Part 1 – Academic Preparation
PhD Candidate in History, (ABD) – Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, (On Leave)
Masters of Arts in History – Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo 2007
Bachelor of Education – University of New Brunswick, Fredericton 2004
Bachelor of Arts in History – First Class Honours – University of New Brunswick, Fredericton 2004
Areas of Interest
My interests currently focus on gender, sport and war and society studies. More specifically, I am examining the ways in which recreational sports, with their emphasis on manly fitness, honour and the competitive spirit, were integral to the training of Canadian soldiers during the Second World War. To that end I have completed the Major Field in Canadian History and minor fields in Sport and Leisure as well as War and Society.
I also have an interest in the study of war and memory and war and society/cultural studies with a focus on The Canadian Art Program, Memorials, and the memory of Canadians in the First and Second World War. My Masters Major Research Paper examined the memory of the 8th Canadian Infantry Brigade and the way the different regiments are remembered in Normandy, France.
Academic Positions, Relevant Job Experience & Volunteer Positions
Publications Manager, Laurier Centre for Military Strategic and Disarmament Studies. Responsible for liaising with WLU Press on more than 25 Distribution Titles published by LCMSDS as well as working with WLU Press to acquire titles for their growing war and society studies publications. 2009-2013.
Online Editor, www.canadianmilitaryhistory.ca – responsible for the content (including the development and overseeing the peer-review book review section), the social media, interactive and aus. 2009-2013.
Congress 2012 – Responsible for Organization of the student Volunteers for the Annual Canadian Historical Association Conference, the administration and preparation of the War of 1812 Battlefield Tour, and 2012.
HI 341 Canadian Military History, CAS position Fall 2011
Teaching Assistant, Courses include HI 248 (4 times), HI 249, HI 110, HI 229, HI 249, HI 233 2005 – 2012.
Vance, Jonathon, Matt Symes, Kellen Kurschinski, Steve Marti, Alicia Robinet eds. The Great War: From Memory to History. WLU Press: Waterloo, Ontario, 2015.
Copp Terry and Matt Symes “Canada’s D-Day: Politics, Media, and the Fluidity of Memory” in D-Day in History and Memory: Comparative Perspectives of the Normandy Invasion, UNT Press, 2014.
Symes, Matt. “War in the Abstract: Canada’s Great War through Art” Canadian Military History Waterloo, Ontario, 2013.
Symes, Matt. “The Personality of Memory: The Informal Process of Commemoration in Normandy” in Geoff Hayes, Michael Bechthold, and Matt Symes eds. Canada and the Second World War: Essays In Honour of Terry Copp. WLU Press: Waterloo, Ontario, 2012.
Symes, Matt. Review of Michael K. Carroll’s “Pearson’s Peacekeepers: Canada and the United Nations Emergency Force, 1956-67” War and Society Reviews, canadianmilitaryhistory.ca
Copp, Terry, Matt Symes and Nick Lachance. Canadian Battlefields 1915-1918: A Visitor’s Guide Laurier Centre for Military Strategic and Disarmament Studies Press: Waterloo, Ontario, 2011
McGeer, Eric with Matt Symes. The Canadian Battlefield in Italy: Ravenna and the Gothic Line. Laurier Centre for Military Strategic and Disarmament Studies Press: Waterloo, Ontario, 2010
McGeer, Eric with Matt Symes. The Canadian Battlefield in Italy: Sicily and Southern Italy. Laurier Centre for Military Strategic and Disarmament Studies Press: Waterloo, Ontario, 2008
McGeer, Eric with Matt Symes. The Canadian Battlefield in Italy: Ortona and the Liri Valley. Laurier Centre for Military Strategic and Disarmament Studies Press: Waterloo, Ontario, 2007
“Why study (war and society) history? Making the Arts Classroom Relevant in the 21st Century. 23rd Military History Colloquium, University of Western Ontario – May 2012
“War in the Abstract: Art as a Window into Canada’s Military Past.” Guelph Historical Association Talks (Att: 85) February 2012.
“War in the Abstract: Canada’s First World War through Art.” Windsor Military History Conference (Att: 267) January 2012.
“The Personality of Memory: The Process of Informal Commemoration in Normandy.” York University Military History Conference – May 2010
“One Brigade, Three Memories: Commemoration of the 8th Canadian Infantry Brigade in Normandy.” 18th Military History Colloquium, Wilfrid Laurier University. May 2007.
“Their Own War: Italy’s Tenth Light Flotilla.” 17th Military History Colloquium, University of Western Ontario. May 2006.
“Their Own War: Italy’s Tenth Light Flotilla.” Tri-University History Conference, Wilfrid Laurier University. October 2005.
“Stalin’s Secret Weapon: The Red Orchestra and the War on the Eastern Front” Canadian Association for Securities and Intelligence Conference, Simon Fraser University. October 2003