Welcome to the CSTHA Blog

The CSTHA blog is a platform for scholars and anyone with a professional interest to connect with each other and the public. From the history of science and technology in Canada, to the transnational flow of scientific ideas, research practices, and technologies across borders, our goal is to spark interest and debate in the history of Canadian science and technology, broadly defined. Whether sharing new findings, reflecting on the historical roots of contemporary scientific research practices and key technological developments, or discussing historiographical, pedagogical, theoretical, or simply practical questions, our hope is that persons interested in the study of Canadian science and technology will turn to the CSTHA. Given the relevance of history to current affairs, this blog will also publish historically informed commentary and analysis on present issues facing scholars who study the history of science and technology in relation to Canada and Canadians.

This blog is open to voices both formal and academic, and we encourage the sharing of personal views as well. Inclusive in outlook, we welcome reasoned debate about Canada’s scientific and technological past, and aim toward building bridges among scholars, students, and wider audiences. We also welcome short ‘news’ posts relating to the history of science and technology, including conference and colloquium notifications, call for papers, research and writing opportunities, and prize announcements.

Please enjoy our blog and do consider submitting a post yourself.

Submission Guidelines


  • We accept a wide range of blog posts, including traditional ‘write-ups’ between 500 to 1,000 words in length and shorter ‘news’ posts with no defined word count.
  • Hyperlink each quote and link for online sources. Otherwise, use endnotes to quote from print sources.
  • We encourage authors to supply 1-2 appropriate images (photos, art, maps, archival documents) to illustrate their post. Please supply the images as separate JPG files. Authors should obtain and document permission to use the images, where possible, and supply captions describing the images and permissions. E.g. Pickering Nuclear Station, Library and Archives, PO-5678. Please ask the Blog Editor if you require assistance obtaining copyright-free images or permissions.
  • If applicable, include your name and affiliation in a short biographical statement at the end of the post. You may link to your personal website, departmental page, and/or Twitter account.
  • Write a list of 2 to 5 ‘tags’ or keywords for your post following the biographical statement. Tags may be a single word or a phrase.


  • Send your post in an open and accessible file format to Blog Editor Matthew Wiseman via email: matthew.wiseman [at] uwaterloo.ca with ‘CSTHA Blog Submission’ in the subject line.
  • We will do our best to respond to your submission in a timely manner. If you don’t receive a response within two weeks, please feel free to send a friendly inquiry.
  • We do not provide translation services, so please submit your post in the language you wish to publish.


  • We edit each post for grammar, punctuation, and style. In response, we may ask you to revise your post for clarity, tone, strength of argument, and/or style.
  • You will have the opportunity to vet any changes prior to publication, and your post will only appear online with your approval.


  • Our regular publishing schedule is bi-weekly, but occasionally we will publish posts upon submission.
  • We publish all posts in the language of the original submission.
  • Knowledge dissemination is important to the success of the CSTHA. When you publish a blog post on our website, you agree to allow us to share your work online through social media.

Please forward your questions to the Editorial Team, and thank you in advance for your contribution.

CSTHA Blog Editors
William Knight
David Orenstein
Raphaël Pelletier
Denisa Popa
Matthew S. Wiseman