Daniel Ross

Historian of the city, politics, and society

Category Archives: Active History

Une histoire radicale du Canada en images

Over the last year, I’ve worked with Adèle Clapperton-Richard, Catherine Larochelle, and Julia Smith to put together a French-language exhibit of the Remember Resist Redraw project.

October 3, 2019 · Leave a comment

Confronting Canadian migration history

Today I’m pleased to announce the publication of the second volume in the Active History ebook series, Confronting Canadian Migration History.

April 15, 2019 · Leave a comment

A Canadian Immigration Syllabus

This collaborative syllabus brings together key themes, readings, sources, and questions about the history of migration to and from Canada, offering a resource to educators and students, and historical context for today’s debates.

January 7, 2019 · Leave a comment

Active History in 2018: Taking stock

Since we founded Active History in 2009, it has grown into a big, exciting, and often eclectic project.

May 10, 2018 · Leave a comment

Interview with Rapport

Rapport, the blog of the Ontario History and Social Science Teachers Association, interviewed me about my work with ActiveHistory.ca.

March 16, 2017 · Leave a comment

What does Canadian history look like? Active History at the 2016 CHA

An overview of some of the prominent themes and events at the 2016 meeting of the Canadian Historical Association.

June 2, 2016 · Leave a comment

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

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

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

An idea whose time has come: A city museum for Toronto

Over the last forty years Toronto has seen a number of bold proposals for a city museum. Recently, the launch of the Museum of Toronto project breathed new life into the cause.

June 17, 2014 · 1 Comment

Experimenting with Pedestrian Space in Toronto, 1970s and 2014

In this post I take a look at a new Toronto pedestrianization initiative–Open Streets–in light of 1970s attempts to make downtown more walkable.

April 28, 2014 · 2 Comments

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