An evening with the 2023-2024 Shadbolt Fellows

March 28, 2024
(left to right) Ghinwa Yassine, Carolina Bergonzoni, Steeve Mongrain, Germaine Koh, Clint Burnham, and Sam Wiebe.

On the evening of March 21st, the 2023-2024 cohort of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences' Jack and Doris Shadbolt Fellows in the Humanities presented a brief overview of the projects they have been working on during their fellowship at Simon Fraser University.  

An annual event showcasing the diversity of impressive and creative projects, this year's iteration, "Future Losses and Resisting Disciplines" highlighted the current cohort of fellows who are publicly engaged in championing the arts and intentionally stray from the status quo. Through resistance to traditional norms, these fellows are redefining their respective disciplines especially in today’s landscape of conflict, loss, and grief.

Following welcome and introductions by Associate Dean, Research and International, Steeve Mongrain and English professor Clint Burnham, the 2023-2024 Shadbolt Fellows each shared a small snapshot of their projects, ranging from audio description for live dances to a historical novel exploring the early days of harm reduction in Vancouver. 

The event featured dance artist and somatic practitioner Carolina Bergonzoni, 2023 Governor General's Award in Visual and Media Arts winner Germaine Koh, anti-disciplinary artist Ghinwa Yassine, and local award-winning author Sam Wiebe. Writer and activist jaye simpson unfortunately could not be in attendance. 

Generously funded by an endowment established by Jack and Doris Shadbolt, the fellowship program supports academic scholars, artists, knowledge keepers, and practitioners in promoting the approaches to the humanities and arts as important sites of creative and critical engagement with the major concerns of our times.