Arts & Humanities - Global Connections

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The Faculty of Arts & Humanities is heavily engaged in international teaching and research. Our faculty and students are immersed in experiences and research initiatives around the globe, and we regularly connect with other scholars and welcome them to campus at Western. Listed below are some recent highlights that showcase our international reach.

China invite opens faculty eyes to possibilities

Classical Studies professor Aara Suksi and Modern Languages and Literature professor Laurence De Looze were among 45 international professors at Shanghai University this summer, invited to teach a week-long intensive course of their design to complement the university’s internationalization efforts. Read More


Immunization Nations, Geneva, Switzerland

Patrick Mahon (Visual Arts) is exhibiting his artwork at the UNAIDS headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland as part of Immunization Nations, a collaborative and interdisciplinary initiative that will bring together a team of artists, academics, and healthcare professional in order to explore the complex issues related to the use and distribution of vaccines in the world today. Read More


Bipasha Baruah speaking in Cyprus at EBRD Conference

Dr. Bipasha Baruah Canada Research Chair in Global Women's Issues was recently interviewed by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development and is an invited speaker at their conference in Cyprus.

Read the interview: Making Green Growth Work for Women
Information on the Conference


Indian-Canadian scholar on stereotypes, power and Slumdog Millionaire

nandi bhatiaNandi Bhatia, (English & Writing and Associate Dean Research) recently presented the 10th Edward Baugh Distinguished Lecture at the University of the West Indies in Mona, Jamaica. Bhatia, a leading scholar of postcolonial theatre, presented " Dramatic Contests and Colonial Contexts on the Indian Stage. Read more


Visiting Scholars

kalpana raoThe Faculty continues to maintain a robust culture of internationalization through visiting scholars. In Winter 2016, Paulette Ramsay (University of West Indies) visited the Department of Modern Languages under the Canada-CARICOM Leadership Scholarships Program. From September 15-October 15, the Department of English and Writing Studies is hosting Dr. Kalpana Rao (University of Pondicherry) as a Visiting Fellow under the Lal Bahadur Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute’s Faculty Mobility Grant.


Kelly Olson explores brothels of Pompeii with David Suzuki

Kelly Olson from WesternU Classics explores brothels of Pompeii with David Suzuki on The Nature of Things airing October 6, 2016. Read more


Class offers a new outlook on the world

Western News  asked three students from the  Rwanda:Culture, Society and Reconstruction  course – Misha Apel, Sean Alexander Cousins and Maricel Hope – to reflect on their experience. Read more


Students unearth history at Vindolanda Field School

vindolandaWestern students recently spent 5 weeks in Northern England on an archaeological dig of the Roman site of Vindolanda. The Vindolanda Field School runs each spring through the Department of Classical Studies at Western. A primary goal of the field school is for students to gain an appreciation for combining historical and archaeological material to further our understanding of past cultures.Learn more about the 2016 class and read all about their adventures through their Vindolanda blog.

A geolinguistic treasure ‘lost‘ and found

heapThe Linguistic Atlas of the Iberian Peninsula (Atlas Lingüístico de la Peninsula Ibérica or ALPI) has begun publishing mappable geolinguistic data online.This publication is a major milestone for Iberian dialectology, linguistic geography, and for Linguistics professor David Heap who has been working on the project over the course of his career. Read more 


Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute funded projects:

kaur headshotRamanpreet Kaur , PhD student, Comparative Literature received the Shastri Student Internship Project in Aid (SSIP in Aid) 2015-16, for 4 Months from May 2016 - August 2016. The amount of scholarship is CAD $2000. Ramanpreet will be conducting research at Panjab University on her project, “Punjabi Adaptations of European Drama (1914-2014): Understanding the Interplay Between Text and Performance.”

Dr. Kalpana Rao from the University of Pondicherry will be visiting the University of Western Ontario the Fall of 2016 on a Faculty Mobility Grant. The Award is for a maximum period of 3 weeks to work on a short term projects in the areas of Canadian Literature.


Traister awarded international fellowship

traisterBryce Traister, Chair of English and Writing Studies, was awarded the  Eccles Centre Visiting Canadian Fellow in North American Studies Award for his research titled 'Miracle Cures in the Empirical Age'. Bryce will be undertaking his research at the British Library. He also recently published a book entitled Female Piety and the Invention of American Puritanism and was featured in Western News.