HUMANITY BEYOND BOUNDARIES

Is capitalism the cure or the disease? What comes after truth and reconciliation?

From public policy to human rights, cultural identity to digital humanities, McGill researchers are deepening our understanding of what it means to be a person in the 21st century. They explore bold and challenging questions – such as “Who are we?”, “Where have we come from?” and “How do we express ourselves?” – that form the basis of critical thinking and self-awareness in an interconnected world. How do we address income inequality and promote social justice in our societies? How do arts and ideas empower individuals and communities? What is our place in the cosmos? McGill researchers are getting to the heart of what makes us human: our diversity, our relationships with technology, and the structures and relationships that bind us to one another.

WHAT DOES ART HISTORY REVEAL ABOUT RACISM TODAY?

Charmaine Nelson is Professor of Art History in the Department of Art History & Communication Studies. Her research and teaching interests include postcolonial and black feminist scholarship, Transatlantic Slavery Studies and Black Diaspora Studies in Canadian, American, European and Caribbean art and visual culture.

WHAT MUST BE DONE TO BETTER THE LIVES OF FIRST NATIONS CHILDREN?

Cindy Blackstock is the Executive Director of the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society, and Professor in the School of Social Work. Dr. Blackstock focusses on revealing structural inequalities affecting First Nations children, youth and families and taking action to correct them.

IS HACKING THE FUTURE OF POLITICS?

Gabriella Coleman holds the Wolfe Chair in Scientific and Technological Literacy in the Department of Arts and Communication Studies at McGill, with a joint appointment in the Department of Anthropology.

WHAT CAN BIG DATA TELL US ABOUT OURSELVES?

Andrew Piper is Professor and William Dawson Scholar in the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures at McGill. His research is focused on applying tools and techniques of data science to the study of literature and culture.

TAKING THE GLOBAL VIEW

The Yan P. Lin Centre for the Study of Freedom and Global Orders in the Ancient and Modern Worlds bridges cultures and disciplines to explore how we are governed. It’s an ambitious interdisciplinary initiative in the study of global orders, globalization and global justice.

READY TO TACKLE THE COSMOS

The McGill Space Institute is a new interdisciplinary venture that brings together scientists from different disciplines and universities to study the cosmos, from exoplanets to killer asteroids to M stars.