MISC Brown Bag Lecture Series - Session 1 featuring Dr. Jarrett Rudy
The MISC Brown Bag Lecture series is a new project that will feature McGill and other Montreal-area scholars in the humanities and the social sciences working on research projects about Canada.
MISC will be hosting six of these lectures over the course of the 2019-2020 academic year (three per semester). The lectures will take place once a month, around the lunch hour in MISC’s conference room (Ferrier 105), and will be open to McGill faculty and students as well as any interested members of the general public. Each speaker will be speaking about a new or completed research project by emphasizing key ideas or findings to their audience. The MISC Brown Bag series will allow speakers to put forward novel research ideas that will improve our understanding of the past, present and/or future of Canada.
Our first session will feature Dr. Jarrett Rudy of McGill's Department of History and Classical Studies:
"Towards a History of Time-Telling in Lower Canada and Quebec, 1840-1970"
The standardization of time has long been part of Canada’s national mythology. For many Canadians, Sandford Fleming’s efforts to bring standard time to fruition put Canada into the international spotlight. This paper briefly re-examines the myth of Sandford Fleming as father of standard time in asking the broader question: how did people in Lower Canada and Quebec come to agree on one notion of time based on a clock? To answer this question, this paper argues it is necessary to understand both the ways in which time was institutionalized in daily life and the strengths and weaknesses of the technologies used to tell time.
To attend this free event, RSVP here!