My name is Kathryn Boschmann and I am currently a PhD student at Concordia University in the Department of History under the supervision of Dr. Steven High. I completed my BA (Honours) at the University of Winnipeg in 2013 and my Masters at Carleton University in 2015. My research focuses on oral history as a method to explore interfaith relations between Jews, Muslims, and Christians in two central neighbourhoods in Winnipeg, Manitoba during the post-1945 period. I’ve worked as a research assistant for many years and as a curatorial assistant at the Manitoba Museum where my job focused on conducting and processing oral history interviews with recent newcomers in Manitoba and organizing Community Engagement Team meetings.
My dissertation is tentatively titled, “Faith and Space: Jews, Christians, and Muslims in Post-1945 Winnipeg.” While the history of religious groups in Canada as political or ethnic entities has been studied by scholars, their history as practicing faith communities within 20th century urban centers has largely been ignored. Anchored in intensive multi-session oral history interviews, my research will explore the history of Jewish, Christian, and Muslim faith communities during the post-1945 period in Winnipeg, Manitoba, focusing primarily on the city’s North and West Ends. I will explore how faith has shaped the character of these neighbourhoods and the relationships among people in an urban space over time. These older and dynamic neighbourhoods have been major centers of immigration and remain so. How has the religious character of these areas changed in response to their demographic evolution? How have these faith communities related to one another within this setting? What relationships, if any, have they formed with the indigenous community in the city and how has this evolved over time? What kind of spaces or objects are significant to participants and their communities in their faith practice?
I love the prairies and grew up on a small farm in Southern Manitoba with cows, chickens, goats, dogs, and cats. I share my Montreal apartment with a small, black cat named Finn who is excellent company while I read and write.