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Csaba Nikolenyi, PhD

Professor, Political Science
Director of the Azrieli Institute of Israel Studies, Interdisciplinary Studies

Csaba Nikolenyi, PhD
Phone: (514) 848-2424 ext. 2120
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I am a Professor at the Department of Political Science and Director of the Azrieli Institute of Israel Studies at Concordia University since 2011. I received my PhD from the University of British Columbia in 2000 and have been at Concordia University ever since. My research in Comparative Politics focusses on political parties and legislative politics in a variety of democratic settings such as Israel, Eastern Europe and India. In addition to my research articles, I have published two scholarly monographs, Minority Government in India (Routledge 2010) and Institutional Design and Party Government in Post-Communist Democracies (Oxford University Press, 2014) and my third book on Party Switching in Israeli Politics is currently under review. I am founding Series Editor of the McGill-Queen’s-Azrieli Institute Series in Israel Studies and was former English Co-Editor of the Canadian Journal of Political Science (2006-11). Currently, I am a member of the Editorial Board of the Israel Studies Journal and the Contemporary Review of the Middle East. I have won several research grants from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada and other agencies. My international appointments include a number of visiting and guest professorships including the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, the Australian National University, O.P Jindal Global University, and Martin-Luther-University, Halle-Wittenberg. My recent service contributions include chairing the Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada Post-Doctoral Fellowship Selection Committee, chairing the Azrieli Foundation International Post-Doctoral Fellowship Committee (Social Sciences), having served as Chair of the Department of Political Science and serving as a member of the Board of Directors of the Association for Israel Studies.

In 2017, I pioneered the annual Summer in Jerusalem program, a unique international collaboration between the Azrieli Institute of Israel Studies and the Rothberg School of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.


PhD (University of British Columbia)

Series Editor

McGill-Queen's - Azrieli Institute Series in Israel Studies

Research interests

Israel Studies
Legislative Studies
Comparative Party and Electoral Systems
Political Institutions

Research affiliations

Member of the Board of Directors, Association for Israel Studies

Research Committee of Legislative Specialists (International Political Science Association)

SEDEPE (Selection and De-Selection of Political Elites)

Teaching activities

Johanne Sloan has a BFA from Concordia University, an MA from the Université de Montréal, and a PhD in the History and Theory of Art from the University of Kent, England (1998).  Her recent book on Joyce Wieland's 1976 feature film The Far Shore is the culmination of a major research project on the artist, and concerns the question of how landscape was both critiqued and reinvented by this generation of Canadian artists.  Other recent publications and conference papers address the artwork of Roni Horn, Mark Dion, Bill Vazan, Ron Terada, Lynne Marsh, Jack Chambers, Janet Werner, Althea Thauberger amongst others.  Dr. Sloan is also interested in broader categories of visual culture and the urban environment, and these issues converged in the multi-authored book of essays about the world's fair held in Montreal during the summer of 1967: Expo 67: Not just a souvenir (University of Toronto Press, 2010).  

Research & Teaching Interests

  • Contemporary Art
  • Canadian Art since the 1960s
  • Landscape Art and Aesthetics
  • Visual Culture
  • Urban Art and Culture

Distinctions & Awards

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Insight Grant, 2013 to 2017. (Collaborative Research Project: Networked Art Histories: Assembling Contemporary Art in Canada, 1960s to the present).


Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Standard Research Grant, 2006 to 2009 (Research Project: Visual art and pop culture in Canada, 1967-1992).

Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada Conference Grant, 2005, for Montreal at street level: revisiting the material, visual, and spatial cultures of the 1960s (Concordia and the Canadian Centre for Architecture, 2005).

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Standard Research Grant, 2002 to 2005 (Research Project: Conceptual Landscape Art in Canada during the 1960s and 70s).

Co-investigator, The Culture of Cities Research Project, funded 2000 to 2005 by SSHRC-MCRI (Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada - Major Collaborative Research Initiative).

National Gallery of Canada Research Fellowship, 2000 to 2001 (Research Project: Joyce Wieland and the Concept of Landscape in the 1970s).

