Lecture Series: Crispin Branfoot

Come on out to Dr. Crispin Branfoot, Senior Lecturer in South Asian Art and Archaeology, SOAS two upcoming lectures:

Dr. Crispin Branfoot's Lecture (1): Imperial Designs: The Tamil Temple and the Vijayanagara Empire 

  • April 1, 2014
  • 4:00pm - 6:00pm
  • Kaneff Centre, Room 137

Click here for the full details on Dr. Crispin Branfoot's Lecture 1

Dr. Crispin Branfoot's Lecture (2): Heavens on Earth: Madurai and the South Indian Temple-City

  • April 2, 2014
  • 7:00pm - 8:00pm 
  • Royal Ontario Museum, Signy and Cléophée Eaton Theatre, Level 1B

Click here for full details about Dr. Crispin Branfoot's Lecture 2

Please note: A limited number of tickets to the ROM and shuttlebus tickets to UTM are available for graduate students and faculty. If you are interested in free tickets, please contact by Wednesday, March 19. 

Iranian Seminar Series

Topic: Anglo-Persian Taxonomies of Indian Religions

  • Date: Friday March 28, 2014
  • Time: 4:00 pm
  • Location: 200B Bancroft Hall, 4 Bancroft Avenue M5S 1C1

Click here to view the seminar series poster

Using Twitter in the Classroom Seminar

Using social media tools such as Twitter can provide opportunities for unique and engaging interactions that support student learning. Join us for an engaging session where we will explore the ways Twitter has been integrated into class activitieshere at UTM. In addition to discussing practical ‘how-to’ questions, presenters in this session, from both the sciences and humanities, will discuss some of the challenges and benefits that come with using this type of social media tool. Examples will be provided and discussion will follow.


  • Lisa Trentin, Lecturer, Department of Historical Studies
  • Jayson Parker, Lecturer, Department of Biology and MBiotech Program  

Date:  Friday, March 28th, 2014

Time:  11 am – 12 noon

Location:  UTM Library Technology Center


If you have an accommodation need for this meeting due to a disability, please email Simone Laughton at and we will do our best to make appropriate arrangements.

This seminar is co-sponsored by Instructional Technology, UTM Library; InTeGrate group, MCS.

Dating & Gender Table Topics Event

The Department of Historical Studies, Women and Gender Studies presents:

What's Love Got To Do With It?  Dating & Gender 

  • Date: March 20, 2014
  • Time: 3:00 - 5:30pm
  • Location: Faculty Club, Davis Building

Click here for full details about the Dating & Gender event

                                                                                              **Refreshments will be served**

A Master Class on Habitus, Abjection and Hybridity

Join us for the special Master Classes event with presenters Professor Daniel James and Mirta Lobato.

  • Tuesday, March 18, 2014         "Exiting the Inferno: The Habitus of the Santiago Countryside in the 1930s and 1940s."
  • Wednesday, March 19, 2014   " The Formation of Santiageño Identity: Cabecitas negras, Hybridity , and the Idea of the Other"
  • Location: Sidney Smith Hall, Room 208

Attendance at the Master Class will be limited, please RSVP by March 14th.

Click here for the full Master Classes event details.

Special Seminar Event: The Collector

The Department of Historical Studies Presents:

  • Professor Daniel James (Beranardo Mendel Chair of Latin American History, Indiana University)
  • Date: March 17, 2014 @ 9 am - 11 am
  • North Building, NE 143
  • RSVP before March 14, 2014 (space is limited)

Click here for full event details and information of this special seminar event

Star Wars and the Spiritual Traditions of Iran 


  • Presented By: Professor Francisco Luis
  • Date: Friday, February 28, 2014 
  • Time: 7-9 PM
  • Location: North Building Room 143

Click here to review the Star Wars and Spiritual Traditions of Iran event flyer 

Celebrating the Life of First Nations Women

You are invited to a special International Women's Day Event hosted by the Department of Historical studies, Women & Gender Studies on Monday March 3, 2014.

  • Time: 2:30 -4:30 pm
  • Place: North Building NE134

Guest Speakers:

  • Lee Maracle, Author and Traditional Teacher
  • Susan Blight, Artist, Activist, Educator and Radio Host
  • Jamaias DaCosta, Writer and Radio Producer

Click here to review more details about Celebrating The Life of First Nations Women event


Queer & Trans Family Planning Info Session

Date: Wednesday, February 12th
Time: 4:00 to 6:00 p.m.
Location: U of T, Mississauga Campus, 3359 Mississauga Road, Davis Building, Room 3138

Come with your questions about family planning, including fertility, home and clinic insemination, sperm banks, adoption, co-parenting, single parenting, non-biological and social (non-biological) parenting, surrogacy, family configurations and family recognition.


