Dept. of Art History and Communication Studies

The Department of Art History and Communication Studies has received authorization for two “courses exclusions” for summer 2018 (201805) – that is to say that we can hire students to teach the following  course without posting the position under the terms of the course lecturer’s collective agreement:

Summer 2018 : ARTH 200 and COMS 200

Published on: 31 Jan 2018

The Department of Art History and Communication Studies at McGill University invites applications for the position of Assistant Professor in Indigenous Art and Media (tenure-track). Candidates must demonstrate outstanding research potential and publication records, substantial and relevant teaching experience or potential, and a commitment to interdisciplinary inquiry and the support of diverse intellectual communities.

Published on: 28 Nov 2017

Casting ourselves as the “saviours” of African American fugitives fits neatly into our national identity. But this country, too, was founded on exploitation.

Article by Professor Charmaine Nelson in The Walrus. 


Classified as: ahcs news
Published on: 25 Jul 2017

February 21, 2017

Yesterday morning, our colleague Dr. Charmaine Nelson, Professor of Art History at McGill, published an article in the Huffington Post exploring the colonial roots of contemporary racism in Canada ( A few hours later, Dr. Nelson received an intimidating e-mail from a white supremacist organization based in British Columbia. 

Published on: 22 Feb 2017

McGill Communication Studies professor and Beaverbrook Chair, Marc Raboy, has published a new book this month, "Marconi: The Man Who Networked the World", through Oxford University Press. 

Classified as: AHCS, ahcs news
Published on: 25 Aug 2016

Prof. Matthew C. Hunter has been awarded the 2016 Arthur Kingsley Porter Prize by the College Art Association for his article “Joshua Reynolds’s ‘Nice Chymistry’: Action and Accident in the 1770s,” which appeared the March 2015 issue of The Art Bulletin. The Arthur Kingsley Porter Prize was established in 1957, in memory of a founding member of the College Art Association and one of the first American scholars of the discipline. This award seeks to encourage high scholarly standards among younger members of the profession.

Classified as: AHCS
Published on: 7 Jan 2016

Professor Biella Coleman's book "Hacker, Hoaxer, Whistleblower, Spy: The Many Faces of Anonymous" (Verso, 2014) was listed by Kirkus Reviews under "Best Current Affair Books of 2014" in their yearly book review list. Read the full review of the book here

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Published on: 18 Feb 2015

Matthew C. Hunter's Wicked Intelligence: Visual Art and the Science of Experiment in Restoration London (University of Chicago Press, 2013), won the Historians of British Art Book Prize for books published by a single author in 2013 on a pre-1800 topic. It was also a finalist for the College Art Association's 2015 Charles Rufus Morey Book Award, which honors an especially distinguished book in the history of art, published in any language between September 1, 2013, and August 31, 2014.

Classified as: AHCS, ahcs news, matthew hunter
Published on: 10 Feb 2015

Professor Becky Lentz recently became a Fellow with the Center for Media, Data, and Society in the School of Public Policy at Central European University in Budapest. The Center, which is the leading institution of research on media, communication, and information policy in Central and Eastern Europe, produces scholarly and practice-oriented research addressing academic, policy and civil society needs.

Classified as: AHCS
Published on: 30 Oct 2014

AHCS's Professor Charmaine Nelson was named a laureate for Black History Month 2014. The Round Table on Black History Month shines a light on talents within Black communities who have distinguished themselves by their involvement in Quebec society. These role models, who are often in the shadows, have a tremendous impact
on their environments.
The Round Table on Black History Month pays homage to people from Black communities who are devoted, passionate, and determined – and who, through the strength of their identities,

Classified as: AHCS announcements
Published on: 25 Mar 2014

It is with very great sadness that the department announces the death of Professor Hajime Nakatani. Hajime served as assistant professor of East Asian art history from 2004 to 2010, jointly appointed in the departments of Art History and Communication Studies and East Asian Studies. He left McGill in 2010 to join the Department of Intercultural Studies at Rikkyo University in Tokyo. Hajime died in Tokyo in June 2013 at the age of 46.

Published on: 24 Sep 2013

The Institute for the Study of International Development has announced the names and projects of the recipients of ISID’s International Development Faculty Research Awards, including Professor Lentz from the Department of Art History and Communication Studies.

Classified as: AHCS announcements
Published on: 24 Sep 2013

The Department of Art History and Communications Studies is proud to announce two 2013 SSHRC Insight Development Grant winners:

Roberta (Becky) Lentz: "Rendering visible the infrastructure of media policy advocacy practice"

Jeffrey Moser: "Excavating China’s first archaeologist"

The full list and article in "Headway" can be viewed here.

Published on: 24 Sep 2013