Shannon Lectures, 2017

Expo Exposed!

Convenor: Professor Paul Litt

About the series:

The History Department’s Shannon Lecture Series for 2017, will commence on September 22, 2017 with more details to be posted as they become available. This year’s lecture series looks at Expo 67 as the highlight of Canada’s centennial. A world’s fair held in Montreal, it dazzled the world with its daring architecture, innovative exhibits, and high-minded theme, “Man and His World.” Many Canadians regarded it as Canada’s coming-out party, a moment when the young nation burst into the international limelight and strutted its stuff to universal acclaim. Substitute “Quebec” or “Indigenous Peoples” for “Canada” in the previous sentence and it would be equally true – Expo 67 was a rich, multivalent spectacle that generated diverse messages. In Canada’s 150th anniversary year, the Carleton Department of History is revisiting Expo 67 to reflect upon the meaning of it all. A select group of lecturers will address key topics such as Expo’s intellectual origins, how it became a proud emblem of modernization for both Canadian and Quebec nationalists, its impact on Indigenous rights and culture, and its iconic stature in the histories of architecture and cinema. X out the dates in your calendar to experience exposition by Expo experts that will expand your mind exponentially.

This public lecture series is made possible by the Shannon Fund, an endowment created by an anonymous friend of the Department of History.

Friday, September 22, 2017

“A Painted Summer Scene: Expo 67 in the Context of Canada in the 1960s”

Dr. Gary Miedema (Project Manager, City of Toronto)

Location and time TBC

About Dr. Gary Miedema

Dr. Gary Miedema is the author of For Canada’s Sake: Public religion, Centennial Celebrations, and the Re-making of Canada in the 1960s, published by McGill-Queen’s University Press in 2005.  For over 10 years he was the Chief Historian of Heritage Toronto, an agency of the City of Toronto, where he continued to study Canada’s mid-twentieth century decades.  He is now a Project Manager with the Museums and Heritage Services section of the City of Toronto, and has been directly involved in the planning of Canada 150 programming in that city.


More details to come.

Friday, October 13, 2017

“Quebec as a Woodstock Nation: When counterculture meets mainstream”

Professor Jean-Philippe Warren (Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Concordia University)

Location and time TBC

About Professor Jean-Philippe Warren

headshot of Jean-Phillipe WarrenProfessor Warren is a professor of sociology at Concordia University in Montreal, and he holds degrees from Université Laval, the University of Montreal and the Ecole Normale Supérieure, in Paris. He has published over 150 articles in intellectual and scholarly journals and has published on a wide range of subjects related to the history of Quebec – including indigenous peoples, social movements, popular culture, youth, the Catholic Church And the arts. His works have appeared in journals of sociology, history, studies of religions, literature and anthropology. His book L’Engagement sociologique (Boréal) received the Clio Award and the Michel Brunet Award in 2003.  He is also the author of several books, notably Discours et pratiques de la contreculture au Québec (Sptentrion, 2015), with Andrée Fortin, and Autour de Paul-Émile Borduas (Boréal, 2011).


More details to come.

Friday, November 3, 2017

“Indigenous art at the Indians of Canada pavilion”

Dr. Carmen Robertson (Visual Arts Department, University of Regina)

Location and time TBC

About Dr. Carmen Robertson

Carmen Robertson outdoors

Dr. Carmen Robertson

Dr. Carmen Robertson is professor of art history at University of Regina in the MAP Faculty. An Indigenous scholar of Scots Lakota ancestry from Saskatchewan, her research centers on contemporary Indigenous arts and constructions of Indigeneity in popular culture. In 2016 she published Norval Morrisseau: Life and Art with Art Canada Institute (Toronto, 2016) and Mythologizing Norval Morrisseau: Art and the Colonial Narrative in the Canadian Media (University of Manitoba Press, 2016). In addition to essays in edited collections and such scholarly journals as American Indian Quarterly, Canadian Journal of Art History, Media History, RACAR and Third Text, Robertson also co-wrote with Mark C. Anderson the award-winning Seeing Red: A History of Natives in Canada’s Newspapers (University of Manitoba Press, 2011).  An independent curator, she is curating an exhibition of new work by Dana Claxton at the MacKenzie Art Gallery for fall 2017.


