Book, Line & Sinker: Celebrating faculty excellence at the Annual FASS Book Launch - March 8, 2012
From GM corn debates in Mexico to drug-addicted mothers in Atlantic Canada, the seventh annual Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences book launch celebrated the practical, beautiful and essential side to the arts. Read more...
Dr. Cynthia Neville, the George Munro Professor of History, has had her most recent book shortlisted for the Saltire Society's 'Scottish Research Book of the Year' award. Land, Law and People in Medieval Scotland (Edinburgh University Press, 2010), is her second book to be honoured by the Saltire Society: her Native Lordship in Medieval Scotland (2005) won its major award in that year. Congratulations!
Dr. Marjorie Stone has won a National Humanities Center Fellowship
May 2010 - Dr. Stone of the Department of Enlish has been awarded the National Humanities Center Meymandi Fellowship for her project titled Citizenship Formations and Nineteenth-Century Transnationalist Networks. She's the only Canadian to receive one of the prestiguous NHC fellowships this year.
NHC Fellowships 2011-12
Dr. Brian Bow, Fulbright professor, wins Donner Prize3 May 2010 - Currently, Dr. Bow is the Fulbright Visiting Research Chair at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington D.C.
“It's a tremendous honour,” says Dr. Bow of the award. “The Donner Prize is not just about quality scholarship, but more particularly for scholarship which engages with important real-world policy problems in a way that is accessible not only to academic experts and policy-makers, but to a broader audience.” Read the full DalNews article here.
3 May 2010 -This year’s crop of over 50 published works by members of the Faculty of Arts and Social sciences was put on show recently. Here’s a look at five of the new releases on DalNews.
Dr. Estelle Joubert receives Harvard's Houghton Library John M. Ward Fellowship in Dance and Music for the Theatre
March 2010 - Dr. Joubert is Assitant Professor in the Department of Music. Her research explores the intersections of musicology and political history, including representations of states and rulers in opera, issues of national identity in music, and musicological paradigms of the Habermasian public sphere. Houghton Library is the principal rare book and manuscript library of Harvard College.
Dr. Jennifer Smith has been awarded the Eric Dennis Memorial Chair of Government and Political Science.
3 July 2009 - While most Canadians seem to develop a late interest in politics, Jennifer Smith was hooked at an early age and has spent her life dedicated to the academic study and teaching of Canadian politics. For her achievements, she’s been awarded the Eric Dennis Memorial Chair of Government and Political Science. Read the DalNews article here. View a list of all FASS research chairs here.
Dr. Francesco Ciabattoni wins a Mellon Fellowship
24 June 2009 - Dr. Francesco Ciabattoni has won a Mellon Fellowship to attend a summer class in paleography at the Getty Institute of Los Angeles. The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation supports a wide range of initiatives to strengthen the institutions that sustain scholarship in the humanities and "humanistic" social sciences, primarily research universities but also a small number of centers for advanced study and independent research libraries.
Dr. Brian Bow, Fulbright Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson Centre
4 May 2009 - Dr. Brian Bow was awarded the Fulbright Chair at the Canada Institute in Washington, D.C. This Fulbright scholarship, made possible through the Woodrow Wilson Center, is a residential award for research on topics relevant to Canada-U.S. relations. The mandate of this award is explicit: to identify the best scholars and to engage them in exchanges consistent with the highest standards of the Fulbright Program. Information about the Fulbright Chair at the Woodrow Wilson Centre is available at the Institute's website.
Observations by a 'tenured black sheep'
27 April 2009 - For some in the university community, it may not be the easiest book to read but Anthony Stewart’s You Must Be A Basketball Player: Rethinking Integration in the University will force its readers to think about a series of often-challenging topics, from white privilege, to race and integration. Dr. Stewart, associate professor of English at Dalhousie, has penned a pointed critique of the university system and the challenges evident in integration at post-secondary institutions. He wants the book to make a productive contribution to the way people think about issues related to diversity hiring in universities and issues of diversity more broadly. Read the DalNews article here, and the Dalhousie Magazine interview here.
Dr. Cynthia Neville is awarded the Donald Bullough Fellowship
24 April 2009 - The Institute of Mediaeval Studies at the University of St Andrews, Scotland, has awarded Dr. Cynthia Neville the 2009-2010 Donald Bullough Fellowship. The inter-disciplinary Institute of Mediaeval Studies brings together over thirty full-time academic staff of international standing and a number of research associates. Fellows are provided with computing facilities, an office alongside the mediaeval historians in the Institute and access to the university library. Information and application forms are available at the Institute's website.
Dr. Claire Campbell argues for the importance of social scientists in discussions of sustainability
Fall 2008 - Dr. Claire Campbell provides a compelling argument for why historians and the humanities are absolutely essential for a sustainable environment. She feels firmly that no matter how great the scientific argument about an approach to preservation, if it's presented without any consideration for the society living within the natural setting, it won't be realistic. Read the OutFront article here.
