Jackman Scholars-in-Residence 2019

Applications accepted 18 January to 22 February 2019 at 11:59 p.m

NOTE: Sida Liu's project has been withdrawn due to personal issues. Terry Robinson's project will now be offered at UTM, instead of UTSG. A new project is now available at UTSG: please see Ira Wells, How Hollywoord Works: Inside the Norman Jewison Collection.

The application form is the blue button at the bottom of this page marked APPLY NOW

Jackman Scholars-in-Residence (SiR) is an intensive 4-week residency in humanities and humanistic social-science research for upper-year undergraduates. SiR provides students with an opportunity to acquire advanced research skills and experience while collaborating with an interdisciplinary and intellectually vibrant community of peers, professors, and research professionals. Students selected for SiR will live in residence May 6 – 31, 2019, and work in small teams on one of 20 research projects, each led by a professor. Students share meals and group activities including multidisciplinary workshops on research methodologies, standards, protocol, and professional communication; excursions to archives, museums, and cultural events; and talks featuring professionals such as lawyers, policy-makers, and documentary filmmakers that highlight research-intensive career trajectories. Eligible students must apply by 22 February 2019 and be selected to work on one of the projects.


Scholars-in-Residence is a research community supported by the Jackman Humanities Institute, the Vice-Provost Innovations in Undergraduate Education, the Vice-President Research and Innovation, UTM, UTSC, the St. George Colleges, and Bader Philanthropies Inc. through Victoria University.


SiR offers a range of benefits to participants, including:

  • 4 weeks free accommodation at UT-Mississauga, UT-Scarborough, or a UT-St George College residence
  • A dining plan
  • A $1000 Jackman Scholar Award
  • The opportunity to contribute to original faculty research projects, develop skills, and build supportive relationships with peers and professors


For the first time, Scholars-in-Residence will be offered on all three UofT campuses. Five projects will be offered at both UT-Scarborough and UT-Mississauga, and ten will be located at UT-St George. Your residence will be assigned according to the campus location of your project (e.g. if you are accepted to a UT-Scarborough-based project, you will stay in residence on that campus). Please be aware of location when you make your project selection. You are encouraged to apply for projects on any of the three campus locations, regardless of your current affiliation.


Undergraduate students in any program in the Faculty of Arts & Science, the Faculty of Music, or the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design at St. George, or at UTM or UTSC with a minimum CGPA of 3.0 who are currently in second year or higher are eligible to apply. Students must create an account in the JHI website to apply: click on Register to set up your account. Selection criteria include academic achievement, commitment to and qualifications for the research project, and suitability for team-based research as shown by the application material and references. Students who have previously participated in Scholars-in-Residence are not eligible to re-apply.

The Application
Applications consist of:

  • indication of two preferred projects, in order of preference. See below for project descriptions.
  • one-page letter of interest outlining how SiR furthers your educational or career aspirations. Speak directly about your preferred project, and feel free to mention any relevant skills and qualifications.
  • transcripts (screenshots from ACORN are acceptable, but you must show all academic activity beginning from your first year of university, so that we will be able to determine your current year of study.)
  • Resume including the names and email addresses of 2 academic referees whom we may contact. Please inform referees that they will not be required to write letters of recommendation, and that they will only be contacted if you are short-listed.

Applications must be submitted online starting 18 January 2019. Applications are due by 22 February 2019.

Application form (available early January):  https://www.humanities.utoronto.ca/funding/2022/apply

Questions:        Contact Program Manager, Dr. Ira Wells at ira.wells@utoronto.ca
Website assistance:    Contact JHI Associate Director, Dr. Kim Yates at jhi.associate@utoronto.ca


Project Descriptions, Scholars-in-Residence 2019


UT-Mississauga Projects


Barend Beekhuizen (UTM Language Studies) Weird Adjectives: Comparing Adjectives Expressing 'Strangeness' Across Languages

Languages differ wildly in the repertoire of words they offer speakers to express themselves. In this project, we will study the subtle meanings of adjectives for weirdness (such as weird and strange) in English and several other languages (preferably languages with which at least one of the Scholars is familiar). We will do so by jointly studying and discussing translations of the English adjectives of strangeness in texts that have been translated into many languages (like TED-talks and novels). We will use both linguistic and data-science techniques – experience in neither is required and students of all academic backgrounds are welcome, but an openness to combining methods is appreciated. Because of the cross-linguistic comparative set-up, multilingual students (from any language background) are particularly encouraged to apply.


