Douglas College Faculty Awarded a Partnership Development Grant

Unrest, Violence, and the Search for Social Order In British North America and Canada, 1749-1876

Jerry Bannister (Dalhousie), Elizabeth Mancke (University of New Brunswick), Denis McKim (Douglas College), and Scott See (University of Maine) are pleased to announce the receipt of a Partnership Development Grant of $119,600 from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council for a project entitled “Unrest, Violence, and the Search for Social Order in British North America and Canada, 1749-1876.” Partner institutions will also be supporting the project: the Gorsebrook Research Institute (Saint Mary’s University), the Canadian-American Center (U Maine) and the Atlantic Canada Studies Centre (UNB). This collaborative project involving over 20 scholars will examine how British North Americans, Indigenous Peoples, and Canadians, both governors and the governed, envisaged social order, understood threats or challenges to it, and imagined how tools of government could be used to control disorder or achieve new social objectives. This three-year project involves a major rethinking of Canadian history and what is meant by “peace, order, and good government,” which neither evolved naturally nor was achieved without episodes of unrest, violence, and state coercion.