Listserv: Feb 1, 2016


“The day and time itself: late afternoon in early February, was there a moment of the year better suited for despair?”
Alice McDermott

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The Preamble

Hello everyone! Today is not only the first day of the month of love, but also the first day of the #BlackHistoryMonth. On both occasions, we may want to turn the cold and shortest (but may feel like the longest) month of February into one of tolerance, openness and respect.

February means also the return of HSA’s Valentine’s Roundtable on February 15th and a bunch of other historical events. Historical Discourses, the undergraduate journal, is also looking for editors and writers for the 2016 edition. Such excitement, very much fun!

The Main Events

ADULTS ONLY | A Round Table on Love, Eroticism, and Sex
SAVE THE DATE! Thursday, February 15, Arts 160, 6:00-9:00)
In an age where we Netflix and chill on Valentine’s Day, write poetry to our beloved (or our cat) on Facebook Messenger and live-tweet bizarre emotional reactions to fictional characters, it’s always nice to see how love used to be. Professors Shannon Fitzpatrick and Alice Sharp and other guests to be confirmed from Classics will be joining us on Monday, Feburary 15 to discuss topics surrounding LUV in all its forms : platonic, romantic, homoerotic, neurotic, etc. So far I know that Queer Harlem Renaissance and the medieval origins of Valentine’s Day will be discussed  and I can guarantee that the other three topics will be just as interesting.
Candy and light snacks will be served. Feel free to invite friends, family or your date, as the event is open to the public. The Facebook event page and poster are coming soon!

Voicing the Humanities: FIRST MEETING
Monday, February 1, 3:30 PM, IPLAI 
(3610 McTavish, 2nd floor).

This working group is a follow-up to the IPLAI fall 2015 reading group Thinking the Humanities. It seeks to further stimulate thought and discussion about certain themes explored in the reading group. How should we define the humanities today? In what terms should we determine their value? How can we communicate their importance? How do we address the sense of ‘crisis’ in discourses and representations of the humanities in higher education and research? How can we help ensure a vibrant future for the humanities on both an individual and a societal level? The working group hopes to stage the efforts of its members to voice these questions and their potential answers, and their desires to organize initiatives in and off campus. The goal is to foster a space for dialogue, creativity and collaboration aimed at promoting the Humanities in educational and cultural institutions, the general public, and other spheres of society.


Download schedule

Early Modern World: Works in Progress Seminar Series 
Tuesday, February 2, 4:00 PM, IPLAI McGill, 3610, McTavish St.

All are welcome to the ‘Early Modern World: Works in Progress’ seminar series, usually on Tuesdays at 4pm, organized by the McGill Institute for the Public Life of Art and Ideas.

Prof. Matteo Soranzo (Italian Studies, McGill)
“The Elixir of Conversion: G.A. Augurelli and Renaissance Alchemy”
This presentation will focus on the unpublished works of Renaissance Venetian poet, humanist and alchemist G.A. Augurelli (1441-1524). A close friend of Marsilio Ficino and the teacher of Pietro Bembo, Augurelli is the author of three extremely successful, albeit now largely forgotten, alchemical poems that offer an original specimen of the problems and traditions converging into Early Renaissance alchemy. Bringing together the teachings of pseudo-Geber, John of Rupescissa and pseudo-Lull,Augurelli’s works exemplify an influential take on the elixir and its quest, which originally blends together spiritual and technical operations of conversion/transmutation. Current scholarship on alchemy is still divided between scholars like L. Principe, who view alchemy as a mainly technical pursuit, and others writing in the tradition of M. Eliade, who view alchemy as a mainly spiritual endeavor. This presentation will thus contend that Augurelli’s works, their textual history, their intellectual context and their treatment of conversion point to a “middle way” between these contrasting historiographies.

TALK | Gold and Freedom: Money and the Fate of Emancipation in the United States After the Civil War 
By Nicolas Barreyre of the EHESS, Paris and the Charles Warren Center for Studies in American History, Harvard.
Tuesday, February 16 at 4:30PM in Leacock 808

Media@McGill: Crisis of care?
On the social-reproductive contradictions of financialized capitalism
February 18, 2016, 6:00 PM at the Faculty of Law, Moot Court, 3644 Peel St. 

Media@McGill is excited to present a talk by Professor Nancy Fraser, Henry A. and Louise Loeb Professor of Philosophy and Politics at the New School for Social Research in New York.

The Lecture and Q&A session is free and open to the public. Seating on a first-come, first-served basis.

