I have written books and articles on sexual subcultures in the aftermath of WWII, co-edited two books on same-sex sexuality, and another on the history of documentary photography. I’m finishing a monograph on social media and anti-racist memory in the post-Holocaust age, while also overseeing two multi-year, SSHRC supported projects. One is a transnational examination of the role of on photography in what is sometimes referred to as the Sexual Revolution, that period of legal reform, liberalization of social mores, and change. A new project, Hate 3.0, is a multi-platform analysis of the place of historical misremembering in online populism.
If there is one thing that links my research together, it is that I’m interested in how history is conceptualized and written. Who is absent from the narrative and why? Whose stories are seen as worth collecting in the first place? Whose very being in the world challenges notions of citizenship and belonging, identity, health, and social stability? And how do everyday people write or photograph or text their way back into the conversation? In short, I’m intrigued by how the past is conjured and claimed, how it is used and sometimes abused, and how it's meaning is constantly refashioned to suit contemporary needs.
Professor Jennifer Evans
Department of History
1125 Colonel By Drive
Ottawa, ON K1S 5B6