Why is Liberal Democracy in Crisis?

[A shorter version of this talk was carried in The Conversation] Ian McKay All around the world, the alarm bells are deafening for democrats. Bolsonaro’s Brazil. Orbán’s Hungary. Netanyahu’s Israel. Salvini’s Italy. Duterte’s Philippines. Maybe something’s even happening in the United States… Everywhere we find strongmen in charge and peoples enraged. And everywhere we find … Continue reading Why is Liberal Democracy in Crisis?

Seeing Niagara Falls

Daniel Macfarlane, Western Michigan Univeristy  I recently gave a talk on Niagara Falls at McMaster’s Wilson Institute for Canadian History where I focused on the period following the Canadian-American 1950 Niagara River Diversion Treaty. Titled “Faking Niagara Falls: The Transborder Remaking of an Iconic Waterscape” my presentation drew on the book I’m close to completing … Continue reading Seeing Niagara Falls

Disciplines and Disciplining: Canadian History and/as Transnational History

Kristine Alexander, University of Lethbridge   This past spring, my book Guiding Modern Girls: Girlhood, Empire, and Internationalism in the 1920s and 1930s (UBC Press, 2017) received the Wilson Book Prize. This positive experience – being recognized by my peers for my contribution to scholarship on Canadian and transnational history – also prompted me to … Continue reading Disciplines and Disciplining: Canadian History and/as Transnational History

Perennial Problems: Histories of Health and Environment across Borders

Samantha Clarke, McMaster University  As new cases of Ebola cropped up in West Africa this spring, the international media ran a new series of headlines: “Why Does Ebola Keep Showing up in the Democratic Republic of the Congo?” “Why Veterinarians are the Key to Defeating Ebola” and “Where does Ebola Hide Between Epidemics?” These recent articles … Continue reading Perennial Problems: Histories of Health and Environment across Borders

Making Ukrainian Canadians: A Reflection on Identity and Power

Kassandra Luciuk, University of Toronto It will surprise no one that my dissertation explores the history of Ukrainians in Canada. Enthusiastically raised in the organized Ukrainian Canadian community, my fate was sealed long before I was ever even interested in history. In fact, without knowing it at the time, the seeds of my doctoral research were … Continue reading Making Ukrainian Canadians: A Reflection on Identity and Power

An International Workshop on Post-Orientalism / Un atelier international sur le post-orientalisme

Maurice Jr. Labelle, University of Saskatchewan 2018 marks the fortieth anniversary of Edward Said’s opus, Orientalism—an event that merits collective reflection. As a means of joining growing transnational conversations amongst scholars, practitioners, policymakers, and activists that think critically about decolonization in the twenty-first century, McMaster University’s Wilson Institute for Canadian History will be hosting this … Continue reading An International Workshop on Post-Orientalism / Un atelier international sur le post-orientalisme