Past Events

2017-2018 Past Events 

2018 Past Events

May 2018

Friday, May 11, 2018 (LAS):

11:00am-12:30pm - Rm. 318, Jackman Humanities Building (St. George Campus) - Truthfulness in Photography: The Photoplastic Mexican Montages of Josef Albers - A lecture by Joaquin Barriendos. All are welcome.

Thursday, May 3 - 5, 2018 - International Conference on Religion & Film:

Please see the conference website here for the schedule and for registration details. We look forward to having you join us!


April 2018

April 26 - May 26, 2018 - Queering Family Photography

A featured exhibition in the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival, Queering Family Photography explores how family photographs reflect, shape, and expand queer forms of affective connection and kinship. This exhibition will be at the Stephen Bulger Gallery. For more information please email

April 26, 5-7pm, Hart House East Common Room - Queering Family Photography: Roundtable - Join renowned artist Sunil Gupta (UK), acclaimed filmmaker Richard Fung (Canada) and prominent Two-Spirited activist Albert McLeod in conversation with co-curators Elspeth Brown and Thy Phu for a conversation on the occasion of Queering Family Photography and Friends and Lovers

April 28, 2-5pm, Stephen Bulger Gallery - Opening Reception - Join us at the Stephen Bulger Gallery to celebrate the opening of two linked, SSHRC-funded shows, both featured exhibitions at the 2018 Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival: Friends and Lovers, featuring the work of UK-based artist Sunil Gupta, and Queering Family Photography, co-curated by Elspeth Brown and Thy Phu, with the assistance of Richard Fung and Sajdeep Soomal.


Wednesday, April 4, 2018:

11:00am-1:00pm - IB 150 - RLG401H: Lectures on Religion and Literature - Topics include: demon nuns, Guatemalan folk tales, Harry Potter, Matilda, and Indigenous children's literature. All are welcome.


March 2018

Monday, March 26, 2018 (CSAC):

9:00am-7:00pm - DV 3140 - Centre for South Asian Civilizations and Politics Research Workshop: Left Politics in South Asia - Past, Present, Future. Please register here.

Friday, March 23, 2018 (HSS):

Evening - Royal Ontario Museum - #FNLROM: EQUINOX - Cost: $10 for tickets that give you complete access to the ROM.. This event is 19+ and IDs will be checked by security. Please contact HSS here.

Friday, March 23, 2018:

3:00-5:00pm - KN 2213 - HIS498Y: History Internship Student Presentations - All are welcome.

Friday, March 23, 2018:

11:00am-1:00pm - IB 150 - RLG401H: Lectures on Religion and Literature - Topics include: video games, Watchmen, Superman, Star Wars, and zombie comics. All are welcome.

Thursday, March 22 & Friday, March 23, 2018 - MENA Conference (WGS):

Please join the Women and Gender Studies Institute at the University of Toronto for a two-day International Conference on “MENA Women: From Street Protest to Online Activism”, March 22nd and 23rd, 2018.

Scholars, academics, researchers, feminist activists, gender rights advocates, public intellectuals, and new media activists will come together to discuss and examine how women in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) are making use of cyberspace and, in particular, social networking sites (SNS) to explore new possibilities of mass networking, to transform virtual sites into feminist spaces, and to fight against the increasing threats of surveillance and censorship.

March 22, 9-6pm - William Doo Auditorium, UTSG - Free & open to the public

March 23, 9-6pm - Council Chambers, UTM - Free & open to the public

Please register HERE.

Monday, March 19, 2018 (HSS):

10:00am-5:00pm - Spigel Hall (Davis Building) - First Annual Prandium Undergraduate Research Conference

Friday, March 16, 2018:

3:30-5:30pm - Council Chambers (DV 3130) - HIS498Y: History Internship Student Presentations - All are welcome.

Thursday, March 15, 2018:

5:30pm - IB 245 - Classics and the World Today 2: Authority and Non-Conformity in the Ancient World - Professor Neville Morley from the University of Exeter - (Reception to follow in the Kaneff Rotunda)

Tuesday, March 13, 2018 (HSS):

2:00-4:00pm - Deerfield Hall (2060) - Defiant Braceros - Dr. Mireya Loza

Tuesday, March 13, 2018 (CSAC):

2:30pm - Council Chambers (DV 3130) - Colloquium Keynote: Aesthesia and Anaesthesia in Vaisnava Liturgy and Metaphysics - Dr. Ronald Inden

Tuesday, March 13, 2018:

Colloquium: Humanity is the Measure of All Things: A Colloquium Exploring Late Antiquity's Intellectual and Spiritual Diversity

From Socrates’ comparison of the structure of the ideal city to the structure of the human soul all the way to Yājñavalkya’s description of the miniature world inside our heart, almost every civilization has tried to understand the world in terms of the individual human person. This is the relationship between the macrocosm and the microcosm, and this colloquium will discuss it using three concrete examples taken from different traditions: Neoplatonism from the Graeco-Roman world, Zoroastrianism from the Persianate world, and Buddhism the Indo-Tibetan world.  These three concrete examples with serve as an introduction for our keynote speaker, Prof. Ron Inden, who will reflect on the theoretical underpinnings of such ideas. 

