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Global and Regional Studies

Faculty Research

Professor Kevin McKenna

images/bullet_000.jpg Professor Kevin McKenna, Professor of Russian, is on sabbatical leave this year, working on a book about Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn's use of Russian proverbs in his fictional and publicistic writing. He was accepted as a Solzhenitsyn Fellow at the Дом русского зарубежья имени А. С. Солженицына to conduct research on his book and has also secured a series of interviews with Solzhenitsyn's wife. This fall saw the appearance of his article“The Role of the Russian Proverb in Leo Tolstoy’s Novel,Anna Karenina," in the journalProverbium: Yearbook of International Proverb Scholarshipvol. 28 (2011), pp. 121-146. He is currently writing an article "Peasant Wisdom and the Russian Proverb: Proverb Functions in Leo Tolstoy'sWar and Peace, and Anna Karenina,and Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn's In the First Circle."

bullet J. Dickinson, Associate Professor of Anthropology, co-presented a paper with Asian Studies faculty affiliate and fellow Anthropology professor Emily Manetta at this year's American Anthropological Association Meetings. The paper compared advertising signs written in multiple alphabets in New Delhi, India and Lviv, Ukraine. They are currently preparing the paper for journal submission.

images/bullet_000.jpg Prof. Dave Massell, Canadian Studies Director, historian, and Interim Associate Dean in the College of Arts & Sciences, Publishes New Book Quebec Hydropolitics

Quebec Hydropolitics book cover

This January historian David Massell’s second scholarly monograph appeared with McGill-Queen’s University Press. Quebec Hydropolitics speaks to hydro policy in the province that produced Hydro-Québec, and to the integration of North American economies, illustrating the process by which American capital and industry drew Canada's resource-rich North into the economic orbit of the United States.

The construction in the 1940s of hydroelectric dams and reservoirs, Lakes Manouan and Passe Dangereuse, were enormous projects that had consequences not only on the environment but also on international affairs. Built by the Aluminium Company of Canada (Rio Tinto Alcan), the project helped meet the American and Allied Forces demand for electrical power and aluminium ingot during the Second World War but also forced Innu/Montagnais hunter-trappers from their ancestral lands.

Examining sources as varied as the papers of the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and interviews with Montagnais elders, Quebec Hydropolitics presents a compelling synthesis of business and social history as well as wartime politics. A narrative that flows from the Saguenay watershed to the centres of political power, Quebec Hydropolitics is an informative look at the costs and benefits of large-scale industrialization.

 

 

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