Welcome to the 29th year of the Laurier Centre for Military Strategic and Disarmament Studies’ speaker series! Though the COVID-19 pandemic keeps us from meeting in-person for at least a little while longer, we will continue to make available the cutting-edge scholarship currently being done on Canada’s past and present to the general public.
Until Canadian public health officials and the leadership team at Wilfrid Laurier University allow for the safe resumption of in-person gatherings, all speaker series events will take place virtually on Zoom.
Registration is required. Should you have any questions about the speaker series, please send Eric an e-mail at [email protected]
That Talented Canadian, Mr. Frank Prewett: Trauma and Indigenous Masquerade in the Wake of the First World War
Joy Porter, University of Hull
October 6th at 3:30pm ET | Register HERE
This talk will recount the remarkable story of Canadian poet Frank Prewett during and after the First World War. Prewett’s brooding good looks and claims to Iroquois ancestry attracted both sexes, including British aristocrats Siegfried Sassoon and Lady Ottoline Morrell. Amidst the heady vertigo of pandemic-ridden, post-war England, this remarkable Canadian became the toast of elite British literary society—that is, until it all crashed around his ears.
JOY PORTER is Leverhulme Major Research Fellow and PI of the Treatied Spaces Research Group at the University of Hull, U.K. (treatiedspaces.com) where she researches Indigenous, environmental, and diplomatic themes in an interdisciplinary context. Fascinated by the mind, by what makes us love, persevere, transcend and escape the legacies of conflict, her work exposes how culture impacts the world.
“We must see our men”: Canada’s Official First World War Photographs
Carla-Jean Stokes, Okanagan College
November 3rd at 7:30pm ET | Register HERE
This talk will explore the history of Canada’s official First World War photography program from its inception in 1916 to its conclusion in 1919. We will meet each of Canada’s war photographers and examine their individual styles through viewing digitized vintage prints from the war. This investigation of original photographs will allow us to learn more about the materiality and complex lives of printed objects.
CARLA-JEAN STOKES is a writer, lecturer, and curator of war photographs. She has an MA in history from Wilfrid Laurier University, as well as an MA in Photographic Preservation and Collections Management. In 2015, she won the Photographic Historical Society of Canada thesis prize for work, “British Official First World War Photographs, 1916-1918: Arranging and Contextualizing a Collection of Prints at the Art Gallery of Ontario.” She also received the 2019 Elaine Ling Fellowship from the Ryerson Image Centre for her project: “‘Somewhere in France:’ Contextualizing the Ryerson Image Centre’s Collection of Canadian First World War Photographs.”
Give War a Chance: Are Peace-Building and Stabilization a Bust after Afghanistan?
Alistair Edgar, Wilfrid Laurier University & Balsillie School of International Affairs
December 1st at 7:30pm ET | Register HERE
Even before the Taliban’s rapid return to power in Afghanistan, most western governments—including Canada—appeared to have abandoned their willingness to engage in peacekeeping, peace-building and/or ‘stabilization’ interventions that involved placing western ‘boots on the ground’ in support of populations who were facing large scale threats of violence. This presentation will consider why that dis-engagement has taken place, and what it means for Canada and especially the Canadian Forces.
DR. ALISTAIR EDGAR is Associate Professor of Political Science at Wilfrid Laurier University, with cross-appointment to the Balsillie School of International Affairs. He has been closely associated with the Laurier Centre over the past two decades. He is an editor of Global Governance: A Review of Multilateralism and International Organizations (Brill/Nijhoff), and served as Executive Director of the Academic Council on the United Nations System (ACUNS) in 2003-2008 and 2010-2018. Outside of his scholarly activities, he is President of the Canadian Landmine Foundation.
For a list of past speakers, click here.