Listserv: Jan 31, 2015

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Montagu: “Sir, I do not know whether you will die on the gallows or of the pox”
Wilkes: “That depends, my lord, on whether I embrace your lordship’s principles or your mistress”
A classy exchange between 18th C English radical John Wilkes and John Montagu, Earl of Sandwich

Tweet of the Week! (@HSA_McGill)

On the wedding night of Peter III and Catherine the Great, the new groom made Kate play with toy soldiers on their bed till dawn. The empress found a lover by the end of the month. #funtimes

The Preamble

Good afternoon everyone,

Hope everyone is doing well. First off, let’s all wish our wonderful VP Events, Josie, a happy birthday! She has been working tirelessly with the rest of the HSA to put together four great events happening in the next three weeks! Don’t have time for a silly preamble this week, so please have a good laugh at this article, Women Listening to Men Play Music at Them In Western Art History
Next week is going to be round table mania: not only will the HSA be hosting our “What is Love?” Valentine’s Day event on Thursday, but we have put together another round table on the future of the European Union after the Greek elections, taking place on Monday. Just a reminder that the rooms for both events have changed (information is below). The week after that we will be hosting a research symposium lunch, where professors in the Department of History will tell us about their current research, perfect for students looking for potential Masters supervisors, or for those interested in Research Assistant-ships over the summer. The week after that, we will be hosting a Thomson House party with the ASA, CSA, and SSA, entitled “The Last Dance at the Garden of Eden!” The theme is firmly grounded in historical fact. After the whole awkward apple incident, God needed to give 30 days notice to evict Adam and Eve, in accordance to the regulations of the Eden Régie de Logement. Therefore, on the day before their eviction, the now modestly dressed (but still fun) couple had a wild farewell party with all of the [party] animals in Paradise before being expelled to a world crawling with sin and midterms. Look it up. And with that, here’s what’s happening this week:
The Main Events

Monday, 2 February, Arts W-215 (5:30 PM)

Surprise! The HSA is hosting a second informal round table next week, this time in partnership with the European Union Center of Excellence.

Last Sunday, Greek voters elected SYRIZA, a coalition of Trotskyites, Maoists, socialists, and other left-wing groups, to head the state. Campaigning on an explicitly anti-austerity program, the ramifications of their election victory remain unclear, with every analyst providing a different answer to the possibility of a “Grexit,” “debt haircuts,” and even the “end of the European project.” The HSA and the European Union Center of Excellence will be hosting Professor Tassos Anastassiadis (History), and Professor Sven-Oliver Proksch (Political Science) in an informal round table on the future of the European Union. Dr. Anastassiadis’ will use his expertise on Greek history to deconstruct the systems of patronage that led up to the economic crisis, as well as examine the 40-year reign of a PASOK/New Democracy-controlled political system that voters rejected on Sunday. Dr. Proksch’s research on European politics will shed light on the ramifications of left-wing populism on the future of the European Union moving forward.

Coffee and snacks will be served. This event is open to the public, so feel free to invite friends, family, and the interested!

What Is Love? A Round Table on Love, Eroticism, and Sex
Thursday, 5 February, Arts 145 (6-8PM)In an age where we spend our Valentine’s Day swiping right on Tinder, re-financing our student loans to take bae to Juliette et Chocolat, and live-tweeting bizarre emotional reactions to The Notebook, it’s always nice to see how love used to be. Professors and Lynn Kozak and Michael Fronda from Classics will be joining Professors Griet Vankeerberghen and Brian Lewis on Thursday 5 February to discuss topics surrounding love: platonic, romantic, homoerotic, neurotic, etc. So far I know that Professor Kozak will be performing and discussing Greek love poetry, and I can guarantee that the other three topics will be just as interesting: Fronda, Vankeerberghen, and Lewis are specialists in Roman history, ancient Chinese conjugal relations, and British queer history respectively.Candy and light snacks will be served. I’ve attached the poster to this e-mail. Feel free to invite friends, family or your date, as the event is open to the public.

Applications for Important Things

AUS Teaching Awards: Callout for Nominations!
Deadline: 26 February

Do you know an outstanding Professor, Advisor or Teaching Assistant in the Faculty of Arts? Nominate them for an AUS Teaching Excellence Award! Please fill out the nomination form here ( and submit it to the AUS VP Academic at by Thursday, February 26th 2015 at 5:00pm. Winners will be announced at the Awards Reception in early April.

