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African Studies conference focuses on transformation

The Canadian Association of African Studies conference hosted scholars from around the world to discuss issues of change in African countries.

[Conference attendees share a laugh during the conference. (Photo: Faculty of Arts and Science)]
Attendees share a laugh during the conference. (Photo: Faculty of Arts and Science)

The Canadian Association of African Studies (CAAS) focused their 10th anniversary conference on a broad but important topic: Transformations in African environments.

[Marc Epprecht, Amila Guidone, and Sarah Katz-Lavigne]
President of CAAS and professor in Global Development Studies Dr. Marc Epprect stands at the registration table with Amila Guidone, Research Assistant at Queen’s, and Sarah Katz-Lavigne, PhD candidate at Carleton University. (Photo: University Communications)

“I’m excited to show the progress that Queen’s has made since 2009 when we last hosted the conference. There were many professors retiring then, and it seemed African Studies had had its day here, even though Queen’s was one of the first institutions in Canada to have dedicated, tenured faculty members who taught African topics roughly 50 years ago,” says Marc Epprecht, President of the CAAS and professor of Global Development Studies at Queen’s. “Luckily in the last three or four years, there’s been quite a turn around. We’ve hired new faculty members and there is a new project partnering with the MasterCard Foundation and the University of Gondar in Ethiopia, so we’re getting all kinds of great African talent here with PhD and Masters students. To me, it’s a really exciting time to be studying Africa at Queen’s.”

The conference, held Thursday, May 3 to Sunday, May 6, included panels, round-tables, and a keynote from international scholars and specialists.

Dr. Shireen Hassim, professor (University of the Witwatersrand) and Matina S. Horner Distinguished Visiting Scholar (Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University), gives the keynote speech during the Canadian Association of African Studies Conference. (Photo: University Communications)
Dr. Shireen Hassim gives the keynote speech during the Canadian Association of African Studies Conference. (Photo: University Communications)

Shireen Hassim, professor (University of the Witwatersrand) and Matina S. Horner Distinguished Visiting Scholar (Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University), gave the keynote address on Saturday. Dr. Hassim explored the life of Winnie Mandela and violence under racist capitalism, as well as the history and intersection of racism and sexism in South Africa. She also shared how she introduced a feminist lens into academic discussions throughout her career as a researcher.

Among the many events during the conference, one of the engaging panels was Adolescent sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) for sustainable development in sub-Saharan Africa: From policy to action. Colleen Davison (Public Health Sciences) and Martin Ayanore (University of Health and Allied Sciences, Ghana) presented on the panel with their colleagues Lydia Kapiriri (McMaster University) and Danielle Mpalirwa (Carleton University).

Dr. Davison focused on ensuring rights for vulnerable populations of adolescents in African countries, such as those living in very poor families, adolescents in rural areas, young people living with disabilities, or adolescents from particular ethnic groups in some countries.

[Dr. Lydia Kapiriri, Dr. Martin Ayanore, and Dr. Colleen Davison pose together]
Dr. Lydia Kapiriri, Dr. Martin Ayanore, and Dr. Colleen Davison pose together  after their panel on adolescent sexual and reproductive health and rights in sub-Saharan Africa. (Photo: Colleen Davison)

“Almost all of the seventeen sustainable development goals [discussed during the panel] give us opportunity for action related to ensuring that the sexual and reproductive rights for these even more marginalized populations are met,” says Dr. Davison.

Dr. Ayanore discussed Universal Health Coverage and its role in driving the goal of equitable sexual reproductive health rights among adolescents in sub-Saharan Africa. The discussion centred on how strategic purchasing can be used to improve commodity supplies at national levels.

“There are three dimensions that must fit into the drive towards providing adolescent sexual and reproductive services in sub-Saharan Africa,” says Dr. Ayanore. “Risk protection for vulnerable population groups in terms of access to broad range of reproductive services, context-based evidence for improving services and driving further research, and strong national- and international-level commitments to drive resources to advance better health outcomes.”

Other panels and round tables explored the changing landscape of governance, the coup in Zimbabwe, the struggle against homophobia, the effect of political conflict on sustainable development, ageing research, gender politics, access to disability services, mining, and urbanism in African countries.

To find out about upcoming conferences and events, follow the new Global Development Studies Twitter account.


