Faculty of Arts

Music, including songs with words, appears to be a universal phenomenon according to a paper published this week in Science. An international team of researchers involving musicians, data scientists, psychologists, political scientists and linguists, including one from McGill University, reached this conclusion after five years of collaboration, bringing together a broad range of skills and tools to the question of whether music is universal.

Using broad datasets to arrive at deep conclusions about music

Classified as: Research, Artificial intelligence, music, song, Department of Linguistics, science, NSERC, frqs
Published on: 21 Nov 2019

Professor Jamil Ragep (Institute of Islamic Studies) is the recipient of the 2019 Turkish Academy of Sciences Prize in Social Sciences and Humanities. The award will be presented by the Turkish President Erdogan at a ceremony in Ankara on December 30.

Ragep is the Canada Research Chair in the History of Science in Islamic Societies. 

For more information on the prize: http://tuba.gov.tr/en/tuba-awards/tuba-academy-prizes

Published on: 20 Nov 2019

MISC Brown Bag Lecture Series - Session 3 featuring Professor Erin Hurley

The MISC Brown Bag Lecture series is a new project that features McGill and other Montreal-area scholars in the humanities and the social sciences working on research projects about Canada. Our third session will feature Professor Erin Hurley of McGill's Department of English:

Published on: 28 Oct 2019

Three finalists for the 2019 Cundill History Prize were announced last night at an event at Massey College, Toronto. The finalists, all female, are UCL Professor of German History, Mary Fulbrook, Harvard Professor and New Yorker staff writer, Jill Lepore, and Julia Lovell, Professor of Modern China at Birkbeck College at the University of London. These three extraordinary authors approach difficult subjects, opening sometimes uncomfortable conversations around the past to help us better understand their repercussions today.

Classified as: Featured
Published on: 17 Oct 2019

The Faculty of Arts interviewed Professor Van Dussen to discuss his research and the growing interest in all things medieval.

View article here

Published on: 7 Oct 2019

Congratulations to Prof. Kristy Ironside, who was recently been awarded a SSHRC Insight Development Grant and a grant of the Fonds de recherche du Québec - Societé et culture. The grants will help Prof. Ironside to start her new research project International Copyright Law in the Political Economy of Russia and the Soviet Union.

Published on: 26 Sep 2019

The Royal Society of Canada announced twelve McGill inductees in 2019 including three new members to the College of New Scholars, Artists, and Scientists, and nine new Fellows including:

  • Juliet Johnson, Professor, Department of Political Science
  • Jessica Coon – Associate Professor, Department of Linguistics



Classified as: Featured
Published on: 11 Sep 2019

Canadian social sciences and humanities research is producing innovative knowledge that is helping communities, businesses and governments to have an impact on people’s lives. The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council(SSHRC)’s annual Impact Awards honour outstanding scholars who embody the very best ideas and research about people, human thought and behaviour, and culture—helping us understand and improve the world around us, today and into the future.

McGill's Myriam S. Denov (School of Social Work) is a finalist. 

Classified as: Featured
Published on: 5 Sep 2019

The Department of English welcomes two new professors this fall: Alexander Manshel, a tenure-track professor in the department, and Sterling Bland, a visiting Fulbright Canada Research Chair in American Literature.

Published on: 28 Aug 2019

The Max Bell School of Public Policy is excited to announce that Andrew Potter has joined the School to support its teaching, outreach, research, and policy engagement activities.

Classified as: External, Featured
Published on: 14 Aug 2019

The conditions at border detention facilities provide irrefutable evidence of the child maltreatment that President Trump commits in our names—and state officials need to take action to end the cruelty.

Co-authored by Professor Michael J. MacKenzie (Social Work, McGill) and Assistant Professor Tova Walsh (Social Work, Wisconsin-Madison)

Classified as: Featured
Published on: 17 Jul 2019

“The federal government must end its discriminatory and inequitable funding of all public services on reserves, including education, health care, child welfare and basics such as water and sanitation.Though these inequalities have been known to the federal government for at least 112 years, it continues to take small and insufficient steps, dealing with the problem one service at a time instead of co-developing a comprehensive plan with First Nations to address all the inequalities.”

Classified as: Featured
Published on: 17 Jul 2019

When Rabbi Lisa Grushcow, the first openly gay rabbi of a large synagogue in Canada, was preparing to begin rabbinical school, she faced a daunting choice: love or serving God.

Her world was suddenly turned upside down in the late 1990s while she was studying religion at Oxford on a Rhodes scholarship, and fell in love with a woman she met at a conference. This posed a problem: The Conservative rabbinical school she planned to attend did not ordain openly gay rabbis.

Classified as: Featured
Published on: 15 Jul 2019

We live in a world that is increasingly data-driven. Now more than ever, Canadians require the high-quality, timely and relevant statistics produced by Statistics Canada to support evidence-based decision-making.

Classified as: Featured
Published on: 10 Jul 2019

Despite evidence from other regions, researchers and policy-makers remain skeptical that women’s disproportionate childcare responsibilities act as a significant barrier to women’s economic empowerment in Africa. This randomized control trial study in an informal settlement in Nairobi, Kenya, demonstrates that limited access to affordable early childcare inhibits poor urban women’s participation in paid work.

Co-authored by Shelley Clark (McGill), Caroline W. Kabiru (APHRC), Sonia Laszlo (McGill) and Stella Muthuri (APHRC)

Classified as: Featured, Research
Published on: 9 Jul 2019


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