Our scholars are renowned for their research on influential thinkers of the past – particularly poet John Milton and physicist John Tyndall – who have laid the groundwork for the political, economic and social systems we have today.
We are known for our expertise on Viking culture and the Norse language, among the many ancient cultures we study. From an underwater 6th century shipwreck off the coast of Sicily to the Minoan site of Gournia on Crete, Greece, we are literally uncovering the secrets of past civilizations to help us navigate the one we are in now.
“We cannot know where we’re going if we don’t know where we’ve come from.” (Roy C. Owens, 1899-1979).
And we are creating culture in present-day Niagara and beyond. The partnership between Brock’s Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts and St. Catharines’ FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre ensures that innovations in drama, music and other arts reach the community.
Our researchers use drama to educate young audiences on the dangers of binge drinking and other social issues. Also, we have pioneered a research methodology, called ‘duoethnography,’ in which two people converse with one another on the same subject from very different viewpoints. As they gain insights and knowledge through the course of the conversation, the two people begin to change their perspectives; these changes in viewpoints become the research data.
We are also looking towards the future. Researchers across campus are pursuing “posthumanist” research to examine how we relate to animals, plants and other non-human life forms as we address multiple crises such as global warming, super intelligent computers, genetic engineering, and massive species extinction, to name but a few.
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