Facilitated by Rachel Epstein, Coordinator, LGBTQ Parenting Network, Sherbourne Health Centre

All community members are welcome including University of Toronto students, staff, faculty, and postdoctoral fellows! Register by email: or by phone 416-978-0951. Free

Positive Space Faculty Panel & Discussion

What do you do to make your classrooms positive spaces? What can be accomplished to ensure that all students can learn and achieve in safe spaces? Are we aware of how language can make learning spaces more accessible for LGBTQ* students (e.g. what types of language can be exclusive vs. inclusive)? What particular challenges do instructors need to identify and negotiate? How can in-class behavior and/or remarks that are marginalizing be addressed in a way that makes classrooms more inclusive? 

The Dean's Office and UTM's Positive Space Committee invite you to join us in attendance at this panel. The above questions are a few of the issues and areas of concern that we will discuss. Join the conversation, raise questions, share strategies and help to create positive space in the classroom.

Date: Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Time: 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Location: Council Chamber (Rm 3130), Davis Building

Moderator: Joan Simalchik

Panelists: Judith Andersen, Cleo Boyd, Elspeth Brown, Hugh Gunz & Darryl Gwynne

                                                                                                 **Refreshments will be served**

Public Lecture by Professor Claudio Monge

You are invited to attend a public lecture by Professor Claudio Monge!

Topic of Lecture: "Religion, Social Innovation and a Receptive Openness to Difference"

When: Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Time:  3:00 - 5:00 pm

Where: IB140 

Click here for full details about the lecture topic and the Professor's biography

UTM Undergraduate Research Grant

Arjan Mann was recently (Fall 2013) awarded a UTM Undergraduate Research Grant for his research project with Dr. Lisa Trentin, titled “Disabled Soldiers and War Veterans in Hellenistic and Roman Antiquity”. This project aims to track and analyze the injuries and impairments sustained by soldiers that shifted service under the successor kings of Alexander the Great, focusing specifically on King Pyrrhus of Epirus and his early encounters with the Roman Republic (280-275BC).

Arjan Mann

Double Major: Classical Civilizations and Paleontology

Click here to view a photo of Arjan Mann

Dalibhunga: The Historical Studies Bulletin!

We are excited to share with you the inaugural issue of Dalibhunga: The Historical Studies Bulletin. Its pages are populated with articles about the Department’s award-winning students, innovative pedagogical projects, and collaborative endeavours. It includes fun facts about the new faculty you’ll bump into in our corridors, insights into the path breaking research of our recently tenured colleagues, announcements of faculty publications, stories from our alumni, all sorts of Department initiatives and activities, and much more!

New Profile: Victoria Tahmasebi-Birgani

Women and Gender Studies Professor Victoria Tahmasebi-Birgani from the Department of Histiorical Studies is currently featured on UTM's Research Office website with a virtuous profile feature. The profile includes details about her past as a refugee livinging in the United Nations and how her upbringing has impacted her academic work and areas of interest. The profile also features her brand new book: Emmanuel Levinas and the Political of Non-Violence (University of Toronto Press, January 2014).

Click here to view Dr. Tahmasebi-Birgani featured profile

Annual Montreal Massacre Memorial

The Women's Centre here at UTM is hosting their Annual Montreal Massacre Memorial.

This event will be taking place in the Student Centre from 12-3pm on December 6th. We hope to see you there!

Click here for more details about the Montreal Massacre Memorial

WGS Power Hour

The Women and Gender Studies Society presents its first panel discussion of the year. The panel will be open to students, instructors and professors and will cover main topics including: What can you do with a WGS Degree?; Going to Grad School Preparation; How to make the most of the program such as practicum, independent studies.

The event will take place on November 28, 2013 @ 4:30 - 6PM in DV3129

Click here for more details

Women and Revolution in the Middle East Roundtable

Topic: Reflections on the Recent Revolts, Rebellions, and Uprisings in the Middle East

Speakers to include:

  • Sedef Arat-Koc, Ryerson University
  • Linda Tabor, University of Toronto
  • Victoria Tahmasebi-Birgani, University of Toronto
  • Dina Georgis, University of Toronto

Monday, November 25, 2013 @ 5:00 - 8:00 PM  

Click here for more information about the roundtable discussion

The Early Modern Deccan in a Global Context

The Jackman Humanities Institute Program for the Arts on Translation and the Multiplicity of Languages is pleased to present: Deborah Hutton, Associate Professor of Art History, The College of New Jersey
170 St. George St., RM 100
Date & Time: November 15th, 2 to 4 pm

This lecture is the first in a series titled "Exchanging Glances:Imag(in)ing Hindu-Muslim Visual Pieties in the Deccan" sponsored by the Department for the Study of Religion, University of Toronto Department of Historical Studies, University of Toronto Mississauga Centre for South Asian Studies This event is free and open to the public.  Registration is not required.  For further information, please contact the Jackman Humanities Institute, (416) 946-0313.

