FASS professors receive SSHRC grants for knowledge mobilization and engagement events

May 24, 2023

Congratulations to linguistics professor Donna Gerdts and political science assistant professor Edana Beauvais for receiving a Social Sciences and Humanities Resarch Council (SSHRC) Connection Grant.

These grants support events and outreach activities geared toward short-term, targeted knowledge mobilization initiatives. These events and activities represent opportunities to exchange knowledge and to engage with participants on research issues of value to them. Events and outreach activities funded by a Connection Grant can often serve as a first step toward more comprehensive and longer-term projects.

Donna Gerdts

Department of Linguistics 

58th Annual International Conference on Salish and Neighbouring Languages

Held at the Snuneymuxw Learning Centre in Nanaimo, the conference is held in collaboration with the Hul'q'umi'num' Language & Culture Society, the Snuneymuxw First Nation, and the students and instructors of the Hul'q'umi'num' cohort of the SFU Indigenous Languages Program.

Donna Gerdts' research and teaching interests include syntactic theory, language typology and universals, the syntax/morphology interface, the form and function of grammatical categories, language documentation, and Indigenous languages. She teaches courses in the Department of Linguistics and the Indigenous Languages Program, where she previously served as the associate director. Gerdts' recent work includes research into Halkomelem, an Indigenous language of British Columbia, focusing on verb classes, grammatical categories, and the discourse use of morphosyntax. 

Edana Beauvais

Department of Political Science 

What is the Future of Representative Democracy? 

Authoritarian populist candidates are winning power in democracies across the globe and threatening to undermine the very institutions of representative democracy that helped them rise to power. Alongside these troubling trends is a quiet, transformative deepening of democracy as legacy institutions of electoral representative democracy (such as elections, political parties, and legislatures) are increasingly being supplemented with new processes such as citizen juries, citizens’ assemblies, and more representative forms of townhall meetings for engaging citizen participation in deliberation and decision-making. Dr. Mark Warren, UBC Professor Emeritus and Former Merilees Chair in the Study of Democracy at UBC will address these questions in his public lecture, “Democratic Innovation and Representative Democracy.”

The two-day event will be focused on a public lecture and reception and an academic conference that consists of a series of five roundtables.