For more information, visit Media@McGill’s website.

McGill Classics Play: Euripides
February 5 and 6 at 2:00 and 8:00 PM @ Association Montreal Beach, 1306 Olier St.
February 7, Victoria Hall, Wesmount, 4626 Sherbrooke Ouest St.

McGill Classics Play is proud to announce its 2016 production: Euripides’ tragedy Hekabe, translated into English and directed by Courtney Ewan, in mask, on a beach! Come experience Euripides’ tragedy of loss and bloody revenge- barefoot! Bring a bag for your boots, and a beach chair if you like! (They will have bags, chairs and beach towels as well.)

Reserve Tickets Here

McGill Classics Play Annual Talk
Monday, February 8, 2016, 4 pm-5:30pm, SH688 495- All welcome!

Toph Marshall (UBC), ‘Hecuba’s Metamorphosis and Revenge’

The McGill Classics Play is accepting proposals for next year’s production- please email with the play you’d like to do, a brief concept description, if you have any ancient language experience (none required!), and possible venues, by February 15th, 2016.


LOUIS RIEL: A Comic-Strip Stage Play at LaChapelle Theatre
Based on Chester Brown’s Graphic Novel
February 25 – March 5, 2016

A gavel bangs in the dark marking the start of Louis Riel’s trial for treason. The man, equally revered and reviled, is in the docks arguing for his life. Based on Chester Brown’s celebrated graphic novel, which so poignantly illustrates the story of the enigmatic Métis hero, RustWerk’s theatrical adaptation pops with the vibrant artistry of the original source, both stark and playful. Riel himself is nothing if not conflicted; troubled by visions and personal discussions with God, he is a gifted leader in a time when defying the dominant society is a treacherous affair. Louis Riel – a comic-strip stage play is at times charged in controversy and irreverent in its depiction of historical figures. Part puppet theatre, part comic-strip, Louis Riel – a comic-strip stage play is a stunning and spirited trek through one of Canada’s most riveting historical periods.

For more information and tickets, visit La Chapelle’s website.

Call for Submissions 

CALL FOR EDITORS: Historical Discourses
DEADLINE: February 5th 2016

Historical Discourses is an annual open-accessed peer-reviewed undergraduate academic journal based out of McGill University. It serves as a scholarly forum for undergraduate students at McGill to critically engage with a range of intellectual and public debates through historical inquiry.

We are now accepting applications for editors for the Spring 2016 issue of Historical Discourses. The editorial board will participate in the paper selection process, help with technical editing, and work closely with the editors-in-chief to produce the journal.

To apply, please submit a writing sample, short bio (50-75 words), and brief description of why you are interested in joining the editorial board for Historical Discourses (200-300 words). Send all documents in PDF format to

CFP: Historical Discourses
Deadline: February 10, 2016 at 11:59PM.
We invite all McGill undergraduates and recently graduated scholars to submit full-length research articles for the Spring 2016 issue. Topics from all geographical, temporal and thematic areas are welcome. Authors may submit up to two articles for consideration. Papers may be submitted in any language–however, all communications will be in either English or French.


Length // Articles, double-spaced (11 point font, preferably Times New Roman), including all references should not exceed 30 pages, and the style should conform to that outlined in the Chicago Manual of Style, 16th Edition (University of Chicago Press).

Coversheet // Please include the following information on a separate cover sheet:
Paper Title
A short abstract (250 to 300 words)
Your full name, program and email address

Submissions should be sent as an email attachment in PDF format to, along with a short bio (maximum 100 words). The authors will be notified on the acceptance of their papers by March 1, 2016. Articles must be original and previously unpublished.

CFP: The McGill Journal of Middle East Studies
Deadline: February 13, 2016

MJMES is accepting submissions for its 2015-2016 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 February 13th, 2016. The journal is also currently accepting shorter contributions, pieces ranging from 500 – 1000 words, on a rolling basis for its blog: (

CFP: Voces
Deadline: February 15, 2016

Submissions are open for Voces the Undergraduate journal of Caribbean, Latin American Studies and Hispanic Studies. Deadline for submissions is February 15th, 2015.

Submissions are also accepted for the cover photo of the journal. The photo must be related to the studies or related artwork. Requirements include a grade of B+ or greater, is in English, Spanish or French and in the related field.

To submit or inquire, email with the following information: class, grade, professor, title, your article and the reviewed paper.

If you have written an independent paper, please note that in your email.


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