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Dutil, P. (2014). Experiential learning in the constituency office: Educational innovation at Ryerson University. Canadian Parliamentary Review, 37(2), 20-24.

In 2013, some senior undergraduate students in the Department of Politics and Public Administration at Ryerson University were given the opportunity to be the first class to enroll in an innovative course called the Constituency Office Project. Pairing each student with a Member of Parliament or Member of Provincial Parliament in the Greater Toronto Area, the course allowed students to experience the practical application of political theories they had learned in the classroom. In this article Patrice Dutil outlines the steps taken to set up the course, lists some of its scholastic resources, and shares the feedback he received from the first participants.

Sears, A. (2014). The next new left: A history of the future. Winnipeg, MB: Fernwood.

The Next New Left explores the challenge of activist renewal in the age of austerity. Over the past few decades, state policy-makers and employers have engaged in a massive process of neoliberal restructuring that has undermined the basis for social and labour movements. In this book, Alan Sears seeks to understand the social environment that made activist mobilization possible — and was largely taken for granted — during the twentieth century. By examining social movements of the past, Sears’s analysis focuses on the means through which activists develop the capacity for solidarity, communication and shared analysis, providing readers with possibilities for a renewal of activism in response to the deteriorating living conditions caused by the ongoing austerity offensive.

Benn, C. (2014). Native memoirs from the War of 1812: Black Hawk and William Apess. Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University.

Dr. Carl Benn illuminates the memoirs of Black Hawk and William Apess in Native Memoirs from the War of 1812. Native people played major roles in the War of 1812 as allies of both the United States and Great Britain, but few recorded their experiences of the conflict. Carl Benn explores the wartime sections of their fascinating autobiographies, detailing how the two men became combatants, their experiences in the fighting, their lives within the larger environment of native-newcomer relations in the early American republic, and their insights on critical issues such as the preservation of indigenous independence.

Mooer, C. (in press). Imperial subjects: Citizenship in an age of crisis and empire. London, UK and New York, NY: Bloomsbury Academic.

Colin Mooer’s Imperial Subjects asserts that the changes in the nature of citizenship caused by neoliberal globalization must be understood as the result of an ongoing imperial project. Through an analysis of the historic forces linking early capitalism, formal empire and the emergence of the liberal political subject, Mooers shows how these same forces are reshaping the form and content of citizenship in our own era of economic crisis, austerity and neoliberal empire. In Latin America and elsewhere, embryonic movements of resistance have emerged in defense of the commons, production for human need and for ethnic, gender and sexual equality which press beyond the limits of liberal citizenship. By expanding the debate on global citizenship, Imperial Subjects will engage both activists and academics interested in contemporary political theory, capitalism and imperialism.

Hennig, B. (2014). Documents: Fillers of informational gaps. Monist 97(2), 246-255.

Dr. Boris Hennig’s research interests are metaphysics and action theory in Plato and Aristotle. He recently published a contribution in the Monist, a highly reputable peer-reviewed philosophy journal, on the definition of “document.” The basic idea is to define documents in terms of their function, and to think of their function as the bridging of informational gaps. In a nutshell, something is a document insofar as it enables someone to rely on information that they cannot access first hand. Such a general definition of “document” is important, for instance, in order to establish rights and claims in cultures that are not based on writing.

Panofsky, R. (2014). The collected poems of Miriam Waddington: A critical edition. Ottawa, ON: University of Ottawa.

Professor Ruth Panofsky of the Department of English has produced the first-ever scholarly edition of Miriam Waddington's collected poems, with selections of Waddington's previously unpublished poems and her translations from Yiddish, German, and Russian into English. Born in Winnipeg, Waddington (1917-2004) was a modernist poet who produced fourteen volumes of verse during her lifetime. Her layered verse is deceptively accessible: personal but never private, emotional but not confessional, thoughtful but not cerebral. This two-volume edition includes Panofsky's critical introduction, comprehensive annotations, textual notes, and a digital database of variants and emendations to previously published poems.

