English professor Carole Gerson
English professor Leith Davis

Canada 150

Grants help grow Canada 150 events and outreach

February 07, 2017
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Two SFU faculty members have been awarded special grants from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) to further events and outreach activities during Canada’s celebratory year.

SSHRC’s Canada 150 Connection grants support outreach activities organized by post-secondary institutions and their affiliated researchers that underscore the contributions social sciences and humanities research has made to Canadian society.

SFU English professor Carole Gerson leads a research team creating the Database of Canada’s Early Women Writers (DoCEWW). The database is an interactive, electronic resource that will contain more than 5,000 entries.

“While Canadians like to believe that our women writers have achieved unusual prominence, research shows that their visibility has often been marginal, a situation this project aims to redress,” says Gerson.

The grant will enable Gerson’s team to bring the names and writings of thousands of little known Canadian women into public view, and in turn, invite the public to contribute missing biographical and other detail.

The project, expected to be unveiled this fall, is supported by the SFU Library, the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences and SFU’s Department of English.

Meanwhile professor Leith Davis, associate director of SFU’s Centre for Scottish Studies, will use her grant to support the second World Congress of Scottish Literature in Vancouver in June. The congress will focus on literature that reflects Scotland’s relationships across the globe, and will draw particular attention to indigenous and transpacific Scottish connections.

The event will include a roundtable panel of researchers whose work centers on where Scottish and First Nations Studies intercede. “Canada has important historical connections and present-day affinities with Scotland,” says Davis, noting that the congress will provide “a unique opportunity for Canadians to play a lead role in the future direction of the research and teaching of Scottish literatures in the global arena.”

She adds: “By focusing on historical and contemporary connections between Scottish and indigenous populations and the activities that bring both communities together, it will also contribute to the critical issue of reconciliation and the construction of an equitable society for all Canadians.”

A number of different events will be open to the general public. Check the conference website closer to the event for the complete program: https://dialoguesanddiasporas.wordpress.com