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  • Grants, awards and appointments from the HUMA faculty

    We are happy to announce grants, awards and appointments from the HUMA faculty:

    • Gregory Betts for winning SSHRC funding for “How To Speak to Aliens: bp Nichol and the Cosmic Other”
    • Christine Daigle, SSHRC Insight Grant for “Bomb Pulse: Cultural and Philosophical Readings of Time Signatures in the Anthropocene”
    • Jennifer Roberts-Smith for her SSHRC partnership grant “Staging Better Futures/Mettre en scène de meilleurs avenirs (SBF/MSMA)”
    • Aaron Mauro for his appointment as GPD of the Department of Digital Humanities
    • Lissa Paul, elected as a Fellow to the Royal Society of Canada
  • Congratulations to Julie Warkentin on her successful defence of her thesis on 28 September 2023!

    Congratulations to Julie Warkentin on her successful defence of her thesis on 28 September 2023!

  • Mitch Goldsmith had a successful defence of his doctoral dissertation

    Congratulations to Mitch Goldsmith on the successful defence of his doctoral dissertation! Terrific work. HUMA program faculty and staff are all delighted.

    Below is the abstract for Mitch’s thesis: “The Unfinished Business of Anna Kingsford: Science, Enchantment, and Experiments on Animals”

    The project takes seriously Dr Anna Kingsford’s (1846-1888) claim that vivisection is a type of sorcery and science, a type of occult or spiritual undertaking believing that the assertion, which gained currency during the 19th–century antivivisection movement and is now overlooked, is yet unfinished and therefore a potentially powerful figuration for current antivivisectionists. To that end, the dissertation provides a critical and intersectional reading of the 19th-century British and European antivivisection movement, the fin de siècle occult revival, and Kingsford’s role in each, often working to bring these worlds together. This historical analysis includes an examination of Victorian attitudes to the period’s changing understanding of gender, species, race, and science. Building on this historical foundation, the dissertation will provide a theoretical discussion of Kingsford’s contemporary resonances with emerging disciplines in the environmental and posthumanities, including critical animal studies, material feminism, feminist posthumanism, and science and technology studies. Many theorists in these fields are interested in reappraising the roles of affect, enchantment, mysticism, and wonder in ethical thinking and human-animal-environmental relations.

    This project builds on these historical and theoretical insights by providing an “enchanted” analysis of the contemporary laboratory space, experiments on animals, and a reading of three case studies of ongoing animal experimentation paradigms (i.e., maternal deprivation, learned helplessness, and the organizational-activational hypothesis of homosexuality) which I argue lend themselves to a Kingsford-inspired analysis. Furthermore, this project articulates a novel “enchanted animal ethic” involving a feminist and neo-Spinozist articulation of human-animal and environmental ethics that makes space for mystical, non-secular modes of meaning-making, care-centered multispecies community building, and social and political movements. Finally, the project and an enchanted understanding of animal ethics will be useful to interdisciplinary scholars and advocates seeking a paradigm change in the sciences away from experiments on animals and towards a more humane and efficacious science as well as more egalitarian and meaningful relationships with animals and the more-than-human world.

  • CUPE Collective Agreement

    Please find below the collective agreement with CUPE from September 2022 to September 2025:
    CUPE Collective Agreement

  • Podcast Broadcasts Dr. Lissa Paul’s Research on Eliza Fenwick and the Stories of Fugitive Slaves

    Dr. Lissa Paul is a researcher in children’s literature at Brock University, and director of the PhD Program in Interdisciplinary Humanities. Lissa has followed the story of 19th century writer and educator Eliza Fenwick from London to Barbados to Niagara-on-the-Lake. Lissa shares who Eliza was and how researching Eliza’s story lead her to stories of fugitive slaves and current efforts to decolonize the landscape by memorializing former enslaved people in Niagara-on-the-Lake.

  • Andrew McEwan has successful defence of his doctoral dissertation

    Congratulations to Andrew McEwan on the successful defence of his doctoral dissertation! Terrific work. HUMA program faculty and staff are all delighted.

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