Summer reading: The latest books by SMU faculty

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Provincial award for short creative non-fiction

Congratulations are in order for Dr. Ariel Watson, a creative writing professor with the Department of English Language & Literature. On May 9, the Writers Federation of Nova Scotia announced winners of its annual Nova Writes competition for unpublished manuscripts. Dr. Watson’s manuscript “Beasts of Myth” won H. R. (Bill) Percy Short Creative Non-Fiction Prize.

The citation from judge Marjorie Simmins: “The author has written a resonant and complex story, with themes of multi-generational family ties and interactions, looming death, the reshapings of personal histories, the romantic pulls of times gone by, and the essence and changing composition of memory, as connected to a time, and its people.”


Spring book launch in Munich

Dr. S. Karly Kehoe, Canada Research Chair in Atlantic Canada Studies, has had a busy spring season. She travelled to Munich in April for the launch of her new book, Responsibility for Refugee and Migrant Integration (De Gruyter, 2019, co-edited by Eva Alisic and Jan-Christoph Heilinger).

The book aims to expand understanding of the complex challenges and opportunities associated with migration and integration, and to examine the important roles that individuals can play in the process.

It’s a subject she knows well, through her work with the Global Young Academy to identify, assist and relocate refugee scholars.

Also in April, Dr. Kehoe was the 2019 Spring Strickland Visiting Scholar at Middle Tennessee State University, where she gave a keynote lecture, “Science Diplomacy: History Matters – This is Why”.

Kehoe also recently contributed a chapter to A History of Catholic Education and Schooling in Scotland: New Perspectives (Palgrave MacMillan). Her chapter is called "Women Religious and the Development of Scottish Education”. In it, she highlights the emergence of a system of Catholic female education between the early 1850s, when women began to assume the bulk of the responsibility for elementary education, and the early years of the twentieth century.


The Canadian experience for international students

Dr. Min Jung Kwak has a new book, Outward & Upward Mobilities: International Students in Canada, Their Families, and Structuring Institutions (University of Toronto Press), co-edited with Ann H. Kim. The collection explores how international students and their families fare in local ethnic communities, educational and professional institutions, and the labour market, including barriers and facilitators of adaption and integration.

Dr. Kwak is a principal researcher in an international research project with York University to create a Korean Studies curriculum for Canada; she’s also busy making preparations for the first Saint Mary’s geography field course to South Korea, happening in the winter 2020 term.


Where the human psyche meets politics

On March 22, the Political Science department hosted a launch for Dr. Stella Gaon’s new book, The Lucid Vigil: Deconstruction, Desire and the Politics of Critique. It is the first publication in Routledge’s new Psychoanalytic Political Theory series, which “offers a forum for texts that deepen our understanding of the complex relationships between the world of politics and the world of the psyche”.


Studies in Pentecostalism

Dr. Michelle MacCarthy recently announced her new publication, Going to Pentecost: An Experimental Approach to Studies in Pentecostalism (Berghahn Books, co-edited with Annelin Eriksen and Ruy Llera Blanes). It is available at the link as a freely downloadable, open access e-book. The SMU Anthropology professor is also the author of Making the Modern Primitive: Cultural Tourism in the Trobriand Islands (University of Hawaii Press, 2016)


Raceshifting website a companion resource to forthcoming book

This September, University of Manitoba Press will release Dr. Darryl Leroux’s new peer-reviewed book, Distorted Descent: White Claims to Indigenous Identity.  Last week, Dr. Leroux – an associate professor in the Department of Social Justice & Community Studies – announced the launch of, a new website based on his research.

It includes a GIS “storymap” featuring all organizations surveyed through his project (about 75), plus links to public documents for all of the so-called “Eastern Métis” court cases (almost 60) filed in Québec, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia that he has identified so far. In his upcoming book, Dr. Leroux will analyze much of the online material, which he produced with Unwritten Histories Digital Consulting. 

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 Online reading group about historian Alice Clark

Dr. Tim Stretton of the Department of History is a key voice in an international online conversation about historian Alice Clark. One hundred years have passed since the publication of Clark’s groundbreaking book, Working Life of Women in the Seventeenth Century. To mark the centenary, an online reading group was created in April through ‘the many-headed monster’ blog, a collective effort focusing on English society and culture in the early modern period.

 Dr. Stretton kicked off the new online group and provided valuable context by writing the first article, “A Biography of Alice Clark (1874-1934)”. In 2018, he contributed a chapter about Clark for the book Generations of Women Historians (palgrave macmillan). You can also follow the online group via Twitter and participate in the conversation at #AliceClark100.  

— Submitted by Marla Cranston, Faculty of Arts