January 30, 2009
SEAN MILLS (PhD Queen's, 2008), scholar of the Quiet Revolution, was awarded Queen University's prestigious Governor-General's Gold Medal in recognition of his outstanding doctoral studies.
Sean completed an M.A. at McGill University, having taken courses in Quebec history at both UQAM and l'Université de Montréal, before coming to Queen's to complete his PhD.
In his thesis, he places the political movements of the Quiet Revolution in the larger international context in which they emerged, and looks to the complex interactions between Montreal's different linguistic and ethnic groups.
He explores the ways in which Third World decolonization theory influenced New Left activists living in Montreal in the 1960s, and probes its impact upon the emerging feminist movement, upon labour uprisings, linguistic debates, and black activism. He also pays particularly close attention to the ways in which gender and racial metaphors were employed in the service of politics, and investigates the relationship between intellectual ideas, street politics, the city, and resistance.
Sean has recent contributions appearing in the Canadian Historical Review and Histoire sociale/Social History, and is currently in the process of completing two major projects.
The first is a manuscript based on his thesis, tentatively entitled Empire and the City: Montreal's Postcolonial Imagination.
The second is an anthology, for which he is a co-editor, of new writing on the 1960s entitled New World Coming: The Sixties and the Shaping of Global Consciousness.