Nature's Past: Canadian Environmental History Podcast Episode 47: Pollution Probe and the History of Environmental Activism in Ontario

Environmental activism has a long history in Canada. Like others around the world, in the late 1960s and early 1970s, Canadians became involved in a number of environmental non-governmental organizations. Picking up on a prevailing spirit of protest during the era, several environmental problems surfaced as popular political issues: air pollution, water pollution, solid waste […]

The Department of History Welcomes Edward Jones-Imhotep

I am very pleased to announce that the Provost has recently approved formally the transfer of Professor Edward Jones-Imhotep, currently Associate Professor in the Dept. of Natural Science in the Faculty of Science, to LA&PS History. Prof. Jones-Imhotep’s research focuses on the intertwined histories of technology, trust, and social order in modern Europe and North […]

York alumnus named Immigration Minister

Ahmed Hussen, a graduate of York University’s history program, is Canada’s new Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship. Hussen, now 40, arrived in Canada at age 16 as a refugee and was sworn in as immigration minister on Jan. 10, 2017. He is a Member of Parliament for the Toronto riding of York South-Weston and […]

Markham Museum internships give York students experience in the competitive field of public history

  Dear colleagues and graduate students, Historians will be interested to read the Y-File story that has just been posted today: about the great opportunities that our History colleague Jennifer Bonnell's course on Public History (AP/HIST 4840 6.0, Public History) is creating for York students. The article focuses on two students who interned last […]

Congratulations to our colleague Sakis Gekas on the publication of Xenocracy: State, Class, and Colonialism in the Ionian Islands, 1815-1864

Dear historians, It gives me great pleasure to announce the publication of our colleague Sakis Gekas' latest book, Xenocracy: State, Class, and Colonialism in the Ionian Islands, 1815-1864 (New York & Oxford: Berghahn Books, 2016, 380 pp.) This is how the press describes the volume: Of the many European territorial reconfigurations that followed the wars […]

Congratulations to Colin Coates, Sean Kheraj, David Koffman & Marcel Martel - Canada150@York Projects

YFile Article VP Academic announces Canada150@York projects Vice-President Academic and Provost Rhonda Lenton announces the results of a call for applications for funding of Canada 150 @ York projects:   Dear colleagues: Earlier this year, President Shoukri and I issued a call for applications for funding for projects to contribute to the celebration here at […]

Congratulations on Angola: Then and Now

Congratulations to José Curto and Tracy Lopes (José's graduate student) for the publication of their jointly-edited volume, Angola: Then and Now, published recently as a special issue of the journal Portuguese Studies Review vol. 23.2. Further details about the volume are available at : The volume takes its origins from a conference organized at […]