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Postdoctoral Fellowship, Columbia University, New York City, 1998 to 2000.  (Research Project: Utopia as discourse and practice).

Selected publications

Undergraduate Courses

ARTH 300 Art Historical Methods
ARTH 348 Special Topics in Art and Film
ARTH 351 Studies in the History of Sculpture
- Special Topic: From Sculpture to Installation, 1960 to the Present
ARTH 367 Aspects of 20th Century Art and Architecture
- Special Topic: Survey of 20th Century Art
ARTH 373 Issues in Contemporary Canadian Art
- Special Topic: Site and Space in Contemporary Canadian Art

ARTH 373 Issues in Contemporary Canadian Art
- Special Topic: Visual Art and Pop Culture
ARTH 375 Issues in the Montreal Art Milieu
ARTH 450 Advanced Seminar in the History of Art and Architecture
- Special Topic:  The sixties in art and visual culture

Graduate Courses

Master's Seminars

ARTH 610
Selected Issues in North American Art & Architecture
- Special Topic: 20
th Century Art and the Culture of Cities
ARTH 610 Selected Issues in North American Art & Architectural History
- Special topic: Montreal Art Practices and Scenes: The 1970s and 80s
ARTH 612 Contextualizing North American Sculpture
- Special Topic: The End of Sculpture?

ARTH 632 Methodology
- Special Topic: The issue of “Visual Culture”
ARTH 641 Issues in Visual and Material Culture
- Special Topic: Landscape as Visual and Material Culture

Doctoral Seminars

ARTH 800
Art History and its Methodologies
- Special Topic: Art History and the "Desire for History"

ARTH 804 Writings on Art
- Special Topic: Traces of the Utopian Discourse
ARTH 805 Networks and Archives

Thesis Supervision

Master's Supervision

Polina Lasenko (in progress)

Kristina Vannan (in progress)

Bettina Perez (in progress)

Sarah Amarica, MA
Working Bodies, Poignant Cloth: Materialising Histories of Labour in Ann Hamilton's indigo blue (1991, 2007) and Ibrahim Mahama's Occupations (2012-)
Convocation: 2018

Mojeanne Behzadi, MA
Iridescent Spirituality: Early Experiments in Expanded Cinema
Convocation: 2017

Andromachi Gagas, MA
The Anxious Subject: Janet Werner and the Disfigured Female Portrait
Convocation: 2017

Corinn Gerber, MA
What you claim, you are: Black Vernacular, Regimes of Visibility, and the Reproduction of We in 'The Queen's English' by Martine Syms
Convocation: 2017

Dario Ré, MA
Performing Symbiosis: Mushrooms and Contemporary Art
Convocation: 2016

Julian Peters, MA
Visual Novels and Comic-Strip Poetry: Avant-garde Experimentation with Comics in the 1960s and 1970s
Convocation: 2014

Samantha Henman, MA
Humour & National Identity in Canadian Contemporary Art: Diana Thorneycroft, Simon Hughes & BGL
Convocation: 2014

Damien Fortin, MA
Materiality and 'l'art intégré': Charles Daudelin's Art in the Urban Context
Convocation: 2014

Megan Bradley, MA
Negotiating the Global
Convocation: 2013

Anne-Marie Proulx, MA
Raymonde April. Voyages dans l’archive et autres histoires
Convocation: 2013

Gwen Baddeley, MA
Street Art Photography: Mapping the Interstices of Urban Experience
Convocation: 2013

Isa Tousignant, MA
Plush Love: Animal Anthropomorphism in Contemporary Art
Convocation: 2013

Karolina Tomaszewska, MA
Autobiographic Narrative in Drawings by Napachie and Annie Pootoogook
Convocation: 2012

Wahsontiio Cross, MA
Louis Karonhiaktajeh Hall & the Art of Resistance
Convocation: 2011

Stephanie D'Amico, MA
Reviewing Realism: Eric Fischl, Will Cotton and the Legacy of American Photorealism
Convocation: 2011

