Neoliberal Ideas and Settler Colonialism

Mack Penner, McMaster University  Questions about the relationship between the local and the global are among the most enduring issues in ongoing debates about neoliberalism. For the late historian and theorist Moishe Postone, who emphasizes the global, it is possible to view the history of the twentieth century in terms of the “rise and decline … Continue reading Neoliberal Ideas and Settler Colonialism

Neoliberalism and the Culture of Extractive Industry

Steacy Easton, York University Thinking about neoliberalism and place, or the recent economic system and place, in relationship to resource extraction, the more I am convinced that our current economy is a kind of shangri la. In a neoliberal context, extractive industry reduces a place to its resources: the life-span of a place is tied directly … Continue reading Neoliberalism and the Culture of Extractive Industry

Neoliberalism, Packinghouses, and COVID-19

Nicholas Fast, University of Toronto Across Canada and the United States during the spring of 2020, thousands of workers in meat-processing plants contracted COVID-19 through workplace spread. The most notable case in Canada was that of High River, Alberta, where almost half of the 2000 workers contracted the virus and spread it within the surrounding … Continue reading Neoliberalism, Packinghouses, and COVID-19

Abdication of Opposition: The CCF/NDP and the Rise of Neoliberalism in Canada

Beyond Borders will publish a series of articles on the topic of Neoliberalism and Canada, guest edited by Mack Penner and Nick Fast. Today’s article is the second of their series! Stay tuned for others! Roberta Lexier, Mount Royal University In 1956, the Cooperative Commonwealth Federation (CCF) replaced its founding document – The Regina Manifesto – with … Continue reading Abdication of Opposition: The CCF/NDP and the Rise of Neoliberalism in Canada

The Early History of Neoliberalism in Canada during World War II

Beyond Borders will publish a series of articles on the topic of Neoliberalism and Canada, guest edited by Mack Penner and Nick Fast. Today's article is the first of their series! Stay tuned for others! Will Langford, University of Alberta When a transnational group of economists, businessmen, and civil servants formed the Mont Pelerin Society … Continue reading The Early History of Neoliberalism in Canada during World War II

Catching up with our 2019 Corsini Fellows, Matt Caron and Julia Pyryeskina

In episode 7 of our Wilson Institute Speaker Series, Self-Isolation Edition, we have our long overdue chat with our 2019 Corisini Fellows: Matthieu Carron and Julia Pyryeskina.  For those of you that are new to the Wilson Institute: every year, thanks to the generosity of Bob and Bev Corsini, we are able to offer short term … Continue reading Catching up with our 2019 Corsini Fellows, Matt Caron and Julia Pyryeskina

American Democracy after Trump: Hopes, Fears, and Precedents, with Jason Opal

On 3 December 2020, Dr. Jason Opal presented a paper at the Wilson Institute for Canadian History titled American Democracy after Trump: Hopes, Fears, and Precedents.  Dr. Jason Opal is Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of History and Classical Studies at McGill and is an associate of the Wilson Institute. He studies colonial North America, … Continue reading American Democracy after Trump: Hopes, Fears, and Precedents, with Jason Opal

Preview: The History of Neoliberalism in Canada / Aperçu : L’histoire du néolibéralisme au Canada

Mack Penner (pennej1@mcmaster.ca) and Nick Fast (nick.fast@mail.utoronto.ca), editors For a number of years now, neoliberalism has been a much-discussed category and a much-studied topic. At stake in these conversations are issues as basic as whether neoliberalism even exists and whether it’s a meaningful analytical concept. Notwithstanding these existential questions, which themselves have often been productive … Continue reading Preview: The History of Neoliberalism in Canada / Aperçu : L’histoire du néolibéralisme au Canada

Seeing Themselves: Race, Education, and Black Life in Canada, with Funké Aladejebi

On 4 November 2020, Dr. Funké Aladejebi presented a paper for our Racialized Peoples and Democracy Speaker Series titled Seeing Themselves: Race, Education and Black Life in Canada.  Dr. Funké Aladejebi is a professor of history at the University of Toronto. She specializes in twentieth century Black Canadian history, with a focus on oral history, the history of education … Continue reading Seeing Themselves: Race, Education, and Black Life in Canada, with Funké Aladejebi

Colonialism’s Currency, with Brian Gettler

In episode 9 of our Wilson Institute Speaker Series, Self-Isolation Edition, we talk to Brian Gettler about his latest book – Colonialism's Currency: Money, State, and First Nations in Canada, 1820-1950 – published this past July with McGill-Queen’s University Press. His book analyses the historical experiences and interactions of three distinct First Nations with monetary forms and … Continue reading Colonialism’s Currency, with Brian Gettler