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Summary: Scholarly and Research Activity

October 2016

Academic Presentations

Bryan Evans and John Shields [together with Benoit Challand (Professor of Sociology, New School for Social Research), Trish Hennessy (Director of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives), and Deva Woodly (Professor of Politics, New School for Social Research)] were panellists discussing When Elections Fail and Democracy Wobbles on 26 October 2016 at Ryerson University.  The event was sponsored by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives; the Department of Politics and Public Administration, Ryerson University; and the New School for Social Research.

Sandra E. Lim.  “Presentation of Underground v.1: Structural Materialist Documentary as Urban Discourse.”  Presented in the “Cinematic Traditions” panel, Documentary Theory/Practice Symposium.  Philadelphia, PA: Temple University, School of Theater, Film and Media, 14 October 2016.

Duncan MacLellan.  Invited presentation at the Institute of Public Administration of Canada (IPAC) - Toronto Region Group event, “Fit or Miss: Preparing, Attracting, and Retaining the Next Generation of Public Servants.”  Toronto: University of Toronto, 24 October 2016.

Pamela Palmater.  “Grave Human Rights Violations Against Indigenous Women and Girls in Canada.”  Presented as part of the Report to the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women on the Occasion of the Committee's Eighth and Ninth Periodic Review of Canada.  Geneva: United Nations, 24-25 October 2016.

  • The presentation was foreshadowed in Anne Kingston, “Not so feminist: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is fond of using the term. But does it translate into action?” Maclean’s 129:37 (19 Sep 2016): 14.
  • The presentation, and the Report were featured in Jessica Glenza, “Canada urged to quell discrimination against women after fall in UN ranking,” The Guardian, 26 October 2016.

Daniel Rubenson.  “Measuring prosocial preferences, time preferences and discounting using behavioural economics tools.”  Presented at the UC San Diego Human Nature Group Masters retreat.  California: James San Jacinto Mountains Reserve, 08-10 October 2016.

Myer Siemiatycki. "Labour's Response to the Sharing Economy." Invited plenary panel presentation at 2nd National Human Rights Conference, Canadian Labour Congress. Ottawa: 22 October 2016.

Appointments

Robert Marshall has been named Book Review Editor for the journal Alternate Routes

Daniel Rubenson has been appointed to the Evidence in Governance and Politics (EGAP) Natural Resources Metaketa Streering Committee [along with Daniel Nielsen (Brigham Young University), Donald Green (Columbia University) and Miriam Golden (University of California Los Angeles)]. The Steering Committee will oversee the Natural Resources Metaketa that will allocate $2,000,000 in research funding provided by the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development to up to six projects implementing field experiments assessing the roles of information to governments and/or community monitoring of resources on the governance of forests and/or freshwater.  A critical and unique feature of the EGAP Metaketa Initiative is that it seeks to fund experimental research that may lead to greater accumulation of knowledge through built-in replication via common experimental treatment arms and outcome measures across projects.  The Steering Committee will also be involved in the design of a common pre-analysis plan and pre-registration of the set of projects.

Awards

The Ward: The Life and Loss of Toronto's First Immigrant Neighbourhood [ed. John Lorinc, Michael McClelland, Ellen Scheinberg and Tatum Taylor (Toronto: Coach House Books, 2015)] was awarded the 2016 Heritage Toronto Book Award of Excellence.  The book features chapters by Cathy Crowe and Myer Siemiatycki (listed in “Publications” below).  Cathy Crowe’s chapter discusses the impact official city photographer Arthur Goss had raising awareness of poverty, poor housing and health conditions in the Ward, while Myer Siemiatycki’s chapter discusses the Ward as the formative ground of Mackenzie King's political career.

Pamela Palmater received the Margaret Mead Award from the International Community Corrections Association.  The award is considered to be the highest honour presented by the Association and it is given to an individual who has demonstrated leadership in the field of community corrections through guidance, innovative ideas, influence of policy and/or dedicated service to the ideals and goals of community-based correctional programming.  Dr. Palmater was recognised as a leader, an innovator, and a social justice advocate.  The award was presented at the annual research conference of the Association on 04 October 2016 at the Westin Harbour Castle.  See news feature on website here.

The paper authored by Tracey Raney and Joanna Everitt, “Winning as a Woman/Winning as a Lesbian: Voter Attitudes Towards Kathleen Wynne in the 2014 Ontario Election,” is one of three that has been short listed for the 2017 Jill Vickers Prize.  The Jill Vickers prize is awarded to the best paper presented on gender, in either English or French, at the preceding CPSA conference.  The winner/s will be announced at the CPSA Annual Conference President’s Dinner in Toronto on May 31, 2017.

Conference Participation

John Shields.  Discussant, Panel Discussion:  “Evolving Perceptions of Migrant as a Border Subject.”  Workshop on the Figure of the Migrant in Law and Literature: Push Back or Acceptance? Limbo or Integration? Common Places, Norms and Evolving Narratives.  Toronto:  Ryerson University, 13-14 October 2016.

Publications - Published

Cathy Crowe.  “Fresh Air: The Fight Against TB.”  In The Ward: The Life and Loss of Toronto's First Immigrant Neighbourhood, ed. John Lorinc, Michael McClelland, Ellen Scheinberg and Tatum Taylor, 114-115.  Toronto: Coach House Books, 2015.

Sarah Mills and Christopher Gore.  “Public and Local Government Leader Opinions on Environmental Federalism: Comparing Issues and National Contexts.” State and Local Government Review 48:3 (September 2016): 165-174. 

Canadian Association of Elizabeth Fry Societies (CAEFS); Chair in Indigenous Governance, Ryerson University (Pamela Palmater); and Canadian Feminist Alliance for International Action (FAFIA).  Report to the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women on the Occasion of the Committee's Eighth and Ninth Periodic Review of Canada.  Geneva: (United Nations) Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women, October 2016.

Stuart Soroka (University of Michigan), Peter Loewen (University of Toronto), Patrick Fournier (Université de Montréal), Daniel Rubenson (Ryerson). “The Impact of News Photos on Support for Military Action,” Political Communication 33:4 (October 2016): 563–82.

Stuart Soroka (University of Michigan), Peter Loewen (University of Toronto), Patrick Fournier (Université de Montréal), Daniel Rubenson (Ryerson). “Replication data for: The impact of news photos on support for military action," Harvard Dataverse, 27 October 2016. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7910/DVN/NZIGLV.

Meghan Joy and John Shields.  “The Immorality of Innovation – the Tale of Social Impact Bonds.”  Policy & Politics: Journal Blog, 05 October, 2016.

Myer Siemiatycki.   “King of the Ward.”  In The Ward: The Life and Loss of Toronto's First Immigrant Neighbourhood, ed. John Lorinc, Michael McClelland, Ellen Scheinberg and Tatum Taylor, 56-59.  Toronto: Coach House Books, 2015.

Publications - Accepted for Publication

Cameron Anderson and R. Michael McGregor.  “Persuasion, Partisanship and Evaluations of National Conditions and Governmental Impact: An Experimental Study.”  American Review of Canadian Studies. Forthcoming.