12:30 - 1:00pm - Council Chambers (DV 3130) - The doctrine of microcosm/macrocosm in Neoplatonism - Matthew Watton

1:00 - 1:30pm - Council Chambers (DV 3130) - The doctrine of microcosm/macrocosm in Zoroastrianism - Ted Good

1:30 - 2:00pm - Council Chambers (DV 3130) - The doctrine of microcosm/macrocosm in Indo-Tibetan Buddhism - Annie Heckman

The Keynote with Dr. Ronald Inden will begin at 2:30pm, after a half hour break. All are wwelcome.

Friday, March 9, 2018 (Feminist Lunchtime Talks):

12:00-2:00pm - Blackwood Gallery (KN 140) - Policing Black Lives: Panel with Robyn Maynard, author of Policing Black Lives, Beverly Bain of WGS, and Sheena Hoszko, Sculptor and Anti-Prison Organizer

Thursday, March 8, 2018:

1:00-2:30pm - DV 3129 - Lecture with Dr. Jessica Stites Mor: Human Rights and Transnational Solidarity in Latin America

Tuesday, March 6, 2018 (WGS):

4:00-6:00pm - Kaneff (137) - Lecture with Dr. Sirma Bilge: Minority Knowledges, Academic Entrepreneurial Selves, and Neoliberal University: Learning from the Institutional Trajectories of Intersectionality - Reception to follow: Music, Performances, and more

Tuesday, March 6, 2018 (CSAC):

3:00pm - Instructional Building (150) - Screening of the award winning film Chauthi Koot - Discussion to follow with director Gurvinder Singh

Friday, March 2, 2018 (HSS):

6:00pm - Blind Duck Pub - Historical Studies Society Annual Trivia Night

Friday, March 2, 2018 (HSS):

2:00-3:00pm - Erindale Hall (ER 213) - Historical Studies Society General Meeting

Thursday, March 1, 2018 (HSS):

1:00-2:00pm - CC 2134 - HSS Presents: Seeing Capitalism's Ghosts: Labour, Migration, and Human Rights in 20th Century United States - Erica Toffoli


February 2018

Monday, February 26, 2018:

Paper Proposals for the First Annual Prandium Undergraduate Research Conference Due Send to

Thursday, February 1, 2018:

5:30-7:30pm - Spigel Hall (Davis Building) - Humanities and Social Sciences Career Night 


January 2018

Friday, January 26, 2018 (CSAC):

8pm-2am - Blind Duck Pub - RAJAN! - Early Bird Tickets $15 or $20 at the door. Tickets can be purchased via PDF or HSC

Friday, January 26, 2018 (HSS):

2-3pm - Instructional Building (IB150) - HSS General Meeting - For more information please contact HSS

Thursday, January 25, 2018 (HSS):

5pm - Instructional Building (IB250) - HSS Presentation of Victor Frankenstein - For more information please contact HSS

Wednesday, January 10, 2018 (Feminist Lunchtime Talks Series):

12-2pm - Blackwood Gallery (KN 140) - Indigenizing Institutions - Jill Carter, Tarah Hogue, Denise Booth McLeod, and Kris Noakes - Moderated by Nicole Laliberte


2017 Past Events

December 2017

Tuesday, December 5, 2017:

EXAM JAM! Schedule of review sessions, wellness activites, and more! 

November 2017

Wednesday, November 29, 2017 (Historical Studies Society):

5:30pm - IB 245 - Exclusive screening of Warehoused: The Forgotten Refugees of Dadaab - Free event and refreshments will be provided.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017 (Feminist Lunchtime Talks Series):

12-2pm - Blackwood Gallery (KN 140) - Tea Time: Mapping Informal Networks of Women Living with HIV - Jessica Lynn Whitbread and Mercy Lillian Gichuki

Tuesday, November 28, 2017:

5 - 8:45pm - Erindale Hall - EH 200F - Professor Mohamad Tavakoli-Targhi , Orientalism and Occidentalism Undergraduate Symposium 

Thursday, November 16, 2017:

9-10am - IB150 - Indo-Caribbean Feminist Thought:Theory and Praxis with Dr. Gabrielle Hosein and Dr. Lisa Outar

10:15-11:15am - Erindale Hall - EH 208 - Breakfast Reception

Sunday, November 12, 2017:

6-9pm - MiST Theatre - Kudiyattam: Ancient Drama in the Present - Co-sponsored by the Professor Tuppil Venkatacharya Trust at the University of Toronto Mississauga and the Centre for South Asian Civilizations. Tickets are free but please register here.

