Invitation to the “COVID in the House of Old” exhibition

The Montreal History Group is pleased to invite you to visit the COVID in the House of Old exhibition, hosted by the Centre for Oral History and Digital Storytelling (Concordia University) from November 14 to November 24. Curated by Megan Davies (York University), this traveling exhibition looks at the conditions of seniors during the COVID pandemic.

The opening conference and the vernissage will take place on Tuesday November 14 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. in person and online (registration required). A roundtable will also take place on Friday, November 24 from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. (in person and online) to mark the closing of the exhibition. Camille Robert will be one of the speakers and Magda Fahrni will chair the panel.

To see the full exhibition schedule, you can view the poster below or visit the event page.

Participation of MHG members at the 75th IHAF congress

Four members of the Montreal History Group participated in the 75th congress of the Institut d’histoire de l’Amérique française, held from October 19 to 21 at the Royal Military College of Saint-Jean.

Magda Fahrni chaired the “Genre et marginalité” panel. Isabelle Bouchard also chaired a session, in addition to presenting a paper entitled “Écriture et prise de parole collective des Premières Nations dans les archives notariées (19e siècle)”. On the last day, Sylvie Taschereau chaired the panel “Économie, propriété et consommation” and Camille Robert presented her paper “L’histoire orale pour retracer les mémoires de la transition néolibérale”.

Magda Fahrni is admitted to the Royal Society of Canada

Magda Fahrni, member of the Group and professor in the history department of UQAM, is now a member of the Royal Society of Canada.

This prestigious recognition highlights her career as a researcher, rewarded by numerous awards, and her expertise in women’s history, family history and the history of Montreal.


Jean-Philippe Bernard becomes professor at Université du Québec en Outaouais

We would like to congratulate Jean-Philippe Bernard, member of the Montreal History Group, for obtaining a position in the Department of Social Sciences at Université du Québec en Outaouais!

To get an overview of his research, you can consult his profile on our website.

The GHM-MHG Attends the Berks

In late June 2023, Magda Fahrni, Elizabeth Kirkland, Tamara Myers, and Mary Anne Poutanen attended the 19th Berkshire Conference on the History of Women, Genders and Sexualities in Santa Clara, California, arguably the most important global conference on the history of gender and sexuality. This conference, held every three years, brings together hundreds of scholars from around the world to share cutting-edge and field-defining interventions.

These four members of the MHG put on a panel, “Gender and the Cautionary Tale: Lessons Learned from History,” based on their FQRSC-funded research program.

  • “At Work – Work Seriously!’: Cautionary Tales and Women’s Workplaces in Industrial Montreal,” Magda Fahrni;
  • “Between Homes: Navigating the Dangers of Trans-Atlantic Migration and Settlement in Turn-of-the-Century Montreal,” Elizabeth Kirkland and Mary Anne Poutanen;
  • “Some don’t make it to adulthood’: Cautionary Tales from the Streets of 1980s Canada,” Tamara Myers
  • Chair : Nicholas Syrett, University of Kansas

The four found the Berks to be an excellent three-day experience.  They attended sessions from early morning to evening, shared meals and ideas with scholars new and old, and thoroughly benefitted from the collegial learning environment. They joined others in condemning the blatant racism expressed at the plenary on the 50th birthday of the Berks and engaged in rethinking the role of anniversaries and commemoration. They were joined by Bettina Bradbury and long-time friend of the MHG, Constance Backhouse, depicted below at an evening event.

Calendar of our activities 2022-2023

Our programming for Jeudis d’histoire and Muffins & Methodology is now online!

You can check it out below:

Participation of our members at the IHAF and CCHT/CCLH conferences

Last weekend, several of our members participated in the conferences of the Institut d’histoire de l’Amérique française and the Comité canadien sur l’histoire du travail/Canadian Committee on Labor History.

During the IHAF congress, Isabelle Bouchard, Brian Gettler and Jean-Philippe Bernard presented in the panel Colonialisme, capitalisme et crédit aux XIXe et XXe siècles. Shawn McCutcheon, Paul-Etienne Rainville and Désirée Rochat participated in the panel Race, racisation et (anti)racisme au Québec (XIXe-XXe siècles).

At the CCHT/CCLH conference, Elizabeth Kirkland presented a paper entitled “Bonus Allowed”: Immigration Agents and the position of Female Domestics in the Settler-Colonial Project, 1880-1914. Camille Robert chaired the Organizing Efforts/Effects panel.

Book launch invitation : Law, Life, and the Teaching of Legal History

The Montreal History Group is pleased to invite you to the launch of Law, Life, and the Teaching of Legal History. Essays in Honor of G. Blaine Baker, co-edited by Ian Pilarczyk, Angela Fernandez and Brian Young. Our members Brian Young and Mary Anne Poutanen each sign a chapter.

As the leading legal historian of his generation in Canada and professor at McGill University for over three decades, Blaine Baker (1952-2018) was known for his unique personality, teaching style, intellectual cosmopolitanism, and deep commitment to the place of Canadian legal history in the curriculum of law faculties. Law, Life, and the Teaching of Legal History examines important themes in Canadian legal history through the prism of Baker’s career.

Old Chancellor Day Hall
Faculty of Law
McGill University
3644 Peel Street
6 October: 17:30-19:00

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