“Water & Monuments, Reflections & Dreams” Headline Trent University’s Annual Humanities Research Day December 16


Community Invited to Discover Latest Research Underway at Trent

Thursday, December 10, 2009, Peterborough

The breadth and depth of humanities research at Trent University will be shared with the community during the annual Humanities Research Day on Wednesday, December 16 from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the Scott House Multi-Purpose Room at Catharine Parr Traill College in downtown Peterborough.

This year’s theme is “Water & Monuments, Reflections & Dreams,” and the event will consist of four sessions, featuring graduate students and professors across a range of disciplines, including English, History, Modern Languages & Literatures, Indigenous Studies and more.

“All of the papers to be given are engaging and eclectic. The day starts, appropriately enough, with an exploration of epidemics and terror, and concludes with discussions of the various challen­ges facing researchers in fields as varied as prehistoric monuments and Arctic sovereignty,” said Dr. Douglas Evans, head of Traill College and dean of Graduate Studies. “In addi­tion, people can look forward to papers on such diverse topics as Indigenous Knowledge, Victorian neurodiversity, distorted images of immigrants, and aging masculinity in the movies.”

The full presentation line-up for Humanities Research Day 2009 is as follows:

9:30 a.m.          Welcome, Opening Remarks
Dr. Steven E. Franklin, President and Vice-Chancellor
Dr. Douglas Evans, Head of Traill College

9:45 a.m.          Session A – Moderator: Dr. Fiona Harris-Stoertz (History)

  • Dr. Kevin Siena (History) – Epidemics, Urban Poverty and Cultural Terror in the Eighteenth Century
  • Dr. Sheilagh Knight (Modern Languages & Literatures) – Inaccurate Reflections: The Image of the Immigrant

10:30 a.m.        Coffee Break

10:45 a.m.        Session B – Moderator: Dr. Stephen Bocking (Environmental & Resource Science/Studies)

  • Dr. David Newhouse (Indigenous Studies) – Ganigonhi:oh: The Good Mind Meets the Academy
  • Sima Mostofi Javid (graduate student in Environmental & Life Sciences) – Water Resources: Indigenous and Scientific Perspectives

11:30 a.m.        Lunch – The Trend, Wallis Hall ($5)

1:00 p.m.         Session C – Moderator: Dr. Zailig Pollock (English)

  • Dr. Suzanne Bailey (English) – Exploring Neurodiversity in Victorian Literature and Culture
  • Dr. Sally Chivers (Canadian Studies) – Yes, We Still Can: Paul Newman, Clint Eastwood, Aging Masculinity and the American Dream
  • Emily Ballantyne (graduate student in English) – “What to Do about Writing?”: Editing the Writing Processes of P. K. Page

2:15 p.m.         Coffee Break

2:30 p.m.         Session D – Moderator: Dr. John Topic (Anthropology)

  • Chelsee Arbour (graduate student in Anthropology) – Site and Seen: Monumentality in Prehistoric West Penwith, UK
  • Dr. Shelagh Grant (Canadian Studies) – Minefields in Researching and Writing Comparative History

3:15 p.m.         Closing Remarks – Dr. Zailig Pollock (English)

For more information and to register, please contact Deb Nicholls at (705) 748-1736. Coffee is provided at no charge. Lunch is available at a cost $5.00 (no charge for students). This event is open to the Trent and Peterborough communities alike and admission is free. Catharine Parr Traill College is located at 310 London Street, Peterborough.


For more information, please contact:
Deb Nichols at 748-1736 or email