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Trent University Professor Named One of Ten New Killam Research Fellows for 2006


Joan Sangster Wins Prestigious Fellowship to Study Impact of Paid Work on Women's Lives in Post-World War II Canada

Monday, March 6, 2006, Peterborough

Joan SangsterTrent University is pleased to announce that Professor Joan Sangster, current director of the Frost Centre for Canadian Studies and Native Studies, has recently been awarded one of ten new Killam Research Fellowships for 2006. Professor Sangster won the coveted spot through her research proposal to explore the metamorphosis in women's lives in post-World War II Canada, with a focus on the impact of paid work.

"This is a wonderful and overdue recognition of one our most outstanding researchers," says James D. A. Parker, Associate Vice President (Research). "It's a remarkable testimony to Trent's continuing strength in research and scholarship."

Among Canada's most distinguished research awards, the Canada Council for the Arts Killam Research Fellowships are designed to recognize and support distinguished Canadian scholars, normally full-time professors at Canadian universities and research institutes, who have established an outstanding reputation in their area of research. The Fellowship will provide Professor Sangster with two years of release time from teaching and administrative duties, thereby allowing her to conduct extensive research and ultimately create a history of working women in this post-war period.

"I feel very honoured and privileged," said Professor Sangster. "This is an amazing opportunity, especially for people in the humanities who need the time to write."

Under the working title "Transforming Labour: Women and Paid Work in Post World War II Canada", Professor Sangster's research will offer the first critical overview of shifts in female labour during the period between 1945 and 1975 and will focus on women's efforts to alter and challenge the conditions of their labouring lives. Ultimately, her work will help to remap the history of post World War II Canada by adding women to the picture.

Professor Sangster's application was one of 82 reviewed by the Killam Selection Committee this year. Along with the ten new Research Fellows, another eleven fellowships were renewed, resulting in a total of 21 successful applicants, who will share more than $1.5 million in funding.


For more information, please contact:
Professor Joan Sangster, Director of the Frost Centre for Canadian Studies and Native Studies, 748.1011 x1749

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