Carmela Patrias

Faculty of Humanities

Carmela Patrias

Rank: Associate Professor
Department: History
Ext: 4037

Work currently in progress, or about to be begun, along with indication of when the project is likely to culminate and what form it will take:
For the past five years, with Ruth Frager of McMaster University, I have been studying the social origins of human rights legislation in Ontario. The end goat of this joint research project is a book. In the first phase of our research we concentrated on the role of minorities in Ontario's human rights campaigns. An article summarizing our findings about the campaigns that led to the Fair Employment Practices Act of 1951 will appear in the March 2001 issue of the Canadian Historical Review. In the next phase of this project we will examine why both human rights campaigns and anti-discrimination legislation in Canada failed to tackle sex discrimination for about two decades following World War II. We will also analyze the developments that eventually led to the inclusion of sex as one of the prohibited grounds of discrimination in Ontario Since this is a joint project it is difficult to predict when the project will culminate.

I am also pursuing two related projects on my own. The first project examines the introduction of the Saskatchewan Bill of Rights in 1947. Introduced by the province's Co-operative Commonwealth Federation government, this was the first comprehensive Bill of Rights in Canada. I hope to produce an article on this subject by the end of my sabbatical leave in July 2001. The second project, which I am about to begin, will seek to shed new light on the situation of ethnic and racialized minorities in Canada during World War II, and on the relations between these minorities and the Canadian state, by focusing on employment discrimination during the war years. The end goal of this project is a book.

Work previously undertaken, research achievements or projects completed:
The main focus of my earlier work was on the history of immigration and ethnicity. I have published a book, Patriots and Proletarians. Policitizing Hungarian Immigrants in Interwar Canada (1994) and a number of articles on Hungarian immigrants in Canada. Relief Strike: Immigrant Workers and the Great Depression in Crowland, Ontario (1990) examined interethnic relations in a blue collar community during the 1930s. I have also studied the history of the Jews of Budapest in the early twentieth century.

Research Grants held (including dates) and Research Awards or Honours:
Research Grant in Ethnic Studies, Multiculturalism Directorate, Secretary of State (1986)
Canada Research Fellowship (SSHRC), University of British Columbia (1987-1990)
Three-year SSHRC Research Grant for a study on employment discrimination, minorities and Canadian state policy during World War II.

Areas of Research Interest (in brief):
Human Rights, Immigration and Ethnicity, Women's History, Labour History