Five York researchers awarded SSHRC Connection Grant

Five York University researchers have been awarded Social Sciences & Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) Connection Grants, each ranging from $19,000 to $25,000: Professors Margaret Beare, Osgoode Hall Law School; Eva Karpinski, Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies (LA&PS); Marcello Musto, LA&PS; Andrea O’Reilly, LA&PS; and Noël Sturgeon, Dean, Faculty of Environmental Studies.

Rob Hache

Robert Haché

“York University is delighted with the success of our researchers in a competition whose aim is to create research connections amongst researchers in exciting and important areas of research,” said Robert Haché, York’s vice-president research and innovation. “I want to congratulate today’s award recipients of the Connection Grants − Margaret Beare, Eva Karpinski, Marcello Musto, Andrea O’Reilly and Noël Sturgeon − and wish them every success as they move forward with their research projects,” he added.

Connection Grants support events and outreach activities geared toward short-term, targeted knowledge mobilization initiatives. These events and activities represent opportunities to exchange knowledge and engage in research issues of value to those participating. Events and outreach activities funded by a Connection Grants may often serve as a first step toward more comprehensive and longer-term projects potentially eligible for funding through other SSHRC funding opportunities.

Details of the five winning events follow:

Margaret Beare

Margaret Beare

Margaret Beare: Revisiting Crimes of the Powerful. This symposium will allow different generations of scholars and students to forge connections within and across disciplinary and national boundaries and deepen the public debate about contemporary corporate crime. International participation will cement Canada’s relevance as a thought leader in the global conversation about capitalism, corporations and crime.

Eva Karpinski

Eva Karpinski

Eva Karpinski: Lives Outside the Lines: Gender and Genre in the Americas. This is the third biennial conference of the International Auto/Biography Association Chapter of the Americas. It will investigate diverse representations and new theories of embodiment and identity, with special attention given to marginalized lives, excluded subjects, traumatic histories and invisible narratives.

Marcello Musto

Marcello Musto

Marcello Musto: Marx’s Capital After 150 Years (1867-2017). This international conference will offer diverse scholarly perspectives and critical insights into the principal contradictions of contemporary capitalism and, in so doing, point to alternative economic and social models. The organizers will unite several world-renowned sociologists, political theorists and philosophers, from diverse fields and more than 10 countries.

Andrea O'Reilly

Andrea O’Reilly

Andrea O’Reilly: Matricentric Feminism: Theory, Activism, and Practice. This conference hosted by the Motherhood Initiative for Research and Community Involvement positions mothers’ needs and concerns as the starting point for a theory and politic on and for women’s empowerment. The conference will consider what changes are needed in public/social policy, health, education, the workplace, the family, and the arts to affect full and lasting gender equality for mothers in the 21st century.

Noel Sturgeon

Noël Sturgeon

Noël Sturgeon: Ahead by a Century and a Half: Envisioning Just Transformations in a Changing Climate. The objective is to engage delegates in discussions across research disciplines and policy and practice communities about the future of Ontario’s society and economy and to address climate change through mitigation and adaptation strategies. Conference organizers hope to encourage the development of positive narratives and visions of a sustainable and just future, ones that cross boundaries between natural science, social science, law, humanities and the arts.

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