More details to come.

Friday, November 17, 2017

“Architecture at Expo 67”

Professor Inderbir Singh Riar (Azrieli School of Architecture & Urbanism, Carleton University)

Location and time TBC

About Professor Inderbir Singh Riar

Inderbir Singh Riar profile picture in front of a buildingInderbir Singh Riar is an architectural historian. He explores ways in which architects and bureaucrats have imagined the modern metropolis as producing ideal citizenries. This work has taken several forms including an extensive survey of Toulouse-Le Mirail, the consequential French ville nouvelle built in the 1960s; the project was done in collaboration with the Paris-based photographer Mark Lyon and supported by a grant from the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts. Recent research includes a look at ideologies of “reconstruction” in West Germany and how cities were perceived as sites of democratic sentiment in the aftermath of war, occupation, and fascism. A larger interest in postwar architecture culture also informs studies on Canadian modernism. Riar is currently preparing a book (forthcoming 2018) on the vast intellectual program of Expo 67 and the manner in which architects engaged questions of civic identity and nation-state power. In 2013, Riar was invited by The Japan Foundation to participate in the Japan-U.S. Curator Exchange Program. In 2017, he joined the Board of Directors of the Diefenbunker, Canada’s Cold War Museum in Carp, Ontario. Riar’s writings appear in books and journals, and he has lectured in universities worldwide.


More details to come.

Friday, December 1, 2017

“Visibility/Invisibility: Art and the Indians of Canada Pavilion at Expo ’67”

Professor Janine Marchessault (Cinema and Media Studies, York University)

Location and time TBC

About Janine Marchessault

Dr. Marchessault is Professor of Cinema and Media Studies in the Department of Cinema and Media Arts at York University, where she held the Canada Research Chair in Art, Digital Media and Globalization (2003-2013). She was the co-founder of Future Cinema Lab and the inaugural Director of Sensorium: Centre for Digital Arts and Technology Research at York University. In 2012, Professor Marchessault was awarded a prestigious Trudeau Fellowship to pursue her ground breaking curatorial and public art research around the problem of sustainable development. She has (co)curated numerous large-scale public art exhibitions in Toronto and beyond—Being on Time (2001), The Leona Drive Project (2009), Museum for the End of the World (2012) and Land|Slide, Possible Futures (2013) which are all site specific exhibitions. Land|Slide was named one of the best exhibitions in Canada in 2013 by Canadian Art Magazine, and was invited to be part of the Shenzhen/Hong-Kong Architectural Biennale (2013-2014).

For over the past five years she has also worked with researchers and curators to uncover some of missing film experiments pioneered at Expo 67. Her latest co-edited anthology (with M. K. Gagnon) Reimagining Cinema: Film at Expo 67 (McGill-Queen’s Press, Fall 2014) documents these multiscreen events. She is also involved in on-going archival research related to Edmund Carpenter and Marshall Mcluhan’s media think-tank and journal Explorations in the early 1950s at the University of Toronto under the rubric of the Explorations Seminar. The anthology Cartographies of Place: Navigating the Urban (with M. Darroch, McGill-Queen’s 2014) examines new models of the media city. Marchessault is the author of ten monographs and (co)edited volumes, and over fifty articles in books, journals and catalogues devoted to cinema, new media, and contemporary art. She is a past President of the Film Studies Association of Canada and a co-founder of the Future Cinema Lab devoted to creating ‘new stories for new screens’. She has lectured widely, and held faculty positions at McGill University and Ryerson University. Monographs in preparation: Ecstatic Worlds: Media, Utopias, Ecology (forthcoming MIT Press); and Archival Imaginary: Creative Approaches to Digital Memory. Collections in preparation include The Oxford Handbook to Canadian Cinema (with Will Straw, Oxford) and Process Cinema: HandMade Film in the Digital Age (with S. MacKenzie McGill-Queen’s). Exhibition in preparation includes a site specific engagement with revitalization in Toronto’s Lawrence Heights, Houses on Pengarth (2016-2019).


More details to come.

Please contact Paul Litt at ideally at least two weeks in advance of this event, and at the very least one week in advance, should you wish to request interpretation services.

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