Modern Literature & Culture Research Centre & Gallery


Advancing Arts and Humanities Scholarship

The MLC team published 2 monographs, 27 articles and book chapters, and 24 conference papers. Despite the move from 111 Gerrard to 415 Yonge, it’s been a productive year with many supporters and visitors! See the MLC Impact Report 2021–2022.


Awards and Reputation Building

Our book I Can Only Paint: The Story of Battlefield Artist Mary Riter Hamilton won the C.P. Stacey award for best Canadian military book and The Baroness Elsa Project won the Galeries Ontario Galleries (GOG) award in the top category. Allison Kinahan was the Global winner at the Undergraduate Annual Summit in Dublin.


New COVID-19 Research

We received a new SSHRC Insight grant on Telling COVID-19 Stories and published Creative Resilience and Covid-19, edited by Irene Gammel and Jason Wang. The book launch was moderated by CBC anchor Kelda Yuen.


Our Research Fellows

MLC Research Fellow Dr. Ingrid Mida published Dressing and Undressing Duchamp, a new book on Duchamp’s avantgarde use of dress, along with her podcast interview. She was named editor-in-chief of the periodical Dress.


Donation Highlights

The MLC Archives are grateful for a donation of avantgarde periodicals related to the work of Baroness Elsa von Freytag-Loringhoven. For ongoing updates, follow us on @MLC_Archive launched by MLC archivist Anna Krentz.


Operation Canada

You can now browse the 1916 Clarence Booth Shell Shock Diary on our Operation Canada website, or browse our new research posts on the diaries. Read about our SSHRC-funded Operation Canada Digital Project as featured in the Military Service Book of the BC Legion.


MLC’s Teaching Innovations

We launched new experiential courses including ENG 417: Special Topics in American Literature: Sex, Power, and #MeToo, and CC8836: Topics in Media and Culture: The Pandemic, Modernity, and the Everyday, with public colloquia, international speakers, and published brochures.


Thank you to our Donors, Sponsors, and Partners

We are grateful for the support of SSHRC, CFI, TMU University, and the Faculty of Arts. Thank you to our partners including the AGO, Carleton University Gallery, Owens Art Gallery, and CBC. We are grateful to our donors and love hearing from you. To donate, click here.


Community and Advocacy

Thank you to all of our loyal Twitter and Facebook followers, as well as to the many participants who have attended our virtual events or visited the centre. To work with us on advocating for arts, humanities, and social justice, sign up for our newsletter.


To become involved, contact me at

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