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Swamp Ward and Inner Harbour History Project


Tuesday, January 23, from 4pm to 6pm

Speaker: Laura Murray

The Swamp Ward and Inner Harbour History Project (SWIHHP) in Kingston, Ontario is designed to illuminate 20th century working class history in a city stubbornly associated with 19th century mercantile and political elites.

"Working with students, volunteers, and artists, I am conducting oral history interviews (67 so far) and archival research. I am also running a range of public events both to share the research, and to fuel it. At these events, I educate and am educated. It is just as important to me to sustain and forge community as it is to document its past. In this presentation I will describe some of the methods I have developed to foster a circular pattern of knowledge, and I will invite others to share their own experience in similar enterprises." -Laura J. Murray

Laura J. Murray is Professor of English and Cultural Studies at Queen’s University. Teaching and research interests include nineteenth-century US literature, copyright, early Indigenous writing, public history, and critical heritage studies. She is initiator and director of the Swamp Ward and Inner Harbour History Project in Kingston Ontario (swampwardhistory.com) through which she has collected oral histories, and created various outputs including an app walking tour and (with Phil Lichti) audio documentaries. She is also currently teaching and writing about the treaty and colonization history of southern Ontario.

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