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News & Achievements

MARCH 2017

Kudos to Julia Wright, who was successful in the Canada 150 SSHRC competition. Her proposal was the only one funded in Atlantic Canada.

Also kudos to Karen Foster, who just received a Knowledge Synthesis grant from SSHRC.


Congratulations to Jennifer Bain (Fountain School of Performing Arts) for her nomination to the Royal Society of Canada.


SSHRC Connections Grant

Howard Ramos (SOSA) "Measuring the Language and Learning Integration of Syrian Refugee Children and Youth Workshop" ($24,974).

JULY 2016

SSHRC Insight Development Grants

Letitia Meynell (Philosophy) "Chimpopolis': Science, Society, and the Philosophical Animal" ($59,000)

Katherine Scarth (English) "Halifax's Literary Landmarks: Exploring Atlantic Canada's urban blue/green spaces" (57,886)


Congratulations to Darren Abramson (Philosophy) and Kate Scarth (English) on winning the two Compute Canada Digital Humanities Summer Institute Scholarships available to attend the DHSI at the University of Victoria this summer.


Congratulations to Dr. Jeremy Schmidt (SOSA) on being the 2015 winner of the national SSHRC Impact Award in the Talent category.

SSHRC Insight & Insight Development Grants

  • Pauline Gardiner Barber (SOSA), "Just-in-time Immigration: Phillipine translations of Canada's Immigrant Program" ($124,414)
  • Vittorio Frigerio (French), "Les hétérodoxes de l'entre-deux-guerres: Han Ryner, Gérard de Lacaze-Duthiers, Manuel Devaldés" ($42,389)
  • Jason Haslam (English), "The Gothic Atlantic" ($59,208)
  • Robert Huish (IDS), "Beyond Korean Lines: Understanding the Role of Activism in Addressing Human Rights in North Korea" ($69,494)
  • Estelle Joubert (FSPA), "Opera and the Musical Canon, 1750-1850" ($154,850)
  • Howard Ramos (SOSA), "Perceptions of Change in Atlantic Canadian Cities" (PI, $418,924)


Recent SSHRC Connection grants in FASS

  • Krista Kesselring & Julia M. Wright, "Digital Humanities Summer Institute (Atlantic)"
  • Matthew Schnurr, "Can Genetically Modified Crops Help the Poor? Creating Networks, Building Policy, Empowering Farmers"
  • Jerry White, "Dalhousie-Paris 3 Summer Institute in Film Studies"


Congratulations to Christopher Bell (History), who has been awarded the 2014 Sir Julian Corbett prize in Modern Naval History from the Institute of Historical Research, University of London.

And congratulations to all on their successful grant news!

SSHRC Insight Grants:

  • Brian Bow (Political Science), "Security Policy Convergence in North America" (sole applicant, $107,929)
  • Frank Harvey (Political Science), "Probability Neglect, Terrorism and Political Motivation: Addressing Key Impediments to Canada-U.S. Border Security Negotiations" (sole applicant, $83,590)
  • Bart Vautour (English), "Canada and the Spanish Civil War" (PI, $343,736)
  • Jerry White (English/FSPA), "Forms of Critical Realism in Catalan Cinema" (sole applicant, $84,316)
  • Co-applicants on successful collaborative Insight Grants: Jennifer Bain (FSPA), Dean Irvine (English), Howard Ramos (SOSA)

SSHRC Insight Development Grant:

  • Lindsay DuBois (SOSA), "Social Policy, Child Poverty, and Everyday Politics in Argentina" (sole applicant, $58,985)

Full results are available at http://www.sshrc-crsh.gc.ca/results-resultats/recipients-recipiendaires/index-eng.aspx .


Congratulations to Dr. Karen Foster on her appointment as a Canada Research Chair (www.chairs.gc.ca).


Congratulations to all on their successful grant news!  (Insight and Insight Development Grant news is still embargoed by SSHRC--stay tuned.)

1. Jennifer Bain (FSPA), co-applicant, "Single interface for music score searching and analysis" (SSHRC Partnership Grant, $2,499,197).

2. Letitia Meynell (Philosophy), co-applicant, "Cosmopolitanism and the local in science and nature: creating an east/west partnership" (SSHRC Partnership Development Grant, $200,000; PI: Gordon McOuat, King's)

3. Jeremy Schmidt (SOSA), SSHRC Banting postdoctoral fellowship, "Mining the Mackenzie: Territory and the geopolitics of water management in Alberta" (http://www.dal.ca/news/2014/09/19/fluid-politics--banting-postdoc-examines-water-policy-in-canada-.html)

APRIL 2014

Congratulations to FASS student Kelly Pickerill (IDS), one of the finalists for SSHRC's Storytellers competition! You can watch her prize-winning work by clicking HERE.


Dalhousie hosted the SSHRC-sponsored Atlantic Region event on "Imagining Canada's Future."  Building on FASS's annual Crosscurrents panels, "Connecting Cultures" featured SSHRC-funded research from across Dalhousie in three events on 6-8 March 2014. For more details and webcasts, click here.

For information on the annual celebration of books and other publications by FASS faculty, see the FASS Book Launch page.


