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State of the Arts

Lisa Moore hosts Humanities and Social Sciences' research chat show

Research

By Janet Harron

Have you ever wondered what form research takes in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences?

Acclaimed novelist and assistant professor Lisa Moore wonders about that, too. The depth and breadth of research in the faculty was one of the first things she noticed when starting work at Memorial four years ago.

Lisa Moore
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“You walk down the corridor and you find yourself in a conversation about the earliest record of a Shakespeare play being performed in St. John’s. Or you’re learning about the different panels in a comic book and the different framing devices in a graphic novel,” she said.

“You head down the stairs and somebody is talking about Muskrat Falls, or the economics of the health-care system or, how policing, over the decades has shifted from, say, protecting labourers on a picket line to protecting the interests of multinationals. You turn another corner, you’re talking about crab asthma, or the politics of migrant labourers headed for the tar sands, or even the politics of the term “tar sands,” not to mention Heidegger and the nature of time, and food security and the best contemporary Irish novelists.”

In State of the Arts, a monthly Facebook Live broadcast on the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences Facebook page, Ms. Moore is digging deep into all of this research and giving faculty members an opportunity to “share this stuff.”

The first 30-minute episode ran on Jan. 26 and featured Ms. Moore speaking with Dr. Marica Cassis, an historical archaeologist.

On Feb. 22 at 12:30 N.L. time, she will sit down with Dr. Danine Farquharson, associate dean, School of Graduate Studies, and a professor of English, to discuss violence and masculinity and unexpected connections between Irish literature and petrocultures.

All interviews are archived on the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences’ Facebook page and can be viewed anytime.

“I am so excited about this series,” said Ms. Moore.


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