… and we’re back! I hope you all had productive and somewhat restful summers. Before we get back into the swing of things, I want to take the opportunity to quickly preview some of the events we have in store this year. Don’t worry! Our blog will return to its usual schedule next week with an article by Oleksa Drachewych previewing our upcoming workshop, Transnational Leftism: The Comintern and the National, Colonial and Racial Questions Workshop. This will be followed (on September 25) by a great post by York University graduate student Virginia Grimaldi titled “Infusing Global History into Elementary and Secondary Classrooms.”

Blog: For the foreseeable future, or until we get more articles than we can handle, Beyond Borders will continue to publish every two weeks. I’ve contacted many of you over the summer to publish something for our blog. I look forward to reading all of your submissions! We have confirmed posts from an incredible lineup of scholars, including Thomas Richards, Jr., Whitney Wood, Devon Stillwell Bowley, Jonathan Weier, Rachel Engl Taggart, Robert Englebert, Brendan Gilles, Dan Horner, Jarrett Henderson, and many more. If you want to publish with our blog, send me (dagenam@mcmaster.ca) a quick message.

Visiting Speaker Series: This year’s speaker series is divided into two. First, as I suggested in our last blog post, we’re leaving Canada150 behind and are returning to our traditional practice of inviting a variety of speakers, working on a variety of transnational projects. For this series, we are hosting two speakers with Indigenous Studies: Elizabeth Ellis and James Hill. Elizabeth Ellis is our first speaker of the 2017-18 school year (September 28). A professor of indigenous history at New York University, Liz Liz Ellis PosterEllis will talk about her involvement with the Standing Rock water protectors. In light of the completion of the Dakota Access Pipeline, she will discuss the meaning of the movement and where to go from there. If weather permits, this talk will take place at the outdoor Indigenous Circle at McMaster, a wonderful space. We will also host our first Animal Studies Conference (we’ll think of a better title shortly) with Tracy McDonald as part of our speaker series. Our speakers include a variety of Canadian and international scholars, including Projit Mukharji (professor of history at the University of Pennsylvania), Daniel Bender (Canada Research Chair in Cultural History and Analysis at the University of Toronto-Scarborough), Karen Houle (professor of Philosophy at University of Guelph), Susan Nance (professor of history at the University of Guelph), Joanna Dean (professor of history at Carleton University), and Jessica Eisen (S.J.D. Candidate, Harvard Law School).

Our second series will continue what we started with Canada150 and focus on a specific theme. This year’s theme is: the History of Capitalism. This series is still under construction, but we can confirm that Jason Opal and Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, which we will host with Indigenous Studies, have accepted our invitations. While Jason Opal will discuss the rise of the sugar economy on Barbados in the 1640s and its relationship with the shift in global power from the Spanish and Portuguese to the English, Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz will discuss the relationship between capitalism and indigenous populations in North America.

In order to bring our speaker series out of McMaster and to a wider audience, we will ask our speakers to publish short summaries of their talks on our blog. We are also toying with the idea of live-streaming our talks, if our speakers are willing participants, of course. I’ll keep you up-to-date on our Twitter and Facebook pages.

Other Wilson News/Events: Along with our usual activities, we’ve been busy planning other events. First, we’re making the final preparations for our first major workshop of the new school year: Transnational Leftism: The Comintern and the National, Colonial and Racial Questions Workshop. We’ve assembled an amazing cast of transnational historians, coming from all over the world, including Britain, Canada, the United States, Nigeria, New Zealand, and Puerto Rico. Oleksa will preview our speakers, panels, and the overall goal of this workshop next week, however let me just say that Trans Left Workshopour keynote speaker will be Stephen Smith, professor of history at All Souls College, University of Oxford. He will give a talk titled “The Global Meanings of the Russian Revolution, 1917-1927.” Oleksa will have more on this next week.

Julien Mauduit (one of our new visiting assistant-professors) and I are also hosting a Wilson Institute-sponsored roundtable discussion on the Canadian Rebellion in collaboration with the 2017 IHAF Congress in Montréal. Our aim is to discuss the value of national and transnational histories around the topic of the Rebellion. What can nationalist historians learn from transnational history, and vice versa? We’ve gathered a group of transnational and national historians, including Jason Opal, Louis-Georges Harvey, Julie Guyot, Éric Bédard, and (we hope) Patrick Boucheron. This event will take place on October 19 (2pm-4pm) at the prison des Patriotes-au-Pied-du-Courant (905, avenue De Lorimier, métro Papineau).

A few more quick notes: the deadline to submit a proposal for our Transnational Feminism Workshop is coming up soon (30 September). You can submit them in either French or English. The Wilson Institute will cover all travel costs and hotel accommodations! Graduate Students: submit your best papers of 2017 to our $1,000 Viv Nelles Essay Prize. Unlike last year, we will accept submissions by graduate students as well as from instructors. See this link for more details. Publishers: submit your books that best succeed in making Canadian historical scholarship accessible to a wide and transnational audience. Click on this link for more details!

Have a good 2017-18 school year!


Cover Image: University of Pennsylvania, Fisher Fine Arts Library, The Rotunda Reading Room, c1900. Wikimedia Commons.