It was a successful round of SSHRC grant competitions for King’s. Thanks to the leadership and hard work of Dr Gordon McOuat, Dr Mélanie Frappier, and Situating Science project manager Emily Tector, King’s has received a Partnership Development Grant worth $200,000 and a Connections Grant worth $22,080. The partnership development project, “Cosmopolitanism and the local in science and nature: East and West”, will help to establish a multi-national collaboration between India, South East Asia, and Canada for the study of pre-colonial, colonial, and post-colonial contacts, circulations, and exchanges in the concepts of nature, philosophy, and science.
King’s will be the international leader for this project and will work in partnership with Manipal University (Manipal, India), Jawaharlal Nehru University (Delhi), National University of Singapore, University of Toronto, York University, Dalhousie University, and the University of Alberta, with collaborators from UBC, McGill, and Harvard, among others. The project will involve a series of international workshops and seminars on knowledge, nature, and cosmopolitanism: east and west. One of the main objectives is to work toward student and faculty exchanges between different regions and university programs, leading to a more permanent and sustainable partnership between universities.
The Connections Grant, “Place and Practice: history of science in and on the oceans, 1800-2012” will fund an international summer workshop at King’s to celebrate the work of Eric Mills, a prominent historian of oceanography and the founding director of the King’s HOST programme. The project is a collaboration between King’s, York University, and Dalhousie University.