Nari Shelekpayev is a Lecturer in Canadian History and a Ph.D. Candidate at the Université de Montréal, Canada. He holds Master’s degrees in Social Sciences from École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, Paris, and in International Law from the Université Panthéon-Assas, Paris. His current research focuses on the elaboration of capital cities in colonial and post-colonial countries in a comparative perspective. He has co-organized and presented his research at a number of international conferences, and was a Ph.D. Scholar-in-Residence at the Canadian Center for Architecture in 2015. He has published in various collective volumes and scientific journals.François-Olivier Dorais, Daria Dyakonova, and Solène Maillet are Ph.D. Candidates at the Université de Montréal. Their research focuses on the historiography and intellectual history in Quebec, the history of communism in Canada, and French policy-making in the Middle East and North Africa, respectively. They have published in scientific peer-reviewed journals, and have presented their research at international conferences in many countries.