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Research Clusters and Groups

The Affect Project is a collaboration of researchers interested in the role of affect in cluture and lived experience. The potential for intellectual cross-fertilization between psychology and literary studies is significant. The members of the Affect Projec, each working individually on research that fits into a large general rubric of psychology and literature, or psychology and film, are taking advantage of the potential for more immediate intellectual cross-fertilization across the Faculty.

Conceptualizing and Experiencing Aging Before Modernity: Throughout the world people are living longer with the result that the percentage of older people as a portion of the population is growing. Nearly half of those born in 1900 died before they were 50 years old, whereas people born today can expect to live beyond their 75th year. The fastest growing age group in our society, and in many other countries, is that of "very old" people aged 85 and over. The growth of the elderly population will continue into the future. By the middle of the 21st century, one in five persons in developed countries will be over 65, and there will be 15 to 18 million persons over the age of 85.

COMEMS: Circle of Medieval and Early Modern Scholars is an interdisciplinary and inter-University research cluster that brings together researchers interested in the Medieval and Early Modern European world.

Film Worlds Research Cluster is a forum for researchers and artists from across the disciplines whose work explores and employs the moving image. As one of its primary goals, the cluster aims to draw attention to those less familiar and overlooked sites on the continuum of the moving image. The cluster will look at essay films, ethnographic films, propaganda films, scientific films, sport films, among others, paying special attention to manifestations of hybrid forms, and to the ways in which minor modes can be seen to inform and even subtend major ones. Its activities consist of reading groups, lectures, and screenings followed by panel discussions.

The Histories of the Body Research Group is an interdisciplinary group of scholars from English, Film, and Theatre; History; Religion; French, Spanish, and Italian; as well as outside of the Faculty of Arts, including Kinesiology, Nursing, Medicine, and Disability Studies.  The cluster, who has received two previous years of support from the UMIH, will focus much of its efforts on a major colloquium surrounding the theme, Human Rites/Animal Bodies.

The History of Emotions: The History of Emotions Research Cluster is a graduate student-driven reading and research group, whose focus is on small-group interdisciplinary exchange of ideas between researchers whose work engages with the history of emotions. The History of Emotions research cluster will be focused on historical methodologies, sources and readings, but encourages the participation of faculty and graduate students from any discipline who are interested in exploring cluster themes. The members of this group consist of faculty and graduate students from a variety of disciplines, including History, Religion, and Anthropology from the Universities of Manitoba, Winnipeg, and Brandon.

The Human-Animal Research Group The academic goals of the group involve exploring the concept of human rights as these rights relate to what is specifically human. That is, the category of the “human” as a species with rights is not an a priori fact; it is produced, ritualized, understood in relation to other species.

Immigration Research West (IRW), is a new research group that has received four years of funding through  two contribution agreements from Citizenship and Immigration Canada. The purpose of IRW is to enhance research capacity of faculty and students and to work with service providers and government offices to enhance our knowledge of the settlement experiences and outcomes of newcomers to British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Yukon, Nunavut and the Northwest Territories. Research activities undertaken by IRW focus on citizenship, immigration, settlement and cohesion between immigrants and Canadians who have settled in the west and north of Canada. Formerly named the Western Consortium for Integration, Citizenship and Social Cohesion (WCICC), IRW was initially housed at Faculté Saint-Jean at the University of Alberta under the direction of Dr. Marc Arnal. Upon Dr. Arnal’s retirement, the office of IRW was moved to the University of Manitoba and is currently under the direction of Dr. Lori Wilkinson.

Interdisciplinary Research Circle on Globalization and Cosmopolitanism (IRCGC) was formed to critically examine the cultural and political implications of an increasingly globally integrated world.

Law & Society Research Cluster brings together faculty and students from across the humanities and social science disciplines at both the University of Manitoba and Winnipeg interested in the social, cultural, and political dimensions of the law and its role in society. The goal of the cluster is to create a community of mutually supportive scholars and to foster interdisciplinary collaborative research.

Mamawipawin (Cree for gathering space) is a Canada Foundation for Innovation funded research space for community-based research with Indigenous peoples. It occupies the fourth floor, Isbister Building, at the University of Manitoba and will have an adjacent lab to record interviews and house a digital archive. Mamawipiwin will facilitate scholars and Indigenous communities in working together to create an innovative understanding of Indigenous governance and solutions for political decolonization.

Passions, Pedagogies and Publics: This cluster seeks to initiate an interdisciplinary and inter-institutional dialogue around writing in the humanities. Our aim is to create a “passionate affinity space” (Gee & Hayes, 2012) for those who care about writing and the teaching of writing, including faculty, staff, and students from across the humanities, as well as other disciplines and Faculties at the University of Manitoba, and as our colleagues in K-12 schools and other informal learning spaces across the province.

Postcolonial South Asian and African Studies Group (PSA&AFSG) Since colonialism and imperialism as a social, cultural and political project has shaped the modern world including the west, our group considers it as its mission to broaden the scope of western scholarship by championing postcolonial writings and scholarship.

Power and Resistance in Latin America  The goal of the research cluster is to foster dialogue among members, graduate and undergraduate students, and the wider community on the varied nature and multiple aspects of power relations in Latin America.

Representations of War Research Cluster  This research cluster gathers together faculty and graduate students from departments across the Humanities and Social Sciences with a view to stimulating research and teaching on the representation of war.