HIST 4305A: Political History in Canada –  Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) in the History of Canadian Society and Policy
Fall 2021 

Instructor: Professor Dominique Marshall.

NOTE: The course is informed by my ongoing research in collaborations with scientists in two research teams: Carleton University Disability Research Group, as well as the Gendered Design in STEAM. Students majoring in STEM are most welcome. 

Introduction: An exploration of the complex history of STEM in Canada. It addresses public uses of science in Canada, Indigenous and traditional knowledge, knowledge, transnational relations of innovations, dissemination, education, as well as major discoveries. It will focus on selected elements of STEM chosen in collaboration with students.

Converto-Braille (c.1972) Invented by Gatineau engineer Roland Galarneau from his basement, his text to speech machines were crucial in the making of today’s voice activated interfaces with computers.
Galarneau Computerized Braille Printer (1972), artifact no. 1987.0272.001, Collections Supplementary Report, Canadian Science and Technology Museum, Ottawa ON, Canada. http://techno-science.ca/en/collection-research/collection-item.php?id=1987.0272.001
To know more, see https://envisioningtechnologies.omeka.net/exhibits/show/roland-garlaneau-and-the-conve/the-converto-braille–a-transf

Class Format: Synchronous seminars and asynchronous written discussions, presentations (with a choice or written or audio-recorded presentation). Individual meetings with instructor.

Transnational collaboration: A fourth of the seminar will be conducted in collaboration with the class of Dr. Soenke Kunkel, in North American History, at the John F. Kennedy Institute, Freie Universität Berlin. Maximum of 90 minutes of real time participation required each week.

Aims and Goals: The course will introduce students to the main debates surrounding transnational histories of STEM. It will pay a particular attention to the approaches and the documents used to write such histories. It will also familiarize students with methods of work with international colleagues.

Activities and assessment: The assessed work will consist in weekly readings and activities, as well as seminar discussions.  Over the term, each student will develop an individual research project on a theme selected by them. Weekly Activities will involve digital humanities (Recipro), as well as work with objects of the collection of Canadian design hosted by Carleton’s School of Industrial Design.

Text:  Weekly readings of the equivalent of two to three scholarly articles or book chapters. The readings will be available through the library course reserve system.

Questions? Please email me at: Dominique_marshall@carleton.ca