Research, Projects, and Initiatives

Our commitment to socially engaged, leading edge research and direct engagement with our community is reflected not only through our curriculum but also in the creative and innovative projects undertaken by faculty and often providing research opportunities for graduate and undergraduate students.

The History Engine

“Digital Innovations for Interactive Teaching and Research Across the Disciplines: The History Engine 2.0”, has been selected for a Provost’s ITIF grant, total of grant and matching $32,168.22, over 2 years, 2011-2013.

Roots and Routes

Roots & Routes

"Roots & Routes: Scholarly Networks and Knowledge Production in the Premodern Mediterranean and in the Digital Age" was a three-year Summer Institute (2011, 2012, 2014) hosted by the University of Toronto Scarborough.

Mazgaba Se’elet

Mazgaba Se’elet

Michael Gervers is the founder, and director, of the Central and Inner Asia Seminar (CIAS) and, together with Ewa Balicka-Witakowska of Uppsala University, has established Mazgaba Se’elet, an online database of over 65,000 photographs,

The Italian Question

Franca Iacovetta is principal co-investigator with Gabriele Scardellato, Mariano Elia Program in Italian Canadian Studies, York University, of a $645,000 grant from the Canadian Historical Recognition Program (2010-12) for The Faces and Memories of Int


Natalie Rothman is the principal investigator in Serai, a free and open online collaboratory for scholarship on encounters across ethnolinguistic and religious divides from Late Antiquity to the Early Modern period, bringing together researchers and st

Workers’ Arts and Heritage Centre

Workers’ Arts and Heritage Centre

Franca Iacovetta was a co-founder of the Workers’ Arts and Heritage Centre in Hamilton, served many years on its board, and mounted one of its largest and most popular exhibit on Italian workers in Canada, La Vita Nova.

Mediating 'Culture'

"Mediating 'Culture' and Cultures of Mediation in the Early Modern Mediterranean" is Natalie Rothman's three-year project (2012-2015) funded by an Early Researcher Award ($150,000) from Ontario's Ministry of Economic Development and In

Scarborough Oral History Project

Discussions with other faculty interested in the approach and methods of service learning and nearby history led to the development of the new Scarborough Oral History Project (SOHP).