The Royal Society of Canada has named Dr. Roberta Barker one of the inaugural members of the College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists. She is one of 91 new members who have been nominated by 51 Canadian Universities and the National Research Council. The new members of the College, says the Royal Society of Canada, will address “issues of particular concern to new scholars, artists and scientists for the advancement of understanding and benefit of society”.
A graduate of both King’s College and Dalhousie University, Dr. Barker is now a member of the joint faculty of King’s, where she teaches in the Foundation Year and Early Modern Studies programmes, and Dalhousie, where she teaches theatre in the Fountain School of Performing Arts.
Dr. Barker is an award-winning teacher and researcher and a busy director of plays. Her research concentrates on the relationship between performance and the social construction of identity and the role the stage play in disseminating cultural ideas about health, illness, and the body, fostered in part by her involvement with interdisciplinary projects relating to medical history and medical humanities. She has also explored the representation of gender and class in early modern tragedy.
“The College is Canada’s first national system of multidisciplinary recognition for the emerging generation of leaders,” says Royal Society of Canada president Dr. Graham Bell. “Together, the members of the College will be in a position to provide guidance on issues of importance to Canadians and to promote Canadian achievements in the arts, humanities and sciences around the world.” Dr. Barker will be officially welcomed into the College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists at a ceremony in Quebec City in November.