Moving Forward, Looking Back: Taking Canadian Feminist Histories Online


  • Alana Cattapan York University, Dalhousie University
  • Quinn DuPont University of Toronto


feminist history, digital humanities, scholarly production, Canadian feminism


Canadian feminist histories have long been bound to the printed page, potentially eluding audiences online. This article investigates how feminist histories can be expanded beyond traditional paper-bound venues by adopting a form of scholarly production that we call the “networked model.” Drawing on digital humanities methods, we argue that this model enables greater alignment with feminist epistemologies and an improved capacity to reach new audiences.

Les récits féministes canadiens ont longtemps été confinés à la page imprimée, éludant potentiellement les publics en ligne. Cet article étudie comment les récits féministes peuvent être étendus au-delà des supports papier traditionnels en adoptant une forme de production que nous appelons le « modèle en réseau ». En s’appuyant sur les méthodes numériques des sciences humaines, nous défendons l’idée que ce modèle améliore l’harmonisation avec les épistémologies féministes et la capacité à atteindre de nouveaux publics.


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Author Biographies

Alana Cattapan, York University, Dalhousie University

Alana Cattapan is a PhD Candidate in the Department of Political Science at York University and a research associate in the Faculty of Medicine at Dalhousie University. She is a longtime feminist researcher and activist, whose current research examines the social, legal, and ethical implications of Canadian public policy governing assisted reproductive technologies.

Quinn DuPont, University of Toronto

Quinn DuPont is a PhD candidate in the Faculty of Information at the University of Toronto and a lecturer in the School of Information Management at Dalhousie University.His work investigates the intersections of code, new media, philosophy, and history, with particular attention to the role of cryptography in contemporary life.


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