Prof. Lorenz Lüthi appointed a Royal Society of Canada Member of the New College of Scholars, Artists, and Scientists.

Tue, 09/18/2018 - 17:20

A multilingual scholar, Lorenz Lüthi works on Cold War issues from an international perspective investigating how the structure of the international system interacts with ideologies. His work on the Sino-Soviet split changed the whole field of investigation. His current research focuses on the global Cold War in three distinct but related regions: Europe, the Middle East, and East Asia linking Cold War aspects of national and international history across continents.

Published: 18Sep2018

Prof. Hans Beck appointed a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada.

Tue, 09/18/2018 - 17:16

Hans Beck’s path-breaking work has led to major innovations in the study of ancient Greek and Roman political culture. Beyond the Mediterranean World, he is an active agent in the development of international research networks in comparative history, including comparisons with ancient China. His prolific output informs contemporary debates about local and global paradigms, the relationship between ethnicity and federalism, and the modes of economic cooperation in federal systems.

Published: 18Sep2018

Prof. Travis Bruce receives an FRQSC Grant for a project on Dragomans as cultural mediators in the Medieval Mediterranean

Wed, 08/29/2018 - 17:11

Prof. Travis Bruce has won an FRQSC Grant to conduct research on commercial translators and translations between the Christian, Muslim, and Jewish communities in the Medieval Mediterranean. He is particularly interested in studying commercial translators, known as dragomans, who played a mundane but still central role as essential agents in maintaining the foundations of Mediterranean society, facilitating the networks that bound together the ports, markets, and courts of the Mediterranean.

Published: 29Aug2018

Prof. Elsbeth Heaman receives the Sir John A. Macdonald Prize for her book Tax, Order, and Good Government

Wed, 08/29/2018 - 17:07

Prof. Heaman has won the Governor General's History Award for Scholarly Research: The Sir John A. Macdonald Prize for her book Tax, Order, and Good Government: A New Political History of Canada, 1867-1917 (Montreal and Kingston: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2017). Using extensive archival research from private papers, commissions, the press, and the government, Prof. Heaman shows that the Constitutional Act of 1867 was about the need for Canadians to write a new tax deal that reflected the changing balance of regional, racial, and religious political accommodations.

Published: 29Aug2018

Prof. John Zucchi receives SSHRC Insight Development Grant for a project on Failed Migrations in the late 19th Century

Wed, 08/29/2018 - 17:03

Prof. John Zucchi has won a SSHRC Insight Grant for his new research project “Late Nineteenth Century Failed Group Migrations: Why did prospective migrants subscribe to migration scams?” which focuses on migrants particularly from Quebec and Britain to Brazil. Generally, migrants relied on pre-existing migratory networks. Prof. Zucchi, however, is interested in exploring an understudied group of people, who responded quickly to advertisements that promised unrealistic opportunities.

Published: 29Aug2018

The 2017-18 H. Noel Fieldhouse Award for Distinguished Teaching is awarded to Professor Krapfl

Thu, 04/26/2018 - 12:21

Professor James Krapfl received the H. Noel Fieldhouse Award for Distinguished Teaching in 2017-18. The award is given each year by the Faculty of Arts to a professor in recognition of outstanding teaching achievements. Professor Krapfl will accept the award at Convocation on June 4, 2018.


Published: 26Apr2018

Professor Krapfl wins fellowship at the Imre Kertész Kolleg, Jena, Germany

Thu, 04/26/2018 - 12:19

Professor James Krapfl will spend six months in the academic year 2018-19 as a fellow at the Imre Kertész Kolleg in Jena. He will be working on his project “The Other 1968: A Cultural History of East Central Europe in the Prague Spring Era,” which compares mentalities and patterns of political engagement in Czechoslovakia, East Germany, Hungary, and Poland at the grassroots level in the late 1960s.  Affiliated with the Friedrich Schiller University, the Kolleg is an institute for advanced study focusing on twentieth-century east central and southeastern Europe. 


Published: 26Apr2018

Professor Heaman wins 2018 Canada Book Prize

Fri, 04/20/2018 - 10:57

Professor Elsbeth Heaman won the 2018 Canada Prize of the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences (English language category) for her latest book Tax, Order, and Good Government: A New Political History of Canada, 1867-1917 (McGill-Queen's University Press, 2017). The prize is "awarded to books that make an exceptional contribution to scholarship, are engagingly written, and enrich the social, cultural and intellectual life of Canada."


Published: 20Apr2018

New book by Prof. Zucchi: MAD FLIGHT? The Quebec Emigration to the Coffee Plantations of Brazil

Fri, 04/20/2018 - 10:54

In his new book MAD FLIGHT? The Quebec Emigration to the Coffee Plantations of Brazil (McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2018), Professor John Zucchi reconstructs the 1896 rush of one thousand Quebeckers to find riches on the coffee plantations in Santos (Brazil), and how this adventure ended for many in poverty, tragedy, and even death. Most survivors returned penniless to Canada. The Mad Flight was widely reported in newspapers at the time, but is completely forgotten today.

