514-848-2424, ex. 2428
HIST 306/2 Section A
History and the Public
HIST 412P/4 Section A
Packaging the Past
(cross-listed with HIST 620P/820P)
B.A. University of Pittsburgh, M.A., Ph.D. York University (Toronto)
Ronald Rudin, author of six books and numerous articles and producer of two documentary films, carries out research that touches upon the economic, social, intellectual and cultural history of French Canada. He has long had an interest in how the public comes to understand the past, which has drawn him to study the power of commemorative events. His most recent book, Remembering and Forgetting in Acadie: A Historian's Journey through Public Memory (University of Toronto Press, 2009) and the associated website (rememberingacadie.concordia.ca) continue this interest in the connections between history and the larger public. This work — winner of both the 2010 book award of the National Council of Public History and the inaugural Public History prize of the Canadian Historical Association (2011) — focuses on a series of Acadian commemorative events that took place in 2004-05, a subject that he has also presented in the documentary film Life After Île Ste-Croix , made in conjunction with Leo Aristimuño and distributed by the National Film Board of Canada. He is also the producer of Remembering a Memory/Mémoire d'un souvenir (2010), a documentary film that deals with the Celtic Cross on Grosse-Île, exploring how memories of the past — stretching back to the Irish potato famine of the 1840s — have shifted over the past century. This project was carried out in collaboration with Robert McMahon of the Royal Ontario Museum.
Rudin's continued interest in the public memory of Acadians is also evident in his most recent SSHRC-supported research project that explores both the history and memory of the establishment of Kouchibouguac National Park in New Brunswick, whose creation in 1969 led to the expropriation of over 200 (mostly Acadian) families. This project has resulted in the creation of the website, Returning the Voices to Kouchibouguac National Park/Le retour des voix au parc national Kouchibouguac, which allows visitors to hear stories of former residents by way of 26 video portraits that are embedded in a map of the territory at the time of the expropriation. His book on the subject, Kouchbouguac: Removal, Resistance and Remembrance at a Canadian National Park, is forthcoming.
Rudin was the Academic Convenor for the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences held at Concordia in 2010. Currently, he is the co-director of the Centre for Oral History and Digital Storytelling. A fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, he holds a fellowship to support his research from the Trudeau Foundation.
Remembering a Memory/Mémoire d'un souvenir : Digital Video, 25 minutes, 2010. In collaboration with Robert McMahon (Royal Ontario Museum). Available at rememberingamemory.concordia.ca; and memoiredunsouvenir.concordia.ca
Life After Île Ste. Croix : Digital Video, 60:00 min, 2006. In collaboration with Leo Aristimuño (Professor of Video Production and Media Studies, Rutgers University, Newark). Distributed by National Film Board of Canada.
Remembering and forgetting in Acadie: A historian's Journey through Public Memory. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2009.[Translated as L'Acadie entre le souvenir et l'oubli: Un historien sur les chemins de la mémoire collective. Montreal: Boréal, 2014.]
Founding Fathers: Champlain and Laval in the Streets of Quebec, 1878-1908. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2003. [Translated as: Histoire dans les rues de Québec. Québec: Presses de l'Université Laval, 2005]
Making History in Twentieth Century Quebec. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1997. [Translated as: Faire de l'histoire au Québec. Sillery QC: Septentrion, 1998]
In Whose Interest?: Quebec's Caisses Populaires,1900-1945. Montreal: McGill-Queen's University Press, 1990.
Banking en français:The French Banks of Quebec,1835-1925. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1985. [Translated as: Banking en français: Histoire des banques canadiennes-françaises. Montréal: Boréal, 1988]
The Forgotten Quebecers: A History of English-Speaking Quebec, 1759-1980. Quebec: Institut québécois de recherche sur la culture, 1985. [Translated as: Histoire du Québec anglophone. Quebec: Institut québécois de recherche sur la culture, 1986].