Being an international student, I feel shamefully ignorant when it comes to the Indigenous peoples who live in Canada. When I moved here, I did not even know that their struggles are not just history, but a complex, unsolved problem that is still present nowadays. Also, I had no idea that the Canada 150 celebrations for… Read More The Indigenous Awareness Week
Literally, the word “solidification” means making or becoming hard or solid, making stronger. I like to think of this word as a phase change, like from water to ice, or from magma to crystals or marble. The story that I have told so far in “The beginning of a story” and “Successes: the story… Read More Solidification of a story
Before coming to McGill, I did not know what the expression Digital Humanities means. Now, one year and a half after, I’m focusing my research on this field. I presented it at the last Digital Humanities Showcase that this year took place at McGill on January 26th. It was not only an occasion to share my… Read More Being digital humanists….
“Standing in line to See the show tonight And there’s a light on Heavy glow….” (Lyrics from The Red Hot Chili Peppers – By the Way) Verses, words that many of us know, words that came to my mind that late afternoon when nobody-knows-how many students, professors, people of the McGill community waited for hours… Read More Dear Edward Snowden…
Un autre mois qui passe à McGill, un autre conseil général de l’AÉCSUM. L’AÉCSUM (mieux connue sou son nom anglais, PGSS) est l’Association Étudiante des Cycles Supérieurs de l’Université McGill. Je reviens tout juste de son conseil général, qui regroupe les représentants de toutes les Associations des Étudiants Gradués (AEGs) des diverses discipline, et qui… Read More AÉCSUM, Politique Étudiante et Conseil Généraux – Mémoires d’un Représentant
In case you’ve been living under a rock the last few weeks (or under a thesis), you should know that today, Monday April 7, 2014 is election day in Québec. Across the province, people are making their voices heard in what has been an interesting (to say the least) election campaign. This year, it was easier than… Read More Indecision Québec 2014
Je m’étais, alors que je commençai à écrire pour ce blog, promis d’écrire un “post” sur deux en français. Cette ambition se fondait sur une double motivation: d’abord, celle de faire justice à une audience forcément diverse, souvent bilingue, et en partie francophone. Ensuite, je souhaitais renouer avec la rédaction du français, qui s’est faite… Read More Qu’en est-il du français à McGill? Un aperçu.
Over the last two weeks, Chinese government officials have gathered in Beijing for the National People’s Congress (NPC), and Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC). In Chinese, this gathering is known as the “Two Meetings”— an annual assembly that puts forth national-level political decisions. This year’s meetings marked the once-in-ten-year transition of state figureheads. Under… Read More Changing of the Red Guard
It’s been over a month since U.S. citizens went to polling stations and exercised their right to elect representatives to office. Having cast my absentee ballot in September, I watched the lead up to the election half-heartedly, frustrated by bad Chinese internet connections, and without the possibility to change my vote. Thirteen hours ahead of EST,… Read More Of Elephants, Donkeys, Dragons and Men: Thinking about how China Perceives the U.S. Perception of China
Last month Canada expelled all Iranian diplomats and closed the embassy, leaving some of Canada’s 150 000 Iranians wondering where they stand. According to an email from the International Students Society, there are 262 Iranian students registered at McGill, many of which were at the Shatner building last week for a party put on by MISA,… Read More McGill’s Iranians: dancing at the crossroads