Saturday, November 11, 2017:

12:45pm - CCIT 1080 - Professor Julie MacArthur, Borders Matter: Mapping and Unmapping African History - part of TEDxUTM 2017. Tickets can be purchased here.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017:

3-5pm - CC2130 - Professor Julie MacArthur, Screening History (HIS211) - Special Guest, acclaimed Canadian filmmaker Clement Virgo (TV series, The Book of Negroes) - The conversation will focus on representations of slavery.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017:

3-4:30pm - Faculty Club (DV 3141) - Professor Emeritus Robert Johnson - October Surprise: The Global Impact of the 1917 October Revolution 

Friday, November 3, 2017 (Historical Studies Society):

Evening - Royal Ontario Museum - #FNLROM: VALHALLA - Cost: $13 for tickets that give you complete access to the ROM and include transportation to and from. This event is 19+ and IDs will be checked by security. Please contact HSS here.


October 2017

Thursday, October 5, 2017:

11:45am, Council Chambers (DV 3130) - Conference on South Asian Religions: UTM Featured Keynote: Kristin Scheible - "Aspirations and Agitations for the future Buddha in Theravada sources"

Friday, October 6, 2017:

1-3pm, Jackman Humanities Building - UTSG (rm. 100) - Conference on South Asian Religions: Special Panel - Community and Conquest: Historical Writing in Troubled Times, a roundtable discussion with Shahid Amin, Natalie Zemon Davis, and Rosalind O'Hanlon. Moderated by UTM Historical Studies' Malavika Katsuri.

4pm, Erindale Hall, rm. 200B - UTM Historical Studies' Enrico Raffaelli - "Friendly Enemies". As part of a seminar series organised by the Toronto Initiative for Iranian Studies, this talk focuses on the relations between the Roman Empire and the ancient Iranian Empires.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017:

7-8:30pm, Mississauga Central Library, CL3, 2nd Floor - Professor Chris Petrakos - "The Joke's on Them: Laughter and Social Boundaries in Klondike Miner's Tales, 1886-1896" -Part of the UTM EEO Lecture Me! Series

Monday, October 23, 2017 (Historical Studies Society):

11am-3pm, Student Centre - HSS will be participating in the UTMSU Haunted Carnival! Drop by their spooky table setup and say "BOO!"

Thursday, October 25, 2017:

6-9pm, Instructional Building, rm. 245 - Dr. Hossein Elahi Ghomshei - "On the Nature of Poetry" 

Thursday, October 26, 2017:

6-9pm, William Doo Auditorium, UTSG (45 Willcocks Street - at Spadina) - "Invisible No More" by Andrea J. Ritchie - Book Launch and Panel Discussion with the author, Andrea J. Ritchie, Robyn Maynard (author of Policing Black Lives: State Violence in Canada from Slavery to Present), and Beverly Bain (WGS-UTM)

Thursday, October 27, 2017 (Historical Studies Society):

1-5:30pm, AGO - Featured: the Guillermo Del Toro Exhibit - HSS with the UTM Department of Visual Studies Student Society is providing free transportation and offering tickets to the AGO at a great price - only $13 (now available from either society). The bus leaves from IB at 12:45pm and leaves the AGO for the return trip at 5:30pm. Please contact HSS here.

Thursday, October 27, 2017 (Historical Studies Society:

2-3pm, Instructional Building, rm. 120 - Professors Cowan, Petrakos, and Derry - 95 Theses 500th Anniversary Panel (Refreshments will be provided.)

Thursday, October 27, 2017:

7-9pm, CCT Building, rm. 1080 - Dr. Leonard Lewisohn - "Sufism & the Religion of Love" 

Thursday, October 27, 2017 (Historical Studies Society):

7-9pm, Student Centre, Presentation Room - HSS with the UTM Cinema Studies Association and other student groups is hosting a Halloween Horror Double Feature (Bring your pillow to hide behind during the scary parts!)

Thursday, October 28, 2017:

5-7pm, Instructional Building, rm. 335 - Dr. Jane Lewisohn, Department of Music, Schoole of Oriental & African Studies, University of London - "Preserving and Archiving Persian Performing Arts and Literature"