December 06, 2017

Assistant Professor Tina Adcock and SFU History alumni Eryk Martin and Laura Ishiguro named 2017-2020 Wilson Associates

SFU History’s Assistant Professor Dr. Tina Adcock, PhD alumnus Dr. Eryk Martin (Kwantlen Polytechnic University) and MA alumna Dr. Laura Ishiguro (UBC) have been named amongst the 37 prestigious Wilson Institute’s Associates for 2017-2020.

These scholars will be instrumental in the birth of a renaissance in Canadian history—broadening the field, asking new questions, and bringing in new perspectives. They will benefit from the support and services of the institute while contributing to the selection of a boundary-breaking publication.

Assistant Professor Tina Adcock says it’s a great honour to be counted among such a talented, dynamic group of Canadian historians. She’s especially delighted to take part in an initiative that aims to place Canadian historians and their research into conversation with more-than-Canadian histories. Having studied and worked in England and the United States, where knowledge about our country is fairly scarce, she believes that the world needs to hear less celebratory, more complicated stories about Canada’s past and present—ones that historians are well-equipped to tell, and to link to non-Canadian themes and trends, in turn.

Eryk Martin (PhD, 2016) says he’s particularly excited to share his in-progress manuscript on political activism in Vancouver during the 1970s and 1980s with the Wilson Institute's broad network of scholars. One of the exciting things about this collection of academics, he says, is that their work pushes the boundaries of Canadian history out into the wider world, which he’s doing with his research on the political history of punk in Vancouver.

Laura Ishiguro (MA, 2006) says that given the Institute's focus on transnational histories of Canada she feels it offers her an exciting and fitting intellectual home, since her own research investigates nineteenth- and early-twentieth-century British Columbia as part of a wider British imperial world. A connection with the Wilson Institute and its network of associates presents an opportunity to share her work and learn from others in the field, and more broadly to participate in this rich academic community even over the distances that separate us. 

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