Deadline extended for Matariki Indigenous Student Mobility Program

Applications have been extended until midnight on Monday, May 7, 2018, for the Matariki Indigenous Student Mobility Program (MISMP), now in its third year.

The program will support up to three undergraduate or graduate students and one faculty member to take part in MISMP 2018 at Dartmouth College in New Hampshire, USA. The participants will take part in experiential learning and research activities on the MISMP themes of Indigenous spirituality and undertaking Indigenous research.

The MISMP fosters global scholarship and community engagement between universities in the Matariki Network of Universities (MNU) to deepen understanding of Indigenous peoples and Indigenous knowledge systems.

The MNU connects seven universities; the University of Western Australia (Australia), Durham University (UK), Uppsala University (Sweden), Tübingen University (Germany), Dartmouth College (USA), Queen’s University (Canada), and the University of Otago (New Zealand).

Applicants must be registered in a degree program at Queen’s and have completed at least two years of undergraduate study before the start of the program. Find out more about the program and how to apply on the Queen’s MISMP website.

Foghlaim Gaeilge at the Irish Language Weekend

Ever wonder where the lyrics of the Queen's Oil Thigh song come from, or what they mean? The last weekend of April features a crash course in Irish language, dancing, and music.

[Ruth Wehlau (English Language and Literature)]
Ruth Wehlau (English Language and Literature) continues two decades of Irish language teaching in Kingston, connecting the Queen’s community to Irish culture.

The Irish Language Weekend is an opportunity for the Queen’s community to dive into the Celtic language and culture that has a long history at the university. Newcomers can dabble in Irish phrases and experienced speakers can stretch out their vocabulary in an immersive environment.

The weekend includes classes (in four levels from beginner to advanced), meals, workshops on music and dancing, lectures, and a ceili (dance).

Ruth Wehlau (English Language and Literature), the lead organizer for the event, has a passion for teaching Irish and wants to spread the word on the yearly event, now in its 21st year.

“Kingston has a big hidden Irish history, and a very active Irish community,” says Dr. Wehlau. “It’s a nice feeling to connect with this language and community that isn’t gone, despite the previous years of colonization of Ireland that has endangered the language.”

The Harp of Tara society has shared Irish language and culture through annual workshops for over two decades in Kingston. Queen’s is hosting the immersion weekend this year from Dé hAoine (Friday), April 27 to Dé Domhnaigh (Sunday), April 29.

“Any time that you learn a new language, you’re learning a new way to experience the world,” says Dr. Wehlau. “The Irish language has lots of proverbs, curses, and interesting turns of phases that are less cut and dry than English.”

Irish, also known as Gaelic or Irish Gaelic, is one of four surviving Celtic languages still spoken around the world.

“The spelling is different from English, but it follows rules,” says Dr. Wehlau. “Celtic languages are famous, or notorious, for initial sound changes. This can be a challenge if you’re listening for cues and the beginning of a word doesn’t sound the same, but it’s actually natural to change certain words when speaking. For example, if I want to say that I live in Kingston, I have to change the K to a G, and say 'í gKingston'. The sound changes are embedded in the language. It really isn’t like English, but I think that’s part of the appeal.”

The weekend costs $165 for the full package or $70 for a student one day (Saturday) pass.

To learn more about the weekend or to purchase your ticket, contact Dr. Wehlau at wehlaur@queensu.ca or visit the Harp of Tara website.

Scholarship helps promote human rights

Queen’s University program supports equal opportunities for people with disabilities.

A Queen’s University program focusing on disability-inclusive development is one of 20 university programs to receive funding from the Canadian Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Scholarships (QES) program.

The funding will allow the International Centre for the Advancement of Community-Based Rehabilitation (ICACBR) to support occupational therapy and physical therapy students to participate in internships abroad and international students in community-based rehabilitation programs to train at Queen’s.

“International fieldwork learning is something that the occupational therapy program at the School of Rehabilitation Therapy recognizes as a means to equip student occupational therapists with skills around cultural competence, enhanced problem-solving skills, and awareness of global health in context,” says Susanne Murphy, a lecturer in the School of Rehabilitation Therapy.

[Shirin Ataollahi-Eshqoor]
Shirin Ataollahi-Eshqoor makes jewellery with a member of the Pamaoja Tunaweza Boys and Girls Club. (Supplied photo)

Both domestic and international students’ activities will be linked to ICACBR’s ongoing community-based rehabilitation projects, which provide training and support to equalize opportunities and promote the human rights of people with disabilities.

