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MA (European and Russian Affairs), University of Toronto, 2023
B.A. (Honours History and International Relations), The University of British Columbia, 2021
Bachelor's Degree, Sciences Po Paris, 2021
Isabelle (she/her) is a first-year PhD student in History at the University of British Columbia. Her doctoral research examines ideas and experiences of disability in Bosnia and Serbia at the turn of the twentieth century. Isabelle’s work engages with a wide range of subdisciplines, including disability history, history of the body, history of medicine, and history of everyday life.
Isabelle is the convener of the Bodies, Minds, and Disabilities research cluster based in the Department of History.
In addition to her historical research, Isabelle is interested in Canadian disability policy, global disability studies, and current affairs in the Balkans. Isabelle is the research assistant for the PROUD Project, a research initiative based in the Department of Political Science at University of Toronto Scarborough, that studies disability and employment.
- Critical Disability Studies
- Disability History
- Gender History
- Balkan History
- Late Ottoman History
- Central European History
Refereed Articles in Student Journals
- “Hostages of History: North Macedonia, Bulgaria, and the Hazards of EU Accession.” Eurasiatique 11 (April 2022). https://eurasiatique.ca/2022/04/03/hostages-of-history-north-macedonia-bulgaria-and-the-hazards-of-eu-accession/
- “Re-Heating the Chicken Kiev: A Reassessment of President Bush’s Infamous Speech.” The Attaché: The Undergraduate Journal of International Relations at the University of Toronto 21 (April 2021): 24-33. https://attachejournal.ca/publications/
With Chloë G. K. Atkins, “How employers can tackle misconceptions about disabled people in the workplace.” The Conversation, October 9, 2023. https://theconversation.com/how-employers-can-tackle-misconceptions-about-disabled-people-in-the-workplace-210769
- Guest host for “Episode 40: Disability History in Eastern Europe: A Roundtable Discussion.” March 2023. Disability History Association Podcast. https://dishist.org/?page_id=735
- Broadcastability Season 2. The PROUD Project, University of Toronto. September 2023-Present. https://www.broadcastability.ca/
- Broadcastability Season 1. The PROUD Project, University of Toronto. September 2021-August 2022. Eight episodes. https://www.broadcastability.ca/
- The BC Studies Podcast: An Introduction to Scholarly Podcasting. March 2021. Four episodes. Produced for BC Studies. https://bcstudies.com/resources/scholarly-podcasts/
- The Distant Prayers Podcast. The Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies. December 2020-January 2021. Seven episodes. https://www.spreaker.com/show/the-distant-prayers-podcast
- “Disabled by Development: Colonialism, Industrialization, and Disability in Habsburg Bosnia, 1878-1908.” ASEEES 2023 Virtual Convention. October 20, 2023. [Upcoming]
- With Chloë G. K. Atkins. “Ecosystems and Expectations: The Social Construction of Livelihood for People Living in Disabling Contexts in 5 Countries (Canada, US, UK, France & Belgium).” Reimagining Livelihoods Forum, Aug. 23-24, 2023. Live Work Well Research Centre, University of Guelph.
- “’Unfit for the Army… Unfit for Life’: Militarism, Masculinity, and Disability in Serbia, 1878-1912.” Towards a history of disability in Eastern Europe, June 30-July 2, 2023. University of Indiana Europe Gateway.
- “Scholarly Spolia: Gathering the Building Blocks for a History of Disability in the Late Ottoman Empire.” Seminar in Ottoman and Turkish Studies, The Late Ottoman Empire: A Discussion of History and Historiography, April 19, 2023. Department of Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations, University of Toronto.
- “Visions of Unity and Disunity in the Open Balkan Initiative.” CERES Graduate Student Conference 2022. Panel: “Balkan Futurities: Histories, Visions, Barriers.” University of Toronto.
- “Balkan Ouroboros: “There Is Such a People” and the Pattern of Bulgarian Populism.” Political Science Graduate Student Conference 2022. Carleton University. April 20, 2022.
Scholarly Association Affiliations
- Disability History Association
- Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies
- Canadian Association of Slavists
- Central European History Society
Dr. Eagle Glassheim