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Public lectures. Oct 22 Greenfield on "the myth of choice" & Oct 24 Bradbury on Studying Canada & Feminist Histories

Robarts Centre for Canadian Studies Annual Lecture and Collective Book Launch

This year Bettina Bradbury (history and women’s studies, Glendon College and the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Profressional Studies), will present “Twists, Turning Points and Tall Shoulders: Studying Canada and feminist histories”.

Wednesday October 24 in the Senate Chamber (9th floor North Ross Building)  4 – 6 pm.  Please rsvp to robarts@yorku.ca


Here’s another talk, on the 22 October at Osgoode 1230.  Info below.  I’m intrigued by how feminist theory might engage with this, both generally around choice and more particularly around consumer culture.


Oct. 24 4-6pm @yorku Prof. Bettina Bradbury: “Twists, turning points and tall shoulders: studying Canada and feminist histories”

Twists, turning points and tall shoulders: studying Canada and feminist histories: Bettina Bradbury

The Robarts Centre for Canadian Studies: Robarts Lecture and Publication Launch Wednesday October 24 4 – 6 pm; Senate Chambers, 9th floor N Ross Building

A light reception will follow the lecture. RSVP by Wednesday October 17 to Laura Taman (llt@yorku.ca).

The Robarts Centre is very pleased to invite you to the ‘new series’ of Annual Robarts Lectures featuring our distinguished colleague Prof. Bettina Bradbury (Women’s Studies and History) speaking on “Twists, turning points and tall shoulders: studying Canada and feminist histories.” In this ‘intellectual biography,’ Prof. Bradbury will reflect on her career in and contributions to the study of Canada.

photo of Prof. Bradbury receiving FGS award.

An award-winning historian of Québec and family history, Prof. Bradbury has served the university in various roles, among others, as chair of Women’s Studies and as director ofthe graduate programme in History. She recently received the Faculty of Graduate Studies Teaching Award (see photo).

Here are some of Prof Bradbury’s publications (i selected some of those most clearly relevant to legal scholars)

“Colonial Comparisons: Rethinking Marriage, Civilization and Nation in 19th century White- Settler Societies,” in Phillip Buckner and G. Frances eds., Rediscovering the British World, (Calgary: University of Calgary Press, November, 2005), 135-58.

“Widows Negotiate the Law: The First Year of Widowhood in Early 19th Century Montreal,” in Tamara Myers and Bettina Bradbury, eds., Negotiating Identity in 19th and 20th Century Montreal (Vancouver: UBC Press, 2005), 120-48.

“Debating Dower: Patriarchy, Capitalism and Widows’ Rights in Lower Canada, ” in Tamara Myers, Kate Boyer, et. al. eds., Power, Place and Identity: Historical Studies of Social and Legal Regulation in Quebec (Montreal, Montreal History Group, 1998), 55-78.

“Creating a More Inclusive History – An overview of the challenges and solutions faced in integrating class, race and gender into survey courses, ” in Bettina Bradbury, Franca Iacovetta, Joan Sangster et. al. Teaching Women’s History (Athabaska, 1995), 37-48.

Alongside this public lecture, the Robarts Centre is also hosting its first collective book launch for Canadian-themed publications produced by members of the York University community. This is an occasion to celebrate the breadth of Canadianist research at York.



NIP: Bettina Bradbury Wife to Widow: Lives, Laws, and Politics in Nineteenth-Century Montreal

Wife to Widow: Lives, Laws, and Politics in Nineteenth-Century Montreal


York’s Bettina Bradbury recently (ok, i’m a bit behind) published “[t[his monumental study of two generations of women who married either before or after the Patriote rebellions of 1837-38[.  It] explores the meaning of the transition from wife to widowhood in early nineteenth-century Montreal. Bettina Bradbury weaves together the individual biographies of twenty women, against the backdrop of collective genealogies of over 500, to offer new insights into the law, politics, demography, religion, and domestic life of the time. She shows how women from all walks of life interacted with and shaped Montreal’s culture, customs, and institutions, even as they laboured under the shifting conditions of patriarchy. Wife to Widow provides a rare window into the significance of marriage and widowhood.