Conferences and Symposia

Conferences and Symposia 2017-2018

Humanities Research Institute’s Spring Term Symposium
Tuesday, April 17, 2018
Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts, MW 406

The Elephant in the Room: Making Space for Animals in Our Research and Teaching

Opening remarks
Michael Carter, Associate Dean, Research and Graduate Studies, Faculty of Humanities

Session I: 1:00 p.m.
Chair: Keri Cronin (Visual Arts)
John Bonnett (History), “Turns, Convergences and De-Stabilization: Is the Animal turn the next Big Thing in History?”
Barbara Seeber (English Language & Literature), “Animals and the Country House Tradition Revisited in Mary Leapor and Jane Austen”
Elizabeth Neswald (History), “Feeding the Dog”
Adam Dickinson (English Language & Literature), “Anatomic: Microbes, Chemicals, and Metabolic Poetics in the Anthropocene”

Coffee/tea break
2:30 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.

Session II: 2:45 p.m.
Chair: Michael Carter (Associate Dean, Research and Graduate Studies)
Kendra Coulter (Labour Studies), “The Elephants are Working: Animals, Labour, and Care”
Keri Cronin (Visual Arts), “Surveillance or Sanctuary?: The Power and Potential of Live Cams for Humane Education”
Lauren Corman (Sociology), “Vile Creatures: Abject Animals at the Limits of Society and Culture”

Presentation of Faculty of Humanities Award for Excellence in Research and Creative Activity to Professor Donna Szoke
Donna Szoke (Visual Arts), “Invisible Animals”

Closing remarks
Carol Merriam, Dean, Faculty of Humanities

 

Humanities Research Institute’s Fall Term Symposium
Thursday, December 14, 2017
Dr. Charles A. Sankey Chamber

“Declare the past, diagnose the present, foretell the future.” – Hippocrates

Opening remarks
Michael Carter, Associate Dean, Research and Graduate Studies, Faculty of Humanities

Session I: 9:00 a.m.
Chair: Alex Christie (Digital Humanities)
James Allard (English Language and Literature), “The Hunterian Orations and the ‘Institution’ of Medicine”
Alex Gagne (MA, History), “‘Parenthood Must be Forbidden to the Dipsomaniac’: Shifting Conceptions of Alcohol in Late Victorian Britain and America”
Callie Long (PhD student, Interdisciplinary Humanities), “Wor(l)ds of Hurt”

Coffee/tea break
10:15 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Session II: 10:30 a.m.
Chair: Keri Cronin (Visual Arts)
Adam Rappold (Classics), “For the Wheel’s Still in Spin: The Evolution of the Skira Festival in Classical Athens”
Carrie Murray (Classics), “The Elephant in the Tomb: Reading Etrusco-Roman Symbols in the Capena Plate”
Ann Howey (English Language and Literature), “Out of the Tower: Lady of Shalott Images on the Web”

Closing remarks
Carol Merriam, Dean, Faculty of Humanities

Archive

1. The Humanities Research Institute’s Spring Term Symposium was held on Tuesday, April 18, 2017 in the Dr. Charles A. Sankey Chamber. The title of the symposium was “Heads and Circuses”. The speakers were as follows:

Session I: 9:00 a.m.
Chair: Fanny Dolansky (Classics)
Erica Walter (PhD student, Interdisciplinary Humanities), “Re-calling and Re-membering in Trauma Narratives”
Malcolm Matthews (PhD student, Interdisciplinary Humanities), “Why Sheldon Cooper Can’t Be Black: A Visual Rhetorical Analysis of the Portrayed ‘Autism Aesthetic'”
Lynn Arner (English Language and Literature), “Tracking Patterns in the Canadian Professoriate”

Session II: 10:30 a.m.
Chair: Gyllian Raby (Dramatic Arts)
Karen Fricker (Dramatic Arts), “Circus and its Others”
Hayley Malouin (MA, SCLA), “Bad Mamas: The Transgressive Potential of Pregnancy in Contemporary Practices”

2. The Humanities Research Institute’s Fall Term Symposium was held on Thursday, December 15, 2016 in the Dr. Charles A. Sankey Chamber. The title of the symposium was “Spaces and Genders”. The speakers were as follows:

Session I: 9:00 a.m.
Chair: Patricia Debly (Music)
Colin Rose (History), “Homicide and Civilization: A Reappraisal of Early Modern Italian Evidence”
Alex Christie (Digital Humanities), “Digital Humanities, Spatial Humanities”
Neta Gordon (English Language and Literature), “Deterritorialized Space and Cultural Whitening in David Bezmozgis’s Natasha and Other Stories”
Linda Steer (Visual Arts), “Photography, Vulnerability, Connection”

