Ian Milligan

IanMilliganCampus: Waterloo
Office: HH114
E-Mail: i2milligan@uwaterloo.ca

I came to the University of Waterloo in 2012 to teach in the areas of postwar Canada, digital, youth, and historical methodologies. My first manuscript, Rebel Youth: 1960s Labour Unrest, Young Workers, and New Leftists in English Canada, will be available in Spring 2014 from the University of British Columbia Press. It explores the interconnections between Canadian New Leftists, labour unions, and youth during the long sixties. I argue that we need to understand Canada’s 1960s as a decade of labour.

My current projects have largely involved how historians will deal with the sheer quantities of digital data that are profoundly reworking how we research, teach, and write. To this end, I have published work on how we can fruitfully use web archives in the Journal of the Canadian Historical Association and an article exploring the impact of online databases on the writing of Canadian history in the Canadian Historical Review. I also put my methodologies into action in my work-in-progress on postwar youth, which explores how youth became a central point of contention during early debates about Internet regulation, as well as in-progress data mining of the GeoCities archive.

With Shawn Graham and Scott Weingart, I am collaboratively writing The Historian’s Macroscope: Big Digital History, currently being prepared online at http://www.themacroscope.org/. It is under contract with Imperial College Press. I am also primary investigator on a SSHRC-funded Insight Development Grant, specifically exploring how historians can fruitfully explore web archives hosted by the Internet Archive. Feel free to follow along with the project at http://ianmilligan.ca. I have additional funding for MA students interested in working in the area of digital history. Finally, I am a founding co-editor of http://ActiveHistory.ca and an editor-at-large of the Programming Historian 2 (http://programminghistorian.org).

Peer-Reviewed Publications:

Rebel Youth: 1960s Labour Unrest, Young Workers, and New Leftists in English Canada. Vancouver: University of British Columbia Press, June 2014. [In production, forthcoming]

“Illusionary Order: Online Databases, Optical Character Recognition, and Canadian History, 1997-2010,” Canadian Historical Review, Vol. 94, No. 4 (December 2013): 540-569.

“Mining the Internet Graveyard: Rethinking the Historians’ Toolkit,” Journal of the Canadian Historical Association, Vol. 23, No 2 (2012, published in 2013): 21-64. [Winner of the 2013 JCHA Best Article Prize.]

“Coming off the Mountain: Forging an Outward Looking New Left at Simon Fraser University,” BC Studies: The British Columbian Quarterly, Vol. 171 (Autumn 2011): 69-91.

“‘This Board Has a Duty to Intervene,’ Challenging the Spadina Expressway Through the Ontario Municipal Board, 1963-1971,” Urban History Review/Revue d’histoire urbaine, Vol. 39, No. 2 (Spring 2011): 25-37.

“‘The Force of All Our Numbers:’ New Leftists, Labour, and the 1973 Artistic Woodwork Strike,” Labour/Le Travail, 66 (Fall 2010): 37-71.

“Sedition in Wartime Ontario: The Trials and Imprisonment of Isaac Bainbridge, 1917-1918,” Ontario History, Vol. 100, No. 2 (Autumn 2008): 150-177.

Refereed Technical Contributions:

Shawn Graham, Scott Weingart, and Ian Milligan, “Getting Started with Topic Modeling and MALLET,” The Programming Historian 2, September 2012. Available online. http://programminghistorian.org/lessons/topic-modeling-and-mallet.
“Automated Downloading with Wget,” The Programming Historian 2, August 2012. Available online. http://programminghistorian.org/lessons/automated-downloading-with-wget.