Dr. Mark A. Tovey

- MITACS Postdoctoral Fellow, Public History Program
- Co-Investigator, An Oral History of the St. George-Grosvenor-Piccadilly Neighbourhood

Photograph of Mark ToveyPhD, Carleton, 2011
Telephone: 519-661-2111 ext. 84971
Email: mark@uwo.ca
Office: Lawson Hall 2239
Office Hours:  By appointment only


Research Interests

Dr. Tovey is a public historian and cognitive scientist whose research focuses on neighbourhood history and architectural heritage, applications of the internet to public history, geo-locative technologies, 3D modelling of historical buildings and artifacts, theatre history and theatrical re-enactment, historical and contemporary issues surrounding museums and heritage, and the intersections between public history and public astronomy.


Major Research Projects

As a Postdoctoral Fellow in Public History at Western University (2016-2018), I am conducting an oral history of the St. George-Grosvenor-Piccadilly neighbourhood, and developing engaging ways to tell the stories of that neighbourhood online. Research themes include an understanding of how institutions and notable structures shaped the neighbourhood, and the role played by sites of social interaction. This project has two objectives. This first objective is to expand on what is currently known about the St. George-Grosvenor-Piccadilly neighbourhood by compiling an oral history, using video interviews where possible. The second objective is to use the video and audio source material to produce a curated web exhibit with geolocated oral history interviews.

Related talks

(2015) "St. George-Grosvenor: Birthplace of Institutions". City of London Community Information Meeting, King’s College, Western University, November 4. [slides]

(2015) "St. George-Grosvenor: Birthplace of Institutions." Guest lecture for History 9800 course. Western University, London, ON, November 3.

(2015) "St. George-Grosvenor: Birthplace of Institutions." Joint session of London and Middlesex Historical Society and London Architectural Conservancy of Ontario, London, ON, April 15.

(2014) "St. George-Grosvenor: Heritage Conservation District". Guest lecture for History 9800 course. Western University, London, ON, September 16.

(2014) "St. George-Grosvenor". London Advisory Committee on Heritage (LACH). July 9.

(2014) "St. George-Grosvenor". Community Meeting, King’s College, Western University, June 24.

I am also part of a team researching the history of the Hume Cronyn Memorial Observatory at Western University for its 75th Anniversary. As part of the 75th Anniversary celebrations, I curated a period room for the observatory, unearthed many photographs from its early years of operation, staged a re-enactment of its opening ceremony, and assisted in the preparation of didactics which are now permanently on display in the Observatory.

Exhibit

(2015). Period room (a 1940s office) in the Cronyn Observatory, developed for the 75th Anniversary of the Cronyn Observatory, based on a photograph of a 1940s Cronyn Observatory office. Hume Cronyn Memorial Observatory, Western University, London, ON, October 24, 25.

Related Talks

(2016). Re-enactment, with period slides, of observatory director H.R. Kingston’s speech from the official opening of the Cronyn observatory on October 25th, 1940. Royal Astronomical Society of Canada General Assembly. May 21.

(2015). Re-enactment, with period slides, of observatory director H.R. Kingston’s speech from the official opening of the Cronyn observatory on October 25th, 1940. 75th Anniversary of Cronyn Memorial Observatory, Cronyn Observatory, Western University, London, ON, Oct 24, 25. 2015.

(2015). "The Cronyn Observatory Sundial Cannon and John Davis Barnett". Royal Astronomical Society of Canada London Centre, Fanshawe College, London, ON. June 19.

(2015). Talk on the use of astronomical observation for map-making in the 19th Century. Eldon House Interpretive Centre. London, ON. April 12.


Select Publications

Books

(hardcover 2012; paperback, 2015) The Reputation Society: How Online Opinions are Reshaping the Offline World. Eds. H Masum & M Tovey. Boston: MIT Press.

(2008) Collective Intelligence: Creating a Prosperous World at Peace. Ed. M. Tovey. EIN Press.

Book Chapters

(2012) With H. Masum and Y. Zhang. "Building the reputation society". Masum, H., & Tovey, M., eds. The Reputation Society: How Online Opinions are Reshaping the Offline World. Boston: MIT Press, xv–xxi.

(2008) "Editor's Preface." Collective Intelligence: Creating a Prosperous World at Peace. Tovey, M., ed. Collective Intelligence: Creating a Prosperous World at Peace. Oakton, VA: EIN Press, xxi–xxiv.

(2008) "Mass Collaboration, Open Source, and Social Entrepreneurship". Tovey, M., ed. Collective Intelligence: Creating a Prosperous World at Peace. Oakton, VA: EIN Press, 455–456.

(2008) With H. Masum, H., Scaling Up Open Source Problem Solving. Tovey, M., ed. Collective Intelligence: Creating a Prosperous World at Peace. Oakton, VA: EIN Press, 485–494.

Journal Articles

(2014) with C. Herdman. "Seeing Changes: How Familiarity Alters Our Perception of Change." Visual Cognition 22:2, 214–238. doi:10.1080/13506285.2014.894167

(2012) with S. Chandrasekharan. ‘Sum, quorum, tether: Design principles underlying external representations that promote sustainability.’ Pragmatics and Cognition 20:3, 447–482.


Awards and Distinctions

(2016-2018) MITACS Accelerate Grant for the Oral History St. George-Grosvenor-Piccadilly neighbourhood

(2012) Community Heritage Investment Program (CHIP) grant, London Heritage Council, with Joseph Lella.

(2010) Community Heritage Investment Program (CHIP) grant, London Heritage Council, with Joseph Lella.


Public History Experience

Over the past few years I researched and produced two historical plays which recreate London ON's early theatrical history. I have given plenaries on London theatrical history and theatrical re-enactment to the Canadian Museums Association annual conference, and to the Canadian Creative Cities conference. I keynoted Forward Into the Past, have lectured on Garrison Theatre at Eldon House, and have been invited annually to give guest lectures to graduate public history classes at Western University.

As an actor, I have been called upon by Eldon House to play John Harris (the person who built Eldon House in 1834), and Wenman Wynniatt (the Eldon House ghost), including giving speeches as John Harris at Fanshawe Pioneer Village, at Eldon House's 180th Anniversary Celebration, and before London City Council. I have since become the Vice Chair of the Eldon House Board of Directors, and chair of the Collections Committee at Eldon House.

I sit on the National History Committee of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada, and have a particular interest in ways in which public history can be combined with public astronomy. In 2015, I produced an evening of historical stargazing on the Eldon House lawn, allowing over fifty visitors to view Jupiter's moons through replicas of historical instruments.