Ellen Berrey (UTM Sociology) When a Conspiracy Theory Comes to Town

This sociological project investigates the impacts of the far-right political campaign promoting the Agenda 21 conspiracy theory. According to anti-Agenda 21 activists, the United Nations is using local sustainability planning to take over Americans’ freedom, property, guns, and religion. Students will have opportunities to create annotated bibliographies of academic books and articles, analyze primary texts (e.g., news media, YouTube videos, legislation, legal records, conspiracy web sites), write memos based on analysis and interpretation of the evidence, and/or conduct Skype interviews. This project will appeal to students interested in developing their skills in conducting rigorous qualitative research in sociology, political science, history, cultural studies, and/or communications.


Derek Denis (UTM Language Studies) Exploring Social Meanings Around Multicultural Toronto English

This project seeks student researchers interested in youth language and multiculturalism in the GTA. We will investigate the social meanings of “Toronto Slang” by analyzing discourses, perceptions, and attitudes around associated words (e.g., mans, wallahi). We ask what makes non-normative language practice desirable in modern multicultural Toronto. The team will be immersed in linguistic literature on youth language and “multiethnolects” (emergent multilingual dialects of English), will undertake fieldwork in the GTA, and analyze the data with the goal of presenting at an academic conference. Students will receive all necessary training in data collection and quantitative and qualitative linguistic analysis.


Anna Korteweg (UTM Sociology) Gender, Race, and the Image of the Muslim Woman Terrorist in the Media and Government Policy

Students will conduct research for a new book entitled The Politics of Non-Belonging: Borders, Boundaries and Bodies in Europe (co-authored with Professor Gökçe Yurkdakul, Humboldt University Berlin). The book focuses on three cases that highlight different dimensions of the boundaries/borders/bodies triad: Muslim woman terrorists, LGBTQ refugees, and law-making regarding male circumcision. We will focus on racialized and gendered media portrayals of Muslim women who participate in European terrorist events and investigate how government-initiated anti-radicalization programs are gendered and racialized. An ability to work in French, Dutch, German or Arabic is desirable, but not required. Workshops on qualitative software (NVivo) will be offered and Dr. Yurdakul will join us for a day-long intensive discussion.


Terry Robinson (UTM English & Drama) Editing Richard Brinsley Sheridan's The School for Scandal

The School for Scandal (London, 1777) is one of the most famous comedic dramas of all time. With its focus on gossip, media, and intrigue, it remains popular at theatres, including at the Red Bull Theater in New York (2016) and at the Stratford Shakespeare Festival in Stratford, Ontario (2017). This project welcomes students with interests in literature, theatre and drama, history, and/or editing to contribute to a new Broadview Press edition of Sheridan’s play. We will unearth its popular and critical history via its signature performances, media reception, and scholarly literature. Students will acquire transferable research skills, including: 1) locating manuscript and rare book materials, 2) documenting performance histories, 3) creating bibliographies, and 4) interpreting findings.

UT-Scarborough Projects


Andrea Charise (UTSC English and Health & Society) The Resemblage Project: A Digital Intergenerational Storytelling Initiative

This project seeks five student researchers with interests in aging, older age, and intergenerational relations. Inspired by recent creative, health-related digital media projects, The Resemblage Project is a born-digital multimedia “text” that explores what it means to grow old in Toronto. This project invites students with technical skills (in website design, data assets management, and front- and back-end development) and creative interests (in generating original, dynamic, visual representations of aging as well as music/audio to accompany recorded interviews). Depending on their strengths and interests, students may also 1) edit and/or assist with recording interviews; 2) create original audio and/or creative visuals; 3) devise/revise original research questions for a grant proposal; and 4) compile resources concerning aging and intergenerational storytelling.


Sébastien Drouin (UTSC French & Linguistics) Social and Intellectual Networks in Early 18th-century Europe

This project is dedicated to 18th-century journalism, intellectual networks and writer-publisher correspondences. Students participating in this SSHRC-funded project will be trained to perform highly diversified tasks in the editing of 18th century letters written in French and sent across Europe. Students with a basic knowledge of French will work on the transcription of 18th-century manuscripts. Those with a moderate knowledge of French will take part in the annotation process, doing the necessary research that will ensure accurate historical information is provided in the footnotes of the edition we are preparing. Students with strong skills in data organization and visualization, whose task would be to create an online research tool, are welcome.