Viola McGowan, MA
No One Has A Monopoly Over Sorrow: Representing Trauma and the Everyday in Contemporary Art
Convocation: 2011

Robin Simpson, MA
What We Got Away With: Rochdale College and Canadian Art in the Sixties
Convocation: 2011

Maria Noel Secco, MA
Neo-Mexicanism and NAFTA: Exhibiting National Identity
Convocation: 2010

Gentiane Bélanger, MA
Points of Interest at the Center for Land Use Interpretation: A Tour in the Margins of Social Ecology
Convocation: 2008

Zoë Chan, MA
Wild Boys: Primitivism and Male Youth in Larry Clark's Photography and Films
Convocation: 2008

Geraldine Davis, MA
On Ewen's Moons
Convocation: 2008

Eve De Garie-Lamanque, MA
L'Esthetique de la trace anonyme. Étude comparative des cas de Betty Goodwin et de Christian Boltanski
Convocation: 2008

Tatiana Mellema, MA
Big Dirty Secrets: The Works of Paul McCarthy and Mike Kelley
Convocation: 2008

Merrilee Wolsey, MA
Perceiving Sound Waves: An Auditory Exploration of Image, Sculpture and Architecture
Convocation: 2008

Amanda Beattie, MA
The Crossroads and Ecology: The New Landscapes of Robert Smithson, Edward Burtynsky and Susan Liebovitz Steinman
Convocation: 2006

Laurent Piché-Vernet, MA
En Temps et Lieu, le programme d'art public de la Vancouver Art Gallery et les dynamiques urbaines
Convocation: 2006

Tanina Drvar, MA
Vandalism and Public Art in Montreal: A Discussion of Works by Mark Lewis and Robert Prenovault
Convocation: 2005

Anja Bock, MA
Exhibiting Trauma: Ydessa Hendeles at the Haus Der Kunst in Munich
Convocation: 2004

Stephanie Gibson, MA
Jeff Wall and The Painter of Modern Life: Modernity, Contemporary Photography, and the Challenge of Postmodernism
Convocation: 2004

Doctoral Supervision

Tracy Valcourt, Humanities (Primary Supervisor, in progress)

Andrew Forster, Humanities (Primary supervisor, in progress)

Martha Robinson (Primary Supervisor, in progress)

Rachel Harris, PhD (Primary Supervisor)
Picturing Fairyland: Illustrated Fairy Tale Books and the Rise of the Child Reader-Viewer in the Victorian Era
Convocation: 2017 

Caroline Beaudoin, PhD (Primary Supervisor)
Everyday Landscapes: Picturing Places of Labour, Leisure and Industry in Québec's Eastern Townships, 1900-2015
Convocation: 2017

Bruno Andrus, PhD (Primary Supervisor)
Trajectoires fluides et croisements lumineux: histoire du verre d'art au Québec dans le contexte d'Expo 67
Convocation: 2017

Felicity Tayler, PhD Humanities (Primary Supervisor)
Conceptual Nationalisms: Conceptual Book-works, Countercultural Imaginaries and the Neo-Avant-Garde in Canada and Quebec, 1967-1974
Convocation: 2016

Fiona Annis, PhD Humanities (Primary Supervisor)
Seeking the After-Image: Swan Songs, Place, and the Photographic Image
Convocation: 2014

Michael Rattray, PhD
Functional Anarchism(s) and the Theory of Global Contemporary Art
Convocation: 2014

Mark Clintberg, PhD
Food, Crime, and Ornament: Representations and Actions Toward Ingestion in Contemporary Art
Convocation: 2013

Adad Hannah, PhD Humanities (Primary Supervisor)
Extending the Instantaneous: Pose, Performance, Duration, and the Construction of the Photographic Image from Muybridge to the Present Day
Convocation: 2013

Charles Gagnon, PhD (Co-Supervisor)
Touching and Making: Encounters with Matter
Convocation: 2012

Peter Conlin, Humanities (Co-Supervisor)
The Radical Mundane and Mundane Radicals: Cultural Self-Organization and London Social Centres
Convocation: 2011