Fiola, M.A. (2014). English-Tamil Legal Glossary. Toronto, ON: Ryerson Law Research Centre.

Dr. Marco Fiola with the help of Tamil-speaking language professionals and legal representatives authored Canada’s first ground-breaking English-Tamil Legal Glossary (published by the Ryerson Law Research Centre). It will be online and free of charge to the legal community, interpreters, translators and settlement agency workers. Containing close to 700 concepts in both English and Tamil, this resource will assist Ontario court and community interpreters to better prepare themselves for court interpreting duties, enhancing access to the justice system for Ontario’s Tamil community. Dr. Fiola’s research was supported by Faculty of Arts grants and the Law Foundation of Ontario. An app for the glossary and a French-Tamil version of the glossary are next.

Carney, C., & Manber, R. (2013). Goodnight mind: Turn off your noisy thoughts and get a good night's sleep. Oakland, CA: New Harbinger Publications, Inc. 

Dr. Colleen Carney was awarded Ryerson’s first National Institute of Mental Health grant, bringing $1.4 million to Ryerson. The grant supports training and research assistantships for eight graduate students (60 semesters of graduate support). Results from this randomized controlled study in cognitive behavioral therapy of people suffering from depression and insomnia showed that insomnia improvement doubled the rate of depression recovery, even for individuals who were not receiving any treatment for depression. Two New York Times articles and an editorial (November 2013), World News with Diane Sawyer, an article in the Boston Globe, WebMD, Psychology Today, as well as more than 25 other news sources featured Dr. Carney’s research outcomes.

van der Meulen, E., Durisin, E. M., & Love, V. (2013). Selling sex: Experience, advocacy and research on sex work in Canada. Vancouver, BC: UBC Press.

In Selling Sex, Emily van der Meulen, Elya M. Durisin, and Victoria Love present a more nuanced, balanced, and realistic view of the sex industry. They bring together a vast collection of voices -- including researchers, feminists, academics, and advocates. Presenting a variety of opinions and perspectives on such diverse topics as the social stigma of sex work, police violence, labour organizing, anti-prostitution feminism, human trafficking, and harm reduction, Selling Sex is an eye-opening, challenging, and necessary book.

Zawada, K. (2013). Successful fraud: Édouard, A.K.A. The Duchesse de Langeais. Contemporary French and Francophone Studies: 17(2), 203-211.

Most of Michel Tremblay's writings fit together like a puzzle to reveal a microcosm of characters that speak “le joual” and operate in a very Québécois universe distanced from the grip of the French classics. Nonetheless, one of the most emblematic characters of Tremblay's novelistic and dramatic world, Édouard, a.k.a. the Duchess of Langeais, builds his identity of drag-queen-supreme by displaying his Frenchness. Following Édouard's thread through numerous plays and novels we will examine the mechanisms of his reappropriation of the Idea of France and assertion of his status as “other” by constructing a (false) French identity.

Pomerance, M. (2013). The eyes have it: Cinema and the reality effect. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press.

The Eyes Have It explores those rarified screen moments when viewers are confronted by sights that seem at once impossible and present, artificial and stimulating, illusory and definitive. Beginning with a penetrating study of five cornfield sequences—including The Wizard of Oz, Arizona Dream, and Signs—Murray Pomerance journeys through a vast array of cinematic moments, technical methods, and laborious collaborations from the 1930s to the 2000s. Four meditations deal with “reality effects” from different philosophical and technical angles such as “Vivid Rivals”, “The Two of Us”, “Being There” and “Fairy Land.”

Tepperman, L., Albanese, P., Stark, S., & Zahlan, N. (2013). The Dostoevsky effect: Problem gambling and the origins of addiction. Don Mills, ON: Oxford University Press.

When writing his novella The Gambler in 1866, Fyodor Dostoevsky remained true to the old adage "write what you know." Critically acclaimed for its insight into the mind of a gambling addict, the book offers a fascinating glimpse into Dostoevsky's personal struggle with gambling. The manuscript, in fact, was written to pay off a debt he owed to his publisher. In comparing Dostoevsky's life with the experience of modern-day gamblers, documented through in-depth interviews and written biographical accounts, a team of leading sociologists have uncovered the Dostoevsky Effect.

