Toni Morrison, Empathy, and Interdisciplinary Storytelling

7 February 2022 Contributor Blog

Written by guest blogger Cynthia R. Wallace, Associate Professor of English St. Thomas More College, University of Saskatchewan.

In her 2009 essay “Home,” published in The Source of Self-Regard, Toni Morrison writes, “there is something new and soul destroying about this last and current century.


School Library Employees Capacity Building Through Continuing Professional Development (CPD) in the Republic of Maldives

24 January 2022 Contributor Blog

Written by guest bloggers Dr. Gina de Alwis Jayasuriya, Aminath Riyaz, Dr. Shaheen Majid, and Nirmal Prabu.

The Republic of Maldives, a popular holiday destination located in the Indian Ocean, is an archipelago of 26 atolls and 1,192 low-lying small coral islands of which 188 are inhabited by a population of less than 400,000. Malé, the Republic’s capital serves as the country’s resource hub and is one of the most densely populated cities in the world.


Commoditization of Blood-Stained Underwear: A Critique of Menstruation Tracking Apps

20 September 2021 Contributor Blog

Photo: #cuelgatusbragas by gaelx (Attribution—ShareAlike 2.0 Generic (CC BY-SA 2.0)).

Written by guest bloggers Amelia J. Hood and Marielle S. Gross.

Imagine you wake up to find that you have begun your period. You throw your sheets in the washing machine, start coffee, and take a quick scroll through your phone.


Collaborating to Monitor Antimicrobial Resistance in Ontario

9 September 2021 Contributor Blog

Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is an important public health issue with a significant impact on healthcare. In November 2019, the Council of Canadian Academies released a report on When Antibiotics Fail to examine the impacts of AMR on our healthcare system, economy, and the day-to-day lives of Canadians (1).


Meet the Editors
Journal of Canadian Studies

8 July 2021 Contributor Blog

The University of Toronto Press is pleased to welcome the new Journal of Canadian Studies co-editors Elaine Coburn and Andrea A. Davis!

Elaine Coburn is Associate Professor, International Studies at York University’s bilingual Glendon College.

Andrea A. Davis is an Associate Professor in the Department of Humanities and Special Advisor on the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies’ Anti-Black Racism Strategy.


Moving beyond the Long Sixties: A Time to Think about Frameworks, Themes, and Core Concepts to help understand late-Twentieth Century Canada

26 April 2021 Contributor Blog

Image: Expo Centre, August 1986, Ernie Reksten. Reference code: AM1551-S1-: 2010-006.440. Source: City of Vancouver Archives,

Written by guest blogger Matthew Hayday, Co-Editor, Canadian Historical Review

In its June 2019 issue, the Canadian Historical Review (CHR) published a Historical Perspectives feature section entitled “Reconsidering 1969: A Turning Point for Canada?” This was an unusual Historical Perspectives section.


Germs, Gender, and the Journal

1 April 2021 Contributor Blog

“Twenty-Twenty,” by Sharon Brogan, on Flickr at, Creative Commons licence: Attribution-NonCommercial 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC 2.0).

Written by guest bloggers Matthew Hayday, Tina Loo, and Catherine Desbarats.

COVID-19 has occupied our collective attention for the past year and promises to continue to do so even as vaccinations get underway. As with all pandemics, its effects have been uneven: race, age, and class shape people’s vulnerability – as does gender, the issue that we, as editors of the Canadian Historical Review (CHR), are considering in this particular blog post.


Meet the Editors
Diaspora: A Journal of Transnational Studies

11 March 2021 Contributor Blog

The University of Toronto Press and the Zoryan Institute are pleased to welcome the new Diaspora co-editors Talar Chahinian and Sossie Kasbarian!

Talar Chahinian holds a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from UCLA and lectures in the Program for Armenian Studies at UC Irvine, where she is also a Research Associate in the Department of Comparative Literature.

Sossie Kasbarian is Senior Lecturer in Comparative Politics. She joined History and Politics at Stirling in November 2017. She was previously Lecturer in Middle East Politics at Lancaster University (2012-2017).


“Re-thinking Digital History’s Contested Past, Promising Present, Uncertain Future”

8 February 2021 Contributor Blog

Written by guest blogger Chad Gaffield.

The use of digital technologies is now widespread in historical research, teaching, and societal engagement. This past year of online activity during the COVID-19 pandemic accelerated the trend in which historians rely, to varying degrees, on digitally-enabled scholarly practice.


Cross-border shopping, smuggling, and scofflaws: consumers have a long history of resisting efforts to regulate what they buy

1 February 2021 Contributor Blog

Detroit shoppers crowd a Windsor butcher shop, 1940. Detroit News Photograph Collection, Walter P. Reuther Library, Archives of Labor and Urban Affairs, Wayne State University. Used with permission.

Written by guest blogger Sarah Elvins.

Among the myriad ways in which the COVID-19 pandemic has transformed daily life in North America has been the complete reshaping of consuming habits, as retailers and consumers grapple with shortages, new safety requirements, and limits to shopping hours. Attempts to limit consumers’ access to goods have not always met with success.  When Quebec imposed lockdowns and limited purchases to essential items only, some customers protested that the regulations were confusing and too restrictive.