Thursdays are special at the JHI. Our Fellows meet to share lunch and talk about their research in an open, supportive forum that always generates an interesting discussion. The first lunch for our 2019-2020 year got the ball rolling with introductions and short synopses of research projects related to our annual theme– Strange Weather– which explores questions and themes around climate change.
Judith Ellen Brunton is a doctoral candidate in the Department for the Study of Religion and a Chancellor Henry N.R. Jackman Graduate Fellow in the Humanities. Her research project at the JHI explores how oil companies, government agencies, and community organizations in Alberta use oil to describe a set of values about land use, labour, and aspiration. Oil, in Alberta, is a key symbolic element in imagining what a good life is. Most of the text of this post was provided by Judith.
Public Studio, JHI’s Artists in Residence for 2019-20, is the collaborative art practice of filmmaker Elle Flanders and architect Tamira Sawatzky. For a recent Thursday Fellows’ Lunch they treated us to a brief retrospective of a few of their exhibition works before giving us a preview of their newest installation opening in January 2020. The following text was provided by Public Studio, with contributions from Kimberley Yates.
Khaled Abu Jayyab (Ph.D. Near & Middle Eastern Civilizations, University of Toronto, 2019) is JHI’s Community-Engaged Early Career Fellow. Khaled’s fellowship research focuses on diachronically understanding human responses to changes in environmental conditions through changes in settlement organization and subsistence strategies, bringing a time-depth perspective to discussions of contemporary climate change.
Stephanie Bernhard (PhD English, University of Virginia, 2017) is the JHI New Media and Public Humanities Early Career Fellow for 2019-2020. She is an Assistant Professor of English at Salisbury University, where she specializes in the environmental humanities.
Andrew Brown (Ph.D. English, Yale University, 2019) is JHI's Digital Humanities Network Postdoctoral Fellow. Andrew’s fellowship research project uses text mining and mapping tools in order to track how the inhabitants of the early modern Atlantic world developed a new conception of water as a crucial form of infrastructure. His presentation explored mapping water and waste in early modern London (c. 1500-1700). Andrew provided most of the content for this post.
Chiara Graf, a Chancellor Henry N.R. Jackman Graduate Fellow in the Humanities, gave a recent Fellows' Lunch talk about affect and rationality in Roman philosopher, scientist, and tragedian Lucius Annaeus Seneca's (c.1 BCE-65 CE) Natural Questions. We had a few special guests including Ted Parker and Kat Furtado, PhD students in Classics and Charlie Foran from CBC Ideas.
Alan Ackerman led the last of the introductory Fellows’ Lunch presentations from a summary of two suggested readings (below) through to a close reading of Emily Dickinson’s poem #556.
Bhavani Raman (Associate Professor, UTSC Historical & Cultural Studies) led a recent Fellows’ Lunch discussion centering on two readings and a slideshow of maps.