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Conference Keynote Speaker
Chad Gaffield is Professor of History and University Research Chair in Digital Scholarship at the University of Ottawa in Canada. He returned to campus in September 2014 after serving as President and CEO of the federal Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) during 2006-2014. An expert on the sociocultural history of 19th- and 20th-century Canada, Gaffield has been at the forefront of efforts to develop digital technologies that expand, deepen, and facilitate research, teaching and public engagement. His scholarship focuses in particular on Canada’s official languages in their changing socio-cultural, economic and demographic contexts since the early nineteenth century. He has also studied socio-demographic change in the Ottawa Valley as well as childhood and family history during the nineteenth-century development of mass schooling. From 2001 to 2008, Gaffield led the interdisciplinary, multi-institutional and cross-sectoral Canadian Century Research Infrastructure (CCRI) initiative, one of Canada’s largest and most innovative research projects in the social sciences and humanities. By developing digital technology to mine historical census enumerations and documentary evidence, CCRI is now enabling unprecedented temporal and spatial analyses of the forces that shaped the twentieth century. Gaffield’s new project concerns the conceptual and technological making of the Digital Age since the nineteenth century with a special emphasis on Canada. A fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, he received the RSC’s 2004 J.B. Tyrrell Historical Medal given for outstanding contributions to the study of Canada. In 2011, Gaffield was awarded the international Alliance of Digital Humanities Organizations’ Antonio Zampolli Prize which recognizes every three years a major research contribution. In 2015, he received a Doctor of Laws honoris causa from Carleton University. Gaffield received his BA (Hons) and MA from McGill University and his PhD from the University of Toronto. He was recently elected President of the Royal Society of Canada.
Jocelyn Létourneau is a graduate of the University of Toronto and Université Laval, where he has been a professor since 1985. He currently holds the Canada Research Chair in Contemporary Quebec History (since 2000).
His work forcues on identity constructions, the relationship between history, memory, and identity, the formation of historical consciousness among young people, and the production of collective referents.
From 2006-2011 he was a Principal Investigator of a University-Community Research Alliance (CURA) funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRCC) on the theme of Canadians and their past.