Thursday, February 19 (8pm-12am)

The night before Adam and Eve were expelled from paradise forever, they decided to get all the party animals in the Garden of Eden together one last time to throw it down…The ASA, CSA, HSA, and SSA proudly present our Valentine’s Day extravaganza: Last Dance in the Garden of Eden!!!!

Refreshments (drink tickets) and delicious hors d’oeuvres will be provided!
Entry: Free!

Wear your chillest Garden of Eden Garb and a prize will be awarded for best costume! (No nudity please, earthy and demure is best!) If you enjoyed Menage a Toga, prepare to relive that classy and fabulous event, but this time with a sinful twist.

The Arts Peer-to-Peer Research Symposium (APPRS)

Come out on Feb. 3rd, 4th, 5th and 9th to see research presented by your fellow Arts undergraduates! The APPRS is a new initiative, transforming the former Social Science Research Symposium (SSRS) and opening it up to the entire Arts Faculty. The event will include 12 undergraduate students presenting over 4 nights. Each night has its own theme with three students presenting their completed or ongoing research projects, followed by a question period.

This is an amazing opportunity for presenters and audience members alike to engage in academic conversation with other students throughout the Faculty. Come out and join in the scholastic discourse! Please visit our Facebook event ( for more details.

Calls for Submissions

Society of China Studies Journal
Deadline: 15 FebruaryThe McGill Society of China Studies will publish its first ever literary-academic journal with the theme of “Narrating China” in Winter 2015 semester. We seek for literary work or academic papers that either reflect a profound understanding of China’s politics/history/culture or an unique experience related to China. Works in ALL modes of writing are welcome, including artwork and photography.Please be advised that all academic submissions must be under 6000 words and literary submissions must be under 3000 words. Please email all submissions to: before February. 15th.

Society of China Studies is the first student society at McGill that is dedicated to developing China Studies as an academic discipline through promoting China-related academic research & discussion for young scholars. To know more about us, please move to our Facebook page ( or join our discussion group (

Deadline: 9 FebruaryKANATA, the Undergraduate Journal of McGill’s Indigenous Studies Community is accepting submissions for its eighth volume! KANATA is an interdisciplinary student-published journal with content (art, academic writing, poetry) that focuses on topics relating to Indigenous Peoples.Open Submissions:

– Writing from any academic discipline (A-range papers, 15 pages maximum – double-spaced, excluding references)  in French or English
– Non-academic writing and Art including short stories (fiction & non-fiction), poetry, personal reflections, paintings, photography, photo essays, prints etc.

Submissions policy:

– KANATA prioritizes publishing undergraduate work although unpublished material from all levels is also accepted
– Priority is given to McGill students for academic submissions, however students and non-students outside of McGill are encouraged to submit as well
– Please include references for all academic work, your full name, and the academic institution or community of which you are a member.

Deadline for Submissions: Monday, February 9, 2015

Please Send submissions in an email attachment to:
For questions and/or more information please contact:
Previous journals are also available for viewing online at:

Canadian Content

The Canadian Studies undergrad journal, Canadian Content, will be accepting submissions until the end of February! Send your relevant research papers, creative writing, poetry and photography to Graded work can be from any discipline, but should have received at least an A-, and be approximately 10 to 20 pages in length. Thanks!

McGill Journal of Middle East Studies
Deadline: 31 January”The McGill Journal of Middle East Studies (MJMES) is now accepting submissions for its 2014-2015 issue! Papers must be at least 10 pages in length, concern the modern Middle East, have received a grade of A- or higher (we will also accept ungraded papers that have been written outside the classroom), and written in English, French or Arabic. We also encourage you to submit photo essays and cover photos! Submissions must be sent to by January 31st, 2015. The journal is also currently accepting shorter contributions, pieces ranging from 500 – 1000 words, on a rolling basis for its blog: ( Journal is an excellent opportunity to gain experience in writing, submitting, and revising articles for an academic journal. If selected for publication, an author’s article will be printed in the Journal and distributed to various libraries and institutions around the world as well as on our website, Please do not hesitate to contact us with questions or concerns!”

The HSA and You

As always, if you have any questions, concerns, or comments, please contact your benevolent leaders!

President – Disha Jani

VP Finance – Emma Meldrum

VP Internal/Events – Josie Teed

VP Communications – Ben Wong

VP Academic/External – Eden Rusnell

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