Session II: 10:35 a.m.
Chair: Fanny Dolansky (Classics)
Stephanie Culp (MA, Classics), “The Psychology of Spartan Hoplites: Relationship Development in the Lakedaimonian Phalanx”
Renée Lafferty-Salhany (History), “‘At last he said he was not a man:’ Malingering, Manliness and the Singular Case of 1812 Hermaphrodite”
Renée-Claude Breitenstein (MLLC), “Shaping Publics in Early Modern France: The Materiality of Collections in Praise of Women”

1. The Humanities Research Institute’s Spring Term Symposium was held on Monday, April 18, 2016 in the Dr. Charles A. Sankey Chamber. The title of the symposium was “Luxury: Living the High and Low Life”. The speakers were as follows:

Session I
Chair:
Fanny Dolansky (Classics)
John Sainsbury (History), “Luxury’s Moral Ambivalence”
Alison Matthews David (Ryerson School of Fashion), “The Explosion of Populuxe and the Democratization of Fashion, ca. 1730-1930”
Nigel Lezama (MLLC), “Mo’ Money Mo’ Problems: Hip Hop and Luxury’s Uneasy Partnership”

Session II
Chair: Jessica Clark (History)
Jesse Abbott (MA student, History), “Luxury in a Bottle: Upper Class British Drinking in the Colonies (1751-1815)”
Catherine Parayre (MLLC/STAC), “Luxurious Death à la Provençale: Felibrige Delights”
Jacqueline Botterill (Communications, Popular Culture and Film), “Luxury, Romance, Race in Pullman’s Dining Cars”
Public lecture by recipient of the Humanities Award for Excellence in Research and Creative Activity
Joe Norris (Dramatic Arts), “Media(ting) Research and Pedagogy through Video: An Autoethnography”

2. The Humanities Research Institute’s Fall Term Symposium was held on Thursday, December 10, 2015 in the Dr. Charles A. Sankey Chamber. The title of the symposium was “Re-form, Transform, Perform”. The speakers were as follows:

Session 1
Chair: Patricia Debly (Music)
Gregor Kranjc (History), “Re-Fighting an Old War: The Conservative Party of Canada and Commemoration of the Cold War (2006-2015).”
Kevin McGuiness (PhD student, Interdisciplinary Humanities), “Lead with One’s Chin: The Political Implications of Distinct Representation of Nefertiti in the Mature Amarna Style.”
Ning Wang (History), “Between Defiance and Obedience: Liang Sicheng’s Strategies for Dealing with the State of Communist China.”

Session 2
Chair: Gale Coskan-Johnson (English Language and Literature)
Renée Girard (MA student, History), “The Botanist, the Russian Noble and the Parisian Women: Freemasonry in Paris in the Early Nineteenth Century.”
Yasmine Kandil (Dramatic Arts), “Theatre for Development and Life-changing Experiences for Marginalized Communities: Challenging Concepts of Sustainability and Self-development.”
Ronald Cummings (English Language and Literature), “‘Queer Marronage and the Politics of Urban Jamaican Space.”

1. The Humanities Research Institute’s Fall Term Symposium was held on Tuesday, December 9, 2014 in the Dr. Charles A. Sankey Chamber. The title of the symposium was “Moving Targets, Shifting Landscapes”. The speakers were as follows:

Session 1
Chair: Fanny Dolansky (Classics)
Roberto Nickel (Classics), “Grievous Lust: Aphrodite’s Gift to Paris and the Origins of the Trojan War.”
Jessica Clark (History), “Hair Cropping in British West Indian Prisons.”
Julia Polyck-O’Neill (PhD student, Interdisciplinary Humanities), “Doug Land: Vancouver and Douglas Coupland’s Interdisciplinary Praxis.”

Session 2
Chair: Virginia Reh (Dramatic Arts)
Jason Hawreliak (Digital Humanities), “How Videogames Mean: A Multimodal Approach to Analysis and Design.”
Andrew Pendakis (English Language and Literature), “In The Middle of Things: On The Semiotics of Centrism.”
Katharine von Stackelberg (Classics), “‘Pseudo-Classical’ Subversion: The Roman Garden of Louise du Pont Crowninshield.”

