Caelen Campbell is in the Master of Arts for Teachers of English (MATE) Program at Simon Fraser University in the 2020 - 2022 Cohort.
My research focuses on Indigenous and Black Canadian literature, both historical and contemporary, and applying pedagogical approaches to this literature additionally with further female-authored literature, to ensure their direct and theoretical inclusion in British Columbia Elementary and Middle School classrooms and taught curriculum.
I was looking for a Research Assistant position, and read the description of WPHP on SFU’s job listings, and was intrigued as it appeared to have much overlap with my own interests and research. I explored the Women’s Print History Project website; the database, the podcasts, and the spotlights, and was absolutely hooked by this project and knew I needed to apply.
One of my favourite things about working on WPHP is having the opportunity to explore works that I would otherwise not have read or found. The titles I am verifying are often so specific about their content and lengthy that they are almost read as anecdotes in and of themselves and amuse me greatly. An example of this from the database would be “A pairt of the life of Lady Margaret Cuninghame, daughter of the Earl of Glencairn, that she had with her first husband, the Master of Evandale. The just and true account thereof, as it was at first written with her own hand; including a letter to her husband the Master of Evandale, and another to my Lady Marquess of Hamilton, with her last will, sent to the said Lady Marquess, inclosed therein.”
I have learned so much more about how much information can be decoded from what is printed in a title about who had a hand in making it and where, through the colophon and imprint, as well as the wide variety of ways an author would sign their name, be that discrete or with much flare.
I am from Victoria, BC.
I am a pretty stereotypical West Coast person who relishes the fact that we live both at the ocean and mountainside. To take full advantage of this geographic glory I spend my free time hiking on the North Shore, doing yoga, running on the Seawall, kayaking, and of course, I also spend a lot of time reading, and nurturing the considerable amount of plants in our urban jungle we’ve created in our downtown flat.
It is incredibly difficult for me to choose a favourite book, however, some books which I have read recently and adored are; ‘Shame on Me’ by Tessa McWatts, ‘Something I’ve Been Meaning to Tell You’ by David Chariandy, ‘Shut Up You’re Pretty’ by Téa Mutonji, and ‘In the Wake’ by Christina Sharpe.