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New listserve for SSHRC Researchers at the University of Alberta

The Grant Assist Program, Social Sciences and Humanities, in the Office of the Vice-President (Research) is setting up a new listserve for continuing faculty at all campuses (Augustana, Extension, St-Jean and North). The sshrcUofA listserv is dedicated to providing an arena for discussions on any topic that concerns applications to, and research funded by or of relevance to the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC). The list is unmoderated but is administered by the Senior Coordinator, Dr. Heather Young-Leslie.

The Grant Assist Program hopes to see collegial discussions regarding humanities and social sciences research, proposals, results and publications.

To subscribe:
To post a message to the list / community:
Address emails to: sshrcuofa [at] mailman.srv.ualberta.ca.

For more information please contact Heather Young-Leslie at: Heather.YoungLeslie [at] ualberta.ca
Office of the Vice-President (Research)


Eduard Baidaus: Born before and after the Collapse

Please join us for this Kule Dialogue:

Born before and after the Collapse:
Soviet Past and post-Soviet Present as Interpreted by two generations in Russia, Romania and Ukraine

Eduard Baidaus | Wednesday, November 26th | 2 PM | 3-20 Arts
(Light reception following the talk!)

Since Communism collapsed in Europe and the Soviet Union disintegrated, nation builders have focused on re-considering old values, re-writing national histories, and defining new identities. To construct a Communist society, several generations of the Sovietized Russians, Ukrainians, and Romanians were raised on similar ideological pillars – the so-called ‘people’s friendship,’ ‘Socialist brotherhood,’ and ‘Communist internationalism.’ The situation has changed due to the dramatic events of the late 1980s – early 1990s where citizens in the post-Soviet Russia and Ukraine, and post-Socialist Romania are no longer under the pressure of Communist propaganda, ideology, and internationalist education.

The purpose of this case study is to examine how Soviet past and post-Soviet present are perceived by the Soviet-born adults and post-Soviet youth in these three countries. The presentation centers on the interpretation of the Soviet foreign policy, perception of the Great Patriotic War, attitudes towards the Communist traditions and the assessment of political and territorial separatism in the former Yugoslavia and Soviet Union’s republics.

Eduard BaidausEduard Baidaus – a PhD Candidate (ABD) in History at the Department of History and Classics of the University of Alberta. His dissertation, “Nation-Building and Separatism in Eastern Europe: Transnistria Problem in Moldova and in Geopolitics of Russia, Ukraine, Romania, and the European Union (1917-2013),” is concerned with the problems of separatism and nation-building and focuses on the “frozen conflict” and identity crisis in Moldova. The dissertation addresses issues related to the reassertion of Russia’s international influence, Ukraine’s efforts to balance between the “East” and “West,” and Romania’s attempts to return its role in the domestic and foreign affairs of the Republic of Moldova.

Universities Build International Electronic Research Bridge

EuroMaidan is a social and political phenomenon, which began in Ukraine in November 2013. Millions of Ukrainian citizens participated in demonstrations against their government’s refusal to sign an Association agreement with the European Union. Then they protested against dictatorship in favour of democratic civic standards. The Government’s use of lethal sniper fire against peaceful protestors resulted in numerous deaths and the escalation of the political situation. The president had to flee the country to escape his arrest. Subsequently Ukraine, with a new government, came under the threat of war. EuroMaidan has become an element in geo-political negotiations among the EU, USA and the Russian Federation.

All of the above events deserve academic analysis and discussion. Five universities in Canada and Ukraine have announced the creation of a joint electronic project called the Contemporary Ukraine Research Forum. The project was started in January by the University of Alberta, MacEwan University and Concordia University College in Edmonton and by the Ukrainian Catholic University and the Kyiv Mohyla Academy National University in Ukraine. Their joint research is inter-disciplinary and topics are seen through the lens of many disciplines, including social and political sciences, economics, media studies, religion, folklore, and literature and linguistics.

The project has established both a web site http://euromaidan-researchforum.ca/ and monthly video-conferences between researchers in Canada and Ukraine. Other post-secondary institutions are invited to participate. Other topics will be added with time and alongside new participants.

The project’s co-directors are Dr. Olenka Bilash from the University of Alberta and Dr. Roman Petryshyn of MacEwan University. Bilash says that “this is an experiment in using digital means to allow dozens of researchers to collaborate in both individual and team projects in three languages – English, Ukrainian and Russian”.

The project is funded by the Kule Institute of Advanced Study (KIAS), the Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies (CIUS) both at the University of Alberta, the Ukrainian Resource and Development Centre (URDC) at MacEwan University, as well as the Alberta Foundation for Ukrainian Education Society (AFUES).

