The Tri-University Graduate Students’ Association (TUGSA) “Topics on Tap” speaker series continues this Wednesday, November 5th, at 4:30pm in Veritas Cafe at Wilfrid Laurier University.

The speakers are:

Sara Wilmshurst (UG), “A ‘gang withing the United Appeal that wants to get us out’: The Health League of Canada and Federated Fundraising in Toronto.”

Anne Vermeyden (UG), “Flexibility and Success: Belly Dance in Toronto, 1960-1990.”  


Our first meeting this term occurred on October 1st, and featured the research of MA student Jack Mallon, and PhD Candidate Josh Tavenor. Synopsis of both are provided below:


Jack Mallon:

Title: The Medieval Monastic Family

Description: The traditional medieval family, centered on the union of man and woman for the purpose of reproduction, has been an object of much scholarly attention in the social history of the Middle Ages. However, the study of the medieval European family has placed emphasis on the experience of the biological family (those related through blood or marriage). The medieval monastery was a same-sex community that was structurally and experientially familial in nature. Analysis of monastic life, from late Antiquity to the late Middle Ages, demonstrates that the medieval monastic family offered its members a familial experience comparable to that of the biological family. As the modern definition of family becomes more fluid, it is necessary to unearth historical examples of unconventional, non-heterosexual family structures and experiences.

Bio: Jack Mallon is currently writing his MA thesis at the University of Guelph, examining the familial experience of monasticism in the Middle Ages.

Joshua Tavenor:

“Re-branding Newfoundland: the necessity of settlement in seventeenth-century promotional literature”

English expansionists saw Newfoundland both as a key land and a backwater, with investors and government officials using it as a strategic defensive and supply point while focusing development on more the more attractive lands of New England and the West Indies. However, within England a series of writers leveraged their experience and expertise not only to promote settlement, but to reshape England economically and socially around a vision of empire beginning with the habitation of Newfoundland.

Joshua Tavenor is a PhD candidate at Wilfrid Laurier University. He is studying seventeenth-century English perceptions of Newfoundland’s environment.


TUGSA invites all intersted to join this Wednesday, November 5th for more engaging research!

Topics on Tap Nov 5