• Royal Ontario Museum – Being Japanese Canadian: reflections on a broken world

    Explore a series of artworks interspersed throughout the Sigmund Samuel Gallery of Canada, and encounter the personal perspectives on the exile, dispossession, and internment of Japanese Canadians during the 1940s. This exhibition features contemporary artists who experienced this history first hand, and those who grapple with their parents and grandparents’ experiences. Being Japanese Canadian prompts us to reflect on the long-lasting ramifications of this historical Canadian injustice, and what it means to be Canadian today.

    A new exhibit, opening at the ROM in February 2019.

  • Literary Tourism and the British Isles: History, Imagination, and the Politics of Place

    Brian deRuiter, one of our CANA instructors, has collaborated on this book which is now available through amazon.ca

    Literary Tourism and the British Isles: History, Imagination, and the Politics of Place explores literary tourism’s role in shaping how locations in the British-Irish Isles have been seen, historicized, and valued. Within its chapters, contributors approach these topics from vantage points such as feminism, cultural studies, geographic and mobilities paradigms, rural studies, ecosystems, philosophy of history, dark tourism, and marketing analyses. They examine guidebooks and travelogues; oral history, pseudo-history, and absent history; and literature that spans Renaissance drama to contemporary popular writers such as Dan Brown, Diana Gabaldon, and J.K. Rowling. Places discussed in the collection include “the West;” Wordsworth Country and Brontë Country; Stowe and Scotland; the Globe Theatre and its environs; Limehouse, Rosslyn Chapel, and the imaginary locations of the Harry Potter series. Taken as a whole, this collection illuminates some of the ways by which “the British Isles” have been created by literary and historical narratives, and, in turn, will continue to be seen as places of cultural importance by visitors, guidebooks, and site sponsors alike.

    For more information or to order, click here.


  • Canadian Studies sponsors latest Italian Canadian Diaspora Speaker event

    All are welcome to attend the next Italian Canadian Diaspora Speaker Series event on November 19 at 5 p.m. in Plaza 600F.

    GIANNA PATRIARCA – My Voice in Three Languages

    Gianna Patriarca is an  award winning author of 8 books of poetry , a children’s book and a collection of short fiction.  Her work is extensively anthologized in Canada, Italy and the USA and appears on University courses in all three countries.  Her work has been adapted for Canadian Stage and CBC radio drama and featured in numerous documentaries.  Italian Women and Other Tragedies, is in its 4th printing, translated into Italian and launched at the University of Naples Orientale and Bologna. Gianna is featured at the museum Pier 21 in Halifax.  She is the first recipient of the Science and Cultural Award from the Italian Chamber of Commerce, awarded the Farfalla D’Argento from Rome in 2016,  and in 2017 was awarded the Spirit of Ontario medal from the Congress of Italian Canadians.    Her collection of short fiction All My Fallen Angelas, was long listed for the Griffin prize in 2016.   She has read her work at Yale, Purdue, Paterson New Jersey and numerous universities and cities in Canada.  She is currently working on a collection of poems, Time to be Old, and a novel, The Sicilian’s Bride.

    To read the complete Brock News article, click here.

    Click here for event information.



  • Refusing to Fight Keynote Events

    Brock University will host the Refusing to Fight: Reimagining War in Global Perspectives interdisciplinary Conference from October 11 to 13 at the Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts, 15 Artists’ Common, Downtown St. Catharines.

    The following keynotes are open to the public and free of charge:

    October 11  |  6:00-7:30  p.m.
    To Fight or Not to Fight: Reflections on Objectors and Dissenters by Dr. Jonathan Vance, Western University

    Dr. Vance is Canada’s pre-eminent historian of the First World War.  He is most well known for his book Death So Noble: Memory, Meaning and the First World War, which was awarded the Sir John A. Macdonald Prize and the CP. Stacey Award in 1998.

    October 12  |  4:30-6:00 p.m.
    War Resistance in Canadian History by Dr. Lara Campbell, Simon Fraser University

    Dr. Campbell is a leading expert on Canadian women’s history, the history of social protest in the 1960s, and has written on the history of the Vietnam War and the transnational and gendered politics of draft resistance and anti-war movements in North America.  She is the co-author of Worth Fighting For: Canada’s Tradition of War Resistance from 1812 to the War on Terror.

    More information available at refusing to fight. ca



    The 2019 Crossing Borders Student Conference will be held at Niagara University on March 1 and 2, 2019.  The keynote is Sara Capen, Executive Director of the Niagara Falls National Heritage Area

    Click here for more information


  • Look what we found!

    Tucked away for safe keeping in the basement of Schmon Tower, we found a relic from our past – a Canadian Studies poster from 1978.  We couldn’t resist sharing this gem with you.


  • Happy Canada Day from all of us in Canadian Studies!

  • Fulbright Competition – Apply Now

    Fulbright Canada is a joint, bi-national, treaty-based organization created to encourage mutual understanding between Canada and the United States of America through academic and cultural exchange.  Fulbright Canada is supported by the Canadian Government through Global Affairs Canada, by the United States Government through the Department of State, and by a diverse group of corporate sponsors, charitable trusts, and university partners.  It is governed by an independent Board of Directors and operates out of Ottawa.  For more information on the Fulbright Canada Research Chair in Transnational Studies, please click here.

    Applications are being accepted by Fulbright Canada for the 2019-2020 academic year for Award 9420-CA.  Those interested can begin the application process here.

  • You’re invited to attend the Crossing Borders Keynote with Dr. Daniel J. Broyld

    The Centre for Canadian Studies will host the Crossing Borders Interdisciplinary Student conference and would like to invite everyone to attend the Keynote by Daniel J. Broyld, Fulbright Research Chair in Transnational Studies, Brock University, and Associate Professor of History at Central Connecticut State University.

    The Keynote is titled “Douglass, Tubman & Brown: Recasting Their Fight for Black Liberation in the Transnational Light of Rochester and St. Catharines.”  The story that is best known of Rochester and St. Catharines before the Civil War is a one-way flow of the “Underground Railroad” (America-to-Canada). But the relationship is actually much more complex–the doors of the border swung open in both directions–and this is clearly articulated by way of Douglass, Tubman, and Brown. Moving them away from the local and national context, and into the transnational and international conversation is more befitting of the global world we live in today, and moreover better reflects their historical disposition beyond the domestic. Douglass, Tubman, and Brown had to negotiate the overlapping worlds of the United States, Canada, Great Britain, and the African Diaspora. All three leaders, understood that the lives of Blacks in the borderlands of Rochester and St. Catharines were intertwined by shared newspapers, annual celebrations, religious organizations, as well as kinship and friendship ties that were reinforced by regular border crossings. Douglass, Tubman, and Brown enjoyed the two-way flow of people, ideas, and social networks, between the two cities and neighboring nations.

    This event is being held in the Sean O’Sullivan Lecture Theatre, Brock University on Friday March 16 from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.  All welcome!






  • CANA Teaching Assistant receives 2017 Distinguished Graduate Student Award

    Roger Fast, a Teaching Assistant in CANA 1F91 has received the 2017 Distinguished Graduate Student Award MA in History.  Congratulations Roger!