SSHRC grants awarded
14 October, 2008 - Students and researchers at Dalhousie University received a boost this year with the latest round of funding from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council. Twenty master’s students and 13 PhD students are receiving funding for their research, a total investment of $1,330,000. Read the item at MetroNews
29 August, 2008 - Ten Dalhousie researchers have been awarded more than $1 million in funding through SSHRC Standard Research Grants this year. Read the item at DalNews
SSHRC Application forms and instructions available
6 August 2008 - The application form and instructions for the Standard Research Grants program is now available on the SSHRC Web site.
For advice on how to apply read through the FASS Advice Sheet.
Dr. Jacqueline Warwick explores the impact of pop music within girl adolescence
5 August 2008 - To some, it would be a stretch to consider popular music a meaningful, positive experience for adolescent girls. Dr. Jacqueline Warwick does it masterfully. In fact, she stresses that the “music of the day” shapes the adult that the teenager becomes. Warwick believes pop music provides a safe way for girls to explore adulthood and to bond with their peers. It allows them to experience harmless, “virtual” crushes, while offering positive images and real role models. Read the OutFront article here.
29 April 2008 - The mandate of the Editing Modernism in Canada Project (EMiC) is primarily directed toward the production of critically edited texts by modernist Canadian authors from early to mid-twentieth centuries. The majority of texts from this period has either fallen out of print or exist only in university rare-book rooms and archives. There is now more than ever before an urgent need to produce editions of these works and to regenerate public interest in this formative period of Canadian literature. Here is a link to the item at DalNews.
29 April 2008 - Compendium 2: Writing, Teaching, and Learning in the University is an interdisciplinary publication that offers a unique resource for post-secondary writers and teachers of writing. Edited and published through the collaborative efforts of faculty, staff, and students from across the university community, the journal offers something for students and instructors at all levels and in all disciplines. Find more information on the journal website.
Krista Kesselring receives Folger Shakespeare Library Fellowship
29 April 2008 - Dr. Krista Kesselring has received a research fellowship from the Folger Shakespeare Library . Every year, the Folger Institue offers research fellowships to encourage access to its exceptional collections and to encourage ongoing cross-disciplinary dialogue among scholars of the early modern period. Information and application forms are available at the Institute's site.
Brian Noble participates in project to explore issues surrounding legal and ethical entitlements to information derived from cultural heritage
26 February 2008 - Working in collaboration with Indigenous and other communities, the project aims to identity a range of intangible cultural heritage and intellectual property concerns faced by Indigenous peoples, researchers, and other stakeholders in order to gain theoretical insights on the nature of knowledge, intangible cultural heritage, and culture-based conceptions of rights and responsibilities and to generate ideas for fair and effective research practices. Here's a link to the item at DalNews.
Peter Aucoin named to the Order of Canada
8 January 2008 - Dr. Peter Aucoin, Eric Dennis Memorial Professor of Government and Political Science, has been named a Member of the Order of Canada. The honour recognizes Dr. Aucoin's “contributions as a leading political scientist and advisor to government bodies, specializing in the areas of public administration and political governance.” Among his several other distinctions, Dr. Aucoin is a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and a recent recipient of the Dalhousie University Alumni Association Award for Teaching Excellence. Here is a link to his profile in Dal News.
9 January 2008 - The theme of this year’s MacKay Lecture Series is "Identities and Ideologies: Changes and Transformations in the Modern Islamic World." The first lecture will take place on January 24th, 2008, and it will feature Dr. Afsaneh Najmabadi, Professor of History and Women's Studies, Harvard University. Dr. Najmabadi will be presenting a talk entitled "Transing and Transpassing Across Sex-Gender Lines in Contemporary Iran." See the MacKay Lecture page for details.
Dr. Jerome Davis examines the rules of fair play between oil companies and governments
Fall 2007 - Dr. Jerome Davis' provocative views and deep experience in oil and gas regulation have, for years, made him a sought-after expert in Denmark and Norway. Today, as Dalhousie’s Canada Research Chair (CRC) in Oil and Gas Regulation, he thinks that Nova Scotia can learn some lessons from Denmark, a country that expanded its oil and gas industry from one producing 100,000 metric tonnes of oil per year to 100,000 metric tonnes of oil per day. Read the OutFront article here.
Fall 2007 - With PhD students Muriel Pequretand Alain Takam, Marie-Joseé Hamel and Jasmina Milicevic are developing an e-resource that will help French-learning students acquire a more natural, spontaneous and, most importantly, correct grasp of the French language. Read the OutFront article here.
Françoise Baylis elected to Royal Society of Canada
22 November 2007 - Dr. Françoise Baylis, Canada Research Chair in Bioethics and Philosophy, has been elected a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada (RSC). Dr. Baylis is the founder of the NovelTechEthics research team and is principal investigator on two CIHR grants in neuroethics: States of Mind: Emerging Issues in Neuroethics (2006-2011) and Therapeutic Hopes and Ethical Concerns: Clinical Research in the Neuroscience (2005-2009). Here is a link to her profile in DalNews.