We are delighted to announce that FASS now has a collaborative agreement with the Université Sorbonne Nouvelle (Paris 3).  We are co-organizing a number of academic events as part of that collaboration.  FASS and Sorbonne faculty have already jointly organized and participated in a colloquium at the Sorbonne, “Frontiers in Cultural Studies” (June 2013). It will be followed by a summer institute on film studies here in Halifax (July 2014).  Future events are planned for subsequent years on such topics as defense and security (2015) and digital piracy (2016) as we further develop this exciting research partnership between our two institutions.


We are pleased to announce a number of new research grants in FASS. Congratulations to all of the researchers!

Partnership Grants (SSHRC)
Brian Noble (co-applicant), "Franz Boas papers: documentary edition" ($2,500,000)

Insight Grants (SSHRC)
Christina Luckyj, "Reasonable libertie: women writers and the politics of the female voice in early Stuart England, 1603-1633" ($40,588)
Julia M. Wright, "National performances: Thomas Moore, Irish romanticism, and literary theory" ($143,986)

Insight Development Grants (SSHRC)
Roberta Barker, "Symptoms of the Self: The Tubercular Hero on the Nineteenth-Century Stage" ($51,031)
Jack Mitchell, "Mapping the imaginary geographies of Roman historians" ($46,585)
Diana Pifano (with Maria Paz-Mackay, StFX), "Memory, Identity and Humor: The Voice of the Children of the Disappeared in XXI Century Argentinean Fiction" ($44,175)

Establishment Grant (NSHRF)
Fiona S. Martin, "Opiate-dependent pregnant women's access to and experiences of methadone maintenance treatment in Nova Scotia" ($112,000)

Balzan International Research Visitorship
Estelle Joubert, for a research project on Global Music Criticism and Enlightenment Ethnomusicology (7500 pounds); she will be in residence at the Faculty of Music, University of Oxford, from April-June 2014.  (This award is in association with the Balzan prize, won by Reinhard Strohm in 2012 and worth 750 000 swiss francs.)


The Centre for Foreign Policy Studies presents a special lecture, delivered by the Ambassador of Korea, His Excellency Chi Hee-yong, "Celebrating 2013 the 'Year of Korea' in Canada:  A Path Toward a Strategic Partnership," on 16 September at 3:45, in University Hall, Macdonald Building, Dalhousie University.

As part of Canadian Democracy week, there will be two events:
1) "The Afterparty: A Discussion of the Future of Parliamentary Democracy in Canada," with
Elizabeth May, Brent Rathgeber, Graham Steele and Danny Graham, on 17 September from 6:30-8:30pm, in Room 1020, Rowe Management Building, Dalhousie University.

2) a panel and discussion on "Bridging the Gap: Connecting Active Citizenship with Politics" will take place on 18 September from 4:15-6:15, in the McInnes Room, Student Union Building, Dalhousie University. Panelists include Danny Graham (former Nova Scotia MLA), Marc Langlois (Founder, Heartwood; Founding Chairperson, Academy 12), Mark Coffin (President, Springtide Collective), and Richard P. Temporale (Chief Electoral Office, Elections Nova Scotia). Reception and Resource Fair to follow. Refreshments will be served.

JUNE 2013

Vittorio Frigerio (French) won the French language short story contest sponsored by the journal University Affairs. The story can be found here:  http://www.affairesuniversitaires.ca/la-releve-vittorio-frigerio.aspx

Frank Harvey (Political Science) has had a double win at the Canadian Political Science Association (CPSA) conference.  He received the CPSA IR book award for Explaining the Iraq War: Counterfactual Theory, Logic and Evidence. (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2012), as well as the McMenemy Prize by the Canadian Journal of Political Science for his article,"President Al Gore and the 2003 Iraq War: A Counterfactual Test of Conventional 'W'isdom," (45:1). See the story on Dal News.

MAY 2013

Roberta Barker (Theatre) and Kim Solga (University of London) have just received the Patrick O’Neill Award from the Canadian Association for Theatre Research for their collection, New Canadian Realisms: Eight Plays (Playwrights Canada Press, 2012).  The award is given annually to the editors of the book that the Association deems the best edited collection relating to Canadian theatre.  Congratulations, Roberta!!

Christopher Bell (History) has received the 2013 Keith Mathews Award for his book Churchill and Sea Power (Oxford University Press). The award is given by the Canadian Nautical Research Society for the Best Maritime Book Published in 2012 by a Canadian on a maritime subject, or by anyone on a Canadian maritime subject. As noted by members of the award committee, “Chris Bell’s book on Churchill is the obvious one for the book prize -- a really substantial and well balanced piece.” Chris Bell “represents, successfully, a generation of researchers that is able to be a little more dispassionate and hence produces better history on Churchill. Being balanced about Churchill is not easy as so many either worship or loath him. Getting back into the records and passing judgment from a neutral perspective is worthy of praise.”

FASS Book Launch & Celebration of Research and Scholarship
March 6, 2013
3p.m. - 4.30p.m.
Fireside Lounge, McCain Arts & Social Sciences Building

Join the Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences on Wednesday, March 6 as we celebrate Research and Scholarship at the FASS Book Launch. 

Publication List [.PDF]
PowerPoint Presentation

Refreshments and Cash Bar.  Everyone is welcome.