Monthly Archives: April 2011


If you haven’t been watching any TV, reading any newspaper, or been online in the past few months, the 41st Canadian Election will be taking place on Monday, May 2, 2011. This election has been one of the more exciting bouts that Canadians have seen in a long time, with each party truly fighting for the seats that they need. Regardless of who you vote for, we sincerely hope that you take the hour out of your day on Monday to vote for the party that best represents your views, opinions, and values. Polling stations open bright and early at 7:30 a.m. for most, and don’t close until late in the day (7:30 or 8:00). For information on where/what/how-to-vote, visit:

Depending on your political priorities, this election could have represented each of the KIAS themes. Stewardship of the Planet has been a hot topic throughout from the Liberals, NDP and Green Party – and the issue of the Alberta Oil Sands is one that won’t be going away any time soon. How Canada will continue to grow economically through the Oil Sands, while maintaining the environmental respect that it has had for many years, is an issue that many Canadians hold dear to their heart. Place, Belonging, and Otherness can be seen in the immigration policies proposed by all parties – or by the election as a whole. Having the right to vote stems from being a citizen of this country – and belonging to the Canadian society. The Canadian identity has long been partially defined by our social health care system – which is always a topic during elections. Do you feel that being a Canadian is derived from the social programs that we have had for so many years? Is this where Canadians find their identity? How do new Canadians find themselves represented in this country? Culture, Media, Technology has more recently been seen in the Arts sector in the country speaking up about which party can best represent the values of the arts-culture demographics in Canada. On the CBC Radio show “Q with Jian Ghomeshi”, he asked that question on April 28th to a representative from the Cons, Libs, and Dippers. You can listen here.

The importance of exercising your right to vote is always strong – but this election has been showcased as a galvanizing one. Make sure that you are represented on May 2nd.
Because you know what they say…if you don’t vote, you can’t complain.


Happy birthday, Charter!

happy birthday, old girl!

This past Sunday marked the 29th anniversary of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, which came into force on April 17, 1982. This document has had a major impact on the lives of many Canadians in its promotion of human rights and freedoms, enabling citizens of Canada to be assured that their life will be that much richer. The University of Alberta would certainly be a different place if ideas such as the right to expression and association were not allowed. This is integral to the pursuit of curiousity-driven research, as it allows academics to go where their thoughts lead them and to pursue ground-breaking issues that may or may not be popular.

The equality and language rights as well set Canada apart from other countries on the world stage; these rights are entrenched in our society and how Canadians as people conduct themselves. The Charter has changed how human rights are protected and promoted in this country.

One of the KIAS research themes is that of Place, Belonging, and Otherness. The Charter, and its birthday, relates directly to this theme in asking how the Charters has shaped our notions of being Canadian, and the place and belonging of our society. How do you think it has affected you as a Canadian? Maybe it hasn’t – can you examine why?

Go to the comments to leave your feedback.

TED Talks

I am sure many of you out there have heard of TED talks – where interesting and intelligent people come together to present ideas. Ideas that range from the simple to the complex, and provoke the curiousity that is in everyone to come out and ask a question of a topic.

The TED Blog recently made an announcement, noted here:

On May 24, we’re holding the first-ever public audition for TED Talks. It will take place in New York in front of a live audience made up of TED staff and members of the TED community. The audition will be recorded, and the best talks could either be posted on or win an invitation for a full-on mainstage presentation at TED2012 in California early next year. Make a one-minute video to qualify.

The deadline is April 25th, so get crackin’!

This is a great opportunity for the minds at the University of Alberta to come up with something different that will showcase their ideas to the world in an innovative way.

Research Cluster Deadline!

April or February? Lovely walk on campus in the springtime.

Well, the KIAS deadlines are in full swing (along with lovely April snow). This serves as a reminder that the Cluster Grants are due to KIAS by tomorrow, Friday April 15th @ 4:00 p.m. MDT. The KIAS offices are located next to the Senate Chamber, 3-22 Arts Building. Don’t forget that you need to have a hard copy (signed by the applicant and his/her Chair), as well as an electronic copy submitted to us (

If you didn’t opt to have your materials pre-reviewed, I would suggest getting them into the office before the 4:00 cut-off. This way, I can make sure that I have them in hand for the weekend, in order to look them over and let any applicants know if they are missing materials that are required or need to change something in the application.

A note: KIAS will be adjudicating these next week (!) so applicants will have a very short window (one day) to get any and all missing documentation into me, both electronically and in hard copy. As such, the deadline on Friday is a firm one.

As usual, any questions or comments, feel free to send them to Gillian at:

Good luck!

KIAS in the News!

KIAS was featured on Athabasca University’s website and online publication, Open AU, for our work in undergraduate research!

Check out the article here:

Deadlines Galore!

KIAS is rich in grant deadlines! For the month of April, we have three deadlines for faculty members to apply for funding, one which has already passed. In May, we have our undergraduate applications due for the conference in August. Information on the deadlines is below.

As always, KIAS welcomes early applications. For the faculty grants, applicants are encouraged to have their applications pre-reviewed to ensure completeness, accuracy and to receive constructive feedback on ways to improve the application.

Deadline: Friday, April 15th, 2011 @ 4:00 p.m. MDT
Program: Research Cluster Grant
Application information:
Questions? Email:

Deadline: Friday, April 29th, 2011 @ 4:00 p.m. MDT
Program: Interdisciplinary Course Seminar Grant
Application Information:
Questions? Email:

Deadline: Monday, May 9, 2011 @ 4:00 p.m. MDT
Program: Tomorrow’s Ideas, Now Undergraduate Research Conference
Application Information:
Questions? Email: