Modern Literature & Culture Research Centre & Gallery

Dear friends and colleagues,

This past year was a turbulent and difficult one for many, including for our team at the MLC Research Centre. The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has put to the test our Centre’s motto: putting research into action and transforming society. Yet in these unprecedented times, the MLC has been able to convene, discuss, and come together with our international community in new and unprecedented ways. With this silver lining in mind, I am pleased to present the Top 10 accomplishments of the MLC Research Centre of 2020. I hope you enjoy!

Please feel free to forward this newsletter to colleagues, students, and postdoctoral fellows and encourage them to sign up on our website. I wish you a happy and healthy year ahead.

Irene.

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Pandemic Webinar Series

The MLC launched the Pandemic Webinar Series in response to COVID-19 with 37 internationally acclaimed experts and with hundreds of participants monthly from around the globe. Become a contributor!

2.

I Can Only Paint by Irene Gammel

The remarkable story of Mary Riter Hamilton is finally available in I Can Only Paint: The Story of Battlefield Artist Mary Riter Hamilton (MQUP). Get your copy of this book!

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Reading Fashion in Art by Ingrid Mida

We launched Reading Fashion in Art (Bloomsbury) by Postdoctoral Research Fellow Ingrid Mida with over 180 international guests. Get your copy of this book!

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Our Awesome MLC Team

I am extremely grateful to the MLC’s outstanding executive team: Cintia Cristia, assistant professor, RTA School of Media; research coordinator Cameron MacDonald; and doctoral students Jaclyn Marcus and Jason Wang; to our postdoctoral fellow Ingrid Mida, digital archivists and strategists Warsan Amin, Anna Krentz and Ben Taylor, and new members Priyana Govindarajah, Allison Kinahan, and Vanessa Nim.

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Disseminating our Findings Internationally

Collectively, during the 2019-20 academic year, the MLC team published or had accepted for publication 4 monographs, 12 peer-reviewed articles and chapters, and 18 national and international conference papers. We trained 41 HQP. Source: MLC Annual Report 2019-20.

6.

Operation Canada is Live!

Explore the personal war diaries of the First World War through the lenses of gender, race, and culture. Meet the international board and become a contributor to wardiaries.ca.

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PhD Milestones Reached

Congratulations to two MLC doctoral milestones: Jason Wang defended his doctoral dissertation on urban walking with distinction and Jaclyn Marcus passed her comprehensive exams also with distinction and is now embarking on her SSHRC-supported dissertation on fashion in literature.

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Call for Papers for New Post-Pandemic Book

As the vaccination rollout signals the beginning of the end of COVID-19, we invite contributors to contemplate the long-term impact of the pandemic in the post-COVID-19 era. Contribute your essay to The Pandemic, Modernity, and the Everyday (Routledge). See the call for papers.

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Thank you to our Donors, Partners, Sponsors!

I am grateful to SSHRC, CFI, Ryerson University, and the Faculty of Arts. Thank you to our local, national and international partners and donors. To donate, click here.

10.

MLC Social Media reaches over 10,000 followers

Thank you to all of our Twitter followers, Facebook followers, as well as our MLC electronic members. If you are not yet a member, you can sign up and receive our newsletter.

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To become involved, contact me at gammel@ryerson.ca or research coordinator Cameron MacDonald at adminmlc@ryerson.ca.

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