2. The Humanities Research Institute’s Spring Term Symposium was held on Thursday, April 23, 2015 in the Dr. Charles A. Sankey Chamber. The title of the symposium is “Cities and Universities: Exploring the Encounter”. The speakers were as follows:

Session 1
Chair: Gyllian Raby (Dramatic Arts)
Karen Fricker (Dramatic Arts) and Derek Knight (MIWSFPA), “Imaging the City: A Season of Creative Engagement”

Session 2
Chair: David Schimmelpenninck (History)
Nigel Lezama (MLLC), “From Zero to Hero: Urban Figures in Baudelaire’s Tableaux Parisiens”
Barry Wright (OBHREE), “The Niagara Community Observatory: The First Five Years”
Michelle Lau (Accounting) and Dara Marshall (Miami University), “Budgeting for Tax Payments: Perspectives from Municipalities and Higher Learning Institutions”

1. The Humanities Research Institute’s Fall Term Symposium was held on Monday, December 16, 2013 in the Dr. Charles A. Sankey Chamber. The title of the symposium was “Power, Position and Politics”. The speakers were as follows:

Session 1
Chair: David Schimmelpenninck (History)
Ning Wang (History), “Zhou Yiliang: ‘A Bookish Scholar’ Bowing to the Communist Power.”
Natalee Caple (English Language and Literature), “Cultural Production as a Critical Lens, or, Creative Assignments in the Non-Creative Writing Classroom.”
Karen Fricker (Dramatic Arts), “Somewhere between Science and Legend: Cirque du Soleil and Robert Lepage’s Totem.”

Session 2
Chair: Gyllian Raby (Dramatic Arts)
Terrance H. McDonald (PhD student, Interdisciplinary Humanities), “A Visual Interrogation of Masculine Mythologies: Barney’s Cremaster Cycle and Masculinities.”
Julie Morris (PhD student, Interdisciplinary Humanities), “The Steambunk Fetishization Effect: Female Gender Politics and the Sexualized Body in Steampunk Performance.”
Carrie Murray (Classics), “Isolation versus Interaction: Investigating Life on the Island of Pantelleria During the Iron Age.”

2. The Humanities Research Institute’s Spring Term Symposium was held on Tuesday, April 22, 2014 in the Dr. Charles A. Sankey Chamber. The title of the symposium is “Pressing Affairs: A symposium in honour of John Sainsbury”. The speakers were as follows:

Session 1
Chair: Andrew McDonald (History)
Leah Bradshaw (Political Science), “The Libertine and the Romantic: Twin Motifs from the 18th Century.”
Donna T. Andrew (History, University of Guelph), “Adultery a-la-mode: The Worsley Case.”
Allison Glazebrook (Classics), “Athens’ Bad Boy: Timarchos in Aeschines 1, Against Timarchos.”

Session 2
Chair: Elizabeth Sauer (English Language and Literature)
Tom Glasbergen (History, McGill University), “John Wilkes’ Demotic Classicism.”
Guy Nicholson (deputy Comment editor, The Globe and Mail), “Op-Ed Cyborg: Your Needs Are of No Concern to Me.”
John Sainsbury (History), “Vision of Virgin Mary Gave Me Power to Grow Giant Vegetables: Secrets of the Tabloids Revealed.”

1. The Humanities Research Institute’s Fall Term Symposium was held on Thursday, December 13th, 2012 in the Dr. Charles A. Sankey Chamber. The title of the symposium was “From Ports to Portals”. The speakers were as follows:

Session 1
Chair: Felipe Ruan (Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures)
Elizabeth Greene (Classics): Portable Ports in Ancient Greece: A View from Old Knidos
Gregor Kranjc (History): Ignoring the Ordinary: Accommodation, Resistance and Collaboration in Southeastern Europe (1941-1945)
Shawn Serfas (Visual Arts): Re-Picturing the Landscape
Pat Debly (Music): English Identity in Italian Opera: Haydn’s L’anima del filosofo

Session 2
Chair: Carmela Colella (Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures)
Gale Coskan-Johnson (English Language and Literature): Anxious Linearity, Recalcitrant Sovereignty: UN Member States and the Transnational Migrant Worker
Donna Szoke (Visual Arts): Reasonable & Senseless: Articulating an Emergent Process
Sean Morton (PhD Student, Interdisciplinarty Humanities): Digital Resources and University Libraries: The Uneven Development of Humanities Resources in the Academic Library System

2. The Humanities Research Institute’s Spring Term Symposium was held on Tuesday, April 23, 2013 in the Dr. Charles A. Sankey Chamber. The title of the symposium was “The Promise of Peace”. The speakers were as follows:

Session 1
Chair: James Allard (English Language and Literature)
David Clark (English and Cultural Studies, McMaster University): On the Promise of Peace: Kant’s Wartime and the Tremulous Body of Philosophy

Session 2
Chair: James Allard (English Language and Literature)
David Fancy (Dramatic Arts): Corporeality, Conflict, and Performance: Some Considerations on Theatre, War and the Post-Kantian Tradition
Gale Coskan-Johnson (English Language and Literature): The ‘Enemy Combatant’ in Motion: Naming and Poetry at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba
Stefan Dolgert (Political Science): Fugitives from the Gods: Empedociean Reflections on War and Peace

1. The Humanities Research Institute’s Fall Term Symposium was held on Thursday, December 15th, 2011 in the Dr. Charles A. Sankey Chamber. The title of the symposium was “Divine/Interventions”. The speakers were as follows:

Session I
Chair: Keri Cronin (Visual Arts)
Linda Steer (Visual Arts): Photography and the Beat Generation
Matthew Royal (Music): Musical Composition for Dummies, 17th-Century Style: Kircher’s Musarithmica as Method or Theory?
Renée Lafferty (History): ‘The Account We Must Render to God’: Luck, Prayer, and Providence in the Winning and Losing of the War of 1812
Felipe Ruan (Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures) and André Basson: Fashioning a Hyper Pious Colonial Subject: Peruvian Mestizos’ Appeal to Pope Gregory XIII (1572-1585)

Session II
Chair: Carmela Colella (Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures)
Behnaz Mirzai (History): Identity Transformations of African Communities in Iran
Fanny Dolansky (Classics): Forming Characters: The Ethical Imperatives of Roman Education
Leah Knight (English Language and Literature): Andrew Marvell’s Mower, John Gerard’s Clown, and Wounded Pride
Catharine Parayre (Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures): After “Diggin’ Lite Sweat Crude”: Surfaces

2. The Humanities Research Institute’s Spring Term Symposium was held on Tuesday, April 24th, 2012 in the Dr. Charles A. Sankey Chamber. The title of the symposium was “Whither Orientalism?”. The speakers were as follows:

Panel I
Mohamad Tavakoli-Targhi (Near and Middle Eastern Studies, University of Toronto): Reframing Orientalism
David Schimmelpenninck (History): Russian Orientalism: Further Reflections
John Sainsbury (History): Orientalism, Ornamentalism, and Cricket
Comment: Virginia Aksan (History, McMaster University)

Panel II
Elizabeth Sauer (English Language and Literature): John Milton’s Orientalism Reconsidered
Leah Bradshaw (Political Science): Orientalism and Tyranny
Thomas Glasbergen (History): Orient and Empire: Edmund Burke and the Trial of Warren Hastings, 1786-95
Comment: Jennifer Jenkins (History, University of Toronto)

1. The Humanities Research Institute’s Fall Term Symposium was held on Tuesday, December 14th, 2010 in The Pond Inlet. The title of the symposium was “Transits and Transgressions”. The speakers were as follows:

Session I
Chair: Keri Cronin (Visual Arts)
Andrew McDonald (History): The Late Norse Isle of Man in its North Atlantic Context: Contacts and Communication, 1079-1265
David Fancy (Dramatic Arts): I Scream the Body Electric’: Entrainment, Zombie Performance, and the Contemporary Field Body
Carole Stewart (English Language and Literature): William Wells Brown and a Transnational Temperance Ideal

Session II
Chair: Christine Daigle (Philosophy)
Katharine von Stackelberg (Classics): Not-So-Strange Encounters: Hermaphrodites in the Roman House
Joe Norris (Dramatic Arts): Duoethnography: Toward Dialogic Form of Narrative Inquiry
Barnett Singer (History): Tunnel Vision: From Italians to Algerians in the French Alps

2. The Humanities Research Institute’s Spring Term Symposium was held on Thursday, April 7th, 2011 in the Dr. Charles A. Sankey Chamber. The title of the symposium was “Art/Work”. The speakers were as follows:

Session I
Chair: James Allard (English Language and Literature)
Duncan MacDonald (Visual Arts): Little Revolutions
Carmela Patrias (History): Working Class Immigrants and French Canadians in Niagara, 1900-1960
Tami Friedman (History): Rethinking National Prosperity: Industry Location, State Power, and the Decline of U.S. Unions after World War II

Session II
Chair: Catherine Parayre (Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures)
Martin Danahay (English Language and Literature): Mental Clothes: Dr. Jekyll and Ernst Schulz
Merijean Morrissey (Visual Arts): Mapping the Navigator at Graphic Studio Dublin