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Here are this week’s top trending topics:



August 15: National Acadian Day


Beverley Diamond, Canada Research Chair in Ethnomusicology at Memorial University of Newfoundland, is studying the histories of different media and production processes in relation to diverse traditional music cultures, with particular emphasis on the indigenous music cultures of Atlantic Canada, which is well-known for its Anglo-Celtic, Acadian, Aboriginal, African Canadian and other traditional, ethnocultural music.

Mireille McLaughlin, of the department of sociology and anthropology at the University of Ottawa, took a sociolinguistic approach to studying postnational Acadia.

Sid-Ahmed Selouani, of the department of information management at the Université de Moncton, is carrying out a quantitative study of rhythm in Acadian French.

Tony Tremblay, Canada Research Chair in New Brunswick Studies at St. Thomas University, is leading a team examining the literary momentum in the anglophone and Acadian literatures of New Brunswick.


August 19: UN World Humanitarian Day


Kenton Kroker is an associate professor of science and technology studies at York University. He studies the historical and social structures that helped shape contemporary biomedical practice in the 19th and 20th centuries. He has published on the history and sociology of immunology, and is a contributor to a collection of papers examining the clinic’s role in immunological knowledge.

Rebecca Tiessen, Canada Research Chair in Global Studies and Leadership at the Royal Military College of Canada, is systematically analyzing the impact of sending Canadians abroad, including host communities’ perceptions of Canada’s contributions to their security and development. Through field research and data collection from returning military personnel and Canadian civilians returning from volunteer and work abroad programs, Tiessen is uncovering trends and themes about Canadians living and working abroad.

Fuyuki Kurawsawa is an associate professor of sociology, political science, and social and political thought at York University. Through a SSHRC-funded study, he is looking at representations of distant suffering, and particularly at the ethical dilemmas and socio-political effects of the production, circulation and reception of photographic images of people in the global south experiencing humanitarian disasters.


August 23: International Day for Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition


Matt James is an associate professor of political science at the University of Victoria. One of his areas of research expertise is the study of reparations for past injustices of colonialism and racism. With support from a SSHRC Standard Research Grant, he is looking at Canada’s culture of redress, to understand how Canadian responses to historic injustice are governed.

Paul Lovejoy, Canada Research Chair in African Diaspora History at York University, is recognized as a world-leading scholar in the study of slavery. For the past 40 years, Lovejoy has explored the dynamics of the African diaspora. His award-winning book Transformations in Slavery: A History of Slavery in Africa (1983, 2000) is a classic text on the subject.

Jeannine DeLombardis an assistant professor of English and drama at the University of Toronto, with research expertise in slavery, race and justice, and African-American literature and culture. Through a SSHRC Standard Research Grant, she is examining the slave narrative and the transformation of American civic identity.



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