Before we get back to our usual blogging routine, I want to take this opportunity to preview some of the things we are working on at the Wilson Institute (#Winstitute) for the upcoming 2018-19 school year.

Blog: Beyond Borders will continue to publish once every two weeks. Our first official blog post is scheduled for September 17. Maurice Jr. Labelle, a professor at the University of Saskatchewan, will preview our forthcoming workshop, which will take place on September 21-22: An International Workshop on Post-Orientalism/Atelier international sur le post-orientalisme. We also have confirmed blog posts from a variety of incredible scholars, including Kassandra Luciuk, our Corsini Fellow in Canadian History, Kristine Alexander, Alexandre Dubé, and Eric Schlereth. If you want to publish with our blog or have an idea for a series, send me ( a quick message. We have also upgraded our recording equipment and hope to put it to good use by interviewing our many visiting speakers. These interviews will surely find their way onto our blog.

Visiting Speaker Series: This year’s visiting speaker series is once again divided into two. First, we once again return to our traditional practice of hosting a variety of speakers on a variety of themes. Our first talk – A Conversation with Dr. Lorenzo Veracini and Dr. Allyson Stevenson– will take place on September 20 and is the keynote for our upcoming International Workshop on Post-Orientalism.  In this 60-minute conversation, Allyson Stevenson, a Métis Professor of International Studies at the University of Regina, and Lorenzo Veracini, a specialist on settler colonialism from the Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne, Australia, will discuss settler colonialism. Specifically, how settler colonialism impacts their research, what does it mean to them, and what are the biggest challenges with both settler colonialism and decolonization? This talk that will take place at 4pm on September 20 at the Indigenous teaching circle. Click here for more IMG_1819information. Our next guest speaker is Kristine Alexander who will talk about her 2017 Wilson Book Prize winning book, Guiding Modern Girls: Girlhood, Empire, and Internationalism in the 1920s and 1930s.  Kassandra Luciuk will then talk about her research on Ukrainian-Canadians; Daniel Macfarlane will preview his upcoming book on Niagara Falls; and Jamie Jelinski will start our Winter 2019 term with a talk on the history tattooing in Canada. We have a full lineup of speakers this year. Click here to see who else is on tap.

Our second series will continue the practice we started two years ago for Canada150 and focus on a specific theme. This time, it will also serve as a lead up to our spring 2019 workshop, The Realities of Canadian Democracy. This year’s theme is: Democracy, Citizenship, and Freedom. This series is still under construction, but we can already confirm that Geoff Eley, a professor of German history and the political left at the University of Michigan, James T. Kloppenberg, a professor of American History at Harvard University, and Nancy MacLean, a professor of American history at Duke 9781101980972University, will be coming to the Wilson Institute. Nancy MacLean will provide the keynote address for our democracy workshop. All three will bring their very own transnational expertise to our discussion on democracy. You can learn more about this series on our website.

Other Wilson News/Events: The official program for our International Workshop on Post-Orientalism/Atelier international sur le post-orientalisme will be posted on our website in the next few days. We are also hard at work on our fall 2019 workshop. Organized by our own PhD candidate Samantha Clarke, and supported by the Wilson Institute, this workshop will focus on the intersection of medical history and environmental history. Two fields of history traditionally studied separately will merge in this workshop, where historians will blur the boundaries between human mental, physical and social health, and our lived environment. Watch out for our call for papers, which will be released very soon.

A few more quick notes: the deadline to submit a proposal for our Realities of Canadian Democracy 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 2018 to our $1,000 Viv Nelles Essay Prize. 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 2018-19 school year!


Featured Image: “La rentrée des classes évitant à la ville l’emploi du rouleau sur les voies avoisinant les lycées,” from Amédée de Noé, Albums du Charivari, Vol. 5., 31 December 1866. Courtesy: Wikimedia Commons.