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New funding promotes research excellence at Huron

Jon Munn, Director of Marketing & Communications
Oct 3 2019

Congratulations to recent faculty recipients of two new research funding opportunities at Huron!

Drs. Amy Bell (History) and Steven Bland (Philosophy) were awarded funding from the Targeted Research Fund for their collaborative research-learning project “Emotion, Reason and Psychic Research.” This project explores the worlds and ideas of late nineteenth-century Victorian spiritualism and belief in the occult in order to ask questions about the history, nature, and potential limits of rational thinking.

Experiential learning opportunities for Huron students are incorporated into the project through Research Assistant positions and through new courses involving archival research and replication of historical psychic experiments. Bell and Bland explain that this experiential learning approach “adds an immediacy and relevance to student research across disciplinary boundaries, and teaches problem-solving and communication skills along with the acquisition of knowledge.”

An award from the Technology Support Fund will facilitate ongoing research by Dr. Mahdiyeh Entezarkheir (Economics) into the impact of technology standards on innovation, market structure, and productivity. Entezarkheir’s research investigates policy-relevant questions surrounding intellectual property and the role of patents. Her work considers the requirements for technology standards in the case of developing technologies such as artificial intelligence, and decision-making by technology firms joining these standard setting organizations.

Dr. Teresa Hubel (English) will use funding from the Targeted Research Fund to produce a short documentary film, “Dancing Back from the Margins of India?” Produced in collaboration with researchers at Western and King’s, and London filmmakers, the documentary offers a contemporary perspective on the history of ‘devadasis,’ the performing women and girls of hereditary performing families of South India. According to Hubel, the ultimate aim of the film is “to explore the artistic legacy of the devadasis and the implications of this legacy for diasporic Indians, and to cast light on questions related to the invention of tradition, cultural appropriation, political resistance in the arts, and female empowerment—questions that have as much valency in London, Ontario, as in Chennai, India.”

The Targeted Research Fund and Technology Support Fund are in their inaugural year in 2019-20, and are intended to establish critical support for large-scale faculty research and teaching projects and promote research excellence at Huron.