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Administering Colonial Science

The Riley Lectures - In Canadian History


In partnership with the Riley Fellowship Lecture series The University of Winnipeg Department of History presented the second annual Canadian Food History Symposium. Featuring Dr. Ian Mosby (Department of History, University of Guelph) presenting his lecture :"Administering Colonial Science: Nutrition Research and Human Expermentation in Northern Manitoba in Historical Context" on Saturday, 26 October 2013.

Administering Colonial Science: Nutrition Research and Human Expermentation in Northern Manitoba in Historical Context


Ian Mosby is an historian of food and nutrition, as well as a SSHRC postdoctoral fellow at University of Guelph. He has peer-reviewed publications in Histoire sociale/Social History and in Social History of Medicine, as well as a chapter in Edible Histories, Cultural Politics. The latter is a significant collection recently released by University of Toronto Press and is the first extensive Canadian history of food. In addition, Mosby has published essays in the Globe and Mail and on the SSHRC-funded websites ActiveHistory.ca and WartimeCanada.ca. His work on the history of food and nutrition has also been featured in stories published by media organizations including CBC, CTV, Slate, and Buzzfeed. His first book will be released by UBC Press in spring 2014. Recently, his work received national attention when he brought to light nutritional experiments conducted in Aboriginal communities and residential schools between 1942 and 1952.

Also Featured: Dr. Janis Thiessen presented “Hawkins Cheezies: History and Mythology,” part of her SSHRC-funded research on the history of Canadian snack food manufacturing and consumption. Dr. Janis Thiessen is an assistant professor in the Department of History at the University of Winnipeg. Her book Manufacturing Mennonites: Work and Religion in Post-War Manitoba (Toronto: University of Toronto Press) was published in 2013. Her areas of research interest include 20th century history of labour, business, and religion, as well as food history and oral history. Her website is janisthiessen.ca and she tweets as @janisthiessen.

Dr. Andriy Zayarnyuk presented “Space for Food and Culture: Premises of the Soviet Train Station Restaurant, 1944-1980.” Dr. Andriy Zayarnyuk is an associate professor in the Department of History at the University of Winnipeg. His book Framing the Ukrainian Peasantry in Habsburg Galicia, 1846-1914 (Toronto: Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies Press) was published in 2013. His areas of research interest include social and cultural history of 19th and 20th Century Eastern Europe, the Habsburg Empire, the Soviet Union, Ukraine, nationalism, peasants, modern cities, and train stations.

For the audio link to the lectures click on the links below:
Dr. Ian Mosby

Dr. Janis Thiessen

Dr. Andriy Zayarnyuk