Faculty of Arts News Roundup: September 2020

Read the latest op-eds, articles, publications, and news from members of our Arts community.

Read the latest op-eds, articles, publications, and news from members of our Arts community.

Media Mentions & Interviews

Pandémie et soutien financier du gouvernement fédéral : le Canada trop généreux ?

Radio-Canada, 24 septembre 2020

Les chercheurs sont unanimes. En effet, les mesures mises en place par Ottawa ont atteint leur but, soit soutenir les Canadiens pendant la crise. Le gouvernement fédéral a rapidement mis en place des mesures pour soutenir les travailleurs. On a voulu éviter le pire, affirme Daniel Béland, professeur au Département de science politique et directeur de l'Institut d'études canadiennes de l'Université McGill.

New tax on the rich in New Jersey may give provincial governments something to think about: Don Pittis

CBC News, 21 September 2020

Since the beginning of the coronavirus outbreak and the growing recession it has caused, Murphy's popularity has soared from the mid-40s to more than 70 per cent by April, according to public opinion surveys. The new mood in favour of a millionaires tax comes as no surprise to Elsbeth Heaman, a tax historian at Montreal's McGill University and editor of the newly published book Who Pays for Canada?

Canadian politicians advocate fight for equality but condemn the toppling of controversial statues

The National Post, 31 August 2020

Other historians, including Benjamin Forest and Juliet Ellen Johnson of McGill University, have explored options used in post-Soviet states, such as relegating statues to cemeteries or statue parks. Some places, such as Moscow, “de-politicizes Soviet-era monuments by treating them as objects of art,” Forest and Johnson write. In Lithuania, one park “uses the statues to speak directly to Soviet-era repression.”

John A. Macdonald statue: Put it back, move it or drop it in the river?

The Montreal Gazette, 31 August 2020

McGill University historian Allan Greer said the monument sends a message that “is distasteful and offensive, particularly to Indigenous Canadians, but to the rest of us as well. I think in the current circumstances, it has to go,” he said.


Op-eds & Articles

Canada needs more infrastructure spending, but not as short-term stimulus

Christopher Ragan, Maclean's, 25 September 2020

With the policy priorities announced in last week’s Speech from the Throne, the federal government says it is focusing on what needs to be done to beat the COVID pandemic and get the economy back on track. Massive spending on public infrastructure will apparently be an important part of the policy package.

Professor of History and Department Chair Jason Opal has recently published many op-eds on the upcoming American election:

Prosecute Donald Trump for coronavirus crimes? No, but maybe Jared Kushner

The Conversation, 22 September 2020

Donald Trump considers himself the ‘law and order’ candidate. Here’s how Joe Biden should respond

The Globe & Mail, 14 September 2020

Strap in for a Trump August surprise: The showman is just warming up

New York Daily News, 24 August 2020

New Publications

Cold Wars: Asia, the Middle East, Europe

Lorenz M. Luthi, Cambridge University Press, 2020

Professor of History Lorenz M. Lüthi's most recent book, Cold Wars: Asia, the Middle East, Europe, has been published with Cambridge University Press.

A longitudinal jurisdictional study of Black children reported to child protection services in Quebec, Canada

Children and Youth Services Review, vol. 116, September 2020

In a study published this month in a leading international journal, Professor Alicia Boatswain-Kyte and colleagues tracked child protection services over a ten-year span for a group of close to 16,000 children involved in an urban agency in Quebec. They found that “while representing 9% of the general population in 2011, Black children represented 24% of children receiving child protection services for the corresponding year. When compared to White children, Black children’s protection reports were five times more likely to be screened in, substantiated, and brought to court. Black children were also five times more likely than White children to enter out-of-home placement”.

La revue TTR à nouveau au DLTC !

Nouvelles du DLTC, 4 septembre 2020

Le DLTC est heureux d'annoncer que la revue TTR (Traduction, Terminologie, Rédaction), longtemps dirigée par la professeure Annick Chapdelaine, revient au département, sous la direction de Gillian Lane-Mercier. Pour en lire plus...

The Routledge Handbook of Second Language Acquisition and Pedagogy of Persian

Pouneh Shabani-Jadidi, Routledge, 2020

The Institute of Islamic Studies congratulates Dr. Shabani-Jadidi on the publication of The Routledge Handbook of Second Language Acquisition and Pedagogy of Persian. It offers a detailed overview of the field of Persian second language acquisition and pedagogy. The Handbook discusses its development and captures critical accounts of cutting edge research within the major subfields of Persian second language acquisition and pedagogy, as well as current debates and problems, and goes on to suggest productive lines of future research.

« Lettres » d'Hector de Saint-Denys Garneau

Nouvelles du DLTC, 4 septembre 2020

Pour la première fois, en un seul volume édité par le professeur Michel Biron, le public pourra lire l’intégralité des lettres de Garneau dans un ouvrage suivant les règles de l’art de l’édition savante et critique.

The Gnomonic Application of Sharaf al-Dīn al-Ṭūsī’s Linear Astrolabe

Iranian Journal for the History of Science (Tarikh-e Elm)

Congratulations to IIS PhD student Sajjad Nikfahm Khubravan, whose article "The Gnomonic Application of Sharaf al-Dīn al-Ṭūsī’s Linear Astrolabe" has just been published in the Iranian Journal for the History of Science (Tarikh-e Elm).


Awards & Research Grants

Ten McGill researchers honoured by the Royal Society of Canada

McGill Reporter, 8 September 2020

On September 8, the Royal Society of Canada announced 87 new Fellows and 50 new members to The College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists. Amongst this year’s RSC cohort are ten McGill researchers, including Professor of History David Wright.

Michelle Hartman wins College Language Association’s Award for Creative Scholarship

College Language Association, 21 August 2020

The Institute of Islamic Studies congratulates Professor Michelle Hartman on receiving the College Language Association’s Award for Creative Scholarship for 2020 for her book, Breaking Broken English: Black-Arab Literary Solidarities and the Politics of Language.

Aslıhan Gürbüzel receives SSHRC Insight Development Grant

Professor Aslıhan Gürbüzel has received an Insight Development Grant from SSHRC for her new project, entitled “Medical Knowledge and Political Power: Sufism and the Making of Ottoman Medical Knowledge (1500-1800).” The project studies the involvement of Ottoman Sufi orders in the production and circulation of medical knowledge and in everyday provision of medical care. The broad aim of the project is to demonstrate the social significance and political nature of healthcare and medical knowledge in the pre-modern Ottoman context. 

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