The Yan P. Lin Centre for the Study of Freedom and Global Orders in the Ancient and Modern Worlds brings together more than forty scholars from across the university working in comparative, historical, normative, and critical social inquiry. It provides a unified home for the humanistic social sciences, allowing for collaborations across the Faculties of Arts, Engineering, and Law, drawing on disciplines ranging from history, classics, architecture, political science, and philosophy. It is dedicated to studying social structures, social transformations, and ideas about social values from across eras and in regions around the world.
The Centre is clustered into five Research Groups:
- Global antiquities (coordinators Hans Beck and Griet Vankeerberghen)
- Transitions and global modernities (coordinators Anastassios Anastassiadis and Lorenz Luthi)
- Constitutional studies (coordinator Jacob T. Levy)
- Global justice (coordinator Catherine Lu)
- Democracy, space, and technology (coordinator Ipek Tureli).
The Centre's work is made possible by a generous gift to McGill from Yan P. Lin Ph.D. '92. The Centre is featured in McGill's Road to 200 initiative highlighting leading areas of research in the run-up to the University's 200th anniversary.
Many of its events can be seen online at the Centre's YouTube channel.
For upcoming event listings, please see here or click on the Events tab above.
For a list of previous events, please see here.
This year, the Yan P. Lin Centre Lecture was given in the spring by Saskia Sassen, Robert S. Lynd Professor of Sociology at Columbia University and the world’s leading social scientist of globalization and cities. Her ten books include The Global City: New York, London, Tokyo (1991 and 2001, Princeton); Cities in a World Economy (1994 and 2011, Pine Forge), and Guests and Aliens (1999, New Press) and have been translated into twenty-one languages. Her worldwide honours and awards include the Spanish Prince of Asturias Prize in the Social Sciences, membership in the Royal Academy of the Sciences of the Netherlands, and the French Chevalier du Ordre des Arts et Lettres by the France. The lecture was given on March 13, 2017.