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The Project

Developed by an inter-university partnership that includes the participation of students in courses in History and Sociology, the project focuses on the history of international solidarity and centres on the convergence of pedagogy, science, and digital humanities.

If you would like your courses added to Recipro please write to the administrator (nlepine@uottawa.ca).

Project Overview

Inéz Petrazzini, research assistant and student at the School of International Development Global Studies, uOttawa, talked about Recipro at the Shared Online Projects Initiative (SOPI) Showcase Event on April 29, 2021. The celebration was hosted by Dr. Aline Germain-Rutherford, Vice-Provost, Academic Affairs, University of Ottawa and Dr. David Hornsby, Associate Vice-President (Teaching and Learning), Carleton University.

The Team

Members of this SOPI (Shared Online Projects Initiative) from the University of Ottawa and Carleton University have come together to promote digital humanities and contribute online material in the fields of international and humanitarian aid with the objective of fostering collaboration between researchers, professors, and students.


Students in the contributing courses participate in this initiative by creating content such as items, exhibits, maps and timelines as part of their learning activities. You can find their contributions throughout this site.

Student Research Assistants

  • Camila Ceron is a research assistant and a fourth-year student completing an honours bachelor's degree in International Economics and Development (CO-OP) at the University of Ottawa. Her interests range from management of international development projects, community-based sustainable development, international and humanitarian aid: a comparison between different systems, the economics of labour, among others. She is responsible for developing the Omeka website, interpreting, cataloging, and migrating content provided by the mentioned professors onto Omeka and Neatline.
  • Inéz Petrazzini is a Research and Teacher's Assistant and a third-year student completing an honours bachelor’s degree in International Development and Globalization (CO-OP) at the University of Ottawa. Her interests include Latin American politics, sustainable development projects, digital humanities, visual arts, and music. She is respondible for building, developing and updating the Omeka website, creating and contributing content for the Recipro project, as well as cataloguing, translating, and migrating content provided by the mentioned professors onto Omeka.


  • Dominique Marshall is a Professor of History at Carleton University. She teaches and researches the past of social policy, children’s rights, humanitarian aid, refugees, disability, and technology. She coordinates the Canadian Network on Humanitarian History, which supports the rescue of archives of Canadian development and aid, co-directs the Carleton University Disability Research Group, the IDRC funded program Gendered Design in STEAM, and is a Co-Investigator of the SSHRC funded Partnership Local Engagement Refugee Research Network and a member of its Archives, Living Histories, and Heritage Working Group.
  • Kevin O'Sullivan is a lecturer in History at the National University of Ireland, Galway. His main research and teaching interests are in international history, especially the areas of globalization, humanitarianism, and NGOs. He is particularly interested in how Western attitudes towards the global South changed in an era of decolonization. Dr. Sullivan will be teaching HIS6100 in Winter 2021 and will use RECIPRO in his teachings.
  • Nicolas Lépine is an associate History professor of history at Lakehead University and the University of Ottawa. He is a specialist in international and transnational organizations. More recently, he has been interested in the tensions between nationalisms, internationalisms, and translocalisms. Furthermore, we congratulate him on the publication of his new book "Guerre d’Espagne et socialisme international: dernière chance pour l’ordre démocratique d’entre-deux-guerres", which has just been published by les Presses de l'Université Laval.
  • Phillip Primeau is a Sociology and Anthropology instructor at Carleton University. He is interested in how academic knowledge can be disseminated using new (and traditional), innovative, and creative ways, such as through audio-visual content creation, including podcasts, videos, performance art, and music.  

Professional Support

  • Chris Trainor is the Head of Archives & Special Collections at Carleton University’s MacOdrum Library.
  • Jennifer Decker is an academic librarian with a background in humanities and social sciences. She is currently a Subject Specialist Librarian at the University of Ottawa.
  • Roxanne Lafleur, Digital Humanities Support Specialist at the University of Ottawa Library, provides continuous assistance and training in Omeka, Neatline, cataloguing, etc., and contributes to the metadata guide for the students' collaboration.

The project team is grateful to the University of Ottawa Library for its resources, expertise, and technical support and for hosting this site.


The Recipro project is made possible thanks to a Shared Online Projects Initiative (SOPI) grant from the Carleton University Associate Vice-President (Teaching and Learning) and the University of Ottawa Vice Provost (Academic Affairs) in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.