Deanna Turner (she/her)

Nominated by member scholarly associations of the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences, the 2022 Congress Graduate Merit Awards recognize exceptional graduate students who will be presenting their work at the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences. 

Photo of Deanna Turner, CGMA recipient


Tell us about yourself. 

I am a doctoral candidate in the Department of History at Queen’s University studying under Dr. Jeffrey McNairn. My primary research area is Cold War era Canada and I focus on publishing history and historiography. Using the Centenary Series, I interrogate the semblances of national history writing.  

Which scholarly association(s) are you currently a member of? 

  • Canadian Historical Association 

  • Bibliographic Society of Canada 

At which conference(s) will you be presenting and/or attending? 

Canadian Historical Association 2022 Annual Meeting -  Reconsidering History 

What is the title of your Congress 2022 presentation?  

Lost in Translation: Communicating National History, 1950s-1970s 

How would you describe the research you will be presenting at Congress 2022?

My paper will discuss the importance of translation in the writing, production, and dissemination of history writing to the academic profession during the post-WW2 period. My topic discusses the obstacles surrounding French-English collaboration among professional historians, and how eminent Canadian historian W.L. Morton approached the difficult task of bridging the linguistic divide.  

How does the research you will be presenting connect with the Congress 2022 theme, Transitions

My focus on translation and the Congress theme of transition have a great deal in common. Both speak to the processes of change, movement, and passage, and what that means for the renewed and continued importance of the humanities and social sciences in the wider discourse.  

What is your favourite part of the Congress experience?

My favourite part of Congress is experiencing new ideas and learning from colleagues. Being able to attend panels and lectures from across fields and disciplines provides me with the opportunity to critically reflect on my own practices and methods.