“This specific internship program has been running since 2014 and is a continuation of funding from the QES program,” says program leader Heather Aldersey (Rehabilitation Therapy). “This funding enables sustainability and continuity of student efforts abroad – when one group of students leave, there is another group incoming to continue the projects the previous group started at the partner sites.”

With the grant received in 2014, the ICACBR supported 18 Queen’s occupational therapy students to hold clinical and community development placements in India and Tanzania. It also supported a Canadian master’s student to conduct research in Bangladesh, and enabled four community leaders (two from Ghana, one from Nigeria, and one from India) to complete PhDs in the Queen’s School of Rehabilitation Therapy.

In India, students worked to increase community resources for people with spinal cord injuries and improve knowledge about spinal cord injuries for clients and families. In Tanzania, they worked to increase employment skills for street youth as well as employment opportunities in the community.

“My dream of pursuing a PhD education at Queen’s University would not have been possible without QES support,” says PhD candidate Atul Jaiswal. “It provided me with an international experience in the rehabilitation science field and its current advancements in terms of practice and research. This learning enhanced my overall knowledge and gave me tools to conduct research that builds my academic career and is meaningful to the people in our society.”

Through this latest grant, the ICACBR will support 18 new occupational therapy and physical therapy internships abroad, as well as two new incoming PhD students.

“The funding that supported my occupational therapy placement in Moshi, Tanzania left me with a broader perspective of the world, a lot of personal growth, and an eagerness to give back to communities in need,” says Molly Flindall-Hanna, who spent several months in Tanzania working with youth in the Boys and Girls Club. “An important lesson for me was learning to face challenges proactively – the challenge many communities face in accessing resources, the challenge of systemic barriers, and the challenge of making a larger difference, one small step at a time.”

The QES program fosters a dynamic community of young global leaders that create lasting impacts at home and abroad. Through professional experiences, the program provides international education opportunities for discovery and inquiry.

For more information, visit the QES website.

New Vice-Provost and Dean of the School of Graduate Studies appointed

Dr. Fahim Quadir joins Queen’s from York University.

Queen’s University announced today the appointment of Fahim Quadir as Vice-Provost and Dean of the School of Graduate Studies for a five-year term effective July 1, 2018.

[Fahim Quadir]
Fahim Quadir has been appointed as the next Vice-Provost and Dean of the School of Graduate Studies, effective July 1, 2018.

Dr. Quadir joins Queen’s from York University where he is currently Interim Dean and Associate Vice-President Graduate in the Faculty of Graduate Studies, and a professor of Development Studies and Social Science. He was enthusiastically recommended for the position by the Principal’s Advisory Committee, chaired by Provost Benoit-Antoine Bacon.

“I am very pleased that Dr. Quadir has accepted my invitation to lead the Queen’s School of Graduate Studies,” says Daniel Woolf, Principal and Vice-Chancellor. “Promoting and supporting the graduate mission is one of Queen’s highest priorities, and Dr. Quadir will work to provide strategic direction, academic planning leadership, and administrative oversight to achieve the highest possible standards in graduate education and research.”

Previously, Dr. Quadir has held academic positions at St. Lawrence University in New York, Dalhousie University in Halifax, and the University of Chittagong in Bangladesh. He also taught Political Studies here at Queen’s for 18 months from 1999 to 2000. Dr. Quadir then joined York University in 2001 and in 2006 he became the founding director of the Graduate Program in Development Studies and its undergraduate program in International Development Studies, both of which aimed to trans-nationalize the process of knowledge production.

Over the past several years, he has championed a variety of innovations to enhance the graduate student experience at York, including new online tools, improved student complaint processes, strengthened supervisory policies and education, and more supports for international graduate students.

“Dr. Quadir brings both broad expertise in graduate education and passion for the graduate student experience. I am delighted that he is coming back to Queen’s to take on this very important leadership role,” says Benoit-Antoine Bacon, Provost and Vice-Principal (Academic).

As a researcher, Dr. Quadir specializes in International Development, International Relations and International Political Economy. His current work focuses on South-South cooperation, democratic cosmopolis, emerging donors, aid effectiveness, good governance, civil society, and human development. He has edited/co-edited five books and published extensively in various international peer reviewed journals.

