Graduate Research Workshops 2018-19


Graduate Research Workshops 2018-19

In alignment with the Academic Plan 2017, the Office of the Vice-Principal, Academic and Dean, is proud to support Graduate Research Workshops at UTM, which look to foster interdisciplinary approaches to scholarship across the humanities, social sciences, and physical sciences.

Graduate Research Workshops are intended to provide graduate students with opportunities for developing professional and academic skills that will enable new research outputs, highlight their research through community outreach, and ultimately enhance their future success in academia and beyond. In addition to opening avenues for networking between faculty and graduate students, we hope that these workshops will create opportunities for collaboration and co-authorship, particulary in disciplinary fields where sole authorship is the norm.

Every workshop is designed to accomplish three priority goals:

  • Create an opportunity for interdisciplinary research collaboration and intellectual discussion on a research theme of academic and social importance;

  • Provide an opportunity for graduate students to present research and develop research skills in a workshop environment; and

  • Bring expert researchers from leading universities around the world to work with graduate students and faculty to enhance research excellence.

A list of planned workshops for the 2018-19 season is provided below. Most are open to all faculty and graduate students, though some workshops may have a limited number of seats. Where an RSVP is required, please contact the faculty member in advance of the event to confirm seat availability.

Date Faculty Name Title Description Access  Other
October 25-26, 2018 Andreas Bendlin (Department of Historical Studies), Boris Chrubasik (Department of Historical Studies), Carrie Fulton (Department of Historical Studies) Classics and the World Today

The Classics and the World Today (CaWT) Initiative was founded in order to ask to what extent discussing the world of the Ancient Greek and Roman Mediterranean can contribute to our current society. Its second aim was to foster a community of people interested in the ancient world at UTM, encouraging undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, alumni and the broader public to engage with one another in a convivial setting.

On 26 October 10am-4:30pm, our two guest speakers will lead a graduate workshop on Historical Methods (NE 4107), at which graduate students will have the opportunity to discuss their own research. This workshop invites graduate students from Classics, Religion, and adjacent fields to consider different historical approaches, and how these may best be applied to their own data.


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March 6-7, 2019 Rhonda McEwen (Institute of Communication, Culture, Information & Technology), Mohan Matthen (Department of Philosophy),  
Elizabeth Johnson (Department of Psychology), Craig Chambers (Department of Psychology) 
Thoughts and Reactions: Cognition, Learning, and Technology Across the Lifespan

Studying the processes involved in knowledge acquisition and the roles that multi-sensory perception play in learning is increasingly inter- and transdisciplinary. This workshop brings together scholars from psychology, philosophy, communication studies, and learning science to share thoughts on and reactions to the ways in which advances in technology are implicated in cognition, learning, and perception. This 2-day workshop engages researchers and graduate students at the University of Toronto Mississauga with panels, conversation, and hands-on engagement.




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March 8, 2019 Scott Prosser (Department of Chemical & Physical Sciences), Josh Milstein (Department of Chemical & Physical Sciences) UTM Careers in Science Symposium in Celebration of International Women's Day

Join us for a week of activities and events in celebration of WICTO's Five Year Anniversary and International Women's Day. WICTO Week 2019 seeks to support and promote the U of T Chemistry community in a spirit of celebration and inclusion. UTM has a strong concentration in the life sciences and WICTO Week  overlaps with these research interests while at the same time bringing together leading female scientists.



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May 6-7, 2019 Lindsay Schoenbohm (Department of Chemical & Physical Sciences), Kent Moore (Department of Physical Sciences), Trevor Porter (Department of Geography) Polar & High Altitude Environments Workshop

Climate change is one of the most pressing issues we as a society face. There is an increasing awareness that these changes are amplified in polar and high altitude regions. As a result, there is a focus on understanding the processes responsible for this amplification and the impacts on regional ecosystems. Join us for an interactive 2-day workshop exploring polar and high altitude climate and environmental processes with plenary talks, pop-ups, and poster sessions. Plenary speakers include Dick Peltier (U of T), Jay Quade (U of Arizona), Stephen Howell (Environment and Climate Change Canada), Melissa McKinney (McGill University), and Anne deVernal (UQAM). Participants will give 5-minute "pop-up" descriptions of how their research ties into the themes of the conference and will also participate in the closing day poster session.

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May 7-8, 2019 Enrico Raffaelli (Department of Historical Studies) Waiting for the end: Zoroastrian, Jewish, and Christian views on the end of time

Beginning in the 6th Century BCE, the lands from Greece to India were unified under one empire. This imperial conjunction brought the various religions of those lands into closer contact than ever before. Until the end of late antiquity, these religious traditions interacted intensely. In order to explore this important period, this symposium undertakes a comparative approach centered on the apocalyptic literature of Judaism, Christianity, and Zoroastrianism as well as on their respective views on the end of time.

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May 17, 2019 Jeremy Packer (Institute for Communication, Culture, Information & Technology) Media Genealogy

This workshop will bring together scholars and graduate students in the US and Canada to engage in a workshop to further develop thinking on the topic of "media genealogy".  Historical research on media technology has been a growing area of intellectual interest over the past twenty years with "media archaeology" often seen as the most prominent and well known means for addressing this history.  Recent scholarship has suggested that genealogy is the more appropriate method for understanding the political ramifications of new media systems.  This workshop will bring together a research collective writing a book on Media Genealogy, graduate students researching media and technology, and experts in the area of media history to explore recent developments in the field as well as provide experience in theory building, advanced research writing and editing, and preparing for the publication process.



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August 5-9, 2019 Luther Obrock, (Department of Historical Studies), Ajay Rao (Department of Historical Studies) Workshop on Gupta Epigraphy

The 2nd Annual Indian Epigraphy Workshop for scholars and students of ancient South Asia will take place in Mississauga, Canada, on August 5th, 2019 through August 9th, 2019. The workshop is offered in collaboration with the South Asian Studies Department at the University of Pennsylvania.

Participants attending this week-long workshop will learn the basics of Gupta epigraphy, paleography, inscriptional language, and history. The Gupta Age has been seen as the "Golden Age" of Indian civilization. Apart from the literary and scientific literature ascribed to this time, the Guptas and affiliated polities produced a rich material archive of monumental architecture, sculpture, and inscriptions. The Gupta reign left a wide-ranging body of inscriptions, in which kings, nobles, and religious elites commemorated their pious donations and political victories. This workshop will allow attendees access to a rich archive of epigraphic material by giving a basic familiarity with the corpus and the tools to use inscriptional sources in further research. Further, we will analyze inscriptions in the context of the built landscapes in which they were encountered and viewed. We take the inscriptions as material and textual sources functioning within the larger context of sites and polities.

August 22-23 & 27-28, 2019 Emily Impett (Department of Psychology), Erika Carlson (Department of Psychology) Theory Development Workshop

Relationship science is a theory-rich discipline, but very little training is provided on best practices for theory development and application. The key purpose of this workshop was to provide explicit training on theory development, which a group of scientists interested in relationships could apply to develop their own theories of interpersonal relationships. The workshop provided a forum for explication, explanation, and development of good theoretical practice for relationship and interpersonal scholars.