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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.

The Geopolitical Economy Research Group (GERG) is an influential policy research institute, conducting high quality research and analysis dealing with nations and their relation to the world economy.  It critically analyzes, and proposes, policy alternatives for managing the interaction of national economies and states to promote human development and mutual benefit in today’s multipolar world.

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.

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.

The University of Manitoba Institute for the Humanities Research Clusters program encourages scholarly, interdisciplinary exploration of a variety of topics. There are several clusters each year, which change periodically.