10 September 2020

Shannon Lectures 2020: The History of Human Rights in Canada

The first lecture of the annual Shannon Lectures in History is online on 18 September 2020 with a lecture from Dr. Edward Dunsworth (McGill University), titled "Inclusion, Exclusion, and Migrant Farm Labour in Canada".

Abstract: The history of farm labour in Canada has been profoundly shaped by questions of inclusion and exclusion – especially at the border. Drawing on transnational research on Ontario’s tobacco workforce and looking in particular at migrations from the southern United States and the Caribbean, this talk will demonstrate how often-racist immigration policies and labour practices determined not only who could enter the Canadian farm labour market, but also the conditions of workers’ participation and their ability to attain a decent livelihood.

Register here.

Other lectures in the series are:

2 Oct: The Postwar Human Rights Movement in Quebec & Catholic Workers: Between Universality & Identity
Paul-Étienne Rainville, Post-Doctoral Fellow, Department of History, York University

23 Oct: On the Cutting Edge: Disabled Canadians and Rights Acquisition
Nancy Hansen, Associate Professor, Disability Studies, University of Manitoba

6 Nov: The History of Privacy and the Future of AI
Teresa Scassa, Professor, Canada Research Chair in Information Law and Policy, Faculty of Law, University of Ottawa 

27 Nov: Truth Commissions and the Politics of Collective Memory
Bonny Ibhawoh, Professor, Senator William McMaster Chair in Global Human Rights, Department of History, McMaster University

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