Postdoctoral Fellows and Adjunct Faculty
The School is often host to postdoctoral fellows whose research excellence has brought them to Trent and who are an integral part of the Canadian Studies community.
It is with great sadness that we share news of the passing of our dear colleague, mentor, and friend Shelagh Grant (1938-2020), who died at her home in Peterborough in July.
An eminent historian on the Canadian North, Shelagh taught history and Canadian Studies at Trent University for seventeen years. After undergraduate studies in nursing science at the University of Western Ontario and time out to raise a young family, she returned to university earning a Hons. BA in History and Canadian Studies in 1981 and an M.A. in History in 1983. With further archival research in London and Washington, she expanded her master’s thesis into her first book, Sovereignty or Security? Government Policy in the Canadian North, 1939-1950 (UBC Press 1988). Her second book, the award-winning Arctic Justice: On Trial for Murder — Pond Inlet, 1923 (MQUP 2002), required yearly trips to Baffin Island for oral history interviews and follow-up discussions. Later she returned to Pond Inlet to supervise an Inuktitut translation of her manuscript on the history of Mittimatalik, published in 2008 by the Nunavut Department of Education for use in schools and elders’ centres. She compiled thirty years of research on Arctic sovereignty into Polar Imperative: A History of Arctic Sovereignty in North America (Douglas & McIntyre, 2010).
Shelagh has received many accolades for her contributions to the study of Northern history and sovereignty. She was the first historian and first woman to receive the Northern Science Award (1996) and was active on various Inuit policy advisory committees, editorial boards, and northern scholarship committees. In November 2011, she was made a Fellow of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society, awarded the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal in June 2012 and the Governor General’s Polar Medal in July 2015, and granted an honorary Doctor of Letters (DLitt) from Trent University in June 2014.
Shelagh leaves behind her long-time partner Jon K. Grant, three children, and six grandchildren, who are in our thoughts and prayers. They are her proudest legacy. Her many contributions to scholarship and to the intellectual life of our country, and her many friendships across Inuit Nunangat, also ensure a lasting legacy with the many Canadians whom she has touched and inspired with her passion, adventurous and generous spirit, and commitment to social justice.
B.A. (Trent), M.A. (Simon Fraser), Ph.D. (Simon Fraser)
Research interests: Work, violence, capitalism, racism, anti-racism, drugs and addiction in Canada and the United States.
“’Chrysler Pulled The Trigger:’ Competing Understandings of Workplace Violence During the 1970s and Radical Legal Practice.” Labour/Le Travail 74 (Fall 2014), 51-88.
“Learning on the Job: The 1998 Squamish McDonald’s Campaign and New Possibilities for Fast Food Workers.” Left History 16.1 (Spring 2012), 57- 91.
“Braverman’s New World? Recent Historical Scholarship on the Labour Process.” Left History 15.2 (Fall 2012), 91-101.
“A Battle Royal: Service Work Activism and the Royal York Strike, 1961-1962.” Labour/Le Travail 58 (Fall 2006), 13-40.
Current research: Violence in the North American auto industry; substance use and anti-addiction interventions in the North American workplace.
BA, MA (Queens), BAEd, PHD (Uof T)
Current Position: Research Advisor, Ontario Ministry of Indigenous Affairs.
“Teachers amongst their own people:” Kanyen’kehá:ka (Mohawk) women teachers in 19th Century Tyendinaga and Grand River, Ontario.” In a Special Issue that I co-edited with Thomas Peace called “Contesting Indigenous Education.” Historical Studies in Education/Revue d’histoire de l’éducation, Volume 29, No. 1 (Spring 2017): 32-56.
Norman, Alison. “'Our Strength comes from the Land': the Hybrid Culinary Traditions of the Six Nations of Grand River.” Cuizine: The Journal of Canadian Food Cultures. Vol. 6, no. 2 (Fall) 2015.http://cuizine.mcgill.ca/
Norman, Alison. “‘True to my own noble race:’ Six Nations Women Teachers at Grand River in the early Twentieth Century.” Ontario History. CVII, No. 1 (Spring) 2015: 5-35.
Norman, Alison. "'Fit for the Table of the Most Fastidious Epicure': Culinary Colonialism in the Upper Canadian Contact Zone." In Edible Histories, Cultural Politics: Towards a Canadian Food History, edited by Franca Iacovetta, Marlene Epp and Valerie Korinek. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2012, 38-69.
Norman, Alison. "'In Defense of the Empire’: The Six Nations of the Grand River and the Great War." In Sisterhood of Suffering and Service: Canadian and Newfoundland Women and the First World War, edited by Sarah Glassford and Amy Shaw: University of British Columbia Press, 2012, 29-50.
Norman, Alison. "'A Highly Favoured People:' the Planter Narrative and the 1928 Grand Historic Pageant of Kentville Nova Scotia." Acadiensis XXXVIII, No. 2 Summer/Autumn (2009), 116-140.
BA (UT Austin), MA (Ohio State), PHD (UofT). FRGS. FRSA
Current Position: Managing Principal Polar Aspect
Email: Email: email@example.com
Special interests: Nunavut and Canadian North, Arctic governance and Arctic Council, simulation pedagogy and Model Arctic Council, Arctic imaginaries, Arctic political and moral geography
Recent publications and presentations:
‘Model Arctic Council at Secondary School: NORMAC and MAC Bilbao’, 4th Polar Educators International Workshop, University of Cambridge; and 2nd UArctic Congress, University of Oulu
‘The Arctic: Last Frontier vs Homeland’, UN Association–UK (Norwich and District)
‘Lessons from the Norwich Model Arctic Council’, 9th International Congress of Arctic Social Sciences, Umeå University
‘Launching the Norwich Model Arctic Council’, 2016 Arctic Yearbook; and 1st UArctic Congress, St Petersburg University
‘The Politics of Arctic Research’, Snapshots from the Field Workshop, Department of Geography, University of Durham