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Karly Hurlock

Candidate, M.A. History

Degrees:BA Honours History & Political Science (University of Guelph)

Current Program: MA History (2017)

Supervisors: Prof. Norman Hillmer and Prof. Dominique Marshall

Academic Interests:

I am primarily interested in South Asian history, particularly with respect to India. My interests lie mostly in political history and modern topics (19th century onwards). I am also intrigued by how India has interacted with and related to Canada throughout her modern history as an independent nation. I like to focus on the real-world applications for historical knowledge, namely in regards to international relations and development aid.

Select Publications and Current Projects:

Hurlock, Karly. “Nehru’s Dream for a Modern India: An Assessment of Achievements and Failures in National Identity Formation.” The Mirror (March 2017).

Teaching Experience:

Introduction to World History (B. Wright), Fall 2017

Description of Research:

A growing body of literature has been dedicated to certain chapters in Canada’s relationship with India, namely non-alignment during the Cold War, bilateral indifference from the 1970s to 2000s, and purposeful re-engagement in the 21st century. In the literature pertaining to the period of bilateral indifference, there appears to be an overarching emphasis on explanations for disengagement in the 1970s and re-engagement in the early 2000s, but a lack of consideration given to how existing relations played out in between. This is important to note because although both countries treated one another with considerable indifference, they still maintained some form of diplomatic relations and bilateral foreign policy which have yet to be comprehensively examined. My research intends to address this gap by contributing to the prominent body of literature through an analysis of the nature of the Indo-Canadian relationship during a period of what could be labelled as “quasi-estrangement”. I intend to focus on the Canadian perspectives of this relationship during the late 1970s and early 1980s, concentrating on the period in which Pierre Trudeau and Indira Gandhi were Prime Ministers of Canada and India, respectively.

In light of this concentration, my research question stands: what are the realities of the Indo-Canadian relationship during this period and how does Canada work to revitalize bilateral foreign relations with India? I intend to address these notions with adequate consideration to factors such as roles within the Commonwealth system and practices of bilateral foreign aid. In my analysis, I aim to situate Canadian experiences with India into a broader framework of how the nation approached its foreign affairs in the late 1970s and early 1980s. Overall, my approach to this project will occupy a strand of political history, with the objective of discovering the true nature of Canada’s relationship with India so that this knowledge can be applied in a practical sense to current and future Indo-Canadian relations.