In 2010 Sean Morton was awarded Dalhousie University’s John Flint Award for the best paper at their annual Graduate Student Conference History Across the Disciplines: Guts, Glamour and Gossip. He also won the Dennis Reinhartz Transatlantic History Award at the University of Texas at Arlington and has received The Dr. Lois K. Smedick Graduate Award at the University of Windsor.
A long time resident of New Hampshire and the New England coast it is not surprising that Sean’s academic interests came to focus on the Atlantic world. At the University of Windsor Sean explores the uses and goals of Canada’s first printing press in Halifax Nova Scotia from 1752-1768. His research contends that because of the region’s military and economic importance to the British Empire, a printing press was established there at the behest of the English government to support their political goals and shape the political and cultural identity of the peninsula. This has lead to a reconsideration of the manner in which print culture was utilized by the British throughout the Atlantic world including how it was received by various colonial populations during the late eighteenth century. In this way, this research questions a number of aspects of early Canadian historiography, re-examines various accepted notions of American colonial and Imperial British history, as well as the importance of the Atlantic Book Trade.
Throughout the 2009-2010 academic year Sean presented various aspects of his graduate work at Yale, York, Ottawa, Dalhousie, and the University of Western Ontario. In March 2011 Sean spoke on the University of Calgary’s radio station CJSW’s year long radio series Today in Canadian History to commemorate the founding of Canada’s first newspaper on that date. He is currently a member of the Royal Nova Scotia Historical Society, the Massachusetts Historical Society, and the Penguin Collectors Society.
Sean successfully defended his Major Paper on 27 April 2011. He worked under the supervision of Dr. Leslie Howsam, whose research focuses on the history of the book, cultural history of Britain, 19th and 20th centuries, history books and periodicals as print media, and women in Victorian Britain. She is President of the Society for the History of Authorship, Reading & Publishing.
The Past’s Digital Presence: Database, Archive, and Knowledge Work in the Humanities
CJSW 90.9 FM yearlong radio series Today in Canadian History
University of Calgary