Remembering Daphne Odjig, an inspiration for the arts and artists in Algoma-Manitoulin

Every year my mom, Carmela Ciccarelli, and a handful of dedicated volunteers, organize the La Cloche Art Show in Whitefish Falls, Ontario. They are, I'm sure, feeling a great loss with the passing away of Daphne Odjig, the show's first invited distinguished artist in 1998. At the same time, they must feel so proud for the work they've done giving representation to and highlighting artists from the Algoma-Manitoulin region such as Odjig, who grew up in Wikwemikong on the Manitoulin Island Unceded Reserve. I cannot commend enough the show's work in fostering the arts and artists of northern Ontario. And, while Odjig's passing comes with great sadness, I'm certain that the legacy of her career and work will continue to act as an inspiration for artists and initiatives such as the La Cloche Art Show both in the Manitoulin region and across the country.

More on Daphne Odjig,

More on the La Cloche Art Show,


Daphne Odjig,  Roots , 1979

Daphne Odjig, Roots, 1979

New Collaboration and New Research

I've been helping to organize a collaboration between NiCHE and Edge Effects on a new series, “Seeds: New Research in Environmental History,” which highlights the work of members of the American Society for Environmental History (ASEH) Graduate Student Caucus. I was thrilled to be able to have the first post on the blog to talk about the use of photographs as historical sources in the field of environmental history and to highlight some new work I'm doing on a collection of photographs from the 1901 Royal Tour of Canada. Have a look!


"Imaged Communities" in the Journal of Canadian Studies, a co-authored contribution I'm so pleased to have been a part of, is up!

I was so pleased to come home this past week to the new issue of the Journal of Canadian Studies. Along with a great depth and range of fascinating essays it features a co-authored essay by myself, Martha Langford, Sharon Murray, Karla McManus, Aurele Parisien, and Philippe Guillaume titled "Imaged Communities." This multi-part and multi-authored series of short essays, or case studies, stems from research that was done as part of the Canadian Photography History/Histoire de la photographie canadienne (CPH/HPC), a research team that I have been a part of since 2012. The project has sought to create an online database of historical and contemporary writings on Canadian photography under the driving question of: "What did Canadians know about photography, and when did they know it?"

As my time at Concordia comes to an end this summer, the contribution holds a somewhat bittersweet sentimental value as a marker of the wonderful colleagues I've had the opportunity to develop both working relationships and friendships with and to my own growing interest in the histories of photography in Canada. My past seven years at Concordia have been an extraordinary experience, and while I can't wait to submit/defend/graduate I know that I will always carry these years with me fondly.

"Imaged Communities" in the Journal of Canadian Studies 

Canada by Photograph: Instructed Looking and Tourism of the 19th-century Canadian Landscape

A snippet of a much larger essay that will be in an upcoming issue of the peer-reviewed journal Histoire sociale/Social history.

The link will take you to the website of NiCHE: Network in Canadian History & Environment / Nouvelle initiative canadienne en histoire de l’environnement, a Canadian-based confederation of researchers and educators who work at the intersection of nature and history.

 “Canada by Photograph.” The Otter. NiCHE. 19 January 2015