Sengupta, M. (2013). A million dollar exit from the Slum-World: Slumdog Millionaire’s troubling formula for social justice. In A. Gehlawat (Ed.), “Slumdog” Phenomenon: A Critical Anthology (pp. 69-89). New York, NY: Anthem Press.

“The ‘Slumdog’ Phenomenon” addresses multiple issues related to “Slumdog Millionaire” and, in the process, provides new ways of looking at this controversial film. Each of the book’s four sections considers a particular aspect of the film: its relation to the nation, to the slum, to Bollywood and its reception. The volume provides a critical overview of the key issues and debates stemming from the film, and allows readers to reexamine them in light of the anthology’s multiple perspectives.

Gammel, I. (2012). Lacing Up the Gloves: Women, Boxing, and Modernity. Cultural and Social History, 9(3), 369-389.

This article explores women's early twentieth-century engagement with boxing as a means of expressing the fragmentations and contradictions of modern life. Equally drawn to and repelled by the visceral agonism of the sport, female artists and writers of the First World War and post-war era appropriated the boxer's virile body in written and visual autobiographies, effectively breaching male territory and anticipating contemporary notions of female autonomy and self-realization. Artists such as Djuna Barnes, Vicki Baum, Mina Loy and Clara Bow enlisted the tropes, metaphors and physicality of boxing to fashion a new understanding of their evolving status and identity within a changing social milieu.

Cairns, J., & Sears, A. (2012). The democratic imagination: Envisioning popular power in the twenty-first century. Toronto, ON: University of Toronto Press.

Democracy is very much an open question in the early twenty-first century. While voter participation declines in many traditional democracies, new movements for democracy are emerging around the world. This book brings the question of democracy out of the halls of political power and home to our daily lives, pitting "official democracy" and "democracy from below" against one another in a lively debate.

Sprott, J.B. (2012).  The persistence of status offences in the youth justice system. Canadian Journal of Criminology and Criminal Justice/Revue canadienne de criminologie et de justice pénale, 54(3), 309-332.

The Youth Criminal Justice Act (YCJA) has been successful in removing minor cases from formal youth court processing. Whether in relation to police charging, guilty findings in court, or the use of custody, there have been considerable reductions. However, this article argues that Canada continues to struggle with keeping status-type offences out of the youth justice system. For example, failing to comply with bail conditions appears to be particularly difficult to remove from formal youth court processing, and questions are raised in the article about whether these types of case are being created by the courts themselves.

O'Malley, A. (2012). Children's literature, popular culture, and Robinson Crusoe. Houdsmill, England: Palgrave Macmillan.

This study of the long and varied afterlife of Defoe's Robinson Crusoe, primarily in the overlapping arenas of children's and popular culture, offers new insights into not only the continued popularity and relevance of Crusoe's story, but into how modern conceptions of childhood have been shaped by nostalgia and by ideas of 'the popular.' Because it enjoyed such tremendous success as a pedagogical work for children and as a source for children's and popular entertainments, Robinson Crusoe provides a unique case study in the development of our ideas of childhood and the points of intersection between children's and popular cultures.

Blake, A. M. (2012). New York, New York. In J. M. Souther, & N. D. Bloom (Eds.), American Tourism: Constructing a National Tradition (pp. 197-206). Chicago, IL: Center for American Places at University of Chicago.

American Tourism reveals the remarkable stories behind the places Americans love to visit. From Independence Hall to Las Vegas, and from Silver Springs to Seattle’s Pike Place Market, the collection pulls back the curtain on many of America’s most successful tourist attractions to reveal the carefully hidden transformations that turn places into destinations. Readers will discover that a powerful creative process, rather than chance, has separated the enduring attractions from the many failures that litter the highways and byways of tourism history.