The Wilson Institute has as its mission the rethinking of Canadian History within a globalization framework. This perspective involves studying the ways in which Canadians have contributed to and been influenced by transnational or supranational phenomena such as international migration, Diaspora politics, religious movements, changing conceptions of human rights, gender and civil society, popular culture, epidemics, wars, and gloabl finance and trade, to take just a few examples.
Continuous engagement with the world across many fronts has been an important factor in the shaping the unique and changing culture of Canada. External influences have been selectively absorbed, resisted and domesticated. Canada and Canadians have in turn projected images of themselves and made distinctive contrubutions to this global social, political, economic and cultural exchange. Canada, if not born global, was reared between empires and certainly has become a global entity. The Wilson Institute intends to focus its research and teaching efforts at understanding the many cultural, technological, economic and social linkages that have an impact upon our internal relations and provide the channels through which Canadians interact with the world.
The Wilson Institute for Canadian History and the L.R. Wilson Chair in Canadian History are supported by a generous donation from the Chancellor, L.R. Red Wilson, and McMaster University.
Call for Proposals:
Undiplomatic History: Rethinking Canada in the World
Hosted by the L.R. Wilson Institute for Canadian History at McMaster University from 28-29 April 2017, the Undiplomatic History: Rethinking Canada in the World workshop, organized by Asa McKercher and Phil Van Huizen, will showcase the very best of the new work being done in Canadian international history by bringing together previously disparate and new approaches to the field and putting them in conversation with other ways of investigating Canada’s history. Read More about "Call for Proposals: Undiplomatic History: Rethinking Canada in the World"
"Rethinking Canada in the World"
McGill-Queen's University Press Fall 2016 catalogue announces new series supported by the Wilson Institute for Canadian History and edited by Dr. Ian McKay and Dr. Sean Mills. Read More about "Rethinking Canada in the World"
Dr. Asa McKercher, L.R. Wilson Assistant Professor and Instructor of History 3HP3 Historical Practicum Practicum students Robert Pinchen and Elizabeth Ivanecky hose Hamilton’s Auchmar House for their Level 3 History Practicum placement where they researched it’s origin and historical importance to this area. Students can find out more about History Practicum 3HP3. Read about their...