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Robert C.H. Sweeny

Department of History
Memorial University of NewfoundlandLost in Dingle
St. John's, NL A1C 5S7
Room: HH1007
Phone: (709)864-8440

Apprenticeship in history

  • B.A. (Honours) Sir George Williams, with John Laffey, Martin Singer & George Rudé
  • assistant de recherche au Groupe de recherche sur la société montréalise au 19ième siècle, UQAM
  • M.A. UQAM, with Alfred Dubuc
  • researcher at the Montreal Business History Project, McGill
  • Ph.D. McGill, with Louise Dechêne & Richard Rice
  • SSHRC Post-doctoral fellowship at Edinburgh, with R.J. Morris.

Research Interests

  • Canada/Québec, Industrialisation, Theory and Method, History of capitalism.
  • Co-director of the historical GIS project Montréal, l'avenir du passé (MAP)

Recent publications

Why did we choose to industrialize? Montreal, 1819-1849. McGill-Queen's University Press, 2015. Winner of the 2016 Sir John A. Macdonald Prize of the Canadian Historical Association for "the most significant contribution to our understanding of the Canadian past." Winner of the 2016 Governor General's History Award for Scholarly Research.

With Valerie Burton, "Realizing the democratic potential of online sources in the class room" Digital Scholarship in the Humanities, 30, October 2015.

Upcoming conferences

  • Spatial Humanities 2016, Lancaster UK, September 2016
  • Institut d'histoire de l'Amérique française, Chicoutimi, October 2016
  • Social Science History Association, Chicago, November 2016

Upcoming courses

In my final year of teaching I will be offering:

  • History 2200 Making Canada Fall 2016
  • History 2000 Visualising the Past Winter 2017
  • History 3840 Historical Methods Fall 2016
  • History 4255 Why did we choose to industrialise? Winter 2017