Yoonjung Kang (UTSC French & Linguistics) Sound Symbolism in Personal Names

We often think that the sounds of words bear only an arbitrary relationship to what they represent. Yet studies have found that abrupt, short, and low acoustic frequency sounds are over-represented in male compared to female names in English (e.g., John vs. Mary) and that speakers rely on these tendencies to guess the gender of made-up names. This project explores such non-arbitrary connections between sound and gender (sound symbolism) in personal names in a variety of heritage languages spoken in GTA. The study will combine corpus- and experiment-based methods. The student scholars will gain training in various aspects of the linguistic research process. Some background in linguistics, computer programming, or a heritage language is desirable, but not required.


Alen Hadzovic (UTSC Physical & Environmental Sciences) The Art and Science of Museum Objects

This project investigates selected art objects from a multidisciplinary perspective. Students with background and interests in the science and history of technology, materials, commerce, and art will learn about the techniques, methodologies, materials, and processes employed in making these objects. Research questions may include chemical composition, material changes over time, social symbolism of material, and historical production. The art objects come from the Malcove Collection in the UofT’s Art Museum. Students will collaborate with Prof. Webster’s project “Seeing Potential: Asking/Investigating/Exhibiting the Malcove Collection,” and contribute to a technical art history component of a planned Malcove collection exhibition.


Erin Webster (UTSC Arts, Culture and Media) Seeing Potential: Asking/Investigating/Exhibiting the Malcove Collection

Students will research objects and ideas for a physical and digital exhibition of selected pieces from the Malcove Collection, a former private collection of historical material ranging across diverse cultures, time periods and materials. Scholars will choose an object for research focus, learn to read curatorial files, become familiar with current exhibition theory and practice, determine and compose appropriate media and content for communicating their research, and learn to present challenging objects and research ideas, questions and processes in exhibition form. Further, students will collaborate with Professor Hadzovic’s SiR project (see above), incorporating scientific exploration of the materials and techniques used in these objects into a technical art history section of the exhibition and participating in an innovative and exciting multi-disciplinary research process.

UT-St. George Projects

Note: the following projects will all be located at the University of Toronto's downtown campus, although some supervisors are affiliated with units at UTM or UTSC.


Christy Anderson (FAS Art) Maritime Spaces in the Early Modern North Atlantic

Separated by a great expanse of sea, Early Modern Europe and North America were linked only through the technology of ships and navigation. As a maritime nation with a growing attention to overseas trade and colonization, Tudor and early Stuart England built with an orientation to the sea. This art history research project examines the variety of maritime spaces in England and abroad, looking first at the ship as one of the most important types of built structures that extended English political and economic ambitions abroad. Students will work with 17th century manuscripts, prints, and models, and will develop skills in the digital humanities.


Heidi Bohaker (FAS History) Widening the Circle: Building a Community Knowledge-Sharing Digital Platform from Great Lakes Indigenous Cultural Heritage Research Data

In an era of “open access” to data, how, when and under whose control should research data on Great Lakes Indigenous Cultural Heritage be made public? The data in question has been produced by researchers who belong to GRASAC (grasac.org), a vibrant interdisciplinary and cross-cultural alliance of researchers from Indigenous communities, universities, museums and archives. We are collaboratively developing new data governance strategies to co-manage release of data as a shared ethical responsibility across multiple First Nations and global repository institutions.  SiR scholars will be able to attend a multi-day workshop at Chippewas of Rama in late May.


Hakob Barseghyan (FAS History & Philosophy of Science & Technology) Visualizing Worldviews: Diagrams for Belief Systems

How can we “see” belief systems? This project invites researchers with specific interests in history, philosophy, visual studies, digital humanities, and information science to join a team of scholars working on developing a systematic typology of diagrams for visualizing individual and communal belief systems. Participants will brainstorm and design diagram templates for depicting complex relations between questions, theories, methods, and reasons. These templates will then be evaluated for succinctness, re-usability, aesthetic appeal, and applicability to a wide range of historical cases. Students will have an opportunity to present their findings in co-authored papers. Training in best visualization practices will be provided by field experts.


Simone Casini (UTM Language Studies) Sociolinguistics on the Road: The Italian Linguistics Landscape in Toronto

This project conducts a linguistic and semiotic analysis of the Italian language in public and social communication within the Greater Toronto Area (GTA). Through semiotic analyses of multilingual or monolingual traces of written texts (street names, signs, restaurant menus, etc.) scholars will consider the presence of the Italian linguistic community in the GTA, its semiotic capacity to modify its environment through linguistic signs, and assert its social vitality even through non-linguistic signs linked to Italian culture. Research will take place in Little Italy, Corso Italia, Yorkville, King West, Mississauga (Square One), and Woodbridge. Proficiency in Italian is necessary; interests in sociolinguistic and Italian Studies are welcome.


Angela Esterhammer (FAS English) The Works of John Galt -- Archives to Edition

Students will take part in preparing a multi-volume critical edition of fiction and journalism by the Scottish writer John Galt (1779-1839), who was also a key figure in Canadian history. Working with nineteenth-century editions and manuscripts of Galt’s fiction in rare book collections and online, Scholars will gain experience and insight into the process of taking texts from archives to new editions. They will assist with transcription, comparing versions, fact-checking annotations, copy-editing, preparation of print-ready copy using Adobe InDesign, and developing digital communication strategies for the project. Background in 19th-century literature or history is an asset; training in other skills will be provided.


Cillian O'Hogan (FAS Medieval Studies) How Scrolls Became Books

Between the first and the fourth centuries CE, the standard format for books changed from scroll to codex (the book as we know it today). This project seeks to understand what this change meant for the people who read and wrote books in this period. Student researchers will analyze how book formats differed across time, place, and genre. Scholars will work primarily from digital images, but there will be opportunities for field trips to nearby special collections libraries. Training in research methods, data gathering and analysis, and technical skills will be provided. Knowledge of Latin or Ancient Greek, though helpful, is not required.


Andreas Motsch (FAS French and Comparative Literature) Inventing the Iroquois: The New France Roots of Modern Ethnography

Students will help prepare a critical edition of Mœurs des sauvages amériquains comparées aux mœurs des premiers temps (1724), written by the Jesuit missionary Joseph-François Lafitau. Lafitau’s text compares the customs of the Iroquois and Huron with those of the most ancient peoples of the world to demonstrate a common biblical origin. Despite the author’s Eurocentric worldview, his work was in the 19th and 20th centuries recognized as foundational for scientific anthropology. Students will compare textual editions, prepare summaries and translations, organize data, and transcribe historical documents (training in paleography provided). Intellectual curiosity, attention to detail, and proficiency in French are required; knowledge of Latin, Dutch, or Italian are an asset but not necessary.


Timothy Andrews Sayle (FAS History) Unlocking the Nuclear Vault

Participants will be among the first scholars to work with a recently declassified collection of formerly Top Secret documents related to Canada and nuclear weapons in the Cold War. Students will take responsibility for a series of records, comb through declassified files, and select and extract documents they find most useful for explaining their topic. They will arrange these diplomatic cables, memoranda to Cabinet, intelligence assessments, and polling data for eventual online publication on our University of Toronto Libraries-hosted website “Canada Declassified” (http://declassified.library.utoronto.ca ). Students will have unique access to a previously secret part of Canadian history, learn about declassification, and gain digital humanities experience. No specialized experience or course of study is required to apply.



Ira Wells (FAS English) How Hollywood Works: Inside the Norman Jewison Special Collection

For three decades, from In the Heat of the Night (1966) to The Hurricane (1999), Norman Jewison was the most critically and commercially successful Canadian filmmaker in Hollywood. Yet no scholar was considered the filmmaker's body of work as a whole. Student RAs will perform pioneering archival research on the Norman Jewison Special Collection housed in the E. J. Pratt Library at Victoria College. After being trained in the handling and interpretation of archival material, scholars will examine hundreds of personal letters, business memos, annotated film scripts, story boards, contracts, budgets, audience surveys, and other textual traces of Jewison's films. Students will also identify potential interview subjects from the archival material and conduct original interviews. Students with interests in chinema studies, textual editing, economics, and web design would be esepcially welcome to apply.



Sherry Yu (UTSC Arts, Culture and Media and Faculty of Information) CBC's Kim's Convenience: Continuities and Changes in the Representation of the Other in Canadian Media

This project explores CBC’s sitcom, Kim’s Convenience, in order to understand the representation of minorities in “Canada’s first TV sitcom led by Asian actors” (Lee, 2016). Student researchers are invited to participate in a pilot study of audience research, which will collect data through Focus Group Discussion (FGD), a widely used qualitative research method for academic research and consumer marketing research. Following an overview of FGD, scholars will be involved in modifying FGD guidelines by conducting and transcribing pilot groups, and undertaking a literature review on audience research. Prior knowledge of Kim’s Convenience is desirable but not essential.