Published: 20Apr2018

Prof. Kozak serially performs the complete Iliad every Monday for 30 weeks in Montreal

Fri, 02/23/2018 - 19:33

Professor Lynn Kozak uses her sabbatical leave for a daring theatre experiment—performing the Greek epic poem The Iliad (attributed to Homer) in serial fashion every Monday evening over the period of 30 weeks. She has made the translation and performance of Ancient Greek plays a standard element in her teaching of undergraduate and graduate students at McGill since 2011, putting on stage—together with student translators and actors—comedies, tragedies, and dialogues by Aeschylus, Euripides, Sophocles, Aristophanes, Seneca, Plato, and Plautus.

Published: 23Feb2018

Congratulations! Prof. Heaman was promoted to full professor

Fri, 02/23/2018 - 19:23

Professor Elsbeth Heaman was promoted to full professor in early 2018. Originally from British Columbia, she earned her B.A. and M.A. in our department and then went to the University of Toronto for her Ph.D. Early in her career, she published two books on exhibitions in Canadian society in the 19th century and on St. Mary's hospital, London's great teaching hospital and pre-eminent site for medical education in England. In 2015 and 2017, two books on state formation, political economy, and social history in Canada followed.

Published: 23Feb2018

Professor Downey publishes book on Lacrosse, Identity, and Indigenous Nationhood

Sat, 02/17/2018 - 22:23

Professor Allan Downey’s first book, The Creator’s Game: Lacrosse, Identity, and Indigenous Nationhood, has been published by University of British Columbia Press in February 2018. The game of lacrosse has been a central element of many Indigenous cultures for centuries, but once non-Indigenous players entered the sport, it became a site of appropriation – then reclamation – of Indigenous identities. Focusing on the history of lacrosse in Indigenous communities from the 1860s to the 1990s, The Creator’s Game explores Indigenous-non-Indigenous relations and Indigenous identity formation.

Published: 17Feb2018

Professor Greer publishes book on Natives, Empires, and Land in Early Modern North America

Sat, 02/17/2018 - 22:08

Professor Allan Greer’s new book Property and Dispossession: Natives, Empires and Land in Early Modern North America was published by Cambridge University Press in January 2018. In the book, he examines the processes by which forms of land tenure emerged and natives were dispossessed from the sixteenth to the eighteenth centuries in New France (Canada), New Spain (Mexico), and New England.

Published: 17Feb2018

Prof. Madokoro wins Book Prize for Elusive Refuge: Chinese Migrants in the Cold War

Fri, 02/16/2018 - 12:43

Congratulations to Prof. Laura Madokoro, who has won the 2018 award for Best Book in the Social Sciences from the Association for Asian American Studies for her ground-breaking monograph Elusive Refuge: Chinese Migrants in the Cold War (Harvard University Press, 2016). Her book explores the fates of Chinese citizens forcibly displaced from the mainland to Hong Kong.

Published: 16Feb2018

PhD Student Publishes Articles on Surgical History

Wed, 01/31/2018 - 08:06

Congratulations go out to PhD student Cynthia Tang, who was the Department's first Research Fellow at the Canadian Science and Technology Museums in the summer of 2016: read her post on the CSTMC blog about the history of surgical gloves here

Published: 31Jan2018

Two Mellon Postdoctoral Fellows to join the Department in September - March 13th, 2017

Tue, 05/02/2017 - 01:51
March 13th, 2017 Two Mellon Postdoctoral Fellows to join the Department in September

The Department of History and Classical Studies will be hosting not one, but two holders of the prestigious Mellon Foundation postdoctoral fellowships as of September 2017.

Rosanna Dent

Rosanna Dent, who is completing her dissertation in the Department of History and Sociology of Science, will be working under Prof. David Wright.

Category:  history Source Site:  Source Site Published Date:  Tue, 2017-05-02 01:48

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Department Closed: Friday, April 6 and Monday, April 9, 2012

Thu, 04/05/2012 - 16:56

The Department of History and Classical Studies will be closed on Friday, April 6th and Monday, April 9th, 2012.

Category:  classical_studies, history Source Site: Published Date:  Thu, 2012-04-05 15:00

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Prof. S. Morton, office hours cancelled - Tuesday, March 20

Tue, 03/20/2012 - 14:22

Prof. Suzanne Morton has cancelled office hours today - Tuesday, March 20, 2012 from 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Category:  history Source Site: Published Date:  Tue, 2012-03-20 12:00

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HIST 367 cancelled Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Tue, 03/20/2012 - 09:33

HIST 367 - Canada since 1945, 11:35 a.m. - 1:25 p.m., Prof. S. Morton, is cancelled today, Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Category:  history Source Site: Published Date:  Tue, 2012-03-20 09:00

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