Student Research Assistant (Documentation)

McGill University

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Pupil Analysis Assistant (Documentation)

Hidden Fingers in Colonial Pure Histories (SSHRC)

MA / MSc/ MIS or PhD (in course of)

  • Place title: Pupil Analysis Assistant (Documentation)

  • Necessities: Masters or PhD diploma in progress

  • Dates: September-December 2023 (choice for renewal)

  • Hours: As much as 15 hours per week

  • Hourly fee: $17.75 (Masters), $20.75 (PhD)

  • Work location: Redpath Museum, Uncommon Books and Particular Collections, distant

  • Supervisors: Annie Lussier, Curator, Redpath Museum, Victoria Dickenson, Professor of Observe, Uncommon Books and Particular Collections, Anna Winterbottom, Analysis Affiliate, Uncommon Books and Particular Collections

  • To use: Embrace CV and transient masking letter

Transient description of duties:

  • Help Annie Lussier within the documentation of the Sri Lankan assortment on the Redpath Museum.

  • Help visiting researchers throughout examine visits.

  • Compile an annotated bibliography of latest literature in taxonomy and classification.

  • Work with the RA answerable for the web site growth to create and add content material to the undertaking web site.


  • Understanding of and curiosity in cataloguing in museum and library settings.

  • Curiosity in South Asia and/ or data of South Asian languages is fascinating.

  • Expertise working in library or museum settings can be an asset.

  • Curiosity in data administration for educational analysis initiatives is fascinating.

  • Expertise in digital preservation, file title protocols, and cloud-based storage choices can be an asset.

Hidden Fingers in Colonial Pure Histories (Partnership Improvement, SSHRC, 2022-2025)

In colonial settings, the labour concerned in making pure historical past collections and the data that accompanied supplies and cultural belongings have been fairly often equipped by Indigenous folks, native guides, servants, or slaves. Girls, together with ladies of color, usually performed an unacknowledged function in documenting the pure world, not solely via their experience in therapeutic and meals preparation, but in addition via visible arts and materials tradition. These contributions are not often acknowledged in museum shows, library catalogues, and literature on pure historical past. How you can acknowledge such contributions, whereas additionally foregrounding the colonial violence and racism that usually accompanied and enabled pure historic amassing stays controversial. This undertaking brings collectively a community of students in pure historical past, historical past of science, artwork historical past, environmental historical past and cultural geography with curators, archivists and librarians to contemplate the sensible challenges of researching, reinterpreting and redisplaying pure historical past collections.

This partnership continues and expands upon the work of the profitable SSHRC-funded partnership “The Gwillim Challenge: Girls, Atmosphere, and Networks of Empire”. We’ll construct on the teachings realized on this undertaking about how shut, interdisciplinary examine of colonial supplies by a community of companions can reveal untold tales in regards to the making of pure historical past collections. Within the Gwillim Challenge, we used one archive to reply to a number of completely different questions; on this undertaking we pose one query — learn how to get well the hidden palms that made pure historical past? — to a number of collections, utilizing a spread of approaches. We proceed the work of rediscovering ladies’s voices and enquiring into what could be realized about historic environments via pure historical past collections.

This undertaking employs a collection of case research of supplies held in McGill College’s museums and libraries (the Redpath Museum, the McGill College Herbarium and the Blacker Wooden Collections at McGill College Library) to discover learn how to get well the work, voices, and motivations of the folks related to the making and assembling of those collections. The collections present insights into three geographical areas — Canada, the Caribbean (particularly Haiti), and South Asia (India and Sri Lanka) — between the late 18th and early nineteenth centuries. This age of revolution, industrialization and nascent world empires introduced radical modifications in human interplay with the pure world. Pure historical past collections from this era replicate vanishing environments and pure data. The community brings curators, librarians and students in Montreal along with companions and collaborators within the Caribbean and South Asia and students and data keepers from Indigenous communities, to analysis and reinterpret these collections, and to disseminate the findings of collaborative analysis.

This undertaking supplies a possibility to rethink learn how to catalogue, label, and show cultural belongings and pure historical past in a respectful and inclusive approach. It additionally supplies area to start to create significant and ongoing engagement with Indigenous communities in Canada and with students and data keepers from and establishments within the unique places of those collections. Outputs will embrace a undertaking web site, in-person, on-line, and hybrid conferences and symposia, co-written papers, museum and library exhibitions, and a well-liked ebook. We’ll search additional funds for artists to reply to historic works and for a documentary movie. All through the undertaking, we’ll seek the advice of Indigenous data keepers to make sure that textual, materials, and embodied data is appropriately cared for, displayed and shared.

Hourly Wage:


Hours per Week:

12 (Half time)


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