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