The coordinator of the project is Oleksandr Pankieiev who brings a strong background in historical studies and journalism to the project. Petryshyn says that “this is the first time such an ambitious electronic network has been created among universities in Canada and Ukraine. Initial positive responses indicate that there will be more projects of this kind in the future.”

Translating and Performing the Mexican – American Border

A staged reading of Boundless Border by Carlos Morton 
(translation by Sandra Gaviria-Buck)
February 28, 7:30 pm, Arts’ Based Research Studio (Education Building, 4th floor)
A tale of survival and death set at the border between El  Paso

 and Ciudad Juarez. The play addresses the politics of the Mexican-American border, the femicide of hundreds of women in that region of the world, and the issue of immigration. This is the play’s first production in English and is made possible by a generous KIAS Cluster Grant and the collaboration of the Department of Drama and the department of Modern Languages and Cultural Studies. The playwright will be attending the reading.

The evening will include the reading of border poems translated by MLCS professors Odile Cisneros and Ann de Leon and their MA students in Translation.– 


There will also be an interview conducted by Stefano Muneroni (Drama) with Carlos Morton on February 27, 1:00-2:30, in the Timms Centre for the Arts’ Lobby.

Carlos Morton (Ph.D., University of Texas, Austin) is Professor of Theatre at the University of California (Santa Barbara). He has over one hundred theatrical productions, both in the U.S. and abroad. His professional credits include the San Francisco Mime Troupe, the New York Shakespeare Festival, the Denver Center Theatre, La Compa“Ãa Nacional de Mexico, the Puerto Rican Traveling Theatre, and the Arizona Theatre Company. He is the author of The Many Deaths of Danny Rosales and Other Plays (1983), Johnny Tenorio and Other Plays (1992), The Fickle Finger of Lady Death (1996), Rancho Hollywood y otras obras del teatro chicano (1999), and Dreaming on a Sunday in the Alameda (2004). A former Mina Shaughnessy Scholar, Fulbright Lecturer to Mexico (1989-90), and Distinguished Fulbright Lecturer to Poland (2006-07), Morton also holds an M.F.A. in Drama from the University of California, San Diego. Since 1981 Morton has lived on the border between Mexico and the United States teaching at universities in Texas, California and Mexico.


Social Sciences Research Crawl

KIAS is happy to help promote this excellent initiative by our colleagues in the Undergraduate Research Initiative (URI)!

Social Sciences Research Crawl
Wednesday, February 19

9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Free lunch provided

Join us to explore various possibilities of research in the social sciences, gaining an understanding of how such research helps us to make sense of and improve our ever-changing world — from preserving cultural identities, examining past atrocities, and working at the intersection of statistics and theories in order to create change. We will visit three different social sciences research groups with one thing in common — undergraduate research!

This is a great opportunity to see interdisciplinary social sciences research at work, and find out more about how undergraduates can get involved.

Please register online by Friday, February 14, 2014. (Space is limited, early registration is encouraged).

For more information, contact the Undergraduate Research Initiative (URI) at uri@ualberta.ca.


Developing a Data Management Plan: New Expectations for Funding Workshop

Researchers often gather data as part of research projects and granting councils ask that data be deposited appropriately. Canada’s federal research granting agencies have started a consultation Toward a Policy Framework for Advancing Digital Scholarship in Canada which includes language about changing policies to promote “excellence in data management practices”. Researchers therefore need to consider data management when planning research projects and grant proposals. This workshop will introduce researchers to the resources on campus to help you develop a research data management plan and discuss some best practices. All researchers and other staff or colleagues involved with team or partnership applications are encouraged to attend this workshop.

Date: Thursday, November 7, 2013
Time: 10:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.
Location: Room 122 Education South

Dr. Geoffry Rockwell, Professor and Director, Kule Institute for Advanced Study
Geoff Harder, Digital Initiatives Coordinator, Libraries
Chuck Humphrey, Research Data Services Coordinator, Libraries

Dr. Lois Harder, Associate Dean (Research), Faculty of Arts
Dr. Patricia Boechler, Associate Dean (Research), Faculty of Education
Registration by November 6: Free to anyone who wishes to participate

Interactives – interdisciplinary interfaces for the arts and humanities

Scott Smallwood and his students in the Interactives interdisciplinary course will present ideas around the theme “Creating Interactive Interfaces for the Fine Arts and the Humanities.”

Students from a diverse range of programs including Art and Design, Music, Drama, and Humanities Computing will be pitching ideas for projects that involve interactive technologies. These projects will be presented in an exhibition at the end of the semester.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013
Fine Arts Building (FAB) 2-7
University of Alberta

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