Faculty of Arts
Big showing in the Big Apple
Seventeen Saint Mary's Political Science students were presented on April 2 with an Honourable Delegation Award at the Model UN (NMUN) Conference in New York. With some 2,500 students representing close to 200 universities, the NMUN conference is one of the largest university level UN simulations in the world. Saint Mary's was one of four Canadian universities recognized in the Honourable Delegation category, and one of seven Canadian universities recognized overall.
The award was announced in the General Assembly Hall of the United Nations.
Saint Mary’s Arts professors Dr. Djordje Stefanovic and Dr. John L. Plews have recently received generous grants from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. Learn a little more about their grants and their exciting projects, Exploring The Right of Refugee Return, and The Study of Study Abroad.
Exploring the right of refugee return
The world’s millions of refugees leave home in flight from war, political oppression, and even certain death. They are emigrants by necessity, not by choice. But the question of how to prepare them—and their countries of origin—for their return is among the least understood issues surrounding refugees.
That’s a knowledge gap that Saint Mary’s professor Dr. Djordje Stefanovic—of the Department of Sociology and Criminology—hopes to address with the help of a $16,529 Connection Grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) of Canada. Dr. Stefanovic will use the grant to engage academics and policymakers from around the world on the question of how to develop more durable solutions to refugee displacement, especially return.
Efforts will include a special issue of a peer-reviewed journal, a book manuscript, and a dedicated website intended to bring proposals and policy lessons directly to policymakers and media.
But the centrepiece of Dr. Stefanovic’s efforts will be an international workshop this April in Ankara, Turkey. Besides bringing together leading academics on the subject from around the world, the workshop will directly engage Turkish NGOs and others who are involved in providing services to the country’s large population of refugees, especially from Syria.
Dr. Stefanovic was able to use a Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research grant in 2014 as a seed grant, enabling him to procure the SSHRC grant.
The study of study abroad
A four-day conference on “The Culture of Study Abroad” will bring world-renowned scholars in the field to Halifax this July, thanks in part to an $18,356 Connection Grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) of Canada. The grant was awarded to conference co-organizer Dr. John L. Plews, a professor in Saint Mary’s Department of Modern Languages and Classics. (Collaborators include department colleagues Dr. Alexandre Avdulov, Dr. Rohini R. Bannerjee, and Ms. Shana McGuire.)
The conference will bring together the “Research Network on Study Abroad,” an investigative sub-group of the world’s leading organization of applied linguists, the Association Internationale de Linguistique Appliquée. Global and Canadian scholars will investigate especially the theme of “culture” in study abroad—from the peer culture of studying in foreign countries, to the appreciation of foreign cultures by students abroad, to language, and far more.
Exploring these issues is especially critical in Canada today, as business and culture becomes increasingly globalized, yet Canadian students lag their international peers in knowledge of second languages and cross-cultural experience generally.
An archival website will be created after the event, hosting digital versions of presentations and summaries of talks by plenary speakers. As well, the journals Canadian Journal of Applied Linguistics and Canadian and International Education have agreed to publish special issues dedicated to extended papers from the conference.
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