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Anoush Terjanian

Assistant Vice Dean, Partnerships and Research Networks, at the uOttawa Faculty of Social Sciences, and Research Associate at the Centre for International Policy Studies, uOttawa

Anoush Fraser Terjanian is the Assistant Vice Dean, Partnerships and Research Networks, at the uOttawa Faculty of Social Sciences, and Research Associate at the Centre for International Policy Studies, uOttawa. Her research and teaching have focused on 18th-century France—birthplace of political and economic theories under renewed critical evaluation, namely modern democracy and capitalism. She trained at Johns Hopkins, l’EHESS (Paris), Cambridge, and McGill universities, and has won Visiting fellowships at Brown and Harvard.

In 2015-17, Terjanian served (on secondment) as the founding Director of the US Social Science Research Council’s Anxieties of Democracy program—mobilising an intentionally diverse team of over 75 top-tier social scientists, journalists, and practitioners to ‘smart up the public conversation about democracy with fresh social science’. 

Terjanian is the author of Commerce and Its Discontents in Eighteenth-Century French Political Thought, re-released in paperback by Cambridge University Press in August 2016. In 2018, she was appointed to the Governing Council of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. 

Her current research includes projects on cosmopolitanism and political economy, and an edition of the first history (and critique) of early modern European imperialism. A member of UVic’s Europe-Canada Network (EUCAnet) ‘Dialogue on Democracy’ Research Group, her work on democracy focuses on what she is calling the ‘bewilderment paradigm’: building on examinations of ‘unknowing’ in postcolonial analyses, this project investigates what it means when the sovereign demos experiences, or claims to experience, insufficient knowledge to act civically or democratically.