Yves Winter, member of the Critical Social Theory research group at McGill, discusses critical theory and its place in the contemporary academic environment.
Arts and Culture Editor Ruofan Cui introduces the McGill Left Review's audience to his top picks in the upcoming Rencontres Internationales du Documentaire de Montréal.
Opinion writer Ryanne Lau explores how the adoption of Bill 62 serves as an expression of Québec nationalism, based on a distinct French and Catholic cultural identity. The promotion of a sole and unique national identity fosters discrimination against minority groups that do not conform.
Opinion Writer Maia Wyman explores how companies like Dior commodify social justice movements by appropriating their struggles and slogans for the purpose of mass-consumerism.
Arts and Culture Editor Ruofan Cui proposes that Netflix's appearance as a platform for individualized media consumption obscures its fundamentally ideological function.
Staff writer Luca Brown examines the multifarious systems of power that facilitate the often abusive and violent behaviour of the Canadian mining industry.
Claudia Morgan explores the innovative and subversive potentialities of Rei Kawakubo's aesthetics.
Opinion Editor Kyle Stewart analyses the rise of alternative facts in Canada and Justin Trudeau's style of politics centered around post-truths.
In his latest piece, Arts and Culture Editor Ruofan Cui analyzes how narrative is framed in Rashomon, its implications for knowledge production and conflating everyday fictions for truth.
Opinion Writer Ryanne Lau looks at the impact of Jagmeet Singh's victory on the NDP and argues that while Singh's policy proposals may not be as principled progressive as the other candidates, he provides the party with a great chance to broaden its base and challenge Justin Trudeau in 2019.
Any attempt to condense the entire system of global capitalism into a single model is sure to be reductive. Nevertheless, Sam Hull argues, Wallerstein provides a fascinating lens through which to examine the system's operation.
Staff writer R. Bennett Flynn examines the anti-democratic dimensions of contemporary political "personalities," and the emergence of politicians as a social class of their own.
Maia Wyman discusses the systemic barriers that immigrant women of colour face in the Canadian labour market.
Alex Gold-Apel explores the rise of the politically engaged athlete, and points to their value in bringing attention and providing momentum to social movements.
James Flanagan proposes that radical social critiques can often belie surprisingly conservative outlooks. It is imperative that the Left does not let its actions contradict its support of grassroots activism and class solidarity.
Editor-in-Chief Ryan Shah interviews Professor Kelly Gordon about her recently published book "The Changing Voice of the Anti-Abortion Movement."
Editors-in-Chief Ryan Shah and Sam Hull interview Political Science Professor William Clare Roberts to discuss his recent book, the contemporary capitalist crisis and the lessons contemporary scholars should take from Marx’s work. ,
Amanda Hills interviews Laura Madokoro, an Assistant Professor in History and Classical Studies, and discusses her new book, Elusive Refuge: Chinese Migrants in the Cold War.
The rise of virtual reality promises to radically alter our current methods of presentation. An analysis of our postmodern existence can help see where it might take us next.
Amanda Hills suggests that for feminist praxis to be truly inclusive, it must acknowledge, and embrace, the disparate ways that womanhood is lived and embodied.
The Canadian government's failure to adapt the UN Draft Resolution on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples exemplifies Canada's failure to transcend its exploitative history.
Praxis: four pieces examining praxis relevant to the university context, which we hope will prove relatable for our readership. Together these works demonstrate that the key to achieving change is an organized, determined response that has enough conceptual basis to remain steadfast in the face of opposition.
Alex Gold-Apel on why recent events at McGill underscore the insufficiency of male actions against sexual violence.
James Flanagan on the complicated role of violence in responding to right-wing movements.
Ryanne Lau on the power of social media to empower those who are excluded from traditional political engagement.
Ryanne Lau on why emphasizing male ally voices in the feminist movement does little more than reproduce patriarchy.
Audrey Carleton on why the prevalence of social media may do more harm than good for social justice activism.
Zipporah Wharwood examines the contradictions and exploitative nature of Canada's Temporary Foreign Workers Program.
Michael Ignatieff's The Rights Revolution is an optimistic, yet confused, approach to social justice in Canada.
Despite the global connotations of its name, international relations is a field that is anything but. Honest international relations scholarship requires understanding, and rejecting, the field's Eurocentrism.
Kevin O'Leary's unbridled capitalism poses a great danger to lower class Canadians.
Damien Chazelle's latest film shows the tensions that arise between maintaining one's individuality and serving the audience as a commodity.
Legislation that stipulates what Muslim women can and cannot wear buttresses the oppression that they already face in the West.
Donald Trump's recent Muslim travel ban can and must be the impetus for unified, defiant solidarity among people of colour.
Respecting the rules of the oppressor will not change the status quo. Fighting Trump will necessitate a more radical form of mobilization.
Twin Peaks' fragmented, disjointed form compels viewers to reflect on the material contradictions inherent in their own lives.
After the implosion of the 20th century welfare state, a program of unconditional, universal income has the potential to fill the void.
Natural Black hair continues to be a basis for discrimination. Fighting racism requires fighting for the right to natural hair.
Recent gains by right-wing populists must serve as the impetus for a cohesive response from a renewed left.
The multiculturalism which Canada lauds itself for masks a standard assimilatory regime.