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New director at the Robarts Centre

Outgoing director, Colin Coates introduces Professor Gabrielle Slowey as the new director.

gsloweyIt gives me great pleasure to introduce the new director of the Robarts Centre for Canadian Studies, Prof. Gabrielle Slowey. Gabrielle is an Associate Professor in the Political Science department (LA&PS). A specialist in the politics of Indigenous peoples in Alberta, Québec, Ontario, Yukon and NWT as well as the United States, Australia and New Zealand, she published Navigating Neoliberalism: The Mikisew Cree First Nation in 2008 among many other studies. She researches in the areas of resource development, land claims and self-government. Gabrielle will begin her term as director of the Robarts Centre on 1 July 2015. Please join me in welcoming her to this role!

As I complete my four-year term as director, I would like to thank all of you for your support for the Robarts Centre, and more importantly for your interest and dedication to the study of Canada in all its facets. I often say that York has the strongest concentration of scholars interested in Canada anywhere. One of the ways that York tackles the worthwhile goal of being “an engaged university” is through fostering the understanding of the country, province and cities in which we live.

I wish you all the best for the summer and the next academic year.

Colin Coates
Director, Robarts Centre for Canadian Studies


First Robarts Centre Visiting Professors in Canadian Studies Announced

The Robarts Centre will welcome two international scholars in 2015-16 recipients of the new Visiting Professorship in Canadian Studies.

Professor Shilpa Bhat will come to York University from the B. K. Majumdar Institute of Business Administration, Ahmedabad University, in Gujarat, India, where she teaches World literature and Indian literature in translation.... She is a specialist in diaspora literature and is particularly interested in the work of M. G. Vassanji.

Marcin Grabyś, professor in the Institute of American Studies and Polish Diaspora at Jagiellonian University, Kraków, Poland. A specialist in Canadian politics, he will pursue research on Arctic governance in Nunavut, Nunavik, Inuvialuit and Nunatsiavut.

YFile "Robarts Centre for Canadian Studies announces recipients of the Robarts Centre Visitorship program."


Canadian Studies Essay and Dissertation Prize Winners Announced

The winners for the Odessa Prize for the Study of Canada and the Barbara Godard Prize for the Best York University Dissertation in Canadian Studies have been announced.

The 2014-15 winner of the Odessa Prize is Jesse Thistle (History) for his essay, “We are children of the river’: Toronto’s Lost Métis History.”

The 2014 winner of the Barbara Godard Prize is Ameil Joseph (School of Social Work) for his dissertation, “Authorities on the Subject: Deportation and the confluence of violence within forensic mental health and immigration systems.”

YFile "Students win academic prizes in Canadian Studies"


Watch the first ever Canadian Studies Comedy Night!

The Robarts Centre Canadian Studies Comedy Night billed as the "Thinking Person's Comedy Night" was held on April 4, 2014. The emcee for the evening was Kerby Darius (Fine Arts and Comedian) and turning their scholarly work into stand-up comedy sketches were Professors Kym Bird (Humanities; at approx. 13:56), Jessica van Horssen (History, at approx 31:06), Sean Kheraj (History, at approx. 48:43) and Priscila Uppal (English, at approx. 1:08:05).

Watch the Canadian Studies Comedy Night