Daniel Ross

Historian of city politics and urban life

Toronto Heritage Awards

I’m delighted to be nominated for Heritage Toronto’s 2015 Short Publication prize.

September 28, 2015 · Leave a comment

Exploring New Directions for Active History

Seven years in, it’s time to take stock of the Active History project. That’s the spirit behind the New Directions in Active History Conference, taking place next week (October 2-4) in London, ON.

September 28, 2015 · Leave a comment

The Die-in: A Short History from the 1960s to Today

When did playing dead become a way of speaking out? In this post, I present a short history of the die-in.

June 29, 2015 · Leave a comment

Creating Toronto: A Walking Tour

This year, I was pleased to be asked to lead a Heritage Toronto walking tour of downtown, entitled “Creating Toronto: The Story of the City in Seven Stops”.

June 19, 2015 · Leave a comment

Remaking and Reimagining the City

I’m excited to be presenting my research on the Toronto Eaton Centre for the first time at the annual meeting of the CHA in Ottawa.

June 3, 2015 · Leave a comment

Toronto vs. Montréal: A Short History

In this post, I look back at nearly two centuries of real (and imagined) rivalry between Canada’s two metropoles.

May 4, 2015 · Leave a comment

The king in a car park: Digging up Richard III

In this post, I take a look at Richard III´s extraordinary return to the public eye over the past two years: it’s a story about much more than archaeology and historical inquiry, as it turns out.

January 30, 2015 · Leave a comment

Private Parts in Public Places

New History Lab is a seminar series at the University of Leicester, organized by graduate students in the School of History.

November 4, 2014 · Leave a comment

Feeling the City: Getting at the Historical Sights and Sounds of Downtown

In today’s post, I want to talk about how the “feel of the city” has come up in my own research, why it matters, and what one innovative UK project is doing to record and interpret it.

October 6, 2014 · Leave a comment

“When Sex Dominated Yonge Street”: My piece in Spacing Magazine’s Fall 2014 issue

My article in the latest issue of Spacing takes a look at 1970s debates over vice on Yonge Street. Check it out!

October 3, 2014 · Leave a comment

Stop the Smut! Citizen Activism and Toronto’s Sin Strip, 1972-1973

This Friday, October 3rd, I’ll be taking part in a panel on vice and citizen activism at a conference in Montréal. The only thing is…I’m in the UK.

September 30, 2014 · Leave a comment

Across the pond

This fall, the view from my window looks a bit different. Until December, I’ll be an Honorary Visiting Fellow at the Centre for Urban History in Leicester, UK.

September 4, 2014 · Leave a comment

Urban Transformations: An Avenue For Academic Work in the Community

Over the weekend of June 20-22, Urban Transformations opened the doors of the Wychwood Barns to academics and urbanists.

July 27, 2014 · Leave a comment

2014 World Congress of Environmental History

From July 7-14 I’ll join environmental historians from around the world in Portugal for the 2nd WCEH conference.

July 6, 2014 · Leave a comment

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