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 or click on the Past Events tab above.
2018-19 Annual Lecture
This year, the Yan P. Lin Centre Annual Lecture was given in the spring by Elizabeth Anderson on “The Great Reversal: How Neoliberalism Turned the Economic Aspirations of Liberalism Upside Down “. Elizabeth Anderson is a John Dewey Distinguished University Professor, John Rawls Collegiate Professor and Arthur F. Thurnau Professor at the University of Michigan. She specializes in ethics, social and political philosophy, feminist theory, social epistemology, and the philosophy of economics and the social sciences. She is the author of Value in Ethics and Economics, The Imperative of Integration, and, most recently, Private Government: How Employers Rule Our Lives (And Why We Don't Talk About It), as well as articles on value theory, the ethical limitations of markets, facts and values in social scientific research, feminist and social epistemology, racial integration and affirmative action, rational choice and social norms, democratic theory, egalitarianism, and the history of ethics (focusing on Kant, Mill, and Dewey).