Carleton University will receive more than $2.4 million in grants from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC). The funding is divided among 12 researchers covering a diverse range of topics, from medieval texts and domestic violence to linguistics and women in mining.

Insight Development Grants support research in its initial stages. The grants enable the development of new research questions, as well as experimentation with new methods, theoretical approaches and ideas. Funding is provided for short-term projects of up to two years proposed by individuals or teams.

Long-term support for research is offered through SSHRC’s Insight Grants. Funding is available to both emerging and established scholars for long-term research initiatives of three to five years.

Legal Studies Prof. Dawn Moore will use her Insight Grant to examine how visual evidence, such as photographs of injuries and videotaped statements from victims, are used in cases of domestic violence. Visual evidence can be paramount in convincing courts of a victim’s experience of violence, but the relationship between victims and forms of visual evidence is almost wholly unstudied. We know almost nothing about how victims experience the collection and use of evidence, especially in cases of domestic violence and how, in turn, a visual narrative of violence either corroborates or disqualifies a victim’s testimony. This project will begin to fill these knowledge gaps by drawing attention to the complicated network of actors, practices and objects that digest the words and bodies of victims, and transform them into visual manifestations that stand apart from (and at times against) women themselves, reinventing who (or what) is able to tell the truth about crime.

An Insight Grant will enable Blair Rutherford, director of the Institute of African Studies, to conduct an in-depth study of the role of women in artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM) in three conflict-affected African countries at different stages of rebuilding: Sierra Leone, Kenya and Zimbabwe. Rutherford aims to provide a better understanding of women’s economic roles in mining and thus address a significant gap in knowledge about ASM and women as economic actors in post-conflict settings. The study will also consider the impacts of policies aimed at legalizing and regularizing ASM, contributing to policy discussions about strengthening conflict or fragile states and their mining sectors.

Other grant recipients include:

  • Siobhain Bly Calkin, Department of English Language and Literature – “Narratives of Impassioned Things: Christian Relics and Their Circulation in Muslim Contexts.”
  • Jean Daudelin, Norman Paterson of International Affairs – “Market ordering and its limits: Informal markets and urban violence in Latin America.”
  • Marie-Odile Junker, School of Linguistics and Language Studies – “A digital infrastructure to sustain Algonquian Languages: Dictionaries and Linguistic Atlas.”
  • Jeremy Paltiel, Department of Political Science – “A Hingeless Pivot: China and the Asia-Pacific in Canadian Foreign Policy.”
  • Ruth Phillips, Institute for Comparative Studies in Literature, Art, and Culture; School for Studies in Art and Culture – “Artists and Mentors: The Emergence of Indigenous Modernisms in Transnational Perspective.”
  • John Zelenski, Department of Psychology – “The Effects of Nature Exposure and Nature Relatedness on Environmentally Sustainable Decision Making and Behaviour.”
  • Marie-Eve Carrier-Moisan, Department of Sociology and Anthropology – “Moral Panic, Public Emotions, and the 2014 World Cup: The Campaigns against Sex Tourism and Sex Trafficking in Natal, Brazil.”
  • Hashmat Khan, Department of Economics – “Booms, Busts, Incentives, and the Environment.”
  • Crina Viju, Institute of European, Russian and Eurasian Studies – “Are the Central and Eastern European countries winners of the European Union shift in trade policy?”
  • Inger Weibust, Norman Paterson School of International Affairs – “Look at Me!”: Explaining Monitoring/Benchmarking Regimes in Federal Systems and at the International Level.”

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