Luke Nicholson, PhD
Anthony Blunt and Nicholas Poussin: A Queer Approach
Convocation: 2011

Anna Wacławek, PhD
From Graffiti to the Street Art Movement: Negotiating Art Worlds, Urban Spaces, and Visual Culture, c. 1970-2008
Convocation: 2009

Anja Bock, PhD
The Crossover of New Media Immersion and Site-Specificity: Contemporary Art and Spatial Experience
Convocation: 2009

Ted Hiebert, PhD Humanities (Co-Supervisor)
In Praise of Nonsense: Aesthetics, Uncertainty and Postmodern Identity
Convocation: 2007

Postdoctoral Supervision

Petra Halkes, PhD
Art History, 2003-2005

Graduate Committees

MFA Committees

Cam Forbes, 2016
Jeanette Johns, 2015
Celia Perrin-Sidarous, 2015
Corri-Lynn Tetz, 2015
Jacynthe Carrier, 2012
Jacinthe Robillard, 2012
Sherry Walchuk, 2012
Patrick Dunford, 2011
Dil Hildebrand, 2008
Patrick McEown, 2008
Rosalie Gagné, 2007
Rick Leong, 2007
Adrienne Spier, 2003
Mary Wong, 2003
Maxe Fisher, 2001
Jo-Anne Balcaen, 2000

MA Committees
Pamela Mackenzie, 2015
Eliana Stratica Mihail, 2014
Marie-France Daigneault Bouchard, 2013
Emma Kreiner, 2013
Taylor Leedahl, 2013
Mikhel Proulx, 2013
Noni Brynjolson, 2012
Jessa Alston-O’Connor, 2011
Nicole Burisch, 2011
Valérie Coté, 2011
Emily Kirkman, 2011
Mark Clintberg, 2008
Erandy Vargas, 2008
Susannah Wesley, 2008
Tammer El Sheikh, 2007
Reid Cooper, 2006
Avery Larose, 2005
Julie Lavigne, 2005
Peter Gallo, 2004
John Latour, 2004
Irmela Dymytruk, 2004
Robert Darcey Nichols, 2002

PhD Committees

Steve Lyons (Art History, Concordia University, 2018)
Julia Roberge Van Der Donckt (Art History, Université de Montréal, 2017)
Liana Bellon (Art History, McGill University, 2016)
Julie Belisle (Art History, Université du Québec à Montréal, 2015)
Corina Reian (Art History, Université de Montréal, 2015)
Kate Steinman (Art History, University of British Columbia, 2015)
Karla McManus (Art History, Concordia, 2014)
Anite de Carvalho (Histoire de l’art, Université de Montréal, 2013)
Erin Silver (Art History, McGill University, 2013)
Zoe Tousignant (Art History, Concordia, 2013)
Nuria Carton de Grammont (Art History, Concordia, 2012)
Heather Davis (Communication Studies, Concordia, 2012)
Peter Gallo (Art History, Concordia, 2012)
Corina Ilea (Art History, Concordia, 2012)
Michelle Veitch (Queen’s University, Art History, 2009)
Luc Lévesque (Aménagement, Université de Montréal, 2008)
Dorothy Barenscott (University of British Columbia, 2007)
Joan Borsa (Humanities, Concordia, 2006)
Mikaela Bobiy (Art History, Concordia, 2005)
Marie Fraser (Art History, Université de Montréal, 2005)
Joy Senack (Humanities, Concordia, 2005)
Raymond Idoux (Art History, UQAM, 2004)
Clive Robertson (Communications, Concordia, 2004)
Edith-Anne Pageot, (Art History, Université de Montréal, 2003)
Sheelagh Gourlay (Humanities, Concordia, 2002)
Curtis Collins (Art History, McGill, 2001)
John Collins (Art History, McGill, 2001)
Nina Roy (Art History, McGill, 2001)
Elizabeth Mulley (Art History, McGill, 2000)
Aurora Wallace (Communications, McGill, 2000)

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