A quick post while I hammer away at a post on Trump and borders, actual research papers for publication, and, most recently and frustratingly, a bunch of IKEA furniture. I have written here before about my general research focus on the state as a workplace and the geography of expertise in the state, and the … Continue reading Research reports available
I offered in my last post an account of an implement of war, an old Russian cannon, recast as a monument to the British empire's military power and to Canada's contribution to it. This presentation of the physical spoils of war as a celebration of national glory and imperial reach was common in the 19th … Continue reading Windsor 5: imperial monuments 2
I promised in my last post to write something soon on two monuments that I recently discovered along the Windsor waterfront, and which demonstrate two moments of Canadians' participation in the long history of imperialism. One, a Russian cannon, is perhaps less a monument than a military prize, shipped from Crimea and displayed at what … Continue reading Windsor 4: imperial monuments 1
For close to eight years, I have lived in between two cities, commuting almost weekly between Toronto and Windsor. I have not intended this blog to be a confessional, so I won't get into why I have done this, except to say that the choice to take up residence in Toronto while working in Windsor, … Continue reading Commuting
Last weekend, a court in Battleford, a small city of around 4000 people in north-central Saskatchewan, found Gerald Stanley not guilty of the murder of Colten Boushie. Stanley, a white farmer, stood accused of second-degree murder in shooting Boushie, a 22-year-old member of the Red Pheasant First Nation, after Boushie and some of his friends … Continue reading Canada’s race problem
I had not originally intended to write about Windsor, Ontario again for a little while, but in the past couple of weeks, questions have arisen in the Canadian national and local Windsor media about race and racism. Though this has been simmering for a while in different ways, it came out more prominently after Jagmeet … Continue reading Windsor 2: is Windsor racist?
I have hesitated to write anything so far on this blog about the city where I work and sometimes live, because there is a lot that I could write and I didn't quite know how to break it down or conceptualize it. I have many years' worth of material to work with, as I have … Continue reading Windsor, Ontario