NiCHE New Scholars Discussion: When Research Turns Political

Source: Agricultural and Agri-Food Canada

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Pete Anderson and I will be leading a NiCHE New Scholars Discussion on the challenges and intricacies of taking on contemporary issues in one’s research, or when your research leaves the archive and enters the public realm. We will be discussing personal examples and concerns about bringing our own research to public forums, whether it be social media, blogging, mainstream media, political debates, etc.

The discussion will take place on Google Hangouts on March 3, 2015, 3-4pm EST. 

Pete’s work on the Central Experimental Farm in Ottawa has recently gained traction in contemporary debates surrounding the future of the farm. His op-ed in the Ottawa Citizen can be found here and his article for can be found here.

Other examples that we will be discussing include:

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is an environmental historian of Canada and the United States, editor, and digital communications strategist. She earned her PhD in History from the University of Saskatchewan in 2019. She is an executive member, editor-in-chief, and social media editor for the Network in Canadian History and Environment (NiCHE). She is also a working board member of the Saskatchewan History and Folklore Society and Girls Rock Saskatoon. A passionate social justice advocate, she focuses on developing digital techniques and communications that bridge the divide between academia and the general public in order to democratize knowledge access. You can find out more about her and her freelance services at

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