Guest Post: Reflections of a Border Dweller

 Antonia Levi


Point Roberts: “Almost Heaven, Almost Canada”

Two years ago, after a final confusion with Immigration Canada, and wanting to continue my life in Vancouver BC, I took the path of least resistance and moved to Point Roberts, Washington, population 1300 or soish. It’s not just a border town, it’s an American exclave unconnected to the rest of the lower 48. The nearest Canadian town, Tsawwassen, is a suburb of Greater Vancouver and is divided from Point Roberts by a narrow country road and a drainage ditch. At some points, we literally look into each other’s windows. My own home is about 300 meters (or 328 yards) from the Canadian border, and it takes me 30 or 40 minutes to drive to downtown Vancouver depending on the time of day. Continue reading


Guest Post | Canada’s Superheroes (Made in USA): American Depictions of Canadian Geopolitics in Alpha Flight

by Christoper Doody

Christopher Doody is a PhD candidate in the Department of English at Carleton University. His area of research is Canadian literature and book history

For the last few weeks, Canadian media has had a surprisingly large number of stories on DC comic’s new title Justice League United, although the comic was originally solicited as Justice League Canada. Written by Jeff Lemire, the comic moves the Justice League to Canada, where they establish their home base in northern Ontario, and includes a brand-new Canadian superhero, Equinox. Continue reading

Guest Post | Dare to Compare: Attempting Comparative Transnational and Borderlands History

This post, from Dr Brenden Rensink, was originally published on the Borderlands History Blog, 21 February 2012, and on Dr Rensink’s own blog, July 30 2013. Reposted with kind permission.

I will just come out and say it – I want more borderlands historians to engage in comparative work, to integrate U.S.-Mexican, U.S.-Canadian and countless other transnational histories into new groundbreaking scholarship.  Unfortunately, this is easier said than done. Continue reading

Guest Post: Daniel Macfarlane on Border Waters and Competing Nationalisms

Daniel Macfarlane is a visiting scholar for 2013-14 in the School of Canadian Studies at Carleton University. He was the Fulbright Visiting Research Chair in Canadian Studies at Michigan State University for 2012-13. He received his PhD in History in 2011 from the University of Ottawa.

Here, he talks about his research on Canadian-American border waters,  the St. Lawrence River/Seaway and the Niagara River/Falls in particular. Continue reading

Padraig Kirwan on Indigenous Sovereignty

This  post, from Dr Padraig Kirwan (Goldsmiths, University of London) is based on a paper delivered at the first CCUSB Workshop in London in September 2012

Sovereignty. Self-determination. Autonomy. Nation. Native American Studies is currently being shaped dramatically by this particular set of terms, and the prevailing discourse aims to interrogate not only various senses of tribal self-determination, but also to re-examine earlier formulations of cultural, spiritual, political and artistic autonomy. Indeed, the publication of myriad nuanced and substantial works of scholarship focussing on the subject of sovereignty alone is testament to the critical role that definitions of indigenous self-determination and authority play within the field today. Continue reading