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Queen's University

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Ph.D. Candidate
First World War and Gender

Phone: 613-533-2150
Fax: 613-533-6298



M.A. History of Education, OISE/UT
B.A. (HONS) History and Political Science, University of Toronto

Visiting Research Student (Ph.D), History, Birkbeck College, University of London

Additional Qualifications

Certificate Program in University Teaching and Learning
Centre for Teaching and Learning (CTL), Queen’s University


Mary Chaktsiris is a doctoral candidate specializing in the First World War and connections between militarism, masculinity and society in early-twentieth century Canada and the British empire more broadly. Her dissertation examines the City of Toronto during the First World War and the complications and complexities that emerge from a gendered analysis of this period. She works under the supervision of Dr. E. Jane Errington and Dr. Karen Dubinsky.


“‘Our Boys with the Maple Leaf of their Shoulders and Straps’: Masculinity, the Press and the Outbreak of the South African War in Toronto, 1899.” War & Society (32) (1) (2013): 1-23.

(Forthcoming). “‘If Absolutely Necessary’: Student Military Service at the University of Toronto During the Great War.” Histoire Sociale/Social History (June 2014).

(Forthcoming). “Remembered Soldiers and Forgotten Enemies: Memorializing the Great War and Canada’s First Internment Operations.” In The Great War from History to Memory. Edited by Jonathan Vance, Steven Marti, and Alicia Robinet. Waterloo, Ont.: Wilfrid Laurier University Press, September 2014.


HIST476: Canada at War
HIST360: Canada from Conquest to Present Conference


“Enemies and Neighbours? The Internment of Enemy Aliens in Toronto during the First World War.” Presented at the Annual Meeting of the Canadian Historical Association, Brock University, May 26-28, 2014.

“Insuring Men and Manhood: Toronto’s Soldier’s Insurance Scheme.” Presented at the Annual Meeting of the Canadian Historical Association, Brock University, May 26-28, 2014.

“Using Digital Narratives to Support Undergraduate Learning.” Presented at the Integrated and Engaged Learning Conference (IELC), Wilfrid Laurier University, May 6-9, 2014.

“‘There Have Been No Anti-Greek Riots’: Civil Unrest and Enemy Aliens in Toronto, 1918.” Presented at the Canadian Historical Association Annual Meeting, Victoria, British Columbia, 3-5 June, 2013.

“Enemies ‘A Few Doors Down’: The Surveillance and Suspicion of Enemy Aliens in Toronto, 1914-1915.” Presented at the History Lab Annual Conference 2012, Institute for Historical Research (IHR), London, England, 13-14 June, 2012.

“Enemies Found at Home and Abroad: The Internment of Enemy Aliens at Exhibition Camp in Toronto, 1914-1919.” Presented at the Social History Society Annual Conference 2012, University of Brighton, Brighton, England, 3-5 April 2012.

“Silencing the Guns? Bridging Public and Historical Debates about the Great War in Canada” Presented at The Great War From Memory to History: An Interdisciplinary Conference at The University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario, Canada, November 10-12, 2011.

“Illustrated Men: A Discussion of War and Recruitment Posters in Toronto, 1914-1918.” Paper presented at the McGill-Queen’s Graduate Student Conference in History, McGill University, Montreal, Canada, March 12-14, 2010.

“Following Their Duty? University Men and the Great War.” Paper presented at New Frontiers in Graduate History Conference, York University, Toronto, Canada, February 18-20, 2010.

“The Varsity Man: A Discussion of Manhood, the University of Toronto and the Great War.” Paper presented at the annual Graduate History Symposium, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada, February 6-7, 2009.

“The Importance of ‘Thinking Historically.’” Paper presented at the annual Dean’s Graduate Student Research Conference, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada, March 6-7, 2009.


Board Member, Approaching the Past Workshop Series, Toronto Committee Member, Graduate Student Committee, The History Education Network

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