After the Deluge: Rethinking Resistance in the Digital Age

21 August 2019 Contributor Blog

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Written by guest blogger Alex Wermer-Colan.

The enigmatic graffiti in the above photo, following Jean Yanne’s coinage of it on the radio, soon spread like a viral meme across the streets of Paris during the revolutionary protests of May 1968. In the half-century since the grassroots insurrection’s historic failure, however, this surreal demand for liberation has been sublimated, insidiously, into our phantasmagoric society of the spectacle.


Leaving Home to Find Home

12 August 2019 Contributor Blog

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Written by guest blogger Thalia Gonzalez Kane.

Very few times in my life have I purchased a one-way ticket. I do believe it’s something everyone should experience at some point in their life. The uncertainty, the vulnerability, and the excitement of the unknown.

In August 2018 I gave up my apartment and left the life I’d been living in Toronto for six years to start a new adventure in Dublin, Ireland.


“The War on Alcohol as the First War on Drugs?”

6 August 2019 Contributor Blog

Written by guest blogger Dr. Carole Lynn Stewart.

One of the challenges in writing on American temperance (anti-alcohol) movements and literature or culture in the nineteenth century is that people often hold stereotypical ideas about white middle class, conservative Protestant, evangelical reformers—and they are not flattering. Narrow-minded, ascetic, moralistic reformers come to mind, and sometimes this is true. Of course, anyone studying or researching temperance realizes the situation is much more multifaceted and nuanced. Once we also learn that most African American abolitionists, and women’s right reformers, were also temperance reformers, the perspective changes.


Watching The Bachelorette: Seriously Frivolous – Frivolously Serious?

29 July 2019 Contributor Blog
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Written by guest blogger Claudia Franziska Brühwiler. “Alabama Hannah” Brown, former pageant queen and self-proclaimed “hot mess express,” is approaching the end of her “journey to find love,” as TV parlance goes. Followed by more than five million viewers each week, the lead of ABC’s hit reality dating show The Bachelorette will soon exclaim an […]


Decentering Milestone Legislation

25 July 2019 Contributor Blog
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York University Libraries, Clara Thomas Archives and Special Collections, Toronto Telegram fonds, ASC04612 Written by guest blogger Shannon Stettner. Years are important in the learning and retelling of history. Years act as signposts. We memorialize years, commemorating anniversaries of events, measuring distance from alleged turning points. But perhaps, as historians, we rely too heavily on […]


From Rap Battles to the Classroom Practice

15 July 2019 Contributor Blog
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Written by guest blogger Melanie M. Wong. Educational research, in my opinion, is most effective when it is put into practice. In one of my early graduate courses I remember a professor commenting on how it took over forty years for research to enter into the classroom. Hearing this comment at the time both terrified […]


Scottish Military Suicide in the Long Twentieth Century

8 July 2019 Contributor Blog
FIRST-AID ON THE BATTLE-FIELD: A CAMERA IMPRESSION ON THE SOMME FRONT. Wounded soldiers undergoing quick but expert treatment at an advanced dressing-station. As soon as their immediate needs were satisfied, the motor-ambulance conveyed them to the base hospital. One ht horizon the smoke of a bursting shell can be distinctly seen.

Image Credit: World War One: first aid on the battlefield, Somme. Wellcome Collection. CC BY Written by guest blogger Dr. Simon Harold Walker. In 1916, just weeks after the first battle of the Somme, a Scottish Private penned his suicide note.  The note began, ‘I cannot stand it anymore…they will not let me come home.’ […]


Where is the Nearest Starbucks, or, Globalization, Technology and Frontier Migration?

2 July 2019 Contributor Blog
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The global(izing) city contains several cultural time zones which are familiar to frontier migrants Photo by DuBoix at Written by guest blogger Melissa Tandiwe Myambo One early morning in New Delhi, a young American woman who had recently migrated to India said to me, “Thank God for Google Maps!…[My move to India] wouldn’t have […]


Decriminalization According to Whom? Reflections on the Recriminalization of Homosexuality in 1969

24 June 2019 Contributor Blog
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A demonstrator is arrested at protests against bathhouse raids in Toronto, June 1981. The Arquives: Canada’s LGBTQ2+ Archives Written by guest blogger Tom Hooper. As a historian studying the Toronto bathhouse raids, one of my first research questions was about the criminal code reform in 1969. How could so many people be arrested in the […]


When English is not your first language

17 June 2019 Uncategorized
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Written by guest blogger Jessica Mayra Ferreira. For those whose English is not their first language, it might be a challenge to submit a manuscript and not receive the comment “needs to be reviewed by a native English speaker”. I have always considered myself as a fast learner when it comes to new languages and […]