Militarisation and Canadian Popular Culture: From Afghanada to Hyena Road

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This is one of four public lectures being held on May 13. Find out more and register online.

In the years following the 9/11 attacks on the United States, Canada has become a more militarised society. This militarisation has been most noticeable in public acts, such as the designation of a stretch of Canada’s busiest highway as ‘the Highway of Heroes,’ and the escalating presence of the military at sporting events.  It is, however, a much more widespread phenomenon.  This talk explores Canada’s militarisation in and through its popular culture, and asks if the Canada that emerges — a more violent, less peaceful, and socially conservative — is the one in which we wish to live.

Speaker: David Mutimer, Professor and Chair, Department of Political Science

David Mutimer is Professor of International Politics and Chair of the Department of Politics
at York University. His research considers issues of contemporary international security through lenses provided by critical social theory, as well as inquiring into the reproduction of security in and through popular culture.  Most recently that work has concentrated on Canadian militarisation in and through its popular culture in the era of the war in Afghanistan.

2017 Lecture and Lunch Series

The York Circle The York Circle Lecture and Lunch Series showcases York's leading professors speaking about their latest and most exciting research. The lecture series are available to York Alumni, parents of current York students, friends and neighbours of the University, through a series of free lectures offered four times annually.

Saturday, May 13 | 10am-1pm


Registration, coffee & light snacks: 9–9:45am
Opening remarks: 9:45am

Complimentary lunch: 12:20-1pm
Event ends: 1pm

Event Location

The York Circle Lecture and Lunch Series take place on York University’s Keele campus in the Life Sciences Building.  For directions to Keele campus by car or public transit, visit and click on the relevant link under the “Transit and Driving Directions” heading.  If you plan to drive, you will be required to pay for parking.  Parking is available on a first-come, first-served basis. The closest public parking lots are:

  • Arboretum parking garage #80 on the map ($7.00 Flat Rate). Pull a ticket from the machine upon entry and pay at the pay station when leaving. Machine accepts cash, coins and credit cards.
  • Thompson Road ‘Pay and Display’ parking lot #79 on the map ($7.00 Flat Rate). You are required to purchase a ticket from the ‘Pay and Display’ machine in the lot and place it on the driver’s side of the dash. Machine accepts coins and credit cards only.