We are happy to announce our 2019 Corsini Fellows in Canadian History: Julia Pyryeskina and Matthieu Caron!
Julia Pyryeskina is a MA student in the department of history at York University and the coordinator for the Centre for Feminist Research at York University. Julia’s research interests are Canadian gay and lesbian liberation as well as trans activism in the 1970s and 80s. Her MA thesis considers the ideological tensions between gay men and lesbians in 1970s Toronto. Specifically, she analyses their clashes over strategies and ultimately their goals. Julia explains: “My interest stems from the common critique of the gay movement as having given up radical politics in the pursuit of civil rights. I am interested in the fact that lesbian feminists were, economically and socially, differently positioned to gay men, and stood to lose (and gain) rights as mothers, housewives, and underpaid workers; therefore, they conducted their politics and organizing differently – and, for the most part, separately from men.” A Corsini Fellowship will allow Julia to focus on her thesis full-time. It will also provide access to the Archives of Sexuality & Gender: LGBTQ History and Culture since 1940 here at McMaster University and the Hamilton-McMaster Gay Liberation Movement archives. She also hopes to make a trip to the University of Ottawa to visit the Canadian Women’s Movement Archives.
Matthieu Caron is a doctoral candidate in the department of history at the University of Toronto, working under the supervision of Sean Mills. His dissertation – “Nocturnal Imaginations, Politics, and Sexualities in Montréal, 1965-1985” – examines nightlife in Montréal during the Quiet Revolution. Matthieu explains: “I am particularly interested in the ways in which this particular spatiotemporal window allowed Montréalers to partake in meaningful activities related to art, sexuality, and protest politics. Freed from their diurnal obligations, citizens participated in urban social and cultural change through nocturnal endeavours. Whereas the night is often textually romanticized or criminalized, my dissertation seeks to develop an understanding of social change by framing nocturnal Montréal as the heart of the city’s transformation.” As a Corsini fellow, Matthieu will spend much of his time researching McMaster’s Quebec Social and Political Organizations Collection (1968-1971).” The McGill Socialist Action Committee, Le Mouvement de Libération du Taxi, and Opération Libération fonds should especially prove valuable.
As part of this fellowship, each will receive $5,000, a work space at the L.R. Wilson Institute, and access to McMaster’s libraries and archival collections. Each fellow will be in residence at the Wilson Institute for Canadian History during the two-month fellowship in order to participate in the institute’s program of activities and engage with our students and faculty. Corsini Fellows will also present a paper based on their research at a Wilson Institute public event.
We look forward to working with our two new additions to the Wilson family.