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  • Fighting Scarcity and Creating Abundance: The Politics of Food in Canadian History and Beyond

    We are currently organizing a workshop titled Fighting Scarcity and Creating Abundance: The Politics of Food in Canadian History and Beyond, scheduled for Spring 2021. Check out our call for papers, in French or English, for more details!

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  • Wilson Institute UPDATE!

    Following the advice of our university president and elected officials, we have decided that all Wilson Institute staff and faculty at LRW 2802 will work remotely until further notice. Staff will remain accessible via email and telephone as usual from 8:30am-4:30pm.

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  • ALL SPRING EVENTS POSTPONED

    AS A RESULT OF THE RECENT CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC, AND FOR THE SAFETY OF OUR SPEAKERS AND GUESTS, WE HAVE DECIDED TO POSTPONE EVERY SPRING EVENT. WE HOPE TO HAVE MORE DETAILS IN THE COMING MONTHS. PLEASE ACCEPT OUR SINCERE APOLOGIES.

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  • 2020-23 Wilson Associates

    Today is another big day for the Wilson Institute as we finally unveil the scholars that were named Wilson Associates for 2020-2023. 

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  • Thinking about the Future of the Past

    Maxime Dagenais talks to Brighter World about his and the Wilson Institute’s involvement in a nation-wide 2.5 million dollar SSHRC Partnership Grant initiative.

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  • H.V. Nelles Graduate Award

    A few weeks ago, we awarded our second Viv Nelles Graduate Award! Check out who won!

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The Wilson Institute for Canadian History

Repenser le Canada dans le monde

Il est temps de repenser le Canada.

Et il est temps de repenser l’histoire du Canada; plusieurs de nos vieux récits, vieux héros, vieilles interprétations, ainsi que nos anciennes catégories et questions ne suffisent plus dans un monde en mutation rapide.

Les Canadiens pourront seulement s’engager intelligemment dans le monde du XXIe siècle – avec son système économique mondialisé, ses catastrophes climatiques globales, son anxiété sociale, et ses nombreuses guerres imminentes – par une compréhension complète et critique du passé de leur pays.

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Rethinking Canada in the World

It is time to re-think Canada.

And it is time to rethink Canadian history, for many of our old narratives, old heroes, old understandings, old categories and old questions no longer suffice in a fast-changing world.

Canadians can only engage intelligently with their twenty-first century world – with its globalized economic system, all-encompassing climate catastrophe, staggering social inequities, and many looming wars – with a full, critical grasp of their country’s past.

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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.

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