Name: Sharday Mosurinjohn
Program: Cultural Studies PhD, year 1
About Me: I’m an artist, musician, and all around curious person who’s into learning just about anything and talking to just about anyone. Obsessed with questions of justice and meaning, I’m currently in the very early stages of working toward staging visual interventions that invite reflection about how to perform the complicated negotiations that allow people to re-think the world as a political project. My previous work has investigated lived experiences of gender in Canada, where the neo/liberal rhetoric of sexual equality tends to portray gender issues as already sufficiently addressed. As a way to probe the disconnect between Canada’s identity as a champion of gender equality and the realities of inequality, I explored gender discourses through the interrelated histories of Christianities and neo/liberalisms that have shaped mainstream Canadian society.
Why I chose Queen’s: After an undergrad in Anthropology and Museology at Western, I wanted to keep broadening my opportunities through an interdisciplinary grad program. Queen’s was one of the only schools in Canada to offer Cultural Studies and I decided to take the risk and hopefully reap the rewards of becoming part of the inaugural cohort. I finished my MA in Cultural Studies last year, and having enjoyed the interdisciplinary freedom – and also having bought a house and gotten engaged – staying for my PhD made sense.
What I’m here to blog about: I’m here to talk about what grad school is like as a researcher in the humanities and social sciences. I’ll write about issues and events to do with campus politics, cultural production, and striking a work/life balance. I can offer perspective, too, about what it’s like to do two grad degrees in the same place, to navigate the administrative side of a new program, and what it can mean to get involved in the Kingston community as well as at Queen’s.
Name: Atif Kukaswadia
Program: Epidemiology PhD, Year 3
About Me: I completed my B.Sc (Hons) and B.A. (Hons) from Carleton University in Ottawa, ON, and my M.Sc. in Epidemiology from Queen’s University. After taking a year off to work, I returned to Queen’s, and am now a PhD Candidate in the Department of Community Health and Epidemiology. My research interest is the health of immigrant youth, and how their health changes the longer they live in Canada. In my spare time I like to lift weights, play ultimate and volleyball. I’m also a photographer. You can follow me on Twitter or read my blog at www.MrEpidemiology.com.
Why I chose Queen’s: After finishing my Master’s here, I took a year out to work. When I decided I wanted to do a PhD, I opted to return to Queen’s University and continue working with the same supervisors.
What I’m here to blog about: I’m here to offer a perspective on grad life and work from the health sciences.