Commemorate: Canadians and the First World War," Invited paper presented at Ryerson University, Toronto, Ont.

Oct 2014        “Between Fantasy and Fact: Landscape and Living History at Pioneer Village Museums," paper presented at Landscape, Nature, and Memory: Tourism History in Canada Conference, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, BC.

May 2014        “Mapping the Empire of the St. Lawrence: Ernest Voorhis, the Fur Trade, and the Boundaries of Canadian History," paper presented to the Annual Meeting of the Canadian Historical Association, Brock University, St. Catharines, Ontario.

Sept 2013        “Tourist Gold: Shaping Place, Past, and Community at Dawson City,” Meeting Places, International Canadian Studies Conference, Co-hosted by Saint Mary’s University, Halifax and Mount Allison University, Sackville.

Nov 2012        “Quebec History / L'histoire du Québec," History and Identity: Making 200 Years of the Canadian Experience, Ontario History and Social Science Teachers' Association / Association for Canadian Studies Annual Conference, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario.

Nov 2012        “'Do not let us talk then of restoration': John Ruskin and the Road Not Taken at the Fortress of Louisbourg," Invited paper presented to the Department of History, University of Western Ontario.

July 2012         “Marshalling Memory: An Historiographical Biography of Brigadier-General Ernest Alexander Cruikshank,” The War of 1812: Memory and Myth, History and Historiography Conference, Institute for the Study of the Americas, University of London.

May 2012        “Risk among the Ruins: Managing Uncertainty, Negotiating Modernity at Historic Site Reconstructions, paper presented to the Annual Meeting of the Canadian Historical Association, University of Waterloo.

Nov 2011        “Finding Foundations:  Historical Sleuthing and Amateur Archaeology at Champlain’s Port Royal in the 1930s,” Invited paper presented to the Department of History, University of Windsor.

Nov 2010        “Making Sense of Yesteryear: The Promise of Living History and the Anxiety of the Sixties,” paper presented to The Sixties: Canadian Style Conference, Brock University, St. Catharines.

May 2010        “Walking and Talking: The Emergence of the Walking Tour as Ideological Narrative, Quebec City in the 19th Century,” paper presented to the Annual Meeting of the Canadian Historical Association, Concordia University, Montreal.

Sept 2009        “Where Famous Heroes Fell: History and Memory in Old Quebec,” 1759 Revisited Conference, Institute for the Study of the Americas, University of London.

July 2008         “The Highland Heart in Nova Scotia: Imagination, Memory, and the Nova Scotia Highland Village Museum,” Remembering Place Conference, Centre for Public History, Carleton University

Dec. 2007        “Se souvenir de Jacques Cartier sur le Mont Royal: Confrontation sociale et lieux de mémoire à Montréal, 1920-1935,” aux Vigntièmes Entretiens du Centre Jacques Cartier.  Colloque 11: Creusets urbains.  Les villes, espaces de solidarités et de conflits. Université lumière Lyon 2, Lyon, France.

May 2007        “History for Tourists: History, Tourism, and Regional Diversity in 20th Century Ontario,” paper presented to the Annual Meeting of the Canadian Historical Association, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon.

May 2006        “A Trip Back into Yesteryear: Heritage and the Making of Urban Identity,” paper presented to the Annual Meeting of the Canadian Historical Association, York University, Toronto.

Nov. 2004       “A Citadel of Scottishness: Remembering Transatlantic Ties in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia,” paper presented to the Association for Canadian Studies Remembering Canada Conference, Montréal, Québec.

Oct. 2002        “La dualité canadienne et les endroits historiques: À la recherche d'une mémoire authentique en Ontario,” communication au Congrès de l’Institut d’histoire de l’Amérique française, Sherbrooke, Québec.

Sept. 2002       “Public Memory and Urban Space: Montréal, Canada,” paper presented to the First Biennial Conference of the Urban History Association, Pittsburgh, PA.