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AHCS Speaker Series, 2011-12

The lecture series would like to thank the Dean of Arts Development Fund at McGill and a generous anonymous donor for contributing to the series.

Unless otherwise noted, the events will take place at the Department of Art History and Communication Studies, Arts building, room w-215 at 5:30pm.

Fall 2011

Thursday, September 22.

Tania Woloshyn

Tania Woloshyn is a post-doctoral fellow in the department of Art History & Communication Studies at McGill, under the supervision of Professor Mary Hunter. The two-year fellowship is funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC). Tania comes to McGill after working at the University of Nottingham and Richmond, the American International University in London (UK) for two years as an adjunct assistant professor. From 2004-2008 she undertook her PhD in Art History at the University of Nottingham, under the supervision of Professor Anthea Callen. Her dissertation, "Vers la lumière: Painters and Patients on the Côte d’Azur, c.1887-1910," explored intersection in the histories of art, medicine and tourism on France's Mediterranean coast, particularly through the work of the Neo-Impressionists. Her current post-doctoral research focuses on shared interests amongst artists, physicists and doctors in sunlight, c.1880-1940. She is curating a small book exhibition, "Our Friend, the Sun: Images of Light Therapeutics in the Osler Collection," at the Osler Library for the History of Medicine from January-June 2011 in conjunction with her post-doctoral research.

Thurs October 13

Mara Mills

Media@McGill Visiting Scholar Mara Mills is a historian of science who works at the intersection of disability studies and media studies. Her research and teaching interests include telephone and mobile media studies, science and technology studies, and disability theory. Her current book project traces the historical relationship between the telephone system, deafness, and signal processing. Other projects include: a history of talking books, reading machines, and print disability; a collaborative study of the history and politics of "miniaturization" in the electronics industry. Mills has lectured widely, including recent talks at National Tsing Hua University (Taiwan); the Insitute of Media Archaeology at Kulturfabrik Hainburg (Austria); Université Paris Diderot; the Stanford Seminar on Science, Technology, and Society; the Department of Communication Studies at the University of Iowa; and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Office of History. She comes to NYU after two years as a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania.

Wednesday October 26, 6pm, Leacock 232

Michael Gaudio

Michael Gaudio specializes in the visual culture of early modern Europe and the Atlantic world (ca. 1500-1800).  His work is concerned with the status and function of visual images within the contexts of early modern science, religion, and cultural encounter, particularly in England and North America.  He has written on such topics as visual ethnography, natural history illustration, cartographic practices, and landscape representation. His first book, Engraving the Savage: The New World and Techniques of Civilization, examines how the early modern technology of engraving helped shape notions of the “civil” and the “savage.” He is currently writing a book about the manipulation of religious prints in hand-made bible concordances created by the seventeenth-century English Protestant community at Little Gidding.

Winter 2012


Thurs Jan 12   

Lisa Gitelman, Professor of Media and English, NYU, and Beaverbrook/Media@McGill Visiting Scholar

“New Media and Scholarly Communication: A History”

Co-sponsored by Media@McGill + Situating Science McGill Node + HPS Seminar Series



Thurs February 2   5.30 pm, Arts W-215

Laura Murray, Professor of English and Cultural Studies, Queen's University, and Beaverbrook/Media@McGill Visiting Scholar

“Conversation: Is This Where the Commons is?”



Thurs February 16 

Deanna Bowen, Toronto-based visual artist

“The Ties that Bind: Recent Works by Deanna Bowen”

Co-sponsored by the McGill Institute for the Study of Canada + Media and Urban Life research group + Social Equity and Diversity in Education office


Thurs March 8 

Whitney Davis, Professor of History and Theory of Ancient and Modern Art, University of California at Berkeley

"Art History and the 'Triangle of Re-Enactment'"

Co-sponsored by the James McGill Chair in the History of Contemporary Art


Thurs March 22  6pm NEW VENUE: Centre Mont-Royal, 2200 rue Mansfiled (corner Sherbrooke West)

Timothy Wu, Professor, Columbia University Law School

“The Master Switch: The Rise and Fall of Information Empires”

Co-sponsored by Media@McGill + Situating Science McGill Node + HPS Seminar Series


Thurs March 29   

Margaret Schwartz, Professor of Communication and Media Studies, Fordham University

“An Iconograpy of the Flesh: How Corpses Mean and Matter”


Thurs April 5 

Patrick Bellegarde-Smith, Professor Emeritus, Department of Africology, University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee 

“Philosophical and Identity Construction of an Elite: Haiti in the 19th and Early 20th Century”

Co-sponsored by the Department of History and Classical Studies and the Department of Anthropology