Click here for more information about The Early Modern Deccan in a Global Context lecture series

Prandium the Journal of Historical Studies and Publication Call!

Publishing your work in Prandium is a great way to contribute to scholarly conversations happening at this university and world-wide. A publication looks great on your CV and will make your application to graduate or professional school stand out.

The submission deadline is Feb 3, 2014. Accepted papers will be published online in the Spring 2014 issue of Prandium. 

Click here for more information about submission details and guidelines

Roundtable Discussion

Topic: Forced (Un) Veiling: Questioning Multiculturalism and Accommodation in Relation to the Quebec Charter of Values and the Legal Case of N.S.

An exciting roundtable discussion with: Dr. Karen Ruffle, Dr. Soroush Dabbagh, Shelina Kassam and Ayesha Valliani, will be taking place on November 14, 2013 from 3:30 – 5:00 pm in room 262 of the North Build (Dean’s Lounge)

Click here for more details about the featured roundtable discussion  


Professor Rima Berns-McGown on Somalis in Canada

Elaine Smith interviews Rima Berns-McGown, an adjunct professor in the Department of Historical Studies at U of T Mississauga, about Somali-Canadians, the impact the al-Shabaab terrorist group attack in Nairobi, Kenya had on them and their experiences in Canada.

Click here to read the full Q & A with Professor Berns-McGown.


Launching of, “Subersive Itinerary: The Thought of Gad Horowitiz” 

Dr. Victoria Tahmasebi-Birgani will be reading from her article, “The Sexed Body of the Woman-(M)Other: Irigaray and Marcuse on the Intersection of Gender and Ethical Intersubjectivity," which is published in the book

                                                  Date: Saturday, September 28, 2013
                                                  Time: 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
                                                  Location: Prefix Institute of Contemporary Art, 401 Richmond Street West, Suite 124

Click here for more information about the launching Dr.Tahmasebi-Birgani's article   

Iranian Studies Seminar Series Presents: Mohammad Rasoulof, Independent Iranian Filmmaker

The Autumn 2013 Iranian Studies Seminar Series presents a two hour conversation with Mohammed Rasoulof, Independent Iranian Filmmaker.

Date: Wednesday, September 11, 2013; 6-9 pm

Location: Bancroft Hall, RM 316.

Click here for more information about this seminar

 Professor in the Press        

                                                                       BBC                                                                                                                                                                                                                           The Department of Historical Studies’ very own Professor Alireza Haghighi was among a select few that was invited to the UK to appear on BBC Farsi as a political analyst during Iran’s 2013 presidential elections. For two weeks leading up to the election night, Professor Haghighi drew upon his research background in Middle Eastern politics and Islam to give viewers a unique outlook on Iran’s presidential elections. According to Professor Haghighi, the elections were an exciting time in Iranian politics and they will have significant implications in the international political realm. The reform-minded Hassan Rouhani won the elections with a landslide victory. Professor Haghighi believes that Mr. Rouhani’s victory marks a new and positive chapter in Iranian politics.

CBC Radio One - "Revising History" Part 2

On Thursday, May 2, 2013, part 2 of Professor Bob Johnson's two part series will be featured on CBC Radio One (99.1 Toronto) from 9-10 PM. Professor Johnson looks at "what happens when historians go searching for new evidence about the nation's past? It can change the way its citizens think about their country as well as their identity." Part 2 of this two part series speaks to some American historians who are asking us to reconsider America's role in the Vietnam War. 

Click here to listen to Part 2 of Revisiting History on CBC Radio One

Upcoming Workshop & Lecture at the Munk School

Workshop: Professor Kevin Coleman will be participating in a workshop based upon his book manuscript on Tuesday, April 2, 2013 from 4-6 pm in RM 108N

Lecture: Professor Jens Andermann from the University of Zurich will be hosting a public lecture on Wednesday, April 3, 2013 from 2-4 pm RM 208N

Both events will be taking place at the: Munk School of Global Affairs located at: 1 Devonshire Place.