FASS welcomes Marilyn Thomas-Houston, the 2007-08 Fulbright University Research Chair in Globalization and Cultural Studies
2 October 2007 - This year’s Fulbright Chair is Marilyn Thomas-Houston, Professor of Anthropology and African-American Studies at the University of Florida. Dr. Thomas-Houston combines interdisciplinary training, performance experiences, and a history of activism to form her pedagogical approach to teaching the Black experience. For the past 7 years she has been researching the descendents of Black Loyalists, Jamaica Maroons, and refugees from the War of 1812. During her tenure as Fulbright fellow, she will be examining the recent immigration of Africans to the Maritime region and how this further complicates issues of identity, citizenship, and struggles for a place of prominence in Nova Scotian and Canadian society.
Roch Carrier to deliver Governor General's Lecture
29 October 2007 - Roch Carrier, Canada’s former national librarian and author of the beloved children’s book The Hockey Sweater, will deliver the Governor General’s Lecture of the Royal Society of Canada (RSC) on Thursday, Nov. 1 at 7:30 p.m. in the Potter Auditorium, Kenneth C. Rowe Management Building. Dr. Carrier’s talk is called "The Inspiring Adventures of a Man Bent over a Blank Sheet of Paper."
Choral music from long-lost Salzinnes Antiphonal to be performed
25 October 2007 - In a concert presented by Scotia Festival of Music, the all-female vocal ensemble Anonymous 4 will perform choral music from the recently rediscovered Salzinnes Antiphonal on Saturday, Oct. 27, 7 p.m. at Saint Mary’s Basilica. A panel discussion on the manuscript itself will take place Friday, Oct. 26, from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia. Here is a link to the item in Dal News.
Ronald Huebert elected Visiting Fellow at Clare Hall
2 October 2007 - Dr. Ronald Huebert of the Department of English is spending his sabbatical leave at Clare Hall, Cambridge University, where he has been elected Visiting Fellow. During his stay at Cambridge, Dr. Huebert is researching the representation of privacy in early modern literature and art.
2 October 2007 - Dr. Susan Sherwin of the Department of Philosophy has followed up her 2006 Killam Prize with another major honour, the Canadian Bioethics Society Lifetime Achievement Award. The award is given annually to an individual whose demonstrated scholarship and/or leadership has contributed significantly to health care ethics in Canada.
Russian Studies launches the Nabokov Online Journal
30 September 2007 - The Department of Russian Studies is pleased to announce the launch of NOJ / NOZh: Nabokov Online Journal, a new refereed bilingual electronic edition devoted to Nabokov studies. The journal, under the editorship of Professor Yuri Leving, will seek to achieve a balance between publication of English- and Russian-language scholarship with a primary goal of bridging various branches of Nabokov studies in a dynamic and intellectually creative environment. See the Journal's site for details.
North Eastern Conference on British Studies coming to Halifax
30 September 2007 - This year's meeting of the North Eastern Conference on British Studies will be held in Halifax on October 12 & 13. Our own Jack Crowley (History) will be presenting one of the two keynote addresses; Professor Jenny Wormald of Oxford University will present the other. With papers touching on Canadian, African, and Atlantic topics (among others), the program is sure to be of interest to a wider range of scholars. For details, see the Conference website.
15 September 2007 - Professor Finn Laursen, Canada Research Chair in European Studies and Professor of Political Science, has been named Jean Monnet Chair ad personam by the European Commission. Ad personam Jean Monnet Chairs are teaching and research posts with a specialisation in European integration studies. They are awarded to distinguished professors who deliver evidence of a high-level international teaching and publication record.
Robin Oakley wins Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute Fellowship
15 September 2007 - Dr. Robin Oakley of the Department of Sociology and Social Anthropology has been awarded a 12-month Shasrti Indo-Canadian Institute India Studies Faculty Fellowship. In addition to upgrading her proficiency in Tamil, Dr. Oakley will also conduct ethnographic fieldwork among two cohorts of Tamil Saivite (Siddha), Ayruvedic and allopathic practitioners on the changing form and content of science and pedagogical technique across the twentieth century.
Celebrating our SSHRC Scholars
15 September 2007 - Dr. Shirley Tillotson of the Department of History is among this year's recipients of standard research grants from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC). Dr. Tillotson received a three-year, $88,900 grant in support of a collaborative study of the cultural history of taxation. She and other SSHRC grant-winners are profiled in this Dalhousie News story.
Congratulations to our SSHRC Graduate Fellows
15 September 2007 - Meagan Timney, a PhD student in English, has received a $40,000 doctoral fellowship from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) to study the poetry of working-class women in 19th-century England. She is one of 35 Dalhousie students and post-docs who have received SSHRC funding this year. She is profiled in this Dalhousie News story.