FORTHCOMING: We are hosting the Canadian author Michael Winter, who is giving a reading at the Centre for Contemporary Arts, Glasgow on 3 May 2017 at 5pm. All are welcome to this free event. Michael will be on his way to the Ullapool Book Festival, where his reading is sponsored by the University of Strathclyde with the generous support of the Canada-UK Foundation.

About the group

The Canadian studies group meets regularly at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, and consists of academic staff and students from institutions including the Universities of Glasgow, Edinburgh, Lancaster and Oxford. A list of members is below.

Recent and forthcoming meetings are listed below.  We welcome new members and visitors: please contact Faye if you are interested. Faye.Hammill [at]

Canadian studies is part of the larger research group in Literature, Culture and Place in the School of Humanities at Strathclyde. We have recently hosted visiting scholars including Dr Victoria Kuttainen (James Cook University, Australia) and Dr Alicia Menendez-Tarrazo (University of Oviedo, Spain). For a selection of recent work in Canadian studies at Strathclyde, visualised using Neatline, please visit our digital showcase. We are grateful for the support of the Canada-UK Foundation.

Current group members

Rachael Alexander completed her PhD in December 2016. It focuses on comparisons between American and Canadian mass-market magazines in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. She is a graduate of the MLitt Literature, Culture & Place at Strathclyde.

Faye Hammill is a Professor of English at the University of Strathclyde. she currently focuses on interwar literature, print culture and the middlebrow, and has published books and articles on a range of Canadian authors.  Between 2011 and 2013, she collaborated with Michelle Smith on an AHRC funded project on Canadian magazines from the 1920s to 1950s.

Harriet Kennedy  studied for her PhD (awarded 2015) in the Centre of Canadian Studies at the University of Edinburgh. Her research focuses on how Bande Dessinée produced in Quebec represented the 1980 and 1995 referendums.

Anouk Lang is a lecturer in Digital Humanities at the University of Edinburgh. She researches Anglophone modernisms and also has expertise in Digital Humanities.  She has published on Australian, Canadian and British literature, and edited From Codex to Hypertext, a book on reading communities.  She is building a digital edition of correspondence between Canadian modernist writers, which will allow her to investigate connections between writers in this community. This is part of the SSHRC ‘Editing Modernism in Canada’ project.

Cristina Pietropaulo is a doctoral student at the University of Edinburgh, working on a project on contemporary Toronto urban fiction.

Honor Rieley completed a D.Phil thesis (2017) at the University of Oxford, focusing on writing about emigration to Canada in the Romantic period. She has recently returned to her hometown of Glasgow.

Michelle Smith is a poet and critic who received her doctorate from the University of Alberta for a project on Canadian Women’s Mass-Market Magazines, 1928-45.  She has since held a SSHRC postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Edinburgh, and was the postdoctoral researcher on the AHRC-funded project ‘Magazines, Travel and Middlebrow Culture in Canada, 1925-1960’. A book, co-authored with Faye Hammill and emerging from this project, was published in 2015.

Rosie Spooner is a researcher, writer and curator originally from Toronto currently finishing a PhD in History of Art at the University of Glasgow, funded through the AHRC. Her doctoral research examines the movement of objects, people and ideas between Canada, Scotland and the wider British Empire through the mechanisms of the International Exhibition, exploring how these events functioned as sites where varied and complex imperial, colonial, national and civic identities were propagated and performed. Her developing curatorial practice brings together historic and contemporary objects, artworks and exhibitionary models in an effort to re-frame these categories, issues which similarly underpin her academic research.

Will Smith is an Associate Lecturer at Lancaster University. His PhD was on representations of Toronto in contemporary literature, and he has published numerous articles on this topic. He is currently working on early twentieth-century Toronto authors.

Recent and forthcoming meetings

3 May 2017: reading by Canadian author Michael Winter. The Clubroom, CCA, Sauchiehall St, 5pm

24 January 2017: discussion of The Literary Garland, led by Honor Rieley

23 November 2016: joint meeting with the Literature, Culture and Place reading group, on Arthur Schnitzler

26 October 2016:joint meeting with the Literature, Culture and Place reading group, on The Western Town: A Theory of Aggregation

9 March 2016: discussion of Bande Dessinée, led by Hattie Kennedy

2 December 2015: joint meeting with the Literature, Culture and Place reading group, on the idea of north in travel writing

11 November 2015: screening of A Newfoundland Treasury of Terms for Ice and Snow, video poem presented by author Marlene Creates. Generously supported by the Canada-UK Foundation.

8 July 2015: meeting on the theme of gardens in Canadian literature, led by Erin Despard. Readings: Shelley Boyd, Garden Plots; Catharine Parr Traill, The Backwoods of Canada

4 June 2015: discussion of Toronto writing led by Will Smith (Lancaster).

1 April 2015: discussion of the reception of Canadian literature in Spain, using the book ‘Made in Canada, Read in Spain’. Led by Pilar Somacarrera (University of Madrid), with Alicia Menendez-Tarrazo (University of Oviedo).

25 March 2015: joint meeting with the Literature, Culture and Place reading group, on the Italian play ‘Noise in the Waters’ by Marco Martinelli. Led by Claudia Gualtieri (University of Milan).

4 March 2015: discussion of 2 essays: Laurie Ricou’s ‘Binder Twine’ in Canadian Literature (2013) & Will Straw’s ‘Cross-border Visualities and the Canadian Image’ in Imaginations (2010). Led by Faye Hammill. At this meeting we welcomed five external visitors to Strathclyde.

11 February 2015: joint meeting with Literature, Culture and Place reading group, on the work of Timothy Morton. Led by Rune Graulund (University of South Denmark)

26 November 2014: joint meeting with Literature, Culture and Place reading group, on representations of Barcelona. Led by Beatriz Caballero Rodriguez.

29 October 2014: joint meeting with Literature, Culture and Place reading group, on women and walking. Led by Kerri Andrews.

9 June 2014: presentation by Anouk Lang: ‘Canada Reads, Canada Tweets: Literary Value and Reader Behaviour in Digital Spaces.’

4 March 2014: reading and discussion with the Canadian poet Alice Major.

12 February 2014: paper by Rachael Alexander: ‘Advertising Perfection: Self-Improvement, Consumption, and Ideals of Femininity in the Ladies’ Home Journal and Canadian Home Journal.’

5 February 2014: presentation by Sarah Galletly on LM Montgomery and the short story.


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