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Wilson Visiting Speakers 2018-2019

Our 2018-19 visiting speaker series will once again be divided into two this year. First, during the Fall 2018 semester, we will return to our traditional practice of hosting a variety of speakers on a variety of themes. Our second series, which will start in Winter 2019, will continue the practice we started two years ago for Canada150 and invite speakers to present papers on a specific theme. It will also serve as a lead up to our spring 2019 Wilson Workshop, The Realities of Democracy. This year’s theme is: Democracy, Citizenship, and Freedom. Again, we hope to invite a wide variety of historians, working on various periods, peoples, and regions.

Though we are still finalizing our speakers list, we can already confirm our Fall 2018 schedule (noted below). We are especially excited that Kristine Alexander will join us to talk about her 2017 Wilson Book Prize winning book, Guiding Modern Girls: Girlhood, Empire, and Internationalism in the 1920s and 1930s. As for the Winter 2019 semester, we can confirm that Geoff Eley, a professor of German history and the political left at the University of Michigan and James T. Kloppenberg, a professor of American History at Harvard University, and Nancy MacLean, a professor of American history at Duke University, will be coming to the Wilson Institute. All three will bring their own transnational expertise to our discussion on democracy. Jamie Jelinski, a PhD candidate from Queen’s University, will also present a paper on tattooing in Canada, from the colonial period to the 20thcentury.

Preliminary Schedule

Fall 2018

  • September 20, 2018, 4pm: A Conversation with Dr. Lorenzo Veracini and Dr. Allyson Stevenson. Held in Conjunction with the Socrates Project. 
    • Location:  Indigenous Circle (between the Faculty Club and Whidden Hall). **In the event of rain, this talk will take place at the Indigenous Ceremonial Room, L.R. Wilson Hall, room 1010.**
    • Moderated by Dr. Maurice Jr. Labelle, this conversation is the keynote event for our upcoming workshop An International Workshop on Post-Orientalism/Atelier international sur le post-orientalisme. This workshop seeks to think critically about decolonization in the twenty-first century, using Edward Saïd’s Orientalism as a starting point. In this 60-minute conversation, Dr. Allyson Stevenson, a Métis Professor of International Studies at the University of Regina, and Lorenzo Veracini, a specialist on colonial systems and settler colonialism from the Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne, Australia, will discuss settler colonialism in a global context and how here in Canada we can think more critically about decolonialization, settler colonialism, and the 2015 Truth and Reconciliation Commission report.
  • October 18, 2018, 4pm: Kristine Alexander, Winner of the 2017 Wilson Book Prize/University of Lethbridge
    • Title: “But I Thought You Were a Canadian Historian?”: The Perils and Pleasures of Taking an ‘Aeroplane View’ to the Study of Modern Girlhood
    • Location: McMaster Univeristy, LRW Wilson Hall 2001
  • November 22, 2018, 4pm: Daniel Macfarlane, Western Michigan University
    • Title: Faking Niagara Falls: The Transborder Remaking of an Iconic Waterscape
    • Location: McMaster Univeristy, LRW Wilson Hall 2001.
  • November 29, 2018, 4pm: Kassandra Luciuk, Corsini Fellow in Canadian History/University of Toronto
    • Title: Red Racket and DP Deviance: Violence and the Shaping of Hegemony in Cold War Canada
    •  Location: McMaster Univeristy, LRW Wilson Hall 2001.

Winter 2019

  • January 31, 2019: Jamie Jelinski, Queen’s University
    • Title: Hands Across the Sea: Charles Snow, Fred Baldwin, and Tattooing from England to Canada
    • Location: McMaster Univeristy, LRW Wilson Hall 2001
  • February 14, 2019: Lisa Chilton, Wilson Institute Associate/University of Prince Edward Island.
    • This talk is part of our Democracy, Citizenship, and Freedom series. 
    • Title: Nativism, Migration, and the People’s Will: Democracy and the Practice of State Power in Canadian History. 
    • Location: McMaster Univeristy, LRW Wilson Hall 2001.
  • March 14, 2019: Clint Bruce, Wilson Institute Associate/Université Sainte-Anne, Corina Crainic, Université de Moncton & Gregory Kennedy, Wilson Institute Associate/Université de Moncton
    • Project launch and round table discussion for Repenser l’Acadie dans le monde : études comparées, études pluridisciplinaires
      • Clint Bruce: The Acadian Diaspora in Interaction with the Racial Dynamics of Creole Louisiana, 1877-1965
      • Corina Crainic: Songs of the Margins: Acadia, the Caribbean and Beyond
      • Gregory Kennedy: Rethinking Acadie and Acadians in a Militarizing Atlantic World, 1700-1763
    • Location: McMaster Univeristy, LRW Wilson Hall 2001.
  • March 21, 2019Geoff Eley, University of Michigan
    • This talk is part of our Democracy, Citizenship, and Freedom series. 
    • Title: Fascism & Antifascism, 1920-2020: Slogan, Impulse, Theory, Strategy
    • Location: McMaster Univeristy, LRW Wilson Hall 2001, 3pm. 
  • April 1, 2019: James T. Kloppenberg, Harvard University/Author of Toward Democracy: The Struggle for Self-Rule in European and American Thought
    • This talk is part of our Democracy, Citizenship, and Freedom series. 
    • Title: Why democracy is in crisis: a historical perspective. 
    • Location: McMaster Univeristy, LRW Wilson Hall, Black Box Theatre, 7-8:30pm. 
  • May 1, 2019: Nancy MacLean, Duke University/Author of Democracy in Chains: The Deep History of the Radical Right’s Stealth Plan for America.
    • This talk is part of our Democracy, Citizenship, and Freedom series and is the keynote address for our Realities of Canadian Democracy Workshop. 
    • Title: Enchaining Democracy: The Now-Transnational Project of the Radical Libertarian Right
    • Location: McMaster University, LRW Wilson Hall, Concert Hall, 7-8:30pm. 

      Those of you interested in attending Dr. MacLean’s talk should register here