He was the recipient of several SSHRC grants, the Fulbright Scholarship, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Postdoctoral Fellowship, International Development Research Centre ‘Canada in the World’ Fellowship, and Killam Memorial Scholarship, among others. In 2007, he was presented with the York University-Wide Teaching Award for teaching excellence in the full-time faculty category.

“I look forward to collaborating with colleagues across all faculties at Queen’s to ensure the university’s continued reputation for excellence and leadership in the nexus of graduate teaching, learning and research,” says Dr. Quadir.

The principal and provost wish to extend their most sincere thanks to Brenda Brouwer for her exceptional tenure as vice-provost and dean, and to the members of the Principal’s Advisory Committee for their commitment and sound advice.

Principal’s Advisory Committee

• Benoit-Antoine Bacon (Chair) – Provost and Vice-Principal (Academic)
• Lori Stewart (Secretary) – Director, Office of the Provost & Vice-Principal (Academic)
• Adam Ali – Teaching Fellow, School of Kinesiology & Health Studies
• Monica Corbett – Director, Admissions & Student Services, School of Graduate Studies
• Ann Deer – Indigenous Recruitment & Support Coordinator
• John Fisher – Interim Vice-Principal (Research)
• Il Yong Kim – Associate Professor, Mechanical & Materials Engineering
• Ceren Kolsarici – Associate Professor of Marketing, Smith School of Business
• Palmer Lockridge – Vice-President (University Affairs), Alma Mater Society
• Rebecca Luce-Kapler – Dean, Faculty of Education
• Stefy McKnight – Vice-President (Graduate), Society of Graduate & Professional Students
• Cherie Metcalf – Associate Dean (Academic), Queen's Law
• Kathy O'Brien – Associate Vice-Principal (International)
• Stephanie Simpson – Executive Director (Human Rights and Equity Offices) and University Advisor on Equity and Human Rights
• Denise Stockley – Office of the Provost (Teaching & Learning Portfolio) and the Faculty of Health Sciences
• Stéfanie von Hlatky – Associate Professor of Political Studies and Director, Centre for International & Defence Policy

DDQIC branches out in Asia

[Alumni and Queen's leaders gather in Hong Kong (Photo: Liz Gorman)]
Alumni volunteers and supporters in Hong Kong gather with Principal Daniel Woolf and other Queen’s leaders to launch the Hong Kong node of the DDQIC Global Network. (Photo by Liz Gorman)

Alumni from Hong Kong gathered with leaders from Queen’s to celebrate and launch the newest Dunin-Deshpande Queen’s Innovation Centre (DDQIC) Global Network hub in Hong Kong.

Attendees to the launch event gathered in Hong Kong to connect with each other and support the DDQIC. The node is the sixth international location formed to help Queen’s students make connections abroad and expand their entrepreneurial ventures.

[Alumni and Queen's leaders mix at the Hong Kong node launch (Photo: Advancement)]
Alumni and Queen's leaders mix at the Hong Kong node launch. (Photo by Advancement)

Hong Kong is the second node in Asia, after the Shanghai hub launched in October, 2017. Other nodes around the world include London, New York, San Francisco, and Los Angeles.

Each node consists of a committee of alumni volunteers with a diverse skillset relevant to innovation, entrepreneurship or local business culture. These volunteers help Queen’s students and alumni in the DDQIC programs through mentorship and connection to their networks.

“The DDQIC has access to philanthropic and grants for seed funding and looks to the global network and their international perspective to assist us in allocating these funds,” says Greg Bavington, Executive Director of the DDQIC and Special Advisor to the Provost (Innovation and Entrepreneurship). “We have a group of successful and influential alumni in Hong Kong, many of whom have already joined the node we’re creating.”

Mr. Bavington traveled to Hong Kong along with Principal Daniel Woolf, Dean Barbara Crow (Arts and Science), Kathy O’Brien, Associate Vice-Principal (International), and the Queen’s Advancement team. Principal Woolf also visited the Canadian International School to speak to high school students.

[Principal Woolf gives speech at the Canadian International School (Photo: Liz Gorman)]
Principal Woolf gives a presentation to the Canadian International School during the trip to Hong Kong. (Photo by Liz Gorman)

“Hong Kong has always been a powerful financial centre in Asia. Just over the river is Shenzhen, a city of over 30 million people, with an economy based in manufacturing and technology,” says Mr. Bavington. “Any venture that gets created or incubated within one of our programs that involves hardware will be doing business in the region, if they’re going to grow to any scale. That makes Hong Kong the perfect spot for a DDQIC hub, with a massive financial centre cheek-to-cheek with a manufacturing powerhouse.”

“International alumni are looking for opportunities to engage with Queen’s and to help advance its strategic priorities,” say Liz Gorman, Associate Director of Alumni Relations. “The innovation nodes are the perfect forums for them to contribute their expertise and experience in support of Queen’s international and innovation strategies.”

The next Global Network nodes are currently under review, but Mr. Bavington says all signs point to Berlin and Beijing.

“We have already solidified plans to launch a node in Bejing this fall and Berlin is a city that has a young population, with a young workforce and a dynamic buzz to it,” says Mr. Bavington. “The startup scene is great there, and we have alumni there as well. It’s not a done deal yet, but our thinking is that one of the next Global Network nodes will likely be Berlin in 2019.”

To find out more about the DDQIC Global Network, check out their website.

World-class sex researcher joins Queen’s

Leading human sexuality and gender scholar, Sari van Anders, named Canada 150 Research Chair.


Renowned sex researcher Sari van Anders is joining Queen’s University as the Canada 150 Research (C150) Chair in Social Neuroendocrinology, Sexuality, and Gender/Sex, an appointment that grants her $2.45 million in research funding over the next seven years. She is one of only 26 C150 research chairs appointed nationwide by this competitive, one-time federal government initiative designed to recruit top-tier academic talent from around the world to conduct their work at Canadian post-secondary institutions.

“Being selected as a Canada 150 Research Chair is an incredible honour and a very personal one as a Canadian. I’m so excited to be able to come back to do my research, and to join Queen’s University to do so,” says Dr. van Anders. “Queen’s is such a vibrant university, and it’s a privilege to be able to join one of Canada’s leading research institutions.”

Dr. van Anders is a Torontonian who has been a professor in Psychology, Women’s Studies, and Neuroscience at the University of Michigan for the past decade.

“It's truly remarkable that Canada highlighted research as one of its priorities for celebrating and nation-building,” she says. “To be included in that national celebration with a research program focusing on feminist and queer science as well as gender and sexuality is an honor that seems uniquely Canadian. Canada is an international leader on gender equity and sexual diversity and I'm excited to be a part of this.”

“To be included in that national celebration with a research program focusing on feminist and queer science as well as gender and sexuality is an honor that seems uniquely Canadian.”

Dr. van Anders’ own research involves an interdisciplinary study of human sexuality, gender, and sex. She has created sexual configurations theory  a new way to conceptualize, measure, and explore how people experience their genders, sexes, and sexualities. She also is a leader in social neuroendocrinology, which seeks to understand how social behaviours influence hormones in social context – such as how sexual behaviours, erotic thoughts, or gender socialization change testosterone levels in the body, for instance.

Dr. van Anders is also a sex researcher and explains: “I see my research contributing to our understandings of sexual phenomena like orgasm, fantasy, desire, and pornography – as well as larger related constructs like gender and sexual diversity. Some of this research connects to hormones like testosterone, and some of it is to understand sexuality on its own as important phenomena in people’s lives and our culture.”

The Canada 150 Research Chair funding will bolster understanding of these and many more areas of Dr. van Anders' interdisciplinary work, including how social norms, gender roles, and power dynamics affect the body’s physiology, and how laypeople and scientists can conceptualize gender and sexuality.

“Dr. van Anders is a world-class scholar whose work, including her role as editor of the esteemed Annual Review of Sex Research, has continually expanded and shaped our understanding of human sexuality,” says Barbara Crow, Dean, Faculty of Arts and Science. “Joining Queen’s as part of the prestigious C150 program, she will significantly bolster an already-impressive sex and gender research portfolio at the university.”

Dr. van Anders’ move to Queen’s will see her join other leading international sex researchers, including female sexuality expert Meredith Chivers and sexual function/dysfunction expert Caroline Pukall.

“As part of our academic evolution, Queen’s will see its faculty grow, diversify, and strengthen over the next five years,” says Principal and Vice-Chancellor Daniel Woolf. “Dr. van Anders’ expertise will lend significantly to our institution’s research capabilities, and many aspects of her work exemplify the diversity, equity, and inclusion we value. The Canada 150 Research Chair project is certainly bringing the world’s brightest to our country.”

Dr. van Anders’ appointment as a Canada 150 Research Chair was made official at a ceremony in Ottawa on March 29, 2018. She assumes her new role at Queen’s University in the Department of Psychology with cross appointments to the Department of Gender Studies and the Centre for Neuroscience Studies in July 2018.

Live from space

[Feustel in space (Photo: NASA)]
Drew Feustel (PhD’95) is a Queen’s alumnus and astronaut, currently living on the International Space Station. (Photo credit: NASA)

Drew Feustel (PhD’95), Queen’s graduate and NASA astronaut, has been hard at work since his arrival at the International Space Station (ISS) on March 23. But coming soon, Dr. Feustel will be taking a break from his space walks and zero gravity experiments to talk to a live audience right here at Queen’s.

The Ask an Astronaut: NASA Educational Downlink event on Friday, April 6, will include a 20-minute conversation with Dr. Feustel, featuring questions gathered earlier in the month from the Queen’s and Kingston community. During this unique event, the audience will hear directly from the astronaut himself about the challenges of researching in zero gravity, day-to-day life aboard the ISS, and what it’s like to perform a spacewalk. This is the first time NASA has granted a Canadian school the opportunity to hold an educational downlink live from space.

“The research work we are doing about the International Space Station is truly expanding the boundaries of our knowledge of space and I’m very excited to be able to speak to students and the entire Queen’s community about what we are learning and what life is like aboard the station,” says Dr. Feustel. “I’m also looking forward to talking about my own path and how it brought me to where I am now so the next generation can see that no goal is too great for them to achieve.”

Along with Dr. Feustel, the Ask and Astronaut event will also feature stellar talks about the many aspects of space research from special guests, including Nobel Laureate Arthur McDonald, NASA Postdoctoral Fellow and Planetary Scientist Michelle Thompson (Artsci’11, Sc’11), Nathalie Ouellette (MSc’12, PhD’16) of the Canadian Particle Astrophysics Research Centre (CPARC), and Nandini Deshpande from the School of Rehabilitation Therapy.

“This is a rare opportunity for people to gather and interact with a scientist who is helping to carry out an impressive number of research projects each day aboard an international space station,” says John Fisher, Vice-Principal (Research). “As an exciting complement to Dr. Feustel’s downlink, the event will also be a chance for people to hear from some top space experts who come from a range of backgrounds and are based here at Queen’s and at NASA.”

Everyone from the Queen’s and Kingston communities is welcome to attend. Doors open at 10:30 am in Grant Hall and seats will fill fast. Admission is free.

Learn more about Dr. Feustel’s journey to the ISS, from his time at Queen’s to the launch of his third mission to space, and the research he and his team will perform while on the ISS here.

You can find more information about the NASA Educational Downlink on the event page.

Engineering support for international students

The Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science (FEAS) welcomes Mofi Badmos to the Student Services Team this month as its first international student experience associate.

 [Mofi Badmos, International Student Experience Associate, Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science]
Mofi Badmos is the first international student experience associate for the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science. 

“I feel like it’s very progressive of the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science to provide this unique position dedicated to international students,” says Badmos. “With my lived experience as a former international student, I look forward to providing valuable support to the students and the faculty.”

Badmos will be developing and providing transitional and ongoing support services specifically to international and/or racialized engineering students here at Queen’s. For now, though, Badmos encourages students to connect with her by email or to visit her in student services in Beamish-Munro Hall Rm. 300.

“There’s never too much support, and I’m here to support,” says Badmos. “If students are just looking for someone they can talk to, someone who can help answer questions, someone to make them feel comfortable on campus, a friend in the community, that’s what I’m here for. I’m hoping to create a sense of community for international engineering students within the faculty.”  

Badmos previously worked at the Queen’s University International Centre (QUIC) as an International Programs Assistant. She holds a Bachelor’s in Forensic Psychology and a Master’s in Immigration and Settlement Studies.

This article was first published on the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science website.

Bringing international experts to Queen’s

The Principal’s Development Fund (PDF) is open for applications, with some changes over last year.

The Fund supports Queen’s faculty by providing funding for international academic opportunities. The three categories in previous years have been restructured into two. Applicants can request up to $3,000 to assist in travel expenses for either category.

[Dr. Shoshana Zuboff gives a lecture on surveillance capitalism (Photo: Surveillance Studies Centre)]
Dr. Shoshana Zuboff gives a public lecture on surveillance capitalism. (Photo: Surveillance Studies Centre)

Category one supports faculty in bringing renown international scholars from around the world, including from the Matariki Network of Universities (MNU), to visit Queen’s.

Category two supports faculty to travel internationally to share their research and collaborate with MNU institutions. The MNU includes University of Western Australia (Australia), Tübingen University (Germany), University of Otago (New Zealand), Uppsala University (Sweden), Durham University (United Kingdom), and Dartmouth College (United States).

David Lyon (Sociology and Surveillance Studies Centre) has taken advantage of the PDF to bring acclaimed and innovative international scholars to campus. He recently invited Shoshana Zuboff, professor emerita of Business Administration at Harvard Business School, to Queen’s to collaborate with a multidisciplinary project on big data surveillance.

“Dr. Zuboff has been an important pioneer in surveillance studies. She spoke about surveillance capitalism – how it works today, at the heart of the wealthiest corporations on earth,” says Dr. Lyon. “She gave a seminar at the Smith School of Business, and she has a wonderful pedagogical style. She also gave an undergraduate lecture, a public lecture, and private sessions with graduate students. It was very stimulating and worthwhile – she’s a thoughtful, provocative, wise, and incredible scholar who speaks from the heart, and I felt gratified that we chose her to come to Queen’s.”

[Margaret Murphy with the Health Quality Research Collaborative (Photo: Lenora Duhn)]
Margaret Murphy (seated), the Principal’s Development Fund visiting scholar from Ireland, pictured with the Queen’s Health Quality (HQ) program leads, and members of the HQ Research Collaborative at the inaugural Queen’s Health Quality Research Forum.

Elizabeth VanDenKerkhof (Nursing) and Lenora Duhn (Nursing), members of the Health Quality (HQ) Research Collaborative team at Queen’s, together with other faculty members and local practice partners, applied for PDF funding to bring Margaret Murphy, External Lead, Patients for Patient Safety with the World Health Organization to Queen’s. Dr. VanDenKerkhof and other HQ faculty were inspired to invite Mrs. Murphy to Queen’s after hearing her speak at the Bader International Study Centre (BISC) in England during a HQ program elective.

During her visit to Queen’s, Mrs. Murphy was the keynote speaker for the inaugural Queen’s HQ Research Forum, and participated in meetings, luncheons, teaching rounds, and a number of presentations for researchers, educators, administrators, local patient advisors, students, and the public.

“The opportunity to provide a new, expert perspective and different way of thinking was a huge gift to the students, faculty, and clinicians,” says Dr. Duhn. “Mrs. Murphy left her mark on all of us, and emphasized some key points as educators/researchers/practitioners about leading with ‘head, heart, and hand’ when working in health care.”

Will Kymlicka (Philosophy) and Alice Hovorka (Geography and Planning) used the PDF to invite Helena Pedersen, senior lecturer at the University of Gothenburg in Sweden and expert in critical animal studies, to campus last fall.

[Dr. Pedersen gives a lecture on human-animal relations in research (Photo: Animals in Philosophy, Politics, Law, and Ethics)]
Dr. Helena Pedersen deliver a public lecture entitled “Posthumanist Education: Rethinking Human-Animal Relations in Teaching and Learning” (Photo: Animals in Philosophy, Politics, Law, and Ethics)

“We were delighted with the flexibility that the Fund offered us, not only to hold a public lecture and class visits, but also to organize a workshop with Dr. Pedersen about how to integrate animal studies more fully into the curriculum,” says Dr. Kymlicka. “Many of us at Queen’s are exploring how we can incorporate the importance of human-animal relations into our teaching. Dr. Pedersen’s visit was a great opportunity to share experiences and insights, and also discuss future possibilities with one of the world’s leading scholars in this exciting new field.”

Category one applications are due by April 23, 2018, and category two applications are accepted on a rolling basis. You can find more details about the funding process and rules here.


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