Canadian Food History Symposium, 2013

29 Oct 2013

The Riley Fellowship Lecture Series in partnership with the Department of History at the University of Winnipeg presented the Canadian Food History Symposium on October 26, 2013 at the University of Winnipeg in 2M70 Manitoba Hall.

Featuring Dr. Ian Mosby (Department of History, University of Guelph) presenting his lecture “Administering Colonial Science: Nutrition Research and Human Experimentation in Northern Manitoba in Historical Context”; Dr. Andriy Zayarnyuk “Space for Food and Culture: Premises of the Soviet Train Station Restaurant, 1944-1980”; and Dr. Janis Thiessen (University of Winnipeg) “Hawkins Cheezies: History and Mythology.”


The Canadian Food History Symposium is sponsored by the University of Winnipeg Provost and Vice-President (Academic and International), the University of Winnipeg Dean of Arts, and the H. Sanford Riley Centre for Canadian History.

The Riley Fellowship in Canadian History promotes the study and dissemination of Canadian history. This fellowship is awarded annually to a scholar or scholars of Canadian history interested in pursuing and sharing their interest in the study of Canada with the faculty and students at the University of Winnipeg and interested members of the community. The Department of History, University of Winnipeg is responsible for selection of the Riley Fellows and the administration of the programme.

About this Recording:

Dr. Ian Mosby is an historian of food and nutrition, as well as a SSHRC postdoctoral fellow at University of Guelph. He has peer-reviewed publications in Histoire sociale/Social History and in Social History of Medicine, as well as a chapter in Edible Histories, Cultural Politics. The latter is a significant collection recently released by University of Toronto Press and is the first extensive Canadian history of food. In addition, Mosby has published essays in the Globe and Mail and on the SSHRC-funded websites and His work on the history of food and nutrition has also been featured in stories published by media organizations including CBC, CTV, Slate, and Buzzfeed. His first book will be released by UBC Press in spring 2014. Recently, his work received national attention when he brought to light nutritional experiments conducted in Aboriginal communities and residential schools between 1942 and 1952.

About this Recording:

Dr. Janis Thiessen is an assistant professor in the Department of History at the University of Winnipeg. Her book Manufacturing Mennonites: Work and Religion in Post-War Manitoba (Toronto: University of Toronto Press) was published in 2013. Her areas of research interest include 20th century history of labour, business, and religion, as well as food history and oral history. She presented “Hawkins Cheezies: History and Mythology,” part of her SSHRC-funded oral history research project on the history of Canadian snack food manufacturing and consumption.

About this Recording:

Dr. Andriy Zayarnyuk is an associate professor in the Department of History at the University of Winnipeg. His book Framing the Ukrainian Peasantry in Habsburg Galicia, 1846-1914 (Toronto: Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies Press) was published in 2013. His areas of research interest include social and cultural history of 19th and 20th Century Eastern Europe, the Habsburg Empire, the Soviet Union, Ukraine, nationalism, peasants, modern cities, and train stations.

Close up photo of Dr. Andriy Zayarnyuk with brick background

Space for Food and Culture: Premises of the Soviet Train Station Restaurant, 1944-1980

Dr. Andriy Zayarnyuk