Upcoming Event

Topic: "Invocations of Kaliyuga in Violent Kannada Cinema" by Chandan Gowda

Date: Thursday, April 4, 2013 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Location: University College - Rm 255 - 15 Kings College Circle

Presented by Professor of Sociology, Azim Premji, University Bengaluru. 

CBC Radio One - "Revising History" Part 1 - Professor Bob Johnson

On Wednesday, April 3, 2013, part 1 of Professor Bob Johnson's two part series will be featured on CBC Radio One (99.1 Toronto) from 9-10 PM. Professor Johnson looks at "what happens when historians go searching for new evidence about the nation's past? It can change the way its citizens think about their country as well as their identity." Part 1 of this two part series looks at what happens when Russians begin to examine Stalin's vaunted role as a leader during World War II.  

Part 1 will be rebroadcasted on Ideas in the Afternoon on Monday, April 8 from 2-3 PM. 

Click here to listen to Part 2 of Revisiting History on CBC Radio One

Upcoming Workshop

Topic: Placing History & Historians Georgraphy: A cross-disciplinary workshop on the relations between geography and history

Date: March 25-26, 2013

For information about this workshop, please click here 

South Asia Day


South Asia Day on March 8th 2013 will feature daytime events and an evening showcase of student ideas and talents, featuring:
• undergraduate and graduate research on South Asia and South Asian diasporas
• An exhibit of artwork produced by UTM students
• An evening reception celebrating students’ talents and contributions to learning about South Asian culture   

For more information, please click here.

International Women's Week

The UTM Women's Centre has been collaborating with various on and off campus groups to bring you International Women's Week, which will be taking place on March 6, 7, and 8, 2013. 

Wednesday, March 6            

-12 pm - CampUS Safety Launch in CCT              

-3 pm - Cancer Workshop

Thursday, March 7        

-11 am -1 pm - WGS Action Group Panel Discussion in Student Center

- 6 pm - Campus Police Dissolve Play

Friday, March 8             

- 11 am -1 pm - 1 Fair in South

- 1 pm - 2 pm - 1 Presentation Conference in IB

Health Centres Movement Program in evening


2013 Women’s History Month Seminars

 Foundation for Iranian Studies & Toronto Initiative for Iranian Studies are hosting Women's History Month Seminars 2013.

   Click here to learn more about the seminars

Upcoming Seminar 

Ottoman and Turkish Studies presents: Irene Markoff (York University), "Reflections on the Revitalization of Sufi Identities and Expressive Culture in the Balkans: In Search and Parallels with Heterodox Muslim Groups in Turkey"

  • Date: Thursday February 28, 2013
  • Time: 4:30 - 6:30 pm
  • Place: NMC dept. Seminar Room (BF200B), 4 Bancroft Ave.

For more information about the seminar, please click here.

Iranian Studies Seminar Series - Upcoming Seminar

Topic: "The Trouble with Third Powers: German-Iranian Relations to 1941" a talk by Jennifer L. Jenkins (University of Toronto)

Date: Friday 15  February 2013 

Time: 4 pm

Place: Bancroft Hall 200B

4 Bancroft Avenue Toronto, Ontario M5S 1C1

Abstract: This talk analyzes the German presence in Iran from 1928 until the Allied invasion of the country in August 1941. By 1940-41 the economic relationship between the two countries was at its height, with Germany enjoying the position of Iran's "foremost trade partner." In looking at this peak period of interaction, questions arise as to continuities and ruptures in the relationship between the two states. What was specific to the Nazi economic relationship with Iran? What were the older German-Persian economic foundations upon which Hitler's regime built and expanded? Did ideological connections primarily shape the relationship in the 1930s, or did national economic interests—as exercised by each side—dominate? After providing background on German-Iranian relations, this talk will argue the economic side. It explores why Iran became a site of National Socialist economic concentration in the mid 1930s, and asks the question of how the plans of Reich Economics Minister Hjalmar Schacht for the global outreach of the Nazi economy spoke to the desires of Reza Shah's Iran for national modernization. 

For further details about the Seminar Series please click here or call phone number 416-978-2413.

Iranian Studies Seminar Series - Upcoming Seminar

Topic: "Neoliberal Urbanism & the 1990's Reform Movement in Iran" a talk by Azam Khatam (York University)

Date: Friday 8 February 2013

Time: 4 p.m

Place: Bancroft Hall 200B

4 Bancroft Avenue Toronto, Ontario M5S 1C1

Abstract: The 1989 inaugural issue of an economic magazine, Tazah-ha-yi Eqtisad, published an article featuring an illustration of a patient lying on stretcher and so bloated with illness that the medics carrying him were wearing gas masks. The body was identified as “Tehran.” In the years following the Iran-Iraq war (1980-1988) government economists invoked the medical metaphor of an ailing body in their description of Tehran. Their intention, in doing so, was to represent Tehran as deserving official intervention in order to be cured. I will argue that the image of Tehran as a sick body in need of medical attention eventually gave way to an understanding of Tehran as the national focal point of a putative Islamic modernism. This article addresses the liberalization and deregulation of urban governance and controversies attending this process for expanding the spectrum of political and civil dialogue and enabling neoliberal urbanism.

For further details about the Seminar Series please click here or call phone number 416-978-2413.

Upcoming Event: A Public Talk

Women and Gender Studies presents Mari Ruti, PhD: The case for Falling in Love, a public talk on Wed Feb 13, 2013                                                

Click here to for more information about Mari Ruti's public talk.

Prandium: A Historical Studies Lunchtime Seminar Series

The UTM Department of Historical Studies and the Historical Studies Society cordially invite you to the fourth talk of the 2012‐2013 Prandium Seminar Series, on Tuesday, January 15th, at 12:00 in Room 143, North Building, UTM. A light lunch will be provided.

Our presenter is Erin Vearncombe, a Ph.D. candidate in the Department for the Study of Religion, who will be delivering the paper “Connecting Threads: Clothing and Identity in the Gospel of Mark”.

For more information, please click here.

Prandium Journal Submissions

Prandium: the Journal of Historical Studies is now accepting scholarly submissions from current undergraduate students on subjects relevant to Historical Studies and its related disciplines. Submissions may take the form of, but not limited to, the following:

  • Research paper
  • Critical review of books or film
  • Visual art
  • Argumentative essay
  • Short Story
  • Poetry

Submissions (including questions) can be sent to  by February 1, 2013.

Information regarding submission guidelines can be found on the Prandium Journal website.

Historical Studies Exam Jam Tomorrow!

The Exam Jam will be taking place tomorrow (Dec 5). There have been two new courses added to the Exam Jam Schedule: RLG204 and HIS222.

Time: 9am-6pm

Location: Davis Building, Spigel Hall

Click here for a revised Exam Jam schedule

We look forward to seeing you!

Guest Lecture: Dr. Judith Fletcher

Topic: " Myths of the Underworld in Contemporary Film and Fiction

Date: Monday, November 12, 2012 @ 10:30 am in DV2080

Click here for more inforamtion about the guest lecture!


Dr. Yonatan Eyal:  Rountable Teaching Symposium:

“Whither Liberal Education in a Research University?” on Nov 5, 2012 from 1:30 – 2:30 pm, and Shafique will be on the Panel, “ Online Learning – Beyond Content to “Aha moments” for Both Faculty and Students” from 2:35-3:35.

Please click here for registration and details.

Town Hall Meetings re: Academic Planning

The dates for the Town Halls are are as follows:

  • Wednesday, Sept. 5th, Town Hall (primarily for Staff) - 10:00 – 11:30 am, Council Chambers (DV 3130)
  • Tuesday, Sept. 18th, Town Hall (primarily for Students)- 3:00 – 5:00 pm, Council Chambers (DV 3130)
  • Tuesday, Oct. 9th, Town Hall (primarily for Faculty and Librarians)– 3:00 – 5:00 pm, Council Chambers (DV 3130)

Prandium Seminar Series 2012-2013

Congratulations to the winners for the Prandium Seminar Series 2012-13.

For a list of speakers and schedule, please click here

An Eye for Photography

Congratulations to our newest faculty member, Dr. Kevin Coleman, on winning the Spring 2012 NACLA photo contest.

To view the winning photo, please click here. 

Historical Studies Professor Recognized with Prestigious Human Rights Prize

The Department of Historical Studies would like to congratulate Dr. Joan Simalchik, recipient of the 2012 Ludwik and Estelle Jus Memorial Human Rights Prize. Below is a section of the feature article that can be read in its entirely in the inaugural issue of Prandium: The Journal of Historical Studies at the University of Toronto Mississauga.

"Though her students and colleagues in the Historical Studies department at UTM know her as a senior lecturer and programme coordinator for Women and Gender Studies (WGS), Dr. Simalchik’s extensive CV highlights the extent to which her educational activities reach far beyond the UTM classroom. Her students are the fortunate beneficiaries of her varied career in local, national and international organizations. One associate characterized Joan Simalchik as “a catalyst for change, and someone who uses her incredible talents, experience and insight to ensure that some of the most vulnerable people in our society are treated with dignity and care and provided with the space to participate in important global issues and change.”

To read the full-length article, please click here.

 Ashley Yoannou & Dr. Joan Simalchik