Many researchers in the Faculty of Arts conduct their research both in Canada and abroad. International research in the social sciences and humanities asks questions about the global world in which we live, how it developed, and where our future lies. Expanding our view beyond Canada and the global North allows researchers to better understand the complexity and diversity of our own society as well as the global world which shapes both the present and future. Studies range from discussions of globalization and transnational literacies in the southern hemisphere, to the early development of complex societies in the Near East, to migrant labour in China and its affect on urban and rural society.
Our faculty members not only study and conduct research around the world, but they also connect with local communities, NGOs and governments to ensure their research is relevant and applicable at all levels. Supported by the Canadian International Development Agency, the International Development Research Centre, as well as other funding agencies, our faculty engage with researchers and communities internationally to develop collaborative partnerships, transfer knowledge across and between languages and cultures, and create new understandings of the world we live in. Engaging local populations, academics, agencies and governments in research ensures that all participants benefit from the exchange and creation of knowledge.
Jorge Nállim receives Award in Internationalization
Dr. Nállim’s (History) organization of and work in the Research Cluster in Power and Resistance in Latin America exemplify the best in scholarly and outreach work in internationalization and an enviable template for fostering interdisciplinarity in support of international awareness and understanding. Having successfully introduced many scholars at the University of Manitoba with interests in Latin America by first identifying those who could benefit from this interaction and second by stimulating their interest in collaboration, he strengthens this exceptional foundation for Latin American scholarship and understanding by “establishing . . .linkages with both undergraduate students and with off-campus Latin American community organizations in the city.”
Susan Frohlick, Anthropology: Living in a global world where movement and travel is increasingly accessible, questions remain as to how this movement affects people’s lives and lived experience. Dr. Frohlick takes on these issues by working with youth in popular tourist destinations in Costa Rica. Her research examines how the young girls and boys in tourist towns shape their identities in the face of globalization and are shaped by their experiences and relationships with foreigners.
Ravi Vaitheespara, History: The recent arrival of Tamil refugees to Canada in the summer of 2010 brought attention to the continued struggle of the Tamil people in Sri Lanka, despite the end of civil violence. Dr. Vaitheespara takes an in-depth look at the Tamil political and social history that led to increasing violence and militancy. By exploring the various perspectives, including those that have been marginalized in the struggle, Dr. Vaitheespara seeks to shed light on the conflict in Sri Lanka and explore questions of identity based politics, violence, state repression and human rights in South Asia.
James Chlup, Classics: Dr. Chlup’s research interests cover the history of the ancient Roman world with a special focus on the ancient sources of the Middle and Late Roman Republic. Recently, his work has taken him to various archives throughout the Middle